Plea seeks life tenure for Supreme Court court judges

At a time when the debate over propriety of judges taking up or being offered post-retirement jobs without a cooling-off period is raging, a PIL has been filed before the Supreme Court on Friday seeking life tenure for its judges.

The PIL which will be soon heard by the court says this is the only way to use their vast experience in judiciary rather than making them accept postretirement jobs giving way to allegations that government thus influences a particular judge striking at the very foundation of an independent, impartial and fair judiciary.

“Declare Article 124 (2A) inserted by The Constitution (Fifteenth Amendment) Act, 1963 (which gave power to Parliament to fix the age of Supreme Court judges) as unconstitutional as it abrogates the independence of judiciary which is the Basic Structure of the Constitution,” said the PIL filed by a law student Vibhor Anand.

“The rule resulted in many esteemed jurists since 1950 not being able to serve the nation for a much longer period of time,” the PIL said.

Delving into the issue, Chief Justice TS Thakur recently did not concur with the view that judges must have a two-year cooling-off period before taking up any post-retirement job to insulate the judiciary from allurement from political executives.