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Judicial Accountability Bill in next session

The Centre on Monday said it is hoping to get the Judicial Accountability Bill, aimed at dealing with complaints of the public against judges among other things, passed in the winter session of Parliament.



New Delhi: The Centre on Monday said it is
hoping to get the Judicial Accountability Bill, aimed at
dealing with complaints of the public against judges among
other things, passed in the winter session of Parliament.

"We are preparing the Judicial Accountability Bill and if
it is possible, we would like to get it passed in the next
session of Paraliament," Law Minister Salman Khurshid said
here.

He said government will try to discuss some important
points of electoral reforms and pass it in Parliament in a
stipulated time period.

The Union Cabinet had passed Judicial Standards and
Accountability Bill, 2010, on October 5, 2010, which will
subject judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts to the
scrutiny of a high-level committee and those facing serious
charges of misconduct may be asked to step down.

The bill provides for setting up of a five-member
Oversight Committee to be headed by a former Chief Justice of
India and will include the Attorney General to go into
complaints against the members of the higher judiciary.

Other members of the apex committee would be a Supreme
Court judge, the Chief Justice of a High Court and an eminent
person nominated by the President.

The bill, which seeks to replace the Judges (Inquiry)
Act, 1968, while retaining its basic features, will be
introduced in Parliament amid growing instances of allegations
of misconduct against judges.

The bill has provision for setting up of Scrutiny
Committees to which the cases will be referred by the
Oversight Committee.

PTI

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