The central government led by Narendra Modi on Saturday launched an all-out attack against the Supreme Court and Chief Justice of India, Justice TS Thakur.
This was after the CJI once again lambasted the Modi government for the severe shortages of judges in various courts around the country.
Reacting to Justice Thakur’s statement, the central government’s chief legal counsel, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, said, “All including judiciary must recognise there is ‘lakshman rekha’ and be ready for introspection. Self-restraint is important.”
Everyone including the judiciary must remain in ‘Lakshman Rekha’: AG Mukul Rohatgi on CJI TS Thakur’s statement on judges appointments
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Rohatgi’s offensive against the CJI did not go down well with the Supreme Court judge JS Khehar, who said that the judiciary had always kept to ‘lakshaman rekha’ by upholding Constitution’s ethos.
Justice Khehar is in line to succeed Justice TS Thakur as the next Chief Justice of India.
Rohatgi’s diatribes against Justice TS Thakur did not come in isolation. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Saturday that the Supreme Court ‘failed us’ during the Emergency in 1975 even as ‘all High Courts of India showed great courage and entertained writ petition questioning illegal detention.’
He said, “Courts must quash orders of the government but governance must remain with those elected to govern.”
Source : Janta ka Reporter