Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat. File | Photo Credit: PTI

Amid differences between the Central government and Supreme Court on the Collegium system of appointing judges, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) mouthpiece Panchjanya has carried a seven-page cover story criticising the way appointments and transfers of judges are being done in India.

The cover story titled “ Me Lord Ka, Me lord Dwara, Me Lord ke Liye (Of my Lord, By my Lord, For My Lord)“ in the magazine’s upcoming edition, quoted an article published in an English daily that said, “50% of judges in high courts and 33% in the Supreme Court are either direct or distant relatives of officiating judges”.

The article also spoke about how a Supreme Court judge supported the Emergency call by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and how the same judge criticised her when the Janta Party government came to power. It alleged that the “Indian judiciary was under the influence of ‘communists’ and the Congress”.

Panchjanya’s article comes almost a month after Law Minister Kiren Rijiju expressed his displeasure over the Collegium system of appointing judges. In an event organised by Panchjanya, the Minister had said that “as per the spirit of the Constitution, executive should be given the responsibilities to appoint judges”.

This story was originally published in thehindu.com . Read the full story here