Prez Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) bill, thereby making it into a law. The new law enables the setting up of a commission for appointment of judges, replacing the 20-year-old collegium system, which had been under severe criticism. The NJAC will appoint and transfer judges to the Supreme Courts and the 24 High courts.
The bill, 124th amendment to the Constitution, grants Constitutional status to the NJAC, to by the Chief Justice of India. As many as 16 of the 29 states have ratified the bill. Besides the CJI, the judiciary would be represented by two senior Supreme Court judgest. Further, two eminent personalities and the Law Minister will be part of the apex judicial appointments body.