Dr.M.Veerappa Moily, Minister of Law and Justice, informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply that the allegations of corruption in the judiciary, have come to the notice of the Government and have been reported in the press also, from time to time. The Government has not carried out any survey in this regard.
The Minister further informed the House that the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968 regulates the procedure for investigation and proof of misbehaviour or incapacity of a Judge of the Supreme Court or a High Court and for presentation of an Address to the President of India for removal of a Judge of the Supreme Court or a High Court.
The Government has decided to introduced a Bill titled "The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill,2010" in the current session of the Parliament. The Bill incorporates a mechanism for enquiring into individual complaints against the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts, enables declaration of assets and liabilities of Judges and lays down judicial standards to be followed by the Judges. At present the complaints filed by the public against the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts are received and examined by the Chief Justice of India or the Chief Justices of the High Courts, as the case may be. The Minister informed the House.
Law Firms in the Country
Dr.M.Veerappa Moily, Minister of Law and Justice, in the Lok Sabha in a written reply that under section 7 of the Advocates Act, 1961, the Bar Council of India is responsible to lay down standards of professional conduct and etiquette for advocates; to safeguard the right, privileges and interests of advocates; to recognize on a reciprocal basis foreign qualification in law obtained out side India for the purpose of admission advocate and to manage; to exercise general supervision and control over State Bar Councils and invest the funds of the Bar Council. The Bar Council of India, under section 47(2) of the said Act, on reciprocal basis may prescribe the conditions, if any, subject to which foreign qualifications in law obtained by persons other than citizens of India shall be recognized for the purpose of admission as an advocate under this Act. The Minister further informed the House that at present there is no proposal to allow foreign law firms into the country.
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