NEW DELHI: In a bid to end the logjam over the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) draft to appoint judges to the higher judiciary, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday met Chief Justice of India T S Thakur to iron out differences between the Executive and the Judiciary over key clauses.
Swaraj, who headed the Group of Ministers which drafted the memorandum, and Gowda met Justice Thakur at his residence in the evening. The meeting is significant as the government has decided to press ahead with the draft memorandum despite objections by the Supreme Court Collegium on some key clauses.
After feedback from the CJI, the government will now draft its response to the objections raised by the Collegium. On May 28, the Collegium had returned the revised MoP, a document which guides the appointment of judges to SC and 24 HCs.