Corruption in judiciary has'n't reached dimension of "great concern": Moily
The govt agreed with outgoing Chief Justice of Delhi High Court A P Shah that there were instances of corruption in judiciary but said it has "not reached dimension of great concern".
"We have kept the independence of judiciary as sacrosanct. If any instances of corruption... don't say totally ruled out...but we cannot magnify it and none of us should do anything to tarnish the image of judiciary," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said when asked to react to Justice A P Shah's comment that corruption in judiciary was a "reality".
The Minister said corruption in judiciary has not reached the dimension of "great concern".
"If any instances of corruption (in judiciary), the judiciary itself will take appropriate steps to correct it. I am confident. It has not reached the dimension of great concern," he added.
A day before his retirement, Justice Shah had said "I will not tell you the truth if I say no corruption is there in judiciary. It is a reality, corruption does exist, but minimal corruption is there in higher judiciary."
Moily said despite instances of corruption, judiciary stands out for its integrity "when compared to other fields".
He said the proposed Judges Standards and Accountability Bill will take care of concerns over corruption in judiciary.
"While the power of Parliament to impeach a judge will remain, the proposed bill will provide a road map to deal with cases of omission and commission," he added