Judiciary has been in the news recently for wrong reasons.
Unwillingness to part with information, Lack of transparency and accountability of the Collegium to select judges, delays and worst of all corruption.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a forum discussing the ailments in judicial system. It was attended by venerable and senior members of the judiciary and the bar, a former law minister in adition to members from various civil society organisations.
It was terrible indictment on the judicial system, the judiciary and the bar. All the three appear to be uncheckedwith little or no restraining influence from outside.
Ahmedabad: Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhyay expressed concern over the future of Gujarat judiciary when hearing the case of termination of ad hoc fasttrack court judges. The high court and the state government discontinued services of 56 judges last November.
Discussing charges of corruption in cases of some of judicial officers on Friday, Justice Mukhopadhaya said: ‘‘We are concerned about the future of Gujarat judiciary, where money has become the main source and where you can buy anybody with the power of money.’’
Justice Mukhopadhyay insisted on maintaining transparency in judiciary in order to uphold its credibility among people. He asked the lawyers representing the FCT judges how else the high court could have reacted to allegations of corruption levelled against the judicial officers.
The FCT judges were relieved from service last year with a remark in their termination letter that they were found ‘unsuitable’.
The judge was of the opinion that issuance of a show-cause notice to the judges concerned would have served no purpose. He also made it clear that he was discussing the issue in the context of the judiciary across the nation, and not strictly pertaining to Gujarat.