Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on saturday said that there are a few retired “activist” judges who are trying to make the Indian judiciary play the role of an opposition party.Rijiju made these sharp comments while speaking at a media event.
He further said that “Some people even go to court and say, ‘Please rein in the government, please change the policy of the government’”.
The Law Minister also continued his government’s attack on Rahul Gandhi, for the Congress leader’s statements in the UK that the BJP-led Union government is undermining democracy in India.
The law minister claimed that Gandhi uses the “same language” as some “anti-India gangs”.This language, he said, is repeated claims that in India, “democracy is in danger” and “human rights are non-existent in India”.
Rijiju also criticised the Supreme Court Collegium’s decision to make public both its reasons for reiteration and the government’s objections on certain names recommended for appointment of judges.
Invoking the constitutional “lakshman rekha” between various institutions, the minister asked if judges become part of administrative appointments, who would carry out judicial work.
The statement was in response to a question about the Supreme Court’s March 2 decision on the appointment of Election Commissioners.