Cabinet clears bill for probe panel against errant judges

October 8th, 2008 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) The cabinet Wednesday paved the way for enacting a law for establishing a panel headed by the chief justice of India to probe into allegations of corruption and misconduct against judges of higher judiciary.For establishment of the probe panel, to be known as the National Judicial Council, the cabinet decided to introduce the Judges Inquiry (Amendment) Bill, 2008, in parliament after withdrawing the old one of 2006 from the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters after the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Chidambram said the bill would incorporate some of the recommendations of the parliament panel headed by Rajya Sabha member S. Natchiappan, which had examined the Judges Inquiry Bill, 2006, introduced in the Lok Sabha on Dec 19, 2006.

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