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NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra warned on Sunday that allegations of corruption against judges is not just damaging for the reputation of the judiciary but also has the potential to create an internal security problem for the country. 

“We need to weed out corruption from police and judicial system. The entire criminal justice system needs reform. Allegations are made against higher judiciary, including the Chief Justice of India. The need is to clean the system and effectively ensure justice," Vohra said while speaking at RAW's annual Kao Memorial Lecture.

Addressing the top most intelligence officers of the country, he said that people might fall prey to those who want to sabotage the internal security of the country if they feel that corruption is the reason they are not getting justice.

"Varied threats to national security also originate from corruption in the administrative systems, all over India. As past experience has shown, corruption vitiates the Constitution and the Rule of Law and destroys the very foundations of the administrative and legal systems,” he said.

“It generates unaccountability and inefficiencies which, in turn, cause anger and helplessness among the people at large, particularly the poor and marginalized segments, who may be even further alienated and compelled to resort to arms,” he added.

Calling for a complete overhaul of India's internal security apparatus, the Governor said that the need of the hour is a separate Ministry of Internal Security Affairs. "The Ministry of Home Affairs has ever increasing pressure. Senior echelons have many things to take care off. Internal security is just one of them. Internal security requires operational decisions without delay. Time has come for a ministry of internal security affairs," he said.

Elaborating on the proposal, he said that a National Security Administrative Service must be raised which would be the core of the said internal security ministry. He also called upon the states to play a more active role in tackling potential internal security threats rather than depend on the union government.

"The union has also been hesitant in exercising its authority under Article 256 of the Constitution to issue appropriate directives to the affected states for taking the required actions to timely quell arising disturbances,” he said.

“On the contrary, the practice actually followed in the past decades has been for the home ministry to merely issue “advisories” to the concerned states in regard to the management of emerging situations. Thanks to this amiable approach, it has not been possible to pre-empt any arising disorder," he said.

He also said that the Law governing the National Investigation Agency must be strengthened and the NIA should be aided by all state and central agencies for swift investigation in anti-terror cases.