Members of Parliament in the Upper House on Wednesday discussed issues related to the functioning of judiciary with some of them saying judges should not be allowed to appoint themselves and pressed the government to implement the National Judicial Accountability Commission (NJAC) law.
Members, while participating in a debate on ‘Working of the Ministry of Law and Justice’, in the Rajya Sabha felt that the judiciary was “interfering” with the legislative even as some flagged the issue of corruption in the judiciary and expressed concern over cases piling up in various courts.
Congress leader EM Sudarsana Natchiappan said the NDA government should restore the pre-1993 status on judicial appointments when government used to appoint judges.
“Can we give the power to appoint judges to judges themselves? Can the judges appoint brothers, sisters and their grand children,” he questioned, adding that in contrast the legislative and the executive have no such rights.
“The government should not shy away from taking a decision (on implementation of NJAC)... Parliament is supreme within the Constitution,” he said.
Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav expressed concern over the judiciary directing executive on various issues over the last 15 years. Welcoming the NJAC, he said, while judges are being appointed by the Executive in rest of the world, in India, they are appointed by the Judiciary. Naresh Agrawal (SP) said, “Today there is a situation of confrontation between the apex court and us.”