THE judiciary is the most respected and trusted institution in our country. There is total belief that the judiciary can do no wrong and that it will always ensure that justice is done. It is therefore difficult for people to accept that judges too can be corrupt.
Sometime ago, a chief justice was involved in a disproportionate assets case. And in Andhra, two judges have been found to have tried to influence a CBI judge in a cash-for-bail case. The judges have been arrested and an investigation has begun.
A month ago, no less a person than a CBI can’t judge himself wasfound to be involved in a similar case. According to reports, he is alleged to have accepted a bribe of Rs.5 crore.
At the slightest provocation, the government in our country orders a CBI inquiry. Whenever a scam erupts, not only the government but activists – like the Team Anna and others – ask for a CBI inquiry. Shocking incidents of corruption among some judges shatter people’s faith in the judiciary.
Democracy in our country will collapse if the judiciary fails. This should not happen. While appointments are made, utmost care must be taken to ensure men of integrity are chosen.
Huge bribes are apparently being offered – Rs.5 crore to Rs.10 crore and may be it is difficult for some judges not to yield to temptation.