TAMIL NADU

Code of conduct

Sir, — The article `When shall the judges be found guilty?' has not appeared a day too soon. The views expressed therein are timely and deserve the highest consideration by the Constitution review committee which is engaged in recommending a revamp of the Constitution wherever required. Constitutional procedure presently in vogue for taking action on the erring judges has been found to be wanting and the credibility of the procedure itself is under a cloud, as members of Parliament cannot honestly divest themselves of their political affinities however much they may claim to do so while dealing with the impeachment issue in the House.

The legal profession is one of the oldest and is regulated by the Bar Councils and Disciplinary Committees set up thereunder. These regulations do not cover the Supreme Court and High Court judges. It is necessary to set up a disciplinary committee in order to maintain the highest integrity of the judges and to enforce a mandatory code of conduct for their behaviour.

When all the professions are subject to a mandatory and prescribed code of conduct known to everyone, there is no reason why the same cannot be followed in the case of judges as they too belong to the legal profession though placed in higher echelons.

T.V. Padmanabhan, Chennai

Sir, — The article deals exhaustively on the deficiencies in our laws and how they protect the judges. It is hoped that the Constitution review panel recommends remedial steps to correct the wrongs suitably. The Centre should take quick steps to accept and implement such recommendations without giving room for criticism that `they will never see the light of day'.

S. Bakthavathsalam, Chennai

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