SENIOR ADVOCATE at the High Court Ravi Kiran Jain on Monday said any mechanism to make erring judges accountable must be free from political influence at any level.
Reacting to the news that the Union Government decided to introduce the Judges (Inquiry) Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament, he said the objective of the Bill was to set up a National Judicial Council (NJC).
The proposed Council will inquire into complaints against an errant judge of the Supreme Court or a High Court and initiate punitive action.
Whatever the mechanism was introduced, it must be consistent with the independence of judiciary, which was a basic feature of the Constitution, Jain said.
Jain, who is also the national vice-president of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), also said it was necessary that the task of fixing judge’s accountability must be wholly within the domain of the judiciary itself.
The proposed NJC, he said, would consist of members of the higher judiciary.
The members will include the Chief Justice of India (CJI), two senior most judges of the Supreme Court and two senior most high court Chief Justices.