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Judges' educational records not available with SC, HC

Oct 05, 2008 10:53 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: The answers to a new query put under the Right to Information (RTI) act has shocked everyone. The application under RTI sought to know ‘How learned are our Supreme Court and High Court Judges?’ These shocking details have been revealed in an RTI application filed by RTI activist Debashis Bhattacharya. The RTI activist alleges that no one seems to have any record of the educational qualifications of the judges, neither the Supreme Court nor the Law Ministry. Recently, there have been a few alleged instances of individual corruption and also a few reportedly shocking lapses of the entire judiciary. The judges are the men to give the verdict literally, every day. If the RTI activist is to be believed, no one seems to have any record of the educational qualifications of the judges serving in the High Courts or in the Supreme Courts of India. It is said that there is no updated data available, no certificates or mark-sheets, no details of marks obtained from matriculation to their mandatory degree in Law. Allegedly, the Supreme Court has no record, the Delhi High Court has no record and shockingly even the Ministry of Law and justice has no record. Bhattacharya also feels it might lead to a scam. “All this has happened despite Law Minister Hansraj Bharadwaj's written reply in the Parliament in March this year that judges are selected on several parameters, first of which was their education qualification,” said Bhattacharya. While questions have already been raised whether judges are appointed on the basis of their political affiliations, the search for their educational certificates could prove to more embarrassing for the government than an already embattled judiciary.

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