The Uncle Judges syndrome has hit again, with the Supreme Court observing that something terribly wrong is taking place in the name of justice at the Allahabad High Court.
The Hindu reports that a
its not fair to doubt integrity of all such judges.its better that the concernd judge should make public names of such relatives,persons who should not appear before them with info 2 chief justice also.
People may recollect the latest law commission report which came down heavily on the issue. Some months have passed since then but nothing much has happened. In the interim the Apex Court had decided to transfer a number of judges across High Courts which was met with resistance. Some were possibly genuine objections against transfer, but in most cases the decision to transfer judges out of home state was proper and need of the hour. In some States, members of the bar opposed the transfer move which delayed the final orders. In this context, it needs to be remembered that bars are also controlled by groups, which in certain States are aligned to particular judges/section of judges and opposed to certain other/group of judges. Therefore, a move to transfer a particular judge is made to be seen as an unjustified punishment; when it is actually not.This phenomenon is not only restricted to Allahabad but also some other States. For example, in a particular State, sons of sitting judges earn fees that is obnoxiously higher than the prevailing fees for senior counsels. All this must be investigated in the interest of the public and in the interest of the judiciary and in public interest. The Apex direction is properly directed and should sound a warning to the errant judges and their kin.
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