New Delhi, July 22 ANI | 5 months ago

Breaking his silence on former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju claims of corruption in the judiciary, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that former law minister H.R. Bhardwaj has already spoken on the issue.

"The then law minister H. R. Bhardwaj has explained everything. I have nothing more to add," Dr. Singh told a television channel here today.

Katju alleged that the previous UPA Government had extended the tenure of a corrupt additional judge of the Madras High Court due to stay in power as its key ally from Tamil Nadu had threatened to withdraw support.

Earlier today, there was uproar in the Parliament over Markandey Katju's allegation of corruption existing in the judiciary.

The government backed Justice Katju's claims and also pointed fingers at the previous UPA government.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while speaking in the Rajya Sabha called for a need to improve upon the system of appointment of judges.

This led to uproar in the House with the Congress questioning the government saying judges' conduct cannot be discussed in Parliament. The DMK too raised the issue in the Lok Sabha which saw repeated adjournments over the issue.

(Posted on 22-07-2014)

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