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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Being transparent, what is that?

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So neither the politicians nor the judges want to be in the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) act to declare their and their relatives assets to the people of Bharat (misnomer: India). Earlier PMO had removed a crucial part of the RTI act which allowed citizens to even get the all important File Noting which are crucial to make a decision about the kind of correspondence that goes on between various government departments and observations noted by the government employees on the files. So much for all the hype about being transparent and clean. Might as well just scrap the RTI act all together.

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He also attached a document expressing his frank views opposing the stand taken by the Chief Justice of India and the SC.

In the annexure, which is a signed letter to the editor of a daily, the noted jurist says, "Judges of the highest court who have powers to life and death over us citizens, judges who can (and do) send people to jail for contempt of its order must - I repeat must - show that they too are amenable to good practice."

The letter adds, "That is how they earn the respect of us commoners. We in India learn by example - never by precept. For judges of the highest court to litigate as to whether or not they should disclose their assets is as bad as judges going to the court on whether it was lawful for income tax to be deducted from the salaries they get! We have good judges, but we need more judicial wisdom."

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