Accountability Of Judiciary Essay

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Legislature, executive and judiciary are said to be the three pillars of democracy. Some people even believe that judiciary is the protector of democracy. For the last many years judiciary has upheld the true values of justice in India. But now, it appears that this strong pillar is shaking. The judges-worshipped like gods and thought to be incorruptible-are facing charges of corruption, manipulation and immoral practices. The Chief Justice of India, Justice K.G. Balakrishnan has asked the Chief Justice of High Courts to follow a judicial resolution and declare their assets. He has also circulated a restatement of values of judicial life-a 16-point set of guidelines on ‘do’s and don’ts for judges’ among all the judges-to make judiciary clean, strong and worthy of respect. The apex judicial resolution attached to Balakrishnan’s better says: “Every judge should make a declaration of his/her or spouse/dependents’ assets within a reasonable time of assuming office.” They are also to give information about new assets acquired, additional property purchased or further investments made if they were of “substantial nature”, assuring them that they would not be for public consumption and that they would remain confidential. The CJI has also promised to take measures against “black sheep in judicial robes”. The immediate provocation for this missive appeared to be the case of Justice Soumitra Sen of Calcutta High Court for alleged misappropriation of Rs. 50 lakhs. And the CJI has recommended to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his removal as Justice Sen rejected the advice to resign or seek voluntary retirement after he had been found guilty of the misconduct in an inhouse inquiry. If removed, Sen would be the first such judge to be impeached since the Constitution came into force on 26 January 1950. The move comes at a time when allegations of

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