Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer had said “Even so, the creed of judicial independence
is our constitutional ‘religion’ and, if the executive use Article 222 to
imperil this basic tenet, the Court must ‘do or die’.

The Constitution of India is very clear on the distinct roles
of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. It envisages a free, fair and
independent Judiciary. While there is need of concerted efforts towards
propping up standards of judicial accountability, 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

Any direct or indirect interference by the politicians in the selection and
appointment of Judges is a threat to the very Independence of the
Judiciary. If the Judiciary is reduced to a mouth piece of the government,
the Courts will lose all relevance and end up 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 all judges 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 also very rightly 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”

Aires Rodrigues

Advocate High Court

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