The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea seeking a "cooling-off period" of two years for retired judges of the top court and high courts before they can accept political appointments.
A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia said the issue whether a retired judge should accept any office or not has to be left to the "better sense" of the judge concerned.
The bench said it cannot go into the issue of whether an ex-judge can get elected to the Lok Sabha or nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
"The issue whether a retired judge should accept any office or not has to be left to the better sense of the judge concerned or a law to be brought into force, but cannot form a subject matter of direction under Article 32 of the Constitution," the bench said while dismissing the plea.
The counsel appearing for the petitioner association said the lack of such a provision was creating a misconception in the public mind.
"What is a political appointment?" the bench asked the counsel.
"It is all frivolous. It is up to the judge to say whether he wants to decline or does not decline," the bench said.