The Rajya Sabha today noted the tendency of retired Supreme Court judges to opt for post retirement jobs in violation of their service terms.
Moving Private Member’s Bill on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2012 that seeks to amend Article 124 clause 7, H K Dua, nominated, raised the issue of whether retired Supreme Court judges should be permitted to take up judicial assignments post retirement such as giving advise or indulging in arbitration.
Expressing concern over the decline in the working of all three arms of the government, including the judiciary in recent times, he said though post-retirement assignments were forbidden, this was being violated by the apex court judges including some former Chief Justices of India for a high fee.
He maintained that when what was forbidden was being practised then it was the prestige of the last court of appeal in the land which suffered. Shantaram Naik, Congress, concurring on the matter felt that some limits should be laid down by the legislature on post-retirement jobs of SC judges. Noting that SC judges were creating their post-retirement vacancies, P Rajeeve, CPI(M), said SC often set up committees comprising retired judges to review matters.
He mentioned the instance where a former Chief Justice of India had appeared for a private party in the US in clear violation and demanded that the clause be amended.
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