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PM calls for judicial reforms

PM calls for judicial reformsNDTV Correspondent

Saturday, March 11, 2006 (New Delhi):

The Central government is preparing to unveil a Judicial Inquiry Bill amid calls to end corruption in the country’s judiciary.

The Chief Justice of India YK Sabharwal has welcomed the bill, which aims to make judges accountable.

Sabharwal also said the Supreme Court will take decisions in the issue of expulsion of MPs from Parliament – though the House Speaker did not respond to a notice.

Corruption in judiciary

At a conference of chief ministers and chief justices in Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed concern at cases falling apart because witnesses turned hostile.

Singh stressed the need to reflect on whether new provisions were required in law to deliver justice.

"There is need for all of us to reflect whether the existing procedures are adequate and foolproof," he said.

Singh added, that an important aspect of judicial reforms is to tackle corruption within the judiciary.

He said that Public Interest Litigations (PILs) have become a tool for obstruction, delay and sometimes harassment and thus a balanced approach is the need of the hour.

But Chief Justice Sabharwal cautioned against "knee-jerk" reactions and overburdening the judicial magistracy without providing adequate manpower. (With PTI inputs)