The first Division Bench of the Madras High Court led by its Chief Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi has said that a single judge of the court should have not doubted the functioning of the vigilance wing in State judiciary without ascertaining any facts on that count. The Bench, additionally comprising Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, mentioned the vigilance wing of the High Court was very a lot alive to its obligations and it had initiated disciplinary motion in opposition to as many as 39 judicial officers and court docket workers within the final one year. While dismissing a writ petition filed by advocate B. Sathishkumar with false averments that the High Court’s Registrar (Vigilance) R. Poornima had not handed increased

secondary examinations, the judges referred to observations made by the one decide at its Madurai Bench.

The single decide had mentioned: “Undoubtedly, judiciary has to strengthen its vigilance wing and the prevailing vigilance system in the judiciary is insufficient to crush the corrupt practices. Frequent surprise visits and inspection in the judicial departments and premises are needed.

“If these observations are taken in a right spirit by the administrators, then alone we can see the development of our great nation. Thus, the administrator must have a heart and spirit to take the issues in a right manner.”

Apart from imposing a price of Rs5 lakh on the advocate who had filed the case in opposition to the Registrar (Vigilance), initiating prison contempt proceedings in opposition to him and suspending him from practising regulation, the court docket determined to take care of the difficulty on its administrative aspect too.

The matter can be handled on the executive aspect too “in order to keep the administration free from impediments that are likely to cause damage to the system on account of unnecessary publicity or veiled efforts made by either insiders or outsiders.”

Credit: Jothika Venugopal

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