NEW DELHI, Sept 13 � Chief Justice of India R M Lodha today asserted that independence of Judiciary is �non- negotiable� and it has the inherent strength to foil any attempt to interfere with that, reports PTI.
In remarks that come against the backdrop of steps to end the collegium system of higher judicial appointments, he did not make any direct reference to the law passed by the Parliament in this regard, but said no effort to take away the Judiciary�s independence will succeed.
Judicial independence is essential for maintaining public confidence that there is an institution which would come to their �aid and rescue in case of any wrong committed by the Executive or anyone�, he said , addressing a seminar � �Rule of Law Convention -2014�.
The CJI called upon the legal fraternity to keep away people who �play tricks to taint Judiciary�, saying any form of corruption in the Judiciary �shields impurity, which is the worst form of aliment in thriving democracy.�
�I won�t speak on the issue (the Bill) but I would touch upon the issue of independence of the Judiciary which is very dear to me. It is one thing which is non-negotiable,� Justice Lodha, who is demitting office as CJI on September 27, said.
�Having been a judge of High Courts and the Supreme Court for more than two decades (21 years), I can say with confidence that the Judiciary has the inherent strength and no effort would succeed in taking away the independence of Judiciary,� he said.