Don’t touch Judiciary’s Independence: CJI

RSTV Bureau

supreme_courtChief Justice of India R M Lodha on Saturday asserted that independence of judiciary is “non- negotiable” and it has the inherent strength to foil any attempt to interfere with that.

In remarks that come against the backdrop of steps to end the collegium system of higher judicial appointments, he did not make any direct reference to the law passed by Parliament in this regard but said no effort to take away judiciary’s independence will succeed.

Judicial independence is essential for maintaining public confidence that there is an institution which would come to their “aid and rescue in case of any wrong committed by the Executive or anyone”, he said while addressing a seminar on ‘Rule of Law Convention -2014′.

The CJI called upon the legal fraternity to keep away people who “play tricks to taint judiciary” saying any form of corruption in judiciary “shield impurity which is the worst form of aliment in thriving democracy.”

“I won’t speak on the issue (the Bill) but I would touch upon the issue of independence of judiciary which is very dear to me. It is one thing which is non-negotiable,” Justice Lodha, who is demitting office as CJI on September 27, said.

Justice Lodha said “My experience is that by and large now people understand that judiciary is something whose institutional independence cannot be touched.

“Corruption has to be eradicated in all forms in judiciary,” the CJI said adding that the challenge is there to maintain the purity of judiciary.

While lauding the role played by legal profession in the independence of the country, he said “Now, the role of lawyers has become important for maintaining rule of law. Rule of law cannot be breached by anyone howsoever be a person mighty.”