Aires Rodrigues
2014-10-21 02:57:42 UTC
Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai must be lauded for yesterday being the only MLA
having the spine to speak out against Narendra Modi government?s devious
National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill which will craftily encroach
on and undermine the much needed independence of the judiciary.

The current Collegium mode could have been the safest and surest way to
preserve the Independence of the Judiciary had it not been reduced to a
cabal. The collegium has ended up being a very secret club with the
proceedings not being a public record. This veil of secrecy is untenable
and cannot go on. The colleguim system should have instead been given a
constitutional status with all its deliberations being very transparent and
within the purview of the Right to Information Act.

There needs to be a reform in the process of judicial appointments by
making the judiciary accountable to the public at large while also ensuring
it is totally free from political interference. Only then will the
Judiciary act as a successful defensive wall against the growing excesses
and abuse of power by the executive. But with the government now set to
have a say in the selection of judges the awfully dark days are looming for
the very Independence and Autonomy of the Judiciary. Modi-fied Judges will
soon preside over our Temples of Justice.

Aires Rodrigues

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