Life of Judges have become miserable: Chief Justice H L Dattu

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has come out strongly in support of the now replaced Collegium saying it had enough checks to weed out the corrupt. A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said it was a chronic habit with some lawyers in every high court to file anonymous complaints repeatedly against a Judge.

These advocates know well that a Judge was defenceless against such complaints so they “continue throwing bricks at the Judges” in the cloak of anonymity.  “Life of Judges have become miserable,” the CJI said.

Dismissing a petition challenging elevation of a district judge as a Judge of the High Court allwging he had questionable integrity, the bench said the Collegium system had enough checks to weed out corrupt.

“The High Court collegium first scrutinizes a person’s integrity before recommending appointment as a Judge of the HC. It then gets placed before the Supreme Court collegium which seeks a through inquiry into the recommended person’s integrity from the Intelligence Bureau.

“After the SC collegium recommends the name for appointment as a Judge of the HC, the law ministry seeks a separate report from the IB. If the law ministry also misses the blemishes in the person, then he is really lucky to get appointed as a Judge of HC,” the bench said.