'Extremely regrettable': Chief Justice NV Ramana upset over reports on SC judges' appointment
The CJI emphasised that the process of appointing justices is "sacrosanct" and has "dignity" connected to it and that the media must comprehend and recognise its sanctity.
On Wednesday, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana called speculative media reports about a collegium meeting on the selection of Supreme Court judges "extremely regrettable." The CJI emphasised that the process of appointing justices is "sacrosanct" and has "dignity" connected to it and that the media must comprehend and recognise its sanctity.
The Chief Justice further stated that "speculative media reports" about appointments before formalisation are counter-productive.
Speaking at an event, he said, there have been cases of deserving career advancement of brilliant minds being harmed due to such irresponsible reporting and conjecture. He called it awful and stated his disappointment about the same. The CJI further stated that he appreciates the remarkable maturity and responsibility demonstrated by most top journalists and media outlets in refraining from commenting on such a serious subject.
According to reports, the five-member Supreme Court Collegium, led by CJI Ramana, has proposed nine candidates for appointment as Supreme Court justices.
Justice BV Nagarathna of the Karnataka High Court has been proposed for elevation to the Supreme Court, and she might become India's first female Chief Justice in 2027.
In addition to Justice Nagarathna, two additional women justices have been chosen: Justice Hima Kohli, Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, and Justice Bela Trivedi, a Gujarat High Court judge, as per media reports.
According to reports, the other names are PS Narasimha, a prominent lawyer and former Additional Solicitor General, Justices Abhay Shreeniwas Oka, Vikram Nath, Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari, CT Ravi Kumar, and MM Sundersh.