Bills on judiciary may be delayed further

A much-delayed bill which provides for a mechanism to investigate complaints against judges could be held up further in Parliament.

New Delhi: A much-delayed bill which
provides for a mechanism to investigate complaints against
judges could be held up further in Parliament along with
another measure which seeks to increase the retirement age of
High Court judges.

The discussion on the two bills - the Judicial Standards and Accountability and the Constitution (114th Amendment)
Bill, 2010-- remained inconclusive in the Lok Sabha today as
the House was adjourned abruptly today after uproar created by
BJP which wanted voting on the two bills.

The Constitution amendment bill requires that it be
passed by a two-third majority of the members present which
should not be less than half the strength of the house.
A senior minister told PTI that the two bills were not
part of tomorrow`s agenda.

Tomorrow is the last day of the extended Winter session.

The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill 2010,
which is an amended version of the one introduced last year,
provides for a mechanism to investigate complaints against
judges.

The 114th Constitution Amendment Bill seeks to raise the
retirement age of High Court judges from the present 62 years
to 65 years, bringing it on par with the retirement age of
Supreme Court judges.
Questions are also being raised over whether the
Whistle-blowers` Bill will be taken up in the Rajya Sabha
tomorrow. The Bill has already been approved by the Lok Sabha.
The Rajya Sabha is expected to devote the entire day tomorrow
on the Lokpal Bill.

PTI

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