"The qualification for an eminent person under the law is not that he should have a legal background and the same position is prevailing in the United Kingdom," Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Justice J S Khehar, which is examining the constitutional validity of NJAC Act, 2014.

The clarification from the Attorney General came as senior advocate Ram Jethmalani and others, who have argued against replacing the two-decade old collegium system of appointment of judges by judges, contended that the new law was "vague" on the issue of eminent persons.

"We have tried to come out with the broad-base system on appointment of judges and why should there be no new system? Why can't we try a new system? We have made changes earlier also. The presence of eminent person will act as checks and balances," Rohatgi submitted.

A detail submission by the Attorney General to defend the new law will be advanced later as now the bench, also comprising Justices J Chelameswar, M B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Adarsh Kumar Goel, has given chance to argue to all those who have opposed the new law.

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