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Shiv Sena praises SC judges for speaking up, slams BJP for putting pressure on judiciary

Party mocks its ally in ‘Saamana’ editorial, says the government will criticise the judges, claim they are Congress agents or Naxals

mumbai Updated: Jan 16, 2018 08:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Supreme Court judges ( L-R ) Kurian Joseph, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and MB Lokur addressed the media in New Delhi on Friday, January 12.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

The Shiv Sena on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government over its role in creating a crisis in the country’s judiciary.

In an editorial in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena said that under the current government, the judiciary seems to be facing pressure. The country was being “suffocated” and “breathes a little easily” now that the judges have spoken out.

“The four judges clearly indicated to the press that truth and democracy are being strangled in the Supreme Court (SC). There is pressure on the SC to act in a particular manner in certain cases, and efforts are being made from the top to keep the four judges, who want the truth to prevail, away from such cases,” the Marathi daily alleged.

The editorial in ‘Saamana’ is believed to reflect the views and opinions of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who is editor of the newspaper; Sena MP Sanjay Raut is its executive editor.

On Friday, four senior judges of the SC revolted against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by holding a press conference in which they told the media that the situation in the top court was “not in order”, and that many “less than desirable” things have taken place.

The government will now criticise the four judges for their move, the Sena said. “Soon, these four judges will be termed as Congress agents, or it will be said that there is a ‘foreign hand’ behind their revolt, or they will be called Naxals,” the editorial said.

Had the judges addressed a press conference during the Congress-led UPA government, the BJP and other parties would have said that “the country’s democracy and the independence of the judiciary are in grave danger,” the Sena pointed out.

The editorial further said that it was “bold” of the judges to hold a press conference and make the crisis within the judiciary public, and it served “national interest”.

“The role of the judiciary is over and the rule that ‘what we do is law’ is now established. This has to be stopped,” the daily said.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 12:51 IST