Veerappa Moily announces a new bill to check corruption in judiciary

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (ANI): Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said on Saturday that India has drafted a new bill to check corruption and increase accountability in the judiciary.

Moily said this at a seminar on Judicial and Legal Reforms organised by the Bar Association of India.

Known as the Judges Standard and Accountability Bill, it will be introduced in the parliament soon.

"The Judge Enquiry Act of 1968 will not take us anywhere. This is my conclusion. I have come to this conclusion. There is no point in talking about this individual or that individual in this system. What have you given? Have you created an environment so that nobody can be corrupt? If you can create that kind of situation, which is possible, I don't think anybody can be corrupt. Mow, I have already drafted a bill called the Judges Standard and Accountability Bill. No person with a shadow of corruption can become a judge if that system is put into place," said Veerappa Moily.

The Law Minister said the bill has been drafted after wide consultations to strengthen the judiciary.

"The work of the national legal mission is borne out of the national consolations where we have worked out a vision of timely delivery of justice to all, a vision to strengthen judiciary to reducing pendencies and delays. Idea is that we will not hesitate to take decisions on human resource development management, infrastructure -physical and technological, policy changes and procedural reforms and also create a special purpose vehicle to fund it. Because when all this work is lined up people say where is the fund for it. We are creating that, a dedicated fund both at the state level and the central level so that all that we intend to achieve should not suffer want of funds," said Moily.

Moily said he would make all the reforms in the new bill a reality within 3-4 years and would speed up the process of dealing with the pending cases.

He also congratulated the judges who recently declared their assets for bringing about a transparency in the system. (ANI)

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