Should judges accept official posts after retirement?

Syllabus: GS-II, Subject: Polity, Topic: Judiciary and Tribunals, Issue: Independence of Judiciary

Context: A Calcutta high court judge  resigned to join a political party.

Concerns with judges joining politics post retirement/resignation:

  • Raises questions about judicial independence and integrity.
  • Raises doubts about the integrity of past judgments.

The way ahead:

  • Revisit the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct to address judiciary-politics transitions.
  • The Law Commission recommended a cooling-off period of at least two years.
  • Consider increasing the retirement age for judges.
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