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Parties object to SC order on jailed lawmakers

PTI  New Delhi, August 01, 2013
First Published: 13:36 IST(1/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:35 IST(2/8/2013)

An all-party meeting on Thursday voiced concern over "erosion of supremacy" of Parliament with demands being made for a change in the mechanism of higher judiciary appointments and a response to the recent Supreme Court judgements on disqualification of legislators and barring those behind bars from contesting elections.

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The meeting, convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on the eve of Monsoon Session beginning Monday, saw leaders of all parties being also critical of the Supreme Court judgements on the issue of reservations.

After the 90-minute meeting, he told reporters that all parties expressed concern over the judgements and wanted the National Judicial Commission Bill to be introduced as well as passed in this session itself.

Some leaders wanted the government to "respond" to the apex court judgement against reservation in the faculty of AIIMS and the orders relating to disqualification which they felt could lead to vendetta and anarchy.

The session, which concludes on August 30, will have 16 sittings. As many as 44 Bills are planned to be taken up for consideration while six are to be withdrawn and 14 are to be introduced.

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development, Kamal Nath chairing the all party meeting ahead of the monsoon session in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

Food Security Bill, on which an Ordinance is already in place, is among the proposed legislations.

While the BJP demanded that the Bill on formation of separate Telangana be brought in this session itself for consideration and passage, government said that it will have to follow the legal process under which a resolution is required to be passed by the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.

Leaders of national partiesunited today to criticise the Supreme Court on its judgements relating to disqualification of legislators and disallowing reservation in the faculty of AIIMS.

The criticism was voiced at an all-party meeting ahead of the monsoon session convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, who said leaders expressed concern over the "erosion of supremacy" of Parliament by the apex court judgements, one of which also debarred anyone behind bars from contesting elections.

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There was no clear indication from government side but there was speculation that steps may be taken to nullify the court orders through amendments to the electoral law and passage of the National Judicial Commission Bill that has a provision for scrapping the present collegium system of higher judiciary appointments.

After the 90-minute meeting, Nath told reporters that all parties expressed concern over the apex court judgements and wanted the National Judicial Commission Bill to be introduced as well as passed in this session itself.

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Some leaders wanted the government to "respond" to the apex court judgement against reservation in the faculty of AIIMS and the orders relating to disqualification and barring those in jails from contesting which they felt could lead to vendetta and anarchy.

The session, which concludes on August 30, will have 16 sittings. As many as 44 Bills are planned to be taken up for consideration while six are to be withdrawn and 14 are to be introduced.

Food Security Bill, on which an Ordinance is already in place, is among the proposed legislations.

While the BJP demanded that the Bill on formation of separate Telangana be brought in this session itself for consideration and passage, government said that it will have to follow the legal process under which a resolution is required to be passed by the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.


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