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Accountability, M'Lord

Accountability, M'Lord

Sep 15, 2009

Public disclosure of assets by judges may have been agreed upon, but the main problem remains: Absence of an independent credible institution which could entertain and investigate complaints, and take action, against errant judges.

Now Make It Binding

Now Make It Binding

Aug 27, 2009

Public disclosure of assets by judges is a welcome first step on the long and hard road to securing judicial accountability. Next step: a law making annual public declarations compulsory.

Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure

Jul 17, 2009

Statement on the Proposed Bill on Declaration of Assets by Judges

Judging The Judges

Judging The Judges

Jan 21, 2009

Recent cases underline the need for independent Constitutional bodies for the appointment of judges as well as for investigating complaints against them. These cannot be in-house bodies of judges and must be completely independent of the judiciary as

Are Tougher Laws The Answer?

Are Tougher Laws The Answer?

Jan 08, 2009

No. Far from curbing terror, draconian laws used by a corrupt and communal police are creating conditions which will only make the problem worse. The problem lies with the police, the implementing agency.

Beyond Terror

Beyond Terror

Dec 08, 2008

The public anger and outrage over the Mumbai terror attacks needs to be channelised. If that anger only fuels reflexive jingoism, we will, as Chomsky warned, only be creating conditions for more devastating attacks in future.

Courting Controversy

Courting Controversy

Apr 24, 2008

Has public interest litigation nowadays "largely become 'publicity interest litigation', 'private interest litigation', 'politics interest litigation', or the latest trend, 'paisa interest litigation', as a recent judgement put it?

Cowards Who Caved In

Cowards Who Caved In

Nov 06, 2007

That's how history and future generations will remember us if we as a society do not show the nerve to confront, contain and exorcise the beast exposed by the recent Tehelka expose.

Contempt Of Judicial Power

Contempt Of Judicial Power

Sep 19, 2007

Former Chief Justice of India Y.K. Sabharwal's defence becomes murkier -- rebutting the former CJI's rejoinder, point by painstaking point to show how it ignores or sidesteps the inconvenient and emphasises the irrelevant.

Fear Of Contempt

Fear Of Contempt

Aug 29, 2007

Why was a story showing judicial misconduct at the highest places blacked out by the entire mainstream media? Is it fear of contempt which has effectively prevented a proper exposure of the rot and corruption within the judiciary?

Contempt Of Justice

Contempt Of Justice

Aug 10, 2007

The case of former Chief Justice of India Y.K. Sabharwal presents disquieting facts that have very disturbing implications about the integrity of our judiciary in the highest places, argue a group of eminent citizens.

Reclaiming The Judicial System

Reclaiming The Judicial System

Mar 13, 2007

The judiciary has long been regarded as a holy cow. It is high time that the actions and judgments of judges were scrutinised from the point of view of class and communal bias, arrogance, corruption and non-adherence to Constitutional principles

Illusion Of Accountability

Illusion Of Accountability

Nov 23, 2006

The proposed bill to amend the Judges Inquiry Act and provide for the constitution of a National Judicial Council to inquire into complaints against errant judges is designed to create an illusion of accountability. In practice it will not change the

Retributive Violence By The State

Retributive Violence By The State

Oct 17, 2006

Capital punishment is no deterrence for those who are prepared to die anyway for a cause. This is in fact likely to create more such militants. One can deal with such people only by trying to address their sense of grievance.

What They Don't Want You To Know

What They Don't Want You To Know

Aug 09, 2006

The PM has not outgrown his bureaucratic background. The PMO is being brazen and disingenuous in suggesting that the amendments to the RTI Act would 'for the first time empower the citizens to access file-notings'. They emasculate the Act, and are cl

Back To Emergency?

Back To Emergency?

Jul 06, 2006

Crisis for content in media? Sure. But "Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill 2006", prepared by the I&B ministry, gives sweeping draconian powers to the government to effectively pre-censor and cripple media organizations.

The Assault On The Poor

The Assault On The Poor

May 26, 2006

When the history of the country's descent towards violence and chaos is written, the judiciary of the country can claim pride of place among those who speeded up this process.

Wrens In A Thornbush

Wrens In A Thornbush

Apr 08, 2006

The state, courts are complicit, so the status quo

Bowing Before Emperor Bush

Bowing Before Emperor Bush

Feb 24, 2006

Now that the plenipotentiary Caesar of the world, leading the most viciously amoral administration in living memory, has deigned to honour us with a personal visit, instead of these panting paroxysms of excitement, isn't it time to let him be known w

Why Bofors Must Not Be Buried

Why Bofors Must Not Be Buried

Jan 25, 2006

Myriad attempts by successive Congress governments to somehow bury it have failed. It symbolise not merely corruption in high places but also the corruption of almost every public institution in the country, including the judiciary.

Get Over The GDP-FDI Obsession

Get Over The GDP-FDI Obsession

Jan 05, 2006

We need to identify the urgent and important needs of the common people. The warped thinking by policymakers is leading to the collapse of agriculture and the rural economy in the country - and further impoverishment of the poor.

The Unanswered Question

The Unanswered Question

Dec 15, 2005

Expectedly, the exposed MPs have alleged a conspiracy against the country, Parliament, their parties or themselves - one of them even found "the notice very vague" as he could not answer the charge till he was "furnished the full footage" - but what

Judicial Impunity

Judicial Impunity

Sep 13, 2005

Former Chief Justice Bharucha officially lamented that at least 20% judges of the higher judiciary are corrupt. But there has not been a single official investigation against a judge in the last 15 years.

An Unconscionable Judgement

An Unconscionable Judgement

Aug 03, 2005

The SC's recent judgement on the IMDT Act betrays such an ignorance of basic legal principles and lack of sensitivity to human rights values, besides using a fantastic interpretation of the Constitution, that it could have extremely far reaching impl

Teflon-Coated Robes

Teflon-Coated Robes

Mar 19, 2005

The judiciary can certainly rap the legislature. What about its own knuckles?

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