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Amended bill on judges’ assets in next session: Moily

PTI  Hyderabad, August 10, 2009
First Published: 10:56 IST(10/8/2009) | Last Updated: 11:00 IST(10/8/2009)

A week after after it was forced to drop introduction of a bill on disclosure of judges’ assets in the Rajya Sabha, the government on Saturday said an amended legislation would be brought in the next session of Parliament.

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Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily said he would hold consultations with Opposition leaders and MPs and would re-draft the legislation, if necessary, to achieve a consensus on the issue.

A national conference on judicial reforms would be held in New Delhi on August 29-30, he told reporters on the sidelines of the Seventh Annual Convocation of city-based NALSAR University of Law.

On August three, in the face of stiff opposition from BJP and CPI-M members, the Manmohan Singh government was forced to drop introduction of a bill in the Rajya Sabha that would have protected the assets of judges from being made public.

Members of the two parties said the Judges (Declaration of Assets and Liabilities) Bill promoted a “class of citizens” and was violative of the Constitution.


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