Profile of Prashant Bhushan
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.
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.
Statement on the Proposed Bill on Declaration of Assets by Judges
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
The state, courts are complicit, so the status quo
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
The judiciary can certainly rap the legislature. What about its own knuckles?