Judicial Powers of the President


The President appoints Chief Justice and other judges of the Supreme Court.

The President also appoints Chief Justices and other judges of the High Courts.

The President appoints law officers of the Union Government including the Attorney-General of India.

The President, as head of state, can pardon a criminal or reduce the punishment or suspend, commute or remit the sentence of a criminal convicted by the Supreme Court or High Courts for an offence against the federal laws.

The President can pardon a person convicted by a Court Martial.

His/her power of pardon includes granting of pardon even to a person awarded death sentence.

But, the President performs this function on the advice of Law Ministry.

The President enjoys certain immunities.

He/she is above the law and no criminal proceedings can be initiated against him/her.