On Wednesday, Barack Obama, the U.S. President has nominated Merrick Garland, Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. to the U.S Supreme Court, to fill the vacant seat because of the death of conservative judge Antonin Scalia who passed away last month.
“Garland would bring integrity, modesty and even- handedness to (the) Supreme Court,” said Obama.
Earlier, it was broadly reported that Obama might nominate Indian- American Sri Srinivasan to the country’s highest judicial body. If nominated Sri Srinivasan would have become the first Indian-American to be on the bench of the US Supreme court.
“I simply ask Republicans in the Senate to give him a fair hearing, and then an up or down vote. If you don’t, then it will not only be an abdication of the Senate’s constitutional duty, it will indicate a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair.” President Barack Obama said.