NEW DELHI: The upheaval within the Supreme Court (SC) Collegium, with four of its members publicly rebelling against the CJI, appears to have triggered discussions among government and political circles about the possibility of a Presidential Reference to SC on whether recommendations by the splintered body should be binding.

A day after the unprecedented press conference by four senior SC judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurien Joseph— with not-so-subtle political undertone, political as well as legal circles were debating the possibility of the government using the tumult in the top court to seek clarity on whether the recommendations of a badly divided Collegium on appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and high courts is obligatory.

The Collegium, a body comprising the Chief Justice and four next senior-most judges of SC, has an exclusive say in the appointment of judges of the apex court and HCs.

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