Judicial Accountability Bill tabled in LS

The much-talked about Judicial Accountability Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 11:25 AM IST

New Delhi: The much-talked about Judicial Accountability Bill that will provide for accountability of judges and establish a credible mechanism for investigating individual complaints of misbehaviour was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

The Bill was introduced by Union Minister of Law and Justice Salman Khurshid, who appealed to the House members to approve the crucial legislation that aims to set new benchmarks in Indian judiciary.

The minister also introduced another bill, which calls for increasing the retirement age of High Court judges from the present 62 years to 65 years.
The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010, seeks to lay down judicial standards and provide for accountability of judges and establish a credible and expedient mechanism for investigating into individual complaints for misbehaviour or incapacity of a judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court and to regulate the procedure for such investigation.

It also proposes to form a panel to incorporate a provision to have in-camera proceedings of the committee which will scrutinize complaints against judges.
The Judicial Accountability Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha last year and was then sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Law and Justice.

A key recommendation of the committee that seeks to "restrain" judges from making "unwarranted comments" against other constitutional bodies or persons in courts.

PTI