Chairman of the Press council of India Markandey Katju has called for an amendment to India’s Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.
“There is an urgent need to amend the law because the judiciary should not be above suspicion”. Katju says, “In the olden days, the King was the master and the people were the subjects. Since judges used to be delegates of the King, they had authority and dignity. But in a democracy, this relationship has been reversed. It’s the people who are the masters now and the state authorities, including judges are their servants.”
Katju is a retired Supreme Court judge. He says that times have changed and today every state functionary should be questioned.
[ from – The Telegraph, Calcutta—27 August 2014]
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