February 3, 2023 6:59 pm

SC Collegium Publishing RAW & IB Inputs On Recommended Names A Serious Issue: Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju

Addressing the media at the Felicitation of Award Winners of the e-courts Project, the Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju today said that putting out RAW & IB inputs on candidates recommended for elevation in the public domain by the Supreme Court Collegium is a “serious issue”.

He added that making the secret or sensitive report of RAW and IB public is a matter of grave concern which will be addressed in due time. 

(Putting) secret or sensitive reports of the RAW or IB in the public domain is a matter of grace concern which I will react at an appropriate time. I can say this much, if the concerned officer, who is working for the nation in disguise or in a secretive manner, will think twice that his/her report is going to be in the public domain. It will have an implication,” he said.

The Union Law Minister made this remark while responding to a question concerning the Supreme Court collegium’s recent statements putting on record the reasons to reject the objections raised by the Central Government to recommendations made regarding the judges’ appointment.

However, Union Law Minister did add that he doesn’t want to go into the details of the matter saying that the press briefing today is to mainly discuss the good work done by the e-committee.

It may be recalled that the SC Collegium while reiterating the names of 5 advocates for elevation to various High Courts, made public objections raised by the Law Ministry pertaining to 3 candidates: Saurabh Kirpal (Delhi High Court), Somasekaran Sundaresan (Bombay High Court), John Sathyan (Madras High Court).

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