The Collegium system is well-protected: The Supreme Court has ordered a lawyer to pay fees for attempting to prevent the appointment of a Telangana High Court judge. B Sailesh Saxena, a lawyer, was fined Rs 5 lakh by the court for bringing a plea to prevent the appointment of Telangana High Court Registrar Venkateswara Reddy as a judge of the High Court. B Sailesh Saxena, a lawyer, was fined Rs 5 lakh by the Supreme Court on Friday for submitting a plea to halt the appointment of Telangana High Court Registrar General Venkateswara Reddy as a judge of the High Court (B Sailesh Saxena v. Union of India).
The Collegium system, according to Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh, provides sufficient protection to guarantee that only qualified individuals are selected as judges. According to the Bench, Saxena's plea is an attempt to harass Reddy and abuse the legal system. The petitioner had earlier filed a writ case in the Telangana High Court, alleging fraud against Reddy, at whose request a first information report (FIR) had been filed against the petitioner. The complaint was filed by Reddy, who was then serving as the Registrar (Judicial), in response to a directive given by a single judge of the Telangana High Court.
This occurred after the petitioner filed several petitions in which the writ petitioners were discovered to be non-existent people. These facts were exposed in the petitioner's High Court judgement, which featured adverse remarks against the petitioner. As a result, the writ petition before the High Court was determined to be completely misconceived, a misuse of the legal process, and a counterblast to a series of criminal accusations in which members of the "so-called noble profession" were implicated. The Supreme Court took notice of the above and noted that nothing appeared to have prevented the petitioner from bringing the current case.
The Court reasoned that because nothing else appears to dissuade the petitioner from pursuing such a course of action, proper imposition of costs appears to be the only option. The Supreme Court said, "We reject the writ petition with costs of Rs. 5 lakh." On August 17, the Supreme Court Collegium recommended Reddy and six others for promotion to the High Court.
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