Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the sanctity of the three other pillars of our democracy severely dented and having gone for a toss, our only hope now remains on the Judiciary.

But with the BJP wanting to overpower the Judiciary too, there is a very disturbing disquiet over the slippery slope on which judicial values are slithering. The highest standards of judicial independence must be ensured by warding off even the faintest trace of governmental influence on the judiciary, which is the last hope for the common man.

If the Judiciary is reduced to a mouth piece of the government, the Courts will lose all relevance and end up also as dens of chicanery and jugglery. The Judiciary should never be manned by persons who are tilted or aligned to any political party. Judges should have the spine to crack on illegalities done by all politicians, regardless of how high positions they hold. It has to be ensured that judicial accountability is maintained at all times with every Judge conforming to the highest standards of uprightness and integrity. If Judges cannot independently balance the scales of Justice, the Temples of Justice become pointless.

Caroline Kennedy had said “The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing”


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