Eminent jurists from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Maldives, who participated in the two-day international conference of jurists on Judicial Reforms in the city, called for a joint SAARC forum for judges to introduce judicial reforms, while stressing the need to tackle the problem of corruption on Sunday. Speaking on the concluding day of the conference, Justice Avdhesh Kumar Yadav, Judge of the Supreme Court of Nepal, criticised judges indulging in corrupt practices while deliberating on the issue of rise in corruption creeping into the judiciary and the need for a free and fair role of judges.
He said no reform could be complete unless this issue is immediately tackled. He added corruption was a common problem in the SAARC region.
Addressing the valedictory function at the Law Bhawan auditorium, the Chief Justice of Maldives, Justice Abdulla Saeed, said these reforms could not be brought about single-handedly. Participating jurists also voiced concern about the lack of interaction between judges of SAARC countries, calling for a joint forum, a body for the judges of the SAARC countries, to share knowledge.