CJI writes to PM, says won’t be part of panel to select NJAC members’

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New Delhi, April 27 (ANI): Supreme Court Chief Justice H L Dattu on Monday refused to be a part of a panel constituted to select two eminent persons as the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) members. The three-member panel was formed to select eminent persons in the six member NJAC. A constitution bench comprising five judges began hearing on the validity of the new law on appointment of judges to higher judiciary today. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that Chief Justice Dattu has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would not participate in the meeting of the panel till the matter is decided by the apex court. The three-member panel comprises Chief Justice of India, Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition, who are authorised to select and appoint two eminent persons in the six-member NJAC for appointment of judges to higher judiciary.

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