The Supreme Court observed that the Judicial Officers must possess impeccable integrity in their public and personal relationships while refusing to show any leniency to a Magistrate who was dismissed from service for passing certain judicial orders in favor of clients and relatives of a lady lawyer, with whom he holds allegedly proximate relations.
The division bench comprising of Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose while dismissing his plea retreated that the word “gratification” does not only mean monetary gratification but also include gratification of power, the gratification of lust, etc. refusing to show any leniency to Shrirang Yadavrao Waghmare, the bench observed:
“In this case, the officer decided the cases because of his proximate relationship with a lady lawyer and not because the law required him to do so. This is also the gratification of a different kind.
.The Judicial Officer concerned did not live up to the expectations of integrity, behavior and probity expected of him. His conduct is as such that no leniency can be shown and he cannot be visited with a lesser punishment”.
The division bench further observed that the Judicial Officer must decide the case only on the basis of the facts on record and the law applicable the case. It added if a judge decides any case for any extraneous reasons then he is not performing his duty in accordance with the law.
The bench made certain observations referring to the earlier judgments which decided the quality required for the persons holding judicial office.
“The behavior of a Judge has to of an exacting standard, both inside and outside the Court”.
“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”.
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