Govt threatening to ‘capture’ judiciary: Congress on Rijiju’s letter to CJI

Last Update: January 16, 2023, 3:49 pm IST

Rijiju has sought this representation, saying it will help increase transparency and public accountability in the selection of judges (@KirenRijiju/Twitter/File)

Justifying the letter to the CJI, Law Minister Rijiju said in a tweet, “The contents of the letter to the Hon’ble CJI are in consonance with the observations and directions of the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court.

Following Law Minister Kiren Rijiju’s letter to the country’s Chief Justice, the Congress on Monday accused the government of blackmailing him to capture the judiciary. India DY Chandrachud suggested the inclusion of representatives of the Central and State Governments in the Supreme Court and High Court collegiums.

Rijiju sought this representation saying it would help in bringing transparency and public accountability in the selection of judges.

“The attacks of VP. Law minister’s attack AICC general secretary Jairam Ramesh said on Twitter, it is all a confrontation with the judiciary to intimidate and then completely capture it.

“The collegium needs reform. But what this government wants is complete subordination – its remedy is a poison pill for the judiciary,” he also said.

Justifying the letter to the CJI, Law Minister Rijiju said in a tweet, “The contents of the letter to Hon’ble CJI are in consonance with the observations and directions of the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court.”

“Politics of convenience is not fair, especially in the name of judiciary. The Constitution of India is supreme and no one is above it. The apex court struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act.

Rijiju made the remarks while replying to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who termed the government’s move to include its nominees from the Supreme Court in the collegium as “extremely dangerous”.

“I hope you will respect the direction of the Court! This is a precise follow-up of the Constitution Bench direction of the Supreme Court striking down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act. The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has approved the MoP (Memorandum of Procedure) was directed to be reconstituted. Rijiju said on Twitter.

“This is extremely dangerous. There should be absolutely no government interference in judicial appointments,” Kejriwal said on Twitter.

In November, Rijiju had said that the collegium system of making judicial appointments was “alien” to the Constitution. Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla have also claimed that the judiciary is encroaching on the powers of the legislature. ,

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