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“Independence of Judiciary” or “Judicial Activism of the Worst Kind”:

Posted by khuram on October 19, 2010

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“Independence of Judiciary” or “Judicial Activism of the Worst Kind”:

Story began when former President General Musharraf endorsed a corruption oriented reference against Chief Justice. Apparently Chief Justice was involved in corruption.

President’s intention was quite irrelevant. If there was a corruption charge against Chief Justice then President should have endorsed it. And he did it.

Then Chief Justice acquired overwhelming sympathies of the opposite camp of General Musharraf, the then President. A full-fledged movement/struggle mainly led by lawyers was launched to restore what they called “Independence of Judiciary”.

As a result, that government has gone and Chief Justice got victory over President. Now situation is that Judiciary is dictating and interfering in the functions of Executives (Present President and Prime Minister). It appears that President and Prime Minister are sub-ordinate to Judges.

Anyways, was struggle of lawyers right? In my opinion … No!

In my opinion, lawyers struggle was not right. Their general argument which they published in various street banners was something like:

“In the World History Judge never has been punished.”

This argument was wrong and misleading. In the ancient Iran, punishment of corrupt Judge was that his body skin used to be torn away and then used to be placed on his (Judge’s) chair. Then son of that Judge used to be asked to perform the role of judge while sitting on that chair.

We are all idiots. We took corruption of judges so lightly. Corruption by Judge is in fact the worst kind of crime!

Reference:

Wikipedia describes about a Judge named Sisamnes in article named “Sisamnes” in following words:

According to Herodotus, Sisamnes was a corrupt judge under Cambyses II of Persia. He accepted a bribe and delivered an unjust verdict. As a result, the king had him arrested and flayed (i.e. process of removal of skin alive) alive. His skin was then used to cover the seat in which his son would sit in judgement.

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