Can’t do anything about corruption in judiciary: Moily
Two days after Hindustan Times exposed an alleged nexus between touts and at least two serving judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court; the government says it is helpless, reports Nagendar Sharma.delhi Updated: Jun 06, 2009 00:44 IST
Two days after
exposed an alleged nexus between touts and at least two serving judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court; the government says it is helpless.
The new law minister, M Veerappa Moily, barely a week-old in office, faces a tough challenge of convincing the judiciary to set in order the most controversial high court in the country, which has been in news for all the wrong reasons in recent years.
Moily took some uncomfortable questions on Friday on corruption in the judiciary:
What is the government planning to do on the alleged nexus between touts and the judges in the Punjab and Haryana high court?
The government cannot do anything suo motu (on its own) in such matters. It can only act after any recommendations are made by the Chief Justice of India (CJI). The disciplinary proceedings against judges are initiated under the Judges Inquiry Act, 1968.
But the corruption in higher judiciary has been exposed yet again, will the government remain silent ?
There is an in-house mechanism by which the judiciary deals with cases of corruption against the judges. The government cannot interfere at this stage. Even in cases of impeachment, the government role begins after it has been recommended by the CJI.
Has the government received any report from the CJI or the Punjab governor in this matter ?
Let me make it absolutely clear that neither the law ministry nor the Prime Minister’s Office has received any communication in this matter from anywhere. We have not come into the picture so far.
Does this mean that the government is helpless in cases of corruption in the judiciary, specially those involving high court and supreme court judges ?
It is for the judiciary to check the corruption within. The government can help it in finding the solution. We are committed to judicial reforms, but those would be possible only after consulting the judiciary and not confronting it.