In the wake of reports of alleged corruption by a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the government on Friday said it cannot “directly intervene” in such matters.
It noted that there was an in-built mechanism within the Supreme Court which took care of such issues.
“In respect to transfer or in respect to any disciplinary action, or in respect to any impeachment, or in respect of corruption, there is a mechanism in-built in the Supreme Court,” Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told reporters here commenting on reports of the alleged corruption by a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Moily also said normally the government or the Law department will not enter into these things suo moto because “after all we have to respect the independence of judiciary and there are certain mechanisms which have been adopted either to convention or by rule.”
Referring to the “in-built” mechanism within the SC to deal with such issues, Moily said it is for the judiciary to make an enquiry “and in an appropriate case if any impeachment has to be done, they will refer it to the government.”
Moily also denied reports that the Chief Justice of India has recommended the transfer of Punjab and Haryana HC judge Mehtab Singh Gill.