Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Government retreats on judges' assets bill, to work for consensus

The government Monday deferred the introduction of a bill on the declaration of judges' assets, and said it would work to generate consensus on the issue following objections from Rajya Sabha members that it violated the Constitution and the Right to Information Act. "In view of the sentiments expressed by the members and to build consensus on the issue, I am deferring the introduction of the bill," Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said, as member after member, including Jayanthi Natarajan of the ruling Congress, objected to Clause 6 of the Judges (Declaration of Assets and Liabilities) Bill 2009 under which the assets of judges can not be made public.

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