Justice Bhatt quotes from a book of Dr. Barrack, “The Judge in a Democracy”, which summarizes the values every judge must live by.
In these days and times, when the cancer of corruption is spreading to consume the Indian judiciary, I believe that this must be made the pledge — the standard — that Indian judges must be held to.
This is what Justice Bhatt quotes:
“As a judge, I do not have a political platform. I am not a political person. Right and left, religious and secular, rich and poor, man and woman, disabled and nondisabled, all are equal in my eyes. All are human beings, created in the image of the Creator. I will protect the human dignity of each. I do not aspire to power. I do not seek to rule. I am aware of the chains that bind me as a judge and as the president of the Supreme Court. I have repeatedly emphasized the rule of law and not of the judge. I am aware of the importance of the other branches of government – legislative and executive – which give expression to democracy. Between those two branches are connecting bridges and checks and balances.
I view my office as a mission. Judging is not a job. It is a way of life. Whenever I enter the courtroom, I do so with the deep sense that, as I sit at trial, I stand on trial.””
And in the event that they fall short of anything less than this standard, let’s put them on trial.