In response to a letter addressed by Rajya Sabha MP and Senior Advocate P Wilson urging for more diversity in judicial appointments, the Union Law Minister RS Prasad assured that the Central government is committed to promoting social diversity in the appointment of Judges.
In a letter dated January 15, Prasad pointed out that the Constitution of India does not provide for any reservation of judicial posts based on caste or class of persons. Therefore, no caste or class or category wise data is maintained centrally for this purpose.
All the same, Prasad underscored that efforts are being made to ensure that suitable candidates belonging to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes, minorities and women are represented in the higher judiciary.
“… the Government is committed to social diversity in the appointment of Judges in the Supreme Court and has also been requesting the Chief Justices of the High Courts that while sending proposals for appointment of Judges due consideration be given to suitable candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Trubunals, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and Women to ensure social diversity in appointment of Judges in High Courts,” Prasad’s letter said.
The response came in view of an appeal made by Wilson last September for more diverse appointments to the higher judiciary. Wilson has made several representations in this regard to the Law Minister as well as the President of India.
In another reply made in October last year, the Law Minister had stated that the Central Government has been urging the interests of diverse representation to be considered when it comes to High Court appointments.
Read the Law Minister’s reply dated January 15, 2021: