India Against Corruption
CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA NEED TO SHOW RESTRAINT IN HIS OBSERVATIONS
In open court, Chief Justice of India has accused central government of bringing the entire judiciary to a "grinding halt" by sitting on the recommendations of the collegium for appointment and transfer of judges to high courts across the country. It is disturbing that he went to the extent of saying that the court would not shy away from a confrontation with the government, if driven to a corner. He made such remarks even when the Attorney General assured that the issue would be taken up at the highest level.
Even while the Chief Justice made such sharp remarks, the law minister has said that appointment of number of judges would be finalized very soon. Is Chief Justice not aware of this?
The collegium issue has been under discussions for quite sometime now and many have questioned the judges themselves appointing the judges , when several judges at various levels have been caught in corruption scandals with one former Chief Justice of India himself being one of the accused.
Government stand appears to be that there must be proper procedure and transparency in selection of judges. There is nothing wrong with this view.
Chief Justice rejects the government's view and insists that he should have the final say. This stand of the Chief Justice is the origin of the confrontation.
It would have been appropriate if Chief Justice has read the mood of the people, who are increasingly not sure about the caliber of some of the judges.
Reflecting such public mood , he should accept the need for a level of transparency in the appointment of judges. Threat of confrontation by Chief Justice is not in tune with the functioning of the judiciary.
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