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Cabinet nod to judicial appointments panel, inquiry into Gujarat ‘snooping’ case

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New Delhi, Dec 26 :

The cabinet Thursday approved a constitution amendment bill to make the appointment of judges more transparent, official sources said.

A cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the bill to make the process of appointing judges more participatory between the executive and the judiciary.Govt of India

This will be done through a judicial appointments panel.

The bill, a key judicial reform initiative, will be brought in the next session of parliament, said the sources.

Gujarat Snooping Case

The cabinet also approved a commission of inquiry into the alleged snooping of a young woman by the Gujarat Police, allegedly at the behest of then state home minister Amit Shah, informed sources said.

They said the decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The inquiry will look into “the electronic surveillance” in the states of Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, the sources said.

Two news portals claimed last month that Shah ordered the illegal surveillance of a woman at the behest of a “saheb”, widely believed to be Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The Gujarat government has already ordered a probe into the case.

(IANS)