Chandigarh: Mooting a joint all-out
effort by stakeholders for judicial reforms, eminent jusrists
from various countries on Sunday called for steps to check
corruption and bring greater accountability in judiciary.
Reforms cannot be brought single-handedly, Chief
Justice of Maldives Justice Abdulla Saeed said at the two-day
international conference of jurists on judicial reforms.
Referring to the recent judicial reforms introduced in
Maldives, Justice Saeed said the Supreme Court in his country
came into existence only in 2008, replacing the Judicial
Council, thereby giving complete control of the justice system
to the judiciary.
Justice Shamsuddin Choudhary, Judge of the High Court
Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, said that
justice for all, particularly common people, can only be
achieved through judicial activism.
The Bench and the Bar together form a mighty force,
which was amply proved when this combination brought down the
"despotic rule" of General Parvez Musharraf in Pakistan, he
Choudhary also called for more cooperation in the
field among the countries of the SAARC region, since "we have
common problems" and should address them from a common
Justice Avdhesh Kumar Yadav, Judge of the Supreme
Court of Nepal, raised the issue of corruption and said that
no reform can be complete unless this issue is tackled.
"Corruption was a common problem in the SAARC region."