Yechury calls for National Judicial Commission

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Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 26 (UNI) CPI (M) Leader Sitaram Yechury today called for constituting a National Judicial Commission as the present system of judges appointing other judges posed a challenge to the democratic set-up.

In his keynote address in connection with a seminar on ''Relationship between the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary'' organised as part of the Kerala Assembly Golden Jubilee celebrations here, he suggested the Commission have representatives from Judiciary, Executive, Legislature and from the Bar.

The Commission should have the power to deal with all the issues like appointment and transfer of judges and ensure judicial accountability.

The present system of appointing judges was incapable of appropriately addressing the diversities in India and was not open to public scrutiny, he claimed and added it lacked accountability and transparency. No democracy could survive if the justice delivery system was not prompt, efficient and impartial.

In his speech Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said with judicial activism, courts were trying to add another face to the Constitution.

Claiming that the court was expanding its jurisdiction even by regulating the powers of Parliament, he said the Indian society was watching with fear of court orders being in favour of globalisation, privatisation and liberalisation.

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