Friday, May 21, 2010

Judiciary unable to check judge’s antecedents, can they check accused’s?

Following news shows how lax are judiciary’s standards in checking the antecedents of one of their own.

A man who was declared an absconder by a court in Indore worked as a judge in a superior court in the same city for years before his past caught up with him.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has suspended Additional District and Sessions Judge Narendra Kumar Jain for concealing the matter.

As a student of Christian College in Indore, Jain, along with four friends, was involved in a brawl with a hotel owner and his son in 1983. The owner, whose nasal bone was broken, lodged a police complaint that led to the arrest of Jain and his friends.

Jain was released on bail and appeared in court once in 1985. He was declared an absconder by the court when he did not appear later despite repeated summons.

Jain cleared an examination meant for judicial officers in 1994 but suppressed the fact that he was involved in a criminal case and was facing trial.

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