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Bring CJI under judicial council: Verma// “I personally feel that the Chief Justice of India should not be exempted… “

Posted by egovernance on November 18, 2006

Bring CJI under judicial council: Verma

Special Correspondent

 http://www.hindu.com/2006/11/18/stories/2006111815090300.htm

“I personally feel that the Chief Justice of India should not be exempted… ”

 

 

 

NEW DELHI: The former Chief Justice of India, J.S. Verma, has said the new Judges (Inquiry) Bill is a much diluted version of what was contemplated when he was in office.

The post of Chief Justice of India too should be brought under the purview of the proposed national judicial council, he said at a panel discussion .

“The Chief Justice and all judges are alike. I personally feel that the Chief Justice of India should not be exempted… “

When a comparison was sought to be made between the proposed Lok Pal and the judicial council, he said the situation was different.

The Prime Minister should not come under the purview of Lok Pal.

According to a Lok Sabha secretariat release, he said: “The Prime Minister being under a cloud, the country cannot function… there is a political process to get rid of a Prime Minister, who should not be there… I do not equate the Chief Justice’s position and offices, which I myself held [with that of the Prime Minister]. I am not saying it now. I said it even when I was holding the office of Chief Justice that Prime Minister should not be brought under the purview of Lok Pal… “

Mr. Justice Verma said the Chief Justice should not be upset because in his opinion he equated the Chief Justice of India with the other judges of the Supreme Court and an exemption could give an impression that this was an indirect way of subordinating them which the Constitution did not envisage.

Justice Verma agreed with Harish Khare, Chief of Bureau, The Hindu, that the judicial council should also be empowered to examine the complaints that might arise out of post-retirement activities of judges.

The programme was moderated by Manoj Mitta, Senior Editor, The Times of India, and was part the series, “Countdown to Winter Session,” which will culminate with a curtain raiser to be telecast on the eve of the session.

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Bill on judges’ accountability to be introduced in Parliament

Posted by egovernance on October 22, 2006

Bill on judges’ accountability to be introduced in Parliament

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, October 22, 2006

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1826357,0008.htm

After much delay, a bill aimed at ensuring the accountability of judges is expected to be introduced in Parliament during the winter session beginning next month.

The Judges (Inquiry) Bill provides for setting up a National Judicial Council (NJC) to probe any misconduct by a judge of the Supreme Court or high courts.

The proposed law, which entails certain amendments to the Judges (Inquiry) Act of 1968, provides for a procedure under which any person can make a complaint to the NJC against judges except the Chief Justice of India (CJI).

The NJC will comprise the CJI, two senior-most judges of the apex court and two senior-most chief justices of the High Courts nominated by the CJI.

The bill provides for inquiries by the NJC in cases of complaints against a judicial officer, official sources said.

The bill was initially proposed to be introduced in Parliament in last year’s winter session but this could not be done due to differing views in the judiciary.

Under the new law, a judge against whom prima facie evidence of an illegal act is found, would be asked not to attend courts pending an inquiry, the sources said.

If a judge is found guilty, he will be asked to put in his papers, failing which he will be removed, they said.

The proposed law will make it easier to take action against a judge found guilty, the sources said. At present, a complex and long-drawn process of impeachment is required to remove such a judge.

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SC pulls up govt for reservation policy

Posted by egovernance on October 17, 2006

SC pulls up govt for reservation policy

The apex court has directed the govt to place before it the report of the standing committee on the OBC quota bill.

‘Govt playing quota game without rules’
Govt sets up another panel on pvt sector reservation
Complete Coverage: Caste Cauldron
Politicians seek votes only

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Supreme Court directs police reforms in country

Posted by egovernance on October 1, 2006

Supreme Court directs police reforms in country
New Delhi, Sep 22: The Supreme Court today directed a slew of measures for reform of the police force in country that includes a minimum tenure for DGPs, IGPs and senior police officials.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal directed the National Human Rights Commission and the government to consider suggestions given in a PIL filed by former DGP Prakash Singh, to transfer cases of terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering to the CBI within the next four months.

A police complaint authority should be established in which complaints against police officials could be filed, the Bench observed.

Besides a police establishment board should be estalished to fix the minimum tenure and selection procedures for police officials, it added.

The judgement came on a PIL filed by the former DGP seeking police reforms.
— PTI
http://www.newkerala.com/news4.php?action=fullnews&id=25811

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