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Collegium Upholds Merit Over Political Affiliation in Kerala HC Judge Selection

The Supreme Court Collegium has taken a decisive stance in the selection of judges for the Kerala High Court, dismissing concerns over a lawyer’s CPI(M) affiliation. Despite the note highlighting his political leanings, the collegium emphasized that mere political background should not impede judicial appointments.

This move underscores the primacy of merit and professional competence in judicial selection processes. Additionally, the collegium’s recognition of the lawyer’s experience and performance at the Bar, coupled with his belonging to the Scheduled Caste community, underscores a commitment to diversity and inclusivity on the bench. The decision sets a precedent for prioritizing qualifications and integrity over political associations in the judiciary, reaffirming the principles of impartiality and fairness in the justice system.