Q. Consider the following statements:
1) In India, the candidate’s name is effectively made public after their selection by the collegium.
2) Once a collegium recommendation has been made, there is no mechanism available to challenge it.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below
Statement 1 is correct. in India, the candidate’s name is effectively made public after their selection by the collegium. The selection process is behind closed doors, where the parties involved are the collegium and the government (through the Intelligence Bureau).
Statement 2 is incorrect. Once a collegium recommendation has been made, the only way of contesting it is through a legal challenge. However, that challenge must be before the Supreme Court itself, leading to a set of awkward situations: the decision of the collegium — the three (or five) senior-most judges of the Supreme Court — must be challenged before their own junior colleagues.