Bar assn to discuss Dinakaran issue today

 
Observing that the details of  assets allegedly owned by Justice Dinakaran were now in the public domain, Panchu wondered why the apex court had not ordered an inquiry.
Delivering the T R Venkatrama Shastri Memorial Lecture on Judicial Reforms here, he said the Bar Association of India would meet in New Delhi on Saturday to discuss the issue.
“We still don’t know what the collegium is thinking (on this issue). How do we explain to people who are concerned?” Panchu asked, cautioning that inaction on the issue could again “be a fundamental fault-line of the system”.

The senior lawyer emphasised that judicial reforms were required both with respect to the appointment of judges and in tackling “misconduct and corruption” in the judiciary. Endorsing the Constitutional Review Commission’s recommendation for setting up a National Judicial Commission to examine judicial appointments, Panchu said: “We cannot leave it to the judiciary alone.” The collegium “is a creature unknown to law,” he observed and called for a more transparent process in the appointment of judges.

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