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Experts, officials unplugged

The officials and experts endorse HT's suggestion on transforming hospitals. Here is what they have to say...

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2009 23:42 IST

Government speak

'Government is committed to reforms'

-- Veerappa Moily, Union Law Minister

The UPA government is committed to reforms and the judiciary is high on the agenda. All issues will be taken up in consultation with the judiciary, without any confrontation.

Corruption is a menace that has spread its tentacles fast and no institution has been immune from that. I will take up the matter the Chief Justice of India and forward my suggestions on how to tackle the problem. We have no intention of indulging in the ongoing fashion of blaming the other. It is not a good trend; let us find solutions.

Expert speak

'Judicial arrogance is the cause'

-- Justic J S Verma, Former Chief Justice of India

Today, I am not in a position to disagree with the growing public perception that the credibility of the judiciary is not what it used to be in 1955-56, when I entered the legal profession as a lawyer.

This perception of erosion of public trust in the judiciary is primarily based on two factors — first, the delay in deciding cases, and second, the image of some judges, especially in the higher courts.

The increase in allegations of corruption, true or false, has definitely tarnished the image of this great institution. After having served as a judge for 26 years, I cannot say there is not a single corrupt judge in the Supreme Court, leave alone the high courts. There has to be zero tolerance against corruption in judiciary.

Recent cases of corruption, particularly during the last one year, make us hang our heads in shame.

The reasons are numerous, but I feel judicial arrogance is the main reason. Why should judges not be accountable? Why is there resistance by judges to declare their assets?

In my view, the government should not shy away from its duty in enacting legislations for judicial accountability. Recent events indicate that the issue does not brook any further delay.