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Steering clear of tainted persons as judges

The call by the Union Law Minister, M Veerappa Moily, for introduction of a new law for avoidance of appointment of “corrupt” judges must be greeted with glee by the people of India. An honest judicial system is the last hope for ordinary citizens to fight against the evils in the society in any democratic nation. Moily has indicated that the government will soon introduce a new Bill in the parliament to prevent selection of any corrupt person as a “judge”.

A new law to assure future appointment of only honest judges is undoubtedly an important first step to restore public trust in Indian legal system. But the government must not shy away from taking more stringent steps to prosecute all corrupt judges, present and past, to build an honest judicial system that can elevate India to the height of a truly developed nation and bring prosperity to all citizens.

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