There have been reports even the one published by The Aware National yesterday on 18 Aug which claims that the collegium has cleared a list of 9 candidates which includes three women. The Chief Justice of India, N.V. Ramana has shown displeasure to all such reports.
CJI Ramana said that, “today’s reflections in some sections of the media, pending the process, even before formalising the resolution is counter productive.” It was further stated by CJI that , “you are all aware we need to appoint judges to this court,” the CJI had begun by saying. “The process is ongoing. Meetings will be held and decisions will be taken. The process of appointment of judges is sacrosanct and has certain dignity attached to it. My media friends must understand and recognise the sanctity of this process.”
It was further stated by him that “I must also place on record tremendous amount of maturity and responsibility displayed by majority of the senior journalists and media houses in showing restraint and not speculating on such a serious matter. Such professional journalists and ethical media are the real strength of the Supreme Court in particular and democracy in general. You are part of our system. I expect all the stake holders to uphold the integrity and dignity of this institution.