The debate in Rajya Sabha on the Bill to increase the Judges’ salaries is, like the Lok Sabha debate earlier, equally noteworthy. Arun Jaitly, a former Law Minister, used the occasion to reflect on the process of Judges’ appointments, and the procedure to investigate minor allegations against the Judges. Other members too shared their concern about related issues.
Among other speakers, Ram Jethmalani’s speech was provocative: he deplored the fact that we are yet to build a monument for Justice H.R.Khanna, who had the courage to dissent in the A.D.M.Jabalpur case. D.Raja made a forceful plea for declaration of assets by Judges. The Law Minister reiterated the points which he made in the Lok Sabha. Overall, the debate in the Upper House reveals some Members’ defence of judicial review or activism – which is interesting when we know that political class in general is opposed to judicial activism.