Impeachment motion is a constitutional process which can’t be allowed to be misused by a group of people. Abuse of impeachment process is encroachment to the independence of the judiciary but august provisions in these days have been tools in the hand of political masters to enthrone or dethrone to its rivals. Discretion always opens the gate of arbitrariness and tyranny which culminate into anarchy.
- Within an hour of Vice-President rejecting the removal motion on Monday, CJI joined the meeting of judges in the Supreme Court
- The meet resolved to form a four-judge team to collate suggestions of judges for a resolution to light up the institution’s dimming image
- “I am doing my best,” sources quoted the CJI as saying.
Currently, the number of scheduled employments in the Central sphere is 45 whereas in the States sphere the number is 1650 (when all states are counted). With effect from November 2009, the National Floor Level of Minimum Wage (NFLMW) was increased to revised from Rs 100/day (2007) to Rs 137/day. In July 2015 the National Floor Level of Minimum Wage was raised to Rs 160 per day. National Floor Level Minimum Wage has been revised again to Rs 176/day. The new rates came into effect from June 1, 2017.
Supreme Court, High Court judges get nearly 200% salary hike.
SC, HC judges get nearly 200% salary hike, the Chief Justice of India will get a monthly salary of Rs 2.80 lakh, up from the present Rs one lakh.
Supreme Court and high court judges have got a nearly two-fold salary hike with President Ram Nath Kovind giving nod to a bill passed by Parliament in this regard.
The Chief Justice of India will now get a monthly salary of Rs 2.80 lakh, up from the present Rs one lakh.
Similarly, judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of high courts will draw a monthly salary of Rs 2.50 lakh, up from the current Rs 90,000, according to the Act notified by the law ministry.
The judges of high courts, who get Rs 80,000 per month now, will get Rs 2.25 lakh per month, the bill states.
The salary hike, which is in line with the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for officers of all-India services, will come into force retrospectively from January 1, 2016.
The High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 2018 will also revise the rates of house rent allowance with effect from July 1, 2017, and the rates of sumptuary allowance with effect from September 22, 2017.
In 2016, then Chief Justice of India T S Thakur had written to the government seeking a hike in the salaries of Supreme Court and high court judges.
As against the approved strength of 31, the Supreme Court today has 25 judges. The 24 high courts have an approved strength of 1,079, but 682 judges are handling work currently. The move will also benefit 2,500 retired judges.
Now, the salary of judges will be at par with those of the bureaucrats following the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th pay panel.
Equality before Law
The phrase means that all are equal in the eyes of the law. No one is above the law. This concept is derived from the theory of Rule of Law. According to Rule of Law, a person can only be punished for violating a law which has been laid down and nothing else.
Equality before the law means there should be no discrimination of one person from another. All should be treated equally irrespective of place of birth, gender, religion, race, caste, wealth, social status and so on.
All persons who commit a particular crime are given the same punishment. There cannot be a distinction between a male criminal and a female one. Or a rich criminal and a poor one, if both have committed the same crime.
Equal Protection of Laws
The phrase “equal protection of laws” means that people in similar circumstances should be treated equally. Which also means whatever punishment will be awarded to a rich same will be awarded to a poor for a similar offence?
- Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court in 2011 avoided the ignominy of becoming the first judge to be impeached by Parliament by tendering his resignation.
- Justice P.D. Dinakaran, Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court, against whom the Rajya Sabha Chairman had set up a judicial panel to look into allegations of corruption, resigned in July 2011, before impeachment proceedings could be initiated against him.
- In 2015, a group of 58 Rajya Sabha MPs moved an impeachment notice against Justice J.B. Pardiwala of the Gujarat High Court for his “objectionable remarks on the issue of reservation.”
- Justice V. Ramaswami has the dubious distinction of being the first judge against whom impeachment proceedings were initiated. In 1993, the motion was brought up in Lok Sabha, but it failed to secure the required two-thirds majority.