After the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said that the judiciary cannot be directly or indirectly controlled by the legislature or the executive, otherwise the rule of law will become confusing. The Congress got an opportunity to attack the government on this statement.
Congress spokesperson attacked BJP
Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said, “The Chief Justice of India’s remarks that the judiciary cannot be controlled should serve as a warning signal to the BJP, telling the BJP what it is about democracy and the independence of the judiciary. Why have judges expressing concern in the BJP become a regular feature in the BJP regime?’ Shergill further said, “The CJI’s remarks have exposed the BJP, whose ambition is to turn democracy into a dictatorship.”
CJI’s important remarks
Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana on Wednesday said that judges should not be influenced by the emotional pitch of the public on social media platforms and the judiciary cannot be directly or indirectly controlled by the legislature or the executive. He also emphasized that the media trial cannot be a guiding factor in deciding the cases. Shergill said, BJP should explain why the CJI made such strong remarks that judges should stay away from outside pressure.
Can’t control judiciary – Raman
17th Justice P.D. Desai Memorial Lecture on ‘Rule of Law’, Chief Justice Raman said, ‘The judiciary cannot be directly or indirectly controlled by the legislature or the executive, otherwise the rule of law will become illusory. At the same time, judges should also not be influenced by the emotional pitch of public opinion, which is being promoted through social media platforms. He emphasized that the judges have to be mindful of the fact that the noise thus amplified is not necessarily what is right and what the majority believe. New media tools that have the potential to expand too much are unable to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad, real and fake.
He stressed that the judiciary should have complete independence to restrain government power and action. “The importance of the judiciary should not blind us to the fact that the responsibility of protecting constitutionality lies not with the courts alone,” he said. He said that the judiciary is the primary organ which is entrusted with the task of ensuring that the laws which have been made are in conformity with the Constitution. “The Supreme Court has recognized this function as part of the basic structure of the Constitution, which means Parliament cannot cut it,” he said.