While Anna Hazare’s anti corruption crusade has stirred up the hornet’s nest in the country, the approval of the impeachment motion by an overwhelming majority in the Upper House of the Parliament against Justice Soumitra Sen on grounds of misappropriation of funds and malpractice has acted as a soothing balm to crores of Indians. It is a landmark achievement in independent India, as the Rajya Sabha has passed an impeachment motion against a Judge. Albeit, Soumitra Sen’s removal from the post is possible only when a similar motion is passed in the Lok Sabha. This clearly highlights the complicated procedure required for the removal of a corrupt Judge in higher Judiciary. On basis of the action initiated by the Rajya Sabha against Soumitra Sen, one cannot arrive at a conclusion whether he is the sole example in isolation on misconduct in the Judicial system. The flip side of the coin reveals that previously also serious charges of corruption have been levelled on Judges, however they were fortunate enough to evade an action against them. Had Justice P D Dinakaran of Sikkim High Court not tendered his resignation, he would have remained on the post till the time of impeachment. Ironically, whenever there is an effort to impeach a corrupt Judge, the process is marred by parochial politics. One fails to understand, why did the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) stand up in defense of Soumitra Sen? In 1993, the Congress had come out in support of Supreme Court Judge V Ramaswami during his impeachment process, which has a sharp resemblance to the BSP move made in favour of Soumitra Sen.

During the discussion on the impeachment motion of Soumitra Sen in Rajya Sabha, the parliamentarians almost unanimously felt that there has been an unwarranted delay in the approval of Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill. Unfortunately, the political parties have to disclose the reasons behind their reluctant approach to the important issue? Apart from an answer to this issue, the mass also like to know why the Parliament has been unable to put a check on the rampant corruption prevailing in day-to-day life of a common man. Recently, during the discussion in the Parliament on Anna Hazare’s arrest, several politicians came up with several arguments against the Jan Lokpal, but none of them could convince the people about the effectiveness of the Government version of Lokpal Bill to checkmate the large-scale corruption. It is highly disconcerting that at a time when Anna Hazare has mustered the support of masses on Jan Lokpal, the parliamentarians are gearing up to discuss the Government version of Lokpal which is not acceptable to the people. Though the task of framing law rests in the hands of the Parliament, it seems to have lost the vision that a law should be approved while keeping the public opinion in mind? It is the duty of the Parliament to win the confidence of people and assure the nation about its supremacy and competence.