Judiciary should be subjected to criticism: Congress daily Veekshanam

The daily said 'the principle that Caesar's wife should be above suspicion' must be made applicable to the judiciary also.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: February 4, 2016 10:46 am
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Congress daily Veekshanam on Thursday said judiciary should be subjected to criticism and asked whether such criticism be considered as contempt of court.

The daily said ‘the principle that Caesar’s wife should be above suspicion’ must be made applicable to the judiciary also.

The other day, a division bench of Kerala High Court had issued contempt notice to Congress minister K C Joseph on charges of allegedly making defamatory comments against high court judge Alexander Thomas.

The Congress daily, in its editorial, said why judiciary should be kept insulated from criticism in a democratic society where executive and legislator are subjected to scrutiny.

It is not the verdict, but the observations and opinions made by a section of judges that become controversial.On most occasions, the judges comment on issues that do not come under their purview or that is not related to the case they are considering. In such situations, when the judges invite criticism by interfering in unnecessary issues it should be examined whether such criticism should be considered as contempt of court, said the editorial.

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  1. G
    G M
    Feb 4, 2016 at 10:46 am
    Judge should take wholistic view. Therefore no issue is beyond his jurisdiction. Judge is also authorised to proceed sau moto on important issues of pertaining to any offence. Which again rests on judge's discretion. So the argument that judge can be criticized is absured. Challenging courts order in other court is a sort of criticism which every judgement invites in the wake of decisions. Criticism on public platform is not a criticism but a rebelion act (against established practices in accordance of sprite of Consution). Otherwise anarchy will prevail once these offenders who demean the court are not punished for their offence.
    1. S
      Feb 4, 2016 at 5:59 am
      Judges should be held to highest standards. But, in deception of democracy, judges are criminals of the highest order!!