Moily Welcomes Asset Declaration Decision

New Delhi
Moily Welcomes Asset Declaration Decision
Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, who was opposed to any pressure on judges to make public their assets, today welcomed the decision of Supreme Court judges to declare their assets and said it is for them to work out on how to go about it.

"It is welcome. It is for the judges to decide how it should be done because what is best in the interest of the judges, they are the best judges," he said.

He was reacting to the decision taken yesterday by apex court judges to declare their asset, an issue that has been haunting the higher judiciary for quite some time.

Moily said, "Not that it is new, they were not unwilling but there are certain things for judges unlike (others as) they are not elected people".

The Minister said that the government never wanted judges to be embarrassed or inconvenienced. "If they have come forward to disclose it, it is welcome," he said.

Moily had to beat a hasty retreat in Rajya Sabha earlier this month and withdraw introduction of a bill seeking to protect judges from making their assets public after the entire opposition took strong objection to it.

Parties belonging to both the Left and the Right had joined hands on August three to oppose introduction of the Judges (Declaration of Assets and Liabilities) Bill, 2009, stating that it violated the Constitution by protecting the higher judiciary from disclosing their assets.

Moily had stated yesterday that if judges were voluntarily disclosing their assets and "wanting to become heroes, it is their wish".

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