Opposition tears into CJI Dattu for statement praising PM Modi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 11, 2015 00:26 IST

Major Opposition parties on Saturday slammed Chief Justice of India HL Dattu for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying such statements could create a doubt in the minds of people that the former favours the government.

On Friday, Chief Justice of India HL Dattu had described PM Modi as a good leader, a good human being and a man with foresight.

“We have the highest respect for the judiciary and the Chief Justice of India. However, it was an unnecessary certificate that the CJI gave to the PM. It is difficult to guess if a person has foresight or not,” said Congress leader, Rashi Alvi.

Communist Party of India leader and Rajya Sabha MP D Raja said it was surprising that the CJI made such a remark: “The CJI is entitled for personal opinions But he shouldn’t make such utterances in public. It raises many questions about the independence and impartiality of the judiciary”

Nationalist Congress Party’s Majeed Memon echoed Raja: “What he (the CJI) has done has created unnecessary suspicion in the minds of the people that probably he is leaning towards the government or a leader.”

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