Corruption challenges rule of law, says Ansari
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 18:59
New Delhi: Departure from good governance has led to supremacy of rule of law being "challenged by corruption and malicious influence of money power," Vice President Hamid Ansari said on Sunday.

"The supremacy of rule of law has been challenged by corruption and the malicious influence of money power. Both are made possible by departure from norms of good governance," the Vice President said here addressing the 'International Conference of Jurists on International Terrorism and Rule of Law'.

Ansari added though India is committed to democratic governance, transparency and implementation of rule of law, its practice has been "marred by lapses resulting in a failure to deliver it in sufficient measure."

Commenting on the ability of the elite to subvert the rule of law by money or influence, Ansari said "the reality of the systemic discrimination and exclusion based on community, gender, class and other limiting and distorting considerations is compelling."

"A large swathe of society and polity even accept this situation as a way of life," he added.

Terming corruption as a significant threat to national security, Ansari said, "it shakes the legitimacy of the state, erodes its sovereignty and its capacity to exercise sovereign functions including ensuring law and order for citizens."

"It corrodes the social and political fabric of society, increases injustice, in its legal implications, and it results in the disregard to the rule of law," he added.

The Vice President observed that with increasing levels of violence, legal systems globally are resorting to incorporate exceptional and extraordinary legislations to deal with it.

"The challenge for the governments and legal fraternity across the globe is to deal effectively with violence within the framework of normal laws and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms."


First Published: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 18:59

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