Nariman rejects Delhi High Courts request to be amicus curiae

January 21st, 2009 - 5:52 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan.21 (ANI): Reputed lawyer and constitutional expert Fali Nariman has rejected the Delhi High Courts request to assist it in a case filed by the Supreme Court challenging a directive that can ask the judges of the apex court to declare their assets publicly. In a letter sent to the Delhi High Court, Nariman said the law is same for everybody and that the judges of the highest court must show that they too are agreeable to true practice.
Judges of the highest court who have powers to life and death over us citizens, judges who can (and do) send people to jail for contempt of its order must - I repeat must - show that they too are amenable to good practice, he said.
Nariman also opposed the stand taken by the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice of India (CJI) over the issue. He asked the judges of the apex court to show more judicial wisdom. Nariman said that moral considerations should not be taken into account at the time of judgment.
“That is how they earn the respect of us commoners. We in India learn by example - never by precept. For judges of the highest court to litigate as to whether or not they should disclose their assets is as bad as judges going to the court on whether it was lawful for income tax to be deducted from the salaries they get! We have good judges, but we need more judicial wisdom, he said.
Earlier, the Delhi High Court had stayed the Central Information Commission’’s (CIC) directive on judge’’s assets after an appeal filed by the Supreme Court. It also requested Nariman to be the amicus curiae (friend of the court). (ANI)

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