Retired judges have kept India’s arbitral system in a “tight-fist grip”, Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar said while speaking at the inauguration of the 6th International Court of Arbitration Day in New Delhi.
The arbitral process in the country requires to be made “spinally strong” by engaging other qualified minds too, the Vice President added.
Vice President Dhankhar came out in support of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud who had earlier observed that the arbitral process in the country has been held captive by an “old boys club” of retired judges.
According to several media reports, the Vice President lauded the CJI’s deep commitment to cleanse the system, which lacks diversity in appointing arbitrators.
“It takes a lot of courage to speak out so objectively about a fraternity to which you belong. He says while other qualified candidates are overlooked, he implied that this reflects an ‘old boys club’ mentality within the arbitration space,” Dhankhar added.
Earlier this year, justice Chandrachud lamented the lack of diversity in appointing arbitrators.
He said, “If the Indian legal system has to move away from the tag of being an Old Boys’ Club, the arbitration space can add heft to the mission to provide equal opportunity — to men, women, and them.”