28 September, 2020

Bull's Eye

Transparency is the very foundation of justice. Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done.

Bull's Eye
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The pillars of Indian democracy collapsed long ago, save one. The exception was the judiciary. Now that too seems to be crumbling. In November last year, this column had questioned the Chief Justice of India for targeting only the lower judiciary regarding integrity. Specific instances were cited to indicate that the conduct of the higher judiciary was equally questionable. Nothing was done to clear the smell surrounding it.

Now things look even murkier. Under the Right to Information Act (RTI), queries were posed about the assets of Supreme Court judges. The SC refused to divulge the information to the Central Information Commission (CIC) on the ground that judges held constitutional posts and were not public servants. The Delhi High Court bar lawyers disputed this view. Eminent lawyer Fali Nariman pointed out that even in the US judges had to disclose their assets. The judges said that information about their assets could be misused. How?

Transparency is the very foundation of justice. Justice must not only be done but must be seen...

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