Opposition for withdrawal of judges bill

Opposition called for the withdrawal of the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill demanding to give it more teeth.

New Delhi: A much delayed bill which provides
for a mechanism for investigation against judges was taken up
for consideration in the Lok Sabha amid demands that it should
be withdrawn and amended to give it more teeth.

The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010,
which was introduced in December, 2010 has now been brought
with fresh amendments, including one which seeks to restrain
judges from making "unwarranted comments" against conduct of
any Constitutional authority.

The House also took up another Bill for consideration
which seeks to increase 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.

It is a Constitutional Amendment Bill which seeks to amend
Articles 217 and 224 of the Constitution to increase the
retirement age.

Moving the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill for
consideration and passage, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said
the legislation seeks to set up a mechanism to inquire into
complaints against a judge of the Supreme Court or the High
Court - a matter, he said, was dear to the heart of MPs.

The Bill seeks to repeal the Judges Inquiry Act, 1968 but
retain some of its key features like power to Parliament to
impeach a judge of the Supreme Court or the High Courts,
Khurshid said.

Initiating the debate, D B Chandre Gowda (BJP) said the
Bill was "opaque" and inadequate to address the issue and
needed a "relook".

PTI