Kerala outfit: ‘Mudslinging’ makes judicial officers insecure
The association is a common body of all judicial officers from magistrates to district and sessions judges in Kerala.
In an unusual development, Kerala Judicial Officers Association on Saturday condemned the “recent mudslinging on the functioning of the judicial officers in Kerala.”
Without naming any incident, a press release from the association said: “Judicial officers all over the state feel insecure and humiliated and it appears that instead of (the) rule of law some undesirable elements are coming up with statements which would in future prevent officers from functioning without fear.”
The association is a common body of all judicial officers from magistrates to district and sessions judges in Kerala. Its president is Kollam district judge Ashok Menon.
The press release further said that while most allegations against the judicial officers were brought by persons who may have personal grievances against individual officers, these were made with an intent to tarnish the image of the entire judiciary.
The association said that using derogatory and disparaging language to condemn any official action of an officer is an onslaught on the institution of judiciary and an interference with the administration of the justice.
The outfit condemned unsubstantiated and factually incorrect statements made against some judicial officers.
The association, however, has not referred to any particular incident in which judicial officers were humiliated. An office-bearer of the association, who preferred anonymity, said everybody knows about the recent incidents. We have deliberately dropped its mention in the media release,” he said.
Recently, chief judicial magistrate N V Raju has been in the dock for his failure to record statement of solar scam accused Saritha S Nair when she was brought to his court. Political leaders had moved complaints against the magistrate’s action. A probe by the high court vigilance had also found fault with him.
Source:: Indian Express