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‘People are watching judges…’: Kiran Rijiju amid Centre-judiciary tussle

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Union Law Minister Kiran Rijiju on Monday said amid the ongoing tussle between the Center and the judiciary that while judges do not have to contest elections or face public scrutiny like politicians, they should be in the public eye for their work. are Decisions

“Give the people Watching you and judging you. Your decisions, yours the work the processHow do you do justice… in this social age mediayou can’t hide anything,” Rijiju said amid applause from the crowd at a Delhi Bar Association event.

The law minister said, “After becoming a judge, he does not face elections or public scrutiny… The public is looking at the judges, their decisions and the way they deliver justice and evaluate them. ..” .

Rijiju’s statement has come at a time when there has been frequent spat between the government and the judiciary over the collegium system. Rijiju had recently said that it was the Centre’s “binding duty” to implement the Supreme Court’s 2016 order to reform the Memorandum of Procedure (MOP) in the appointment of Supreme Court and High Court judges.

Rijiju also said the Center respects the judiciary as its independence is “absolutely essential” for a developing democracy.

Rijiju expressed concern that however some people are making comments or statements and also making negative comments in this regard which are only harming the institution.

He said that during the last few days, he has seen some remarks by prominent personalities, eminent lawyers and some retired judges of the Supreme Court, from whom we hope that they will contribute positively to the development of the country.

On Sunday, Rijiju sought to support the views of a retired High Court judge who said the Supreme Court had “hijacked” the Constitution by deciding to appoint judges on its own.

Sharing a video of an interview with former Delhi High Court judge Justice RS Sodhi (retd), Rijiju said it was the “voice of a judge” and that the majority of people had similar “sensible views”.

Justice Sodhi said that Parliament has the right to make laws and the Supreme Court cannot make laws as it does not have the right to do so.

The Supreme Court has questioned the government over the delay in the appointment of Supreme Court and High Court judges.

Recently, the Supreme Court collegium “expeditiously” repeated the names of two lawyers for appointment as judges of the Calcutta High Court for the second time, saying it was not open to the government to send back the same proposal again and again.

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