Supreme Court Rejects Plea Seeking The Release Of Details Of Collegium Meeting

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition requesting the release of information on a collegium meeting.

By Vignesh K, December 09, 2022 16:57 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition requesting the release of information on a collegium meeting. The meeting took place on December 12, 2018.
 
The petitioner had requested the information under the Right to Information Act. The Collegium is a multi-member organization. The court noted that its provisional decisions are not for the public domain.
 
Only resolutions drafted and signed by all collegium members count as final decisions. This judgment is according to a bench of Justices MR Shah and CT Ravikumar.
 
According to the statement, the appeal stands on remarks made by Justice Madan B Lokur. Justice MB Lokur was an ex-member of the collegium. The appeal was about a purported plan to promote two High Court chief justices. SC held that the ex-judge's opinion is irrelevant as talks are not Collegium's decision.
 
The petitioner, Anjali Bharadwaj, requested information about the collegium meeting on December 12, 2018. Justices Madan B. Lokur, AK Sikri, SA Bobde, and NV Ramana were present at the meeting. Then-CJI Ranjan Gogoi presided over the meeting.
 
At their meeting on December 12, 2018, these five judges 'made specific decisions.' This is according to the Collegium Resolution posted on the SC website. But, due to the Court's winter break, the necessary consultation was not started or finished. ”
 
The collegium stated that only consultations on specific names happened at its meeting on December 12, 2018. It said no decisions emerged at that time.

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