The Standing Committee of Law and Justice Ministry has put forth its recommendations pertaining to Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, but it has to be seen as to what extent these suggestions are approved? This question is bound to rise because some recommendations by the committee call for wider debate. According to the Standing Committee, judges need to control before pronouncing decisions. On first look this advice seems right because many a times the comments of the judges do not get reflected in their verdicts. There are many such examples where the judges were required to give clarifications for news published on the basis of their comments. But if, the Standing Committee is discouraging the judges from making any statement before pronouncing verdicts on this account, then this may create problems. It is not possible for a judge to hear a case without making any comment. During the hearing of a case, situation demands the judges to make a comment. It would be wise to consult the judges regarding this suggestion of the Standing Committee to find a middle path to avoid drawing different conclusions from their comments being made prior to the order. However, the above mentioned recommendation of the Standing Committee is inkling towards the fact that efforts are being made to impose unnecessary restraint on judges. Albeit, the Chairperson of the committee has given explanation in this regard but it does not make anything clear.

The execution of the recommendations of the Law and Justice Ministry’s Standing Committee on Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill is the need of the hour. This is so because while questions are being raised on the appointment procedure of the judges, the public is also getting the message that any action against corrupt judge has become a tough task. Laying the responsibility of appointment of judges with the judicial fraternity only is not right. Inclusion of people from outside the judiciary will not only reduce the chances of favouritism but will increase transparency as well. Undoubtedly, it is necessary to form an effective system for the declaration of judges’ assets other than hearing cases filed against them in a proper manner. Only time will tell when will the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill take the form of a law and will solve all the problems which the judiciary is facing now. But the Parliament and the government have to ensure that the objectivity of the Bill should be to bring transparency in the judicial system and make it more powerful instead of restricting the judicial activism. There should not be anything in the name of judicial reforms which would curb the autonomy of the judiciary. Now that the wheel of judicial reforms has started spinning, the government should also ensure that there is no delay in the reforms in other sectors. The Centre should realise that any delay in political and administrative reforms is mounting problems for the government as well as the country.