Prime minister advises judiciary to be cautious and remain divine : But what have we done to protect them?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Ravi Padmarah, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


On 5 April 2015 , Business standard reported about Prime minister’s speech in a conference of top judges in the country. According to the report, The Prime minister advises judges to avoid “perception-driven” verdicts. He also said that judiciary should have an internal mechanism of “self-assessment” as judges are considered “divine” and seldom face any criticism unlike the political class. His point was that perceptions are often driven by a handful of five start activists and it is easy to overlook the intricacies of the issues involved amidst these strong activist noise. About the same speech , The Hindu added some additional points . It said that the prime minister also warned the judiciary not to get stuck with archaic laws and the divinity of judiciary should be protected at any cost. Coming from a man who once vouched for appointment of top judges by ruling party instead of the traditional  method of appointment , these words almost seem sarcastic . The same person also has plans to enforce an Internet filter in India so that information dissemination can be controlled at will by political parties. May be he meant , judiciary should not get stuck with the laws that unnecessarily protects freedom of speech and freedom of information.
Sarcasm aside , the article published by Hindu also had mentioned some alarming realities . It touched upon the salary drawn by our current judges and emphasized the fact the number was comparable to fresh graduate salaries at some of the MNCs.So Mr Prime Minister expects the judiciary to obey everything the ruling party says , ignore the activists , fight against the amabanis and protect the integrity of democracy and then be happy about the paltry sum that they recieve as the salary . One of the best ways to counter corruption at highest level is to mitigate the motivation for corruption: In most cases money . If the government can ensure adequate compensation and adequate protection to its highest level of  officials ,corruption will automatically stop. The recent death of an IAS officer who tried to fight the mafia was a result of government’s incompetence in providing adequate protection to its servants . Unfortunately implementing this requires a bit more effort than travelling around the world and speaking big words.For the common man though,the hope that Prime Minister’s speech was not yet another show for the media is only thing left.    On 5 April 2015 , Business standard reported about Prime minister’s speech in a conference of top judges in the country. According to the report, The Prime minister advises judges to avoid “perception-driven” verdicts. He also said that judiciary should have an internal mechanism of “self-assessment” as judges are considered “divine” and seldom face any criticism unlike the political class. His point was that perceptions are often driven by a handful of five start activists and it is easy to overlook the intricacies of the issues involved amidst these strong activist noise. About the same speech , The Hindu added some additional points . It said that the prime minister also warned the judiciary not to get stuck with archaic laws and the divinity of judiciary should be protected at any cost. Coming from a man who once vouched for appointment of top judges by ruling party instead of the traditional  method of appointment , these words almost seem sarcastic . The same person also has plans to enforce an internet filter in India so that information dissemination can be controlled at will by political parties. May be he meant , judiciary should not get stuck with the laws that unnecessarily protects freedom of speech and freedom of information.
Sarcasm aside , the article published by Hindu also had mentioned some alarming realities . It touched upon the salary drawn by our current judges and emphasized the fact the number was comparable to fresh graduate salaries at some of the MNCs.So Mr Prime Minister expects the judiciary to obey everything the ruling party says , ignore the activists , fight against the ambanis and protect the integrity of democracy and then be happy about the paltry sum that they receive as the salary . One of the best ways to counter corruption at highest level is to mitigate the motivation for corruption: In most cases money . If the government can ensure adequate compensation and adequate protection to its highest level of  officials ,corruption will automatically stop. The recent death of an IAS officer who tried to fight the mafia was a result of government’s incompetence in providing adequate protection to its servants . Unfortunately implementing this requires a bit more effort than traveling around the world and speaking big words.For the common man though,the hope that Prime Minister’s speech was not yet another show for the media is only thing left.

Reference

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/pm-asks-judiciary-to-avoid-perception-driven-verdicts-115040500215_1.html

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/modi-chief-justices-conference-judiciary/article7070485.ece?homepage=true

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