BJP slams Congress for politicising SC's internal matter

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

Saying that the four senior top court judges who came out publicly against the chief justice should be taken seriously, the former finance and external affairs minister said democracy indeed was threatened.

Sidelined BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Saturday urged ministers and party leaders to "get rid of their fear" and "speak up for democracy", stressing the issues raised by the four Supreme Court judges were no longer an internal matter of the judiciary.

Rebel BJP leader says with Parliament sessions "not being held" and all not well in the Supreme Court, democracy is in danger.

He, however, made it clear that he does not intend to interfere with the internal matters of the judiciary but whatever the judges said should be probed thoroughly and the findings should be made public in the larger interests of democracy and integrity and honour of judiciary. On the other hand, the Congress party had called the revolt by four Supreme Court judges as 'unprecedented'.

Taking on his party, Sinha said the senior members of the BJP and senior ministers of the Modi government should look into the matter with utmost urgency and transparency. "They can't speak, as they fear losing their posts", he said.

Sinha, however, insisted that it was for the apex court to sort out the crisis after the four senior judges virtually revolted against the CJI on Friday, raising questions on "selective" case allocation. Sinha asked, replying himself: "Someone whose case has gone to the Supreme Court. This is grave. It means you will appoint judges on cases where you want a favourable order", added Sinha.

"What the judges have said is the feeling of millions of Indians". And obviously, they should then express an opinion on it. "If political parties, or anyone concerned about the future of democracy in the country, don't take note of this, we fail in our national duty. We shall be failing in our national duty of we don't react", said Sinha.

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