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SC seeks suggestions to make judges' selection, appointment transparent
The Supreme Court on Tuesday invited suggestions for making the working of the collegium for appointment of judges to higher judiciary more transparent and criteria based, but noted the suggested changes could not travel beyond the parameters already spelt out in its 1998 judgment.A
 
While seeking suggestions, a constitution bench comprising Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked senior counsel Arvind Dattar and Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand to collate the suggestions including those on which there is commonality of views.
 
The suggestions have also been invited on the plea for setting up permanent secretariat of the apex court collegium including its composition and how and which kind of complaints trying to red flag an appointment should be entertained. However, it was made clear that anonymous complaints would go to the dustbin. 
 
After collating the various suggestions, Dattar and Anand would submit their report to the apex court which would hear the matter on November 5 (Thursday).
 
Both of them would also look into the suggestion sent by the eminent people including former judges and senior counsel including activists directly to the apex judges directly after October 16 judgment holding unconstitutional and void the constitution's 99th amendment paving way for setting up the NJAC and the National Judicial Appointment Act, 2014.
 
Dattar, who had appeared for the Madras Bar Association, had opposed the NJAC and Additional Solicitor General Anand represents the government.
 
At the outset of the hearing, Justice Khehar presiding over the bench said that since the pronouncement of the judgment on October 16 holding NJAC unconstitutional and void, they have received a whole lot of suggestions which are so diverse that the the task of reconciling them is difficult.
 
"Help us in the first step. We have received suggestions from diverse groups, eminent people like retired judges. They are so many and so diverse. We don't know how to proceed in the matter. Please tell us how to go about it without adding, subtracting, deleting (the existing collegium system) and maintaining it. We can't reinvent the wheel," he said.
 
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CBI raids 10 places in chit fund scam
The CBI on Tuesday searched 10 locations in Delhi, Odisha, Assam and West Bengal against private company Tower Infotech Group in its ongoing probe in the multi-crore-rupee chit fund scam.
 
The places raided by the probe agency include one each in Delhi, Odisha and Assam, while the rest seven were in Bengal.
 
Sources in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said the raids were conducted at the residences of managing director Ramendu Chattopadhyay, directors Udyan Banarjee and R.K. Basu and offices of the company.
 
A total of 246 cases have been registered by the CBI against 128 companies, including Saradha Group, Rose Valley, Unipay 2 U, Jeevan Suraksha, Prayag, Abyss Assam Group Co, Basil International Limited and Daffodils Group of Companies.
 
At present, the chit fund cases are spread in various trial courts across Bengal and the CBI wants three special courts in Kolkata to deal with them.
 
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SC allows 2G accused to move Delhi High Court
Modifying its earlier order, the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the accused in 2G cases to approach the Delhi High Court to appeal against the final order of the special court holding the trial of 2G scam-related cases.
 
An apex court bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rohinton F. Nariman, while permitting the accused in 2G cases to move the high court, made it clear that the high court will not entertain any appeal against the interim order passed by the 2G special court.
 
The court order came as it rejected the plea by DMK leader and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozh Karunanidhi and corporate honcho Shahid Balwa seeking the quashing of charges against them in an alleged bribe-turned-corporate loan matter.
 
By Tuesday's order, the court has modified its February 14, 2011 and April 10, 2011 order saying that any appeal against the order of the trial court could only be made before the apex court thereby barring the high court from entertaining any matter relating to the 2G scam.
 
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