There are no prizes for guessing how the polity has reacted to the Supreme Court’s observations. While the politicians Hindustan Times spoke to welcome the SC’s ruling, their reactions varied from “told you so” to spelling out the limits of the judiciary.
BJP vice president MA Naqvi said the observation was “good and in the interest of democracy”. Naqvi said the Parliament-judiciary conflict is neither new nor desirable in a democratic set up like ours.
“If the judiciary moves towards reforms on its own, it is a welcome step. People have a lot of faith in the judiciary. It must tackle, from within, the questions that are raised from time to time with regards to its functioning,” Naqvi added.
Reacting to the remarks made by the SC Bench, Congress Working Committee member and former Additional Solicitor General Devendra Dwivedi said he was speaking in his individual capacity and not on behalf of his party.
“I welcome the judgment. This advice for self restraint has not come one day too early,” he told HT. Speaking on the popularity that judicial activism has received, he said: “It is the Constitution and not popular support which lends legitimacy to the judicial process.”
From the Left front, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) chief Abani Roy said observations are welcome if the judiciary follows its own advice. “What they have said is good if it is followed,” he remarked.