Future chief executive Tung Chee-hwa yesterday ignored pleas from the legal fraternity and dropped two independents from the body which appoints Hong Kong's judges. As widely predicted, Sir Joseph Hotung and Eleanor Ling Ching-man were missing when the line-up for the Judicial Officers' Recommendation Commission was named. They are replaced by Preparatory Committee members Chan Wing-ki and Edgar Cheng Wai-kin. The rest of the body was re-appointed, including outspoken former Bar Association chairman Gladys Li Chi-hei. Sir Joseph was thought to be at risk after he gave funds to legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing, while Ms Ling is a director of Jardines. Ms Lau described their exclusion as 'disturbing'. 'The legal fraternity hoped all members would straddle the handover,' she said, claiming they had deliberately been targeted for giving donations to a pro-democracy activists or working for a British hong. 'The boundary is clear. The new appointees are pro-China and pro-business.' However, provisional legislature member and solicitor Kennedy Wong Ying-ho said the changes were made because it was not desirable for all three lay members of the body to be business people. Sir Joseph was unavailable for comment last night, but Ms Ling approved of the line-up. Of her own exclusion, Ms Ling said: 'It is in no way linked to my position at Jardines.' The first meeting of the commission is likely to be on Tuesday when it will consider candidates for the post of chief justice of the Court of Final Appeal. Other commission members re-appointed are Court of Appeal judge Mr Justice Gerald Nazareth, High Court judge Mr Justice Patrick Chan, former Law Society President Roderick Woo Bun and Trade Development Council chairman Victor Fung Kwok-king.