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Sir, The former Supreme Court judge, K.T. Thomas, in his article ``Appointing High Court Chief Justices'' (June 4) had pleaded for restoration of the earlier practice of appointing the seniormost judge of the High Court as Chief Justice.
The present system of appointment of the Chief Justices and other judges needs to be reviewed. For becoming a judge in the subordinate judiciary one has to appear for written test as well as interview, but for being appointed a high court judge, no such tests are required.
Since the executive too has a say in the appointment of judges, there is obviously room for political influence. In order to place the system above suspicion, why not think of some selection criteria by a National Judicial Commission? Also, we need to ponder over if the elevation of a practising advocate to the Bench in the same court is all right?
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