BhushanJudicial system has 'collapsed': Prashant Bhushan

Claiming that the Indian judicial system has "collapsed", noted lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan today said a big social movement is needed to improve the functioning of the judicial apparatus.

PTI| Updated: Apr 10, 2016, 22:20 PM IST

Bhopa: Claiming that the Indian judicial system has "collapsed", noted lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan today said a big social movement is needed to improve the functioning of the judicial apparatus.

"Judiciary is an important institution... But the judicial system has collapsed. A big movement is needed to improve it," he said at a talk show here.

"There is no institution free of government and judiciary (control) where a complaint against the judiciary can be lodged. Due to this, corruption is thriving," he alleged.

"You can take the government to court but the system there has collapsed. You are not heard and cases drag. So, along with legal awareness, social awareness is also needed to improve the system," said the 59-year-old lawyer-activist, the founder of the outfit, 'Swaraj Abhiyan'.

Bhushan said it is unfortunate that people in the judiciary and the government do not want change and "seem happy" with the status quo.

He claimed the government wants a "collapsed" judicial system so that there is no safeguarding of the fundamental rights of the people.

"If the judicial system is strong and successful, the government will be bound to respect the basic rights," he said.

Targeting RSS, Bhushan said it was "saffronising" the education system and "poisoning" the minds of students against minorities.

"We should oppose this tooth and nail," he said.

Ninety-nine per cent of the villages in India do not have MBBS doctors, he also said as he called for a new cadre of physicians to be raised to cater to healthcare needs in the rural areas.

Bhushan also alleged that the AAP government in Delhi was using public money on its advertisements.