The legal community in India was sent reeling after allegations that one of its Supreme Court judges is honest and has refused to take bribes.
Mr. Justice Singh of Delhi was outted by an undercover reporter from the Indian News of the World, who offered him $10,000 in foreign currency to bring a case forward by a year. Although the quality of the video is poor, having been shot in dark conditions, and the audio is sometimes muffled, Singh is clearly heard refusing to take the bribe.
The 65 year old judge has already been disowned by friends and colleagues, and now the Justice Ministry has threatened to start an investigation into him for bringing the judicial profession into repute. A spokesman assured the public "Unfortunately, there will always be a good apple in every barrel. But I assure you that the vast majority of judges are corrupt and more than happy to take your money."
Singh has claimed that when he refused the bribe, he was in fact playing hard ball and wanted more cash. A likely story!