Former Supreme Court Judge Justice Markandey Katju has delivered another bombshell in his blog alleging corruption in the judiciary. Katju, who accused former Chief Justice SH Kapadia of not acting against a corrupt judge, has once again hit back at Justice Kapadia, who said that he does not remember the case mentioned by Justice Katju.
In his new blog post, Justice Katju has said “It is strange that Justice Kapadia does not remember Intelligence Bureau tapping the phone of the Allahabad HC judge.” Katju has alleged that the judge had serious allegations of corruption against him. Katju has said that phone tap record would exist with intelligence agency and also in CJI’s official file and can be accessed. He has also said that the SC collegium where Justice Kapadia was a member almost succeeded in bringing a Madras High Court Judge to the Supreme Court who was unfit for the post.
However, even as Justice Katju continues to make more claims, Chief Justice of India RM Lodha has defended the collegium system and said there is a campaign to defame the judiciary. “There is a campaign to disrespect the judiciary and this is doing a great damage. Don’t shake the confidence of the people by defaming judiciary.”
Lodha expressed anguish over Justice Katju’s allegations and said, “I am the product of the first batch of judges appointed by collegium and Justice Nariman is the last judge. We are a product of the system, if the product has failed then everything has failed.”
Katju has claimed that Justice SH Kapadia had recevied several complaints of corruption against a senior Allahabad High Court judge. Katju has also accused another former Chief Justice of India, Justice Ramesh Chandra Lahoti, of failing to act against five judges of the Allahabad High Court against whom he had gathered strong evidence of corruption.
Katju said that Chief Justices of India are reluctant to expose corruption in the judiciary thinking that this will defame the judiciary.
Lawyer and MP KTS Tulsi has backed Justice Katju’s allegations and said there is a need to do away with the collegium system. “There is a need for introspection within the judiciary. There is no campaign to malign the judiciary or tarnish its image. Any system will be better than the collegium system,” Tulsi said.