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The debate on the working of the collegium of judges, especially on the issue of transfers in the judiciary and lack of transparency, has again come around. Examine.

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary; Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

5. The debate on the working of the collegium of judges, especially on the issue of transfers in the judiciary and lack of transparency, has again come around. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: The HinduIndian Express

Why the question:

The Supreme Court collegium had recommended the transfer of Justice Banerjee, just eleven months after he was appointed the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court. Amid protests by advocates, the Centre notified his transfer.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the urgent need of transparency in Judicial transfers.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context.

Body:

First, explain what constitutes a collegium? What are the debates around it. The procedure followed by the collegium, Discuss the right to recommend transfers of the collegium. Explain the criticisms and suggest measures to improve transparency.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.