In unprecedented remarks, the Madras High Court on Thursday (28 March) noted that even the judiciary was infested with corruption and that corrupt judicial officers and public servants should be declared “anti-nationals,” reports Times of India (TOI).
“They are anti-nationals because they are obstructing the development of this great nation. Terrorists are declared as anti-social elements. Thus, persons corrupt and acting against the developmental activities of our nation are also to be declared as anti-nationals. These anti-nationals do not care about the development of this country but are only interested in their self-development," Justice Subramaniam said.
Justice S M Subramaniam of the court noted that corruption in the judiciary was the “greatest enemy of the Constitution” and that it was imperative that wide-ranging reforms are initiated to reign in corruption in the courts.
"It is painful and unfortunate to state that sexual favours are demanded in lieu of bribe in educational institutions and public offices and what else can be worse than this in public administration," Justice Subramaniam added.
Recently President Ram Nath Kovind appointed former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as India's first Lokpal. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 was passed by Indian Parliament paving the way for the establishment of a Lokpal (Ombudsman) to fight corruption in public offices and ensure accountability on the part of public officials, including the prime minister.
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