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Corruption has become a way of life, says SC judge

December 08, 2010 13:37 IST

Holding that corruption has become a "way of life", senior Supreme Court judge Altamas Kabir has said "sensitivity" and values in governance are required to curb the menace.

"Why are we still floundering with our values? Why is it that the people are still helpless? The answer is simple, now it (corruption) has become a way of life... it has been accepted as a way of life," Justice Kabir said.

Addressing a function organised for release of a book, Restoring Values, edited by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's Managing Director E Sreedharan and Tata group's Resident Director Bharat Wakhlu, the judge also emphasised on the role of value-oriented education, and said that a change of mindset is needed to eradicate the problem.

"Unless we change our mindset, we cannot eliminate corruption," he said.

Asked if private sector should be brought within the purview of the Right to Information Act, Justice Kabir said, "It is for legislature to decide."

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