‘Appoint of law officers on merit’, says Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Wednesday in a judgment dealing with a batch of petitions challenging the appointment of law officers including assistant and additional advocate generals in Punjab and Haryana gave green signal.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur and Justice Kurian Josepha said it is high time fair, transparent and objective criteria based on merit was adopted for the appointment of law officers. ‘Appointments are made not because they are required but because they come in handy for political aggrandizement, appeasement or personal benevolence of those in power towards those appointed. The dangers of such an uncanalised and unregulated system of appointment, it is evident, are multi-dimensional, resulting in erosion of the rule of law, public faith in the fairness of the system and injury to public interest and administration said Chief Justice Thakur who authored the verdict.

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