Judicial accountability bill.Corruption in judiciary has a perverse multiplier effect on national well-being.


Judicial accountability bill.
The Bill should have been passed in the Rajya Sabha because it was
not a contentious political issue and all major parties agreed with its
provisions after the government had the good sense to remove a controversial
clause that gagged judges.
Now that
the session is over, let
s hope that (for once) the ordinance-making power
is put to good use and the country is
put into a stable order
quickly
. Corruption
in judiciary has a perverse multiplier effect on the national well-being
because it shields all other forms of corruption by removing the
rod of
punishment
. A huge backlog of cases and scarcity of judges at all levels
further incentivises corruption. The heavy workload of High Court judges leaves
them little time to supervise the functioning of lower courts.
For example, even an FIR against a judge can only be registered
after the permission of the CJI. This had tragic consequences in the provident
fund scam where then-CJI
Balakrishnan did not give permission
to file an FIR against accused
judges for almost two years, by which time the prime accused, Ashotosh Asthana,
died in mysterious circumstances. Justice Sen was held guilty of
misappropriating funds before he became a judge, when he was an ordinary citizen.
From the
Ghaziabad Provident Fund scam to serious charges of misappropriation against
the close relatives of former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and
allegations of sexual misconduct against a former Supreme Court judge,
instances of financial and moral corruption in
our judiciary have become embarrassingly frequent over the years. Exasperated
over the systemic rot in Allahabad High Court, the largest High Court in India
with 160 judges, the Supreme Court was moved to paraphrase Shakespeare
s
Hamlet and remark that
something
is wrong in the Allahabad High Court
.

1 comment on Judicial accountability bill.Corruption in judiciary has a perverse multiplier effect on national well-being.

  1. The Bill should have been passed in the Rajya Sabha because it was not a contentious political issue and all major parties agreed with its provisions after the government had the good sense to remove a controversial clause that gagged judges.Corruption in judiciary has a perverse multiplier effect on the national well-being because it shields all other forms of corruption by removing the “rod of punishment”. A huge backlog of cases and scarcity of judges at all levels further incentivises corruption. The heavy workload of High Court judges leaves them little time to supervise the functioning of lower courts.From the Ghaziabad Provident Fund scam to serious charges of misappropriation against the close relatives of former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and allegations of sexual misconduct against a former Supreme Court judge,

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