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  • 1. Welcome to Sify.com http://sify.com/printer_friendly.php?id=14381400&ctid=2&lid=1 PTI CJI rules out declaration of assets by judges Sunday, 04 February , 2007, 12:21 New Delhi: Holding that there was no limit to judicial review, Supreme Court Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan has ruled out the question of having any compulsory annual declaration of wealth and assets by judges of the apex court and high courts. No self-respecting judge would accept the idea of such compulsory declaration or have any committee of lay persons to probe the conduct of the judiciary, Justice Balakrishnan maintained in an interview to Karan Thapar for CNN-IBN programme Devils Advocate, according to a press release of the channel. Welcoming the proposed National Judicial Council intended for enforcing judicial accountability, the Chief Justice, however, rejected the idea of involving any lay persons in the council. "It is a question of independence of the judiciary. If any other person conducts such an inquiry about any judge, it will cause serious encroachment into the independence of the judiciary. I personally believe if anyone else inquires into the allegations against the judges and imposes punishment, I dont think any self-respecting judge would like it," Justice Balakrishnan observed. "© 2004 sify.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed."1 of 1 4/26/08 2:19 PM