Kerala High Court Judge Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan on Saturday said that it was high time changes were brought to the criminal justice system so that an accused in a corruption case was proceeded against even after his/her death and the illegal wealth of the accused seized if the charges were proved.
He was inaugurating a two-day seminar on judiciary, democracy and public interest organised jointly by Media Information and Communication Centre of India (MICCI), New Delhi, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-India (FES-India), New Delhi, Media Education for Awareness and Social Transformation (MEDIACT), Thiruvananthapuram and Journalists' Initiative (JI) for Media Democracy, Thrissur.
He said that the existing system, marked by many limitations and long procedural delays, benefited only the corrupt.
Often, the accused died before the investigation into their corrupt acts were completed. Therefore, it was time changes were brought to the criminal justice system to ensure that the proceedings against the person accused of corruption continued even if he/she died midway thorough the trial or investigation and if found guilty, the wealth earned by the deceased through corrupt means was brought back to the nation. Sreedharan Nair, Chairman, Bar Council of Kerala delivered the keynote address. Rajaji Mathew Thomas, former MLA; Dr. Sebatitan Paul, former MP; C.R. Neelakandan, social activist; veteran journalist P. Rajan; Kerala Press Academy chairman S.R. Sakthidharan; RTI activist Joy Kaitharam; and High Court lawyers D.B. Binu and Sivan Madathil spoke.