Stressing the need to ‘cleanse’ judiciary,former Supreme court judge and Team Anna member,Justice Santosh Hegde today said judiciary was one of the major “contributors to encouraging corruption.”
“Judiciary needs cleansing. Enter judiciary if you are determined to do justice and improve the system which is very pathetic,” he said,addressing Management students here.
“One of the major contributors to encouraging corruption is judiciary,” Hegde said and asserted that India would not progress unless corruption was fought.
Hegde said there was no proportion between justice and delay and stressed the need for setting up more courts,appointing more judges and providing more infrastructure for early disposal of cases.
Referring to the corruption case against former Union Minister Sukhram,he said the trial had taken 10 years.
He was chargesheeted in 1996 and first conviction was in 2009.”He is 86 now and has approached Supreme court. This encourages people sitting on the fence to be corrupt.”
Pointing to the growth of corruption in the country,he said in 1985-86,when the Bofors case hit the headlines,the corruption involved was said to be about Rs 66 crore,while it had today touched Rs 1.76 lakh crore.
“Army chief has said he was attempted to be bribed. I know about corruption in judiciary. The other two organisations,I need not say anything,” he said.
India which boasts of a 5000 year culture was today 84th in the list of 142 countries in grading of honesty,Hegde said.
On MPs taking exception to Anna Hazare calling Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “public servant,” he said it had no derogatory meaning.
“There are good politicians,good administrators and good judges. But their numbers are dwindling,” Hegde said.
On expenditure incurred by government for safety of Mumbai attack case accused Ajmal Kasab,lodged in Mumbai jail,he said Kasab should be treated as an ordinary criminal. “On one side you want to eliminate him and on the other you want to protect him from those who are trying to eliminate him.”