May 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Strengthening people’s faith in the judiciary
THE editorial “Blot on the Bench” (May 2) does not do justice to the conduct of the members of the judiciary. The only thing new now is that a former judge of the High Court has been arrested, otherwise charges of involvement of members of the judiciary has been there for a long time. Last year, a retired Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had applied for anticipatory bail before the High Court at Chandigarh. Impeachment proceedings were started against Justice V. Ramaswami, who was a Supreme Court judge. It is a different matter that he could not be impeached.
There were proceedings against the judges of the High Courts of Punjab, Karnataka and Rajasthan. There were protests against the conduct of judges of the Bombay High Court. There have been proceedings against the subordinate judiciary by the High Court. Suspects were called upon to face enquiry or to seek retirement. In the majority of cases, the suspects sought retirement and the proceedings against them were dropped. That was not the proper way to deal with the culprits. In day-to-day trial, the judicial officers do not acquit the accused if the instruments of offence are destroyed by the accused. Such leniency towards the members of the judiciary by the High Court removed fear from their minds.
Put to shame are those who have blind faith in the judiciary. Unfortunately, there has been intimacy between the members of the subordinate judiciary and the High Court judges. The Contempt of Courts Act restrain me from telling the truth that the goings on in the judiciary, subject to a few exceptions, have not been above board.
Evils have crept in the judiciary on account of the soft attitude of the higher authorities towards the subordinates. Stage-managed annual inspection of the courts bring in intimacy between the bosses and the subordinates. The conduct and the behaviour of the members of the judiciary in violation of the rules and regulations also downgrade the judiciary in the eyes of the public. The members of the judiciary are very anxious to attend social functions at the places of their posting and to have contacts with the elite. Judicial officers have been performing marriages of their children at the places of their posting though the rules governing service conditions discourage such practice.
The lawyers have not lagged behind in encouraging lawlessness in the judiciary. The practice of law is mainly for making money and this thinking leads a person to depart from the noble principles. Sadly, the lawyers do not stand up against corruption. They stoop too low and their pet word is that they were doing so because they want to get relief from the court. It means that they kill their conscience and depart from their principles of legal ethics.
If the judiciary fails or the people lose confidence in the judiciary, there will be lawlessness throughout the country.
— TEJ BAHADUR PURI, KAPURTHALA
Whose fault is this?
Apropos of your report “Maj-Gen not allowed to meet President” (April 24), this kind of humiliation has been going on quite frequently. In the recent past, we know what kind of treatment was given to former Army Chief General Padmanabhan, Air Marshal Sekhon and so on. But whose fault is this? If the Defence top ranking officers keep taking things lying down, this humiliation will continue. Remember frequent episodes like this will not only tarnish the image and dignity of the Defence forces but also the retired officers and those who are always at the receiving end. —
COL G.B. SINGH (RETD), PATIALA
If the Defence top ranking officers keep taking things lying down, this humiliation will continue. Remember frequent episodes like this will not only tarnish the image and dignity of the Defence forces but also the retired officers and those who are always at the receiving end.
— COL G.B. SINGH (RETD), PATIALA
This refers to the report regarding suspension of MDS admissions in the Government Dental College at Patiala by the Dental Council of India in
Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Pedodontics because of the non-availability of teaching staff in these subjects. Interestingly, both in the Government Dental Colleges at Amritsar and Patiala, there is no teacher in the subject of Oral Pathology for the last 40 years. In the subject of Orthodontics, both the colleges had one Professor — Dr Manohar Singh — who has since retired. It is not understood why and how the Dental Council of India is allowing recognition to these colleges when the faculty staff is not there as per the requirement? —
DR (BRIG) KARAMJEET SINGH, KOT-BILLA
It is not understood why and how the Dental Council of India is allowing recognition to these colleges when the faculty staff is not there as per the requirement?
DR (BRIG) KARAMJEET SINGH, KOT-BILLA
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