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Independence of the judiciary is non-negotiable: CJI

Swearing-in of Cheif Justice of India

Swearing-in of Cheif Justice of IndiaNew Delhi: Chief Justice of India R M Lodha today 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 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.

“Having been a judge of High Courts and the Supreme Court for more then two decade, 21 years, I can say with confidence that judiciary has the inherent strength and no effort would succeed in taking away the independence of judiciary,” he said.

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

“I am more than confident that independence of judiciary maintained by everyone and anyone for whom judiciary is dear at any cost and once it is maintained I am sure there would be strong rule of law as it is the independence of judiciary that leads to confidence in people mind that here is a judiciary that would come to their aid and rescue if there is wrong done by executive or by anyone.”


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