Saturday, March 06, 2010

In our judiciary, anybody can be bought, says Gujarat CJ


AHMEDABAD: Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhyay expressed concern over the
future of Gujarat judiciary when hearing the case of termination of ad
hoc fast-track court judges. The high court and the state government
discontinued services of 56 judges last November.

Discussing charges of corruption in cases of some of judicial officers
on Friday, Justice Mukhopadhaya said: "We are concerned about the
future of Gujarat judiciary, where money has become the main source
and where you can buy anybody with the power of money."

Justice Mukhopadhyay insisted on maintaining transparency in judiciary
in order to uphold its credibility among people. He asked the lawyers
representing the FCT judges how else the high court could have reacted
to allegations of corruption levelled against the judicial officers.

The FCT judges were relieved from service last year with a remark in
their termination letter that they were found 'unsuitable'.

The judge was of the opinion that issuance of a show-cause notice to
the judges concerned would have served no purpose. He also made it
clear that he was discussing the issue in the context of the judiciary
across the nation, and not strictly pertaining to Gujarat.


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