Appointment of judges should be on basis of merit only: Hedge

Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde on Thursday said appointment of judges should be made purely on the basis of merit and integrity.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2010, 00:10 AM IST

Shimla: Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N
Santosh Hegde on Thursday said appointment of judges should be made
purely on the basis of merit and integrity.

"The appointment of judges should be purely on basis
of merit and integrity. Representation on regional or communal
considerations should have no place in selection of judges,"
he said while delivering a lecture on `Democracy at cross
roads` organised by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.
He said as long as the constitutional organs discharge
their functions with honesty and integrity, they enjoyed an
exalted status. Even when the other two pillars succumbed to
cancer of corruption, the judiciary guarded its credibility
and emerged as saviour many a time.

"Sadly, in recent years probity in judiciary also
suffered severe blows and urgent corrective steps are needed
to sustain faith of people in the institution," he said.

Hedge, who hogged into the lime light by temporarily
resigning from the office of Lokayukta to protest against the
failure of the Karnataka government to give promised powers to
investigate corrupt officers, cautioned that if the conduct of
judges is not transparent, credibility of judiciary will be
eroded fast.
Referring to corruption in politics, he said "politics
has become the most lucrative business as evident from the
fact that the assets of the MPs who were re-elected in 2009
shot up by a whopping 287 per cent, with the average increase
of Rs 2.75 crore per member.

"They even missed the question hour, failed to debate
on important bills and created disorderly scenes in the House
a sitting of which cost Rs 23,005 per minute."

PTI