Prashant Bhushan, Supreme Court lawyer and anti-corruption activist blamed the government and the judiciary for not introducing judicial reforms, thereby refusing transparency and accountability in the system.
Mr. Bhushan said “We need systematic reforms in the judiciary to ensure that cases are decided quickly, properly and honestly.” “My observation is that neither the government nor judiciary is bothered about reforms. It suits the government to have a dysfunctional judiciary since a robust judiciary would mean more accountability. Even the judiciary is not interested in reforms because arbitrary practice has become a flourishing business for retired judges.”
On Saturday, Mr. Bhushan was speaking at the eleventh Gutta Sri Rama Rao Memorial Lecture on the ‘use of PIL in fight against corruption’, organised by NALSAR. No procedure was being followed in the appointment of judges and this was leading to corruption and incompetence in the judicial system he explained. His various PILs preordaining to increasing the strength of judges or for a free investigation on corrupt judges had either been struck off or was pending in courts, he informed.
Depicting his experiences related to PILs and its outcome, 20 per cent of all such cases he was involved in, met with reasonable success he said. “PIL related complaints are a developing field. They can play a significant role in controlling corruption and introducing systematic reforms. But one must work hard for it.”