New Delhi: Corruption in India is above even god and the Supreme Court has proved that courts continue to support people’s fight against it, former Supreme Court judge and rights activist V.R. Krishna Iyer has said.
The recent remarks by the apex court about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s “inaction and silence” over the spectrum scandal proved that “despite its imperious nature, the courts still serve a purpose to guarantee people’s rights against corrupt practices”, Iyer, 95, told IANS in a telephonic interview from Kochi.
Iyer said he has sent a congratulatory letter to Justice Ganguly, one of the two judges hearing the public interest litigation in the 2G spectrum allotment issue.”I know him well. He is an admirer of public interest litigation (PIL) that I pioneered when I was a Supreme Court judge (1973-80),” he said. “I wrote that his observations critical of the prime minister’s inaction were sharp.”
“Please convey my deep appreciation of this courageous operation to all your colleagues,” Iyer wrote in the letter.”Court is one institution that still survives to battle corruption which must be eliminated if justice is to be a reality in India. It is the omniscient money power that governs state power today,” Iyer told IANS.
“Corruption, like god, is omnipotent in India and operationally on top,” the former judge observed. “Indian corruption is above god, above cricket, above Commonwealth Games. It is in every institution and office,” he said.