SC: The first and foremost quality required in a Judge is integrity

The Hon’ble Supreme Court, on 16th September 2019, in the matter of Shrirang Yadavrao Waghmare v. The State of Maharashtra and Ors. observed that a Judge is judged not only by his quality of judgments but also by the quality and purity of his character.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court observed that:

The first and foremost quality required in a Judge is integrity. The need of integrity in the judiciary is much higher than in other institutions. The judiciary is an institution whose foundations are based on honesty and integrity. It is, therefore, necessary that judicial officers should possess the sterling quality of integrity. (Para 6)

The behavior of a Judge has to of an exacting standard, both inside and outside the Court. (Para 7)

Judges are also public servants. A Judge should always remember that he is there to serve the public. A Judge is judged not only by his quality of judgments but also by the quality and purity of his character. Impeccable integrity should be reflected both in public and personal life of a Judge. One who stands in judgments over others should be incorruptible. That is the high standard which is expected of Judges. (Para 8)

Judges must remember that they are not merely employees but hold high public office. (Para 9)

There can be no manner of doubt that a judge must decide the case only on the basis of the facts on record and the law applicable to the case. If a judge decides a case for any extraneous reasons then he is not performing his duty in accordance with law. (Para 10)

The word ‘gratification’ does not only mean monetary gratification. Gratification can be of various types. It can be gratification of money, gratification of power, gratification of lust etc.,etc  (Para 11)

Copy of judgement: Judgement_16-Sep-2019

-Adv. Tushar Kaushik

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