Like Caesar’s wife,judges must be above suspicion: SC

“A Judge,like Caesar’s wife,must be above suspicion,” said the Supreme Court on Wednesday as it upheld the compulsory retirement of a District and Sessions Judge of Madhya Pradesh in 2004 “in public interest”

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 9, 2012 1:55 am

“A Judge,like Caesar’s wife,must be above suspicion,” said the Supreme Court on Wednesday as it upheld the compulsory retirement of a District and Sessions Judge of Madhya Pradesh in 2004 “in public interest”.

“The standard of conduct expected of a judge is much higher than an ordinary man,” said a Bench of Justices R M Lodga and A R Dave. Pointing out that the judge in question had involved one MP and the Ministry of Law,Justice and Company Affairs after he was given bad grades in his ACR for 1993-94,the court said such conduct was “most reprehensible” and highly unbecoming of a judicial officer.

“His conduct has tarnished the image of the judiciary and he disentitled himself from continuation in judicial service on that count alone. A judge is expected not to be influenced by any external pressure and he is also supposed to not exert any influence on others in any administrative or judicial matter,” said the court.

“A judge,like Caesar’s wife,must be above suspicion. The credibility of the judicial system is dependent upon the judges who man it. For a democracy to thrive… every judge must discharge his judicial functions with integrity,impartiality and intellectual honesty,” it held.

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