Thursday, January 17, 2019


Blaming Narendra Modi for the ills plaguing the judiciary or the judges amounts to demonising him.

In my humble opinion, there are two issues here :-

One pertains to Justice Sikri. He must have given his consent for the post retirement job at least a month in advance. No problem in that. At that time, he did not know that he will be in the panel of removing CBI chief because that is CJI's job. CJI himself did not attend the panel but sent Justice Sikri instead. What the panel did is open to judicial review, but instead of blaming the CJI, going for review, some Journalists tarnish his reputation built over a period of 40 yrs or so in minutes. He is victimised & withdraws his consent.

Second issue is of post retirement jobs for judges. By law there are some posts like Human Rights Commission, Consumer Court, certain tribunals, various commissions which are to be held by judges. The govt of the day is the appointing authority. Hectic lobbying by the judges is done for it. These posts were not created by Narendra Modi. He inherited the power as will any other govt. 

Now the question before us is : Should we doubt the integrity of the judge based on our politically coloured views or not? Granting that judges are also human beings, not infallible, may make mistake & they keep on doing it; should we not repose our faith in judiciary, the last bastion of the common man's hope?

I know you will not agree. Agreeing to a different viewpoint other than yours is not your forte. So, I leave it to the house  to ponder.

On Fri, 18 Jan 2019, 09:07 Aires Rodrigues < wrote:

Supreme Court Justice A.K Sikri who is due to retire on the 6th of March took the very right move by withdrawing his consent for the post retirement position as member of the London headquartered Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.

The Constitution of India is very clear on the distinct roles of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. It envisages a free, fair and independent Judiciary. The highest standards of judicial independence must be ensured by warding off even the faintest trace of governmental influence on the judiciary.

As a desperate BJP wants to overpower the Judiciary too, there is a very disturbing disquiet over the slippery slope on which judicial values are slithering. Narendra Modi is all out to corrode and corrupt even the Independence of the Judiciary. It was very dismaying that a then Chief Justice of P. Sathasivam within weeks of his retirement accepted on 31st August 2014 Narendra Modi's offer to be Governor of Kerala. But another former Chief Justice R M Lodha led by example in his belief that judges should not take up any constitutional or other position at least two years after demitting office. 

The demand to keep Supreme Court and High Court Judges away from immediately taking such post retirement benefits becomes the need of the hour and will thus ensure that those about to retire, do not run behind those in the establishment thus casting a death knell to the independence of the judiciary. There is a need of concerted efforts towards propping up highest standards of judicial accountability.

As judicial independence of Judges rests entirely on maintaining an incorruptible detachment from the politicians of the day, it cannot be allowed to be morally compromised by lobbying for cushy post-retirement sinecure postings. We have witnessed instances where Judges have fixed their retirement nests much prior to even demitting office.

In times when the Indian Judiciary is passing through a very turbulent phase, this "jobs-for-the-judges" syndrome could place judges potentially open to governmental influence leaving scope for "pre-retirement judgments" being predisposed by the craving of a "post-retirement job".

The Judiciary should never be manned by persons who are tilted or aligned to any political party. Judges should have the spine to crack on illegalities done by all politicians, regardless of how high positions they hold or which party they belong to. It has to be ensured that judicial accountability is maintained at all times with every Judge conforming to the highest standards of uprightness and integrity. If Judges cannot independently balance the scales of Justice, the Temples of Justice become pointless ending up as dens of chicanery and jugglery. 


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