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People turn to courts only when executive fails: CJI

nation Updated: Jun 07, 2016, 09:09 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

NEW DELHI: Rejecting Modi government’s charge of judicial overreach, Chief Justice of India (CJI) TS Thakur said that judiciary intervenes only when the executive fails in its constitutional duties.

The CJI also said, “the government should do its job instead of hurling accusations” and added that “the people turn to the courts only after they are let down by the executive”.

“The courts only fulfil their constitutional duty and the need would not arise if governments do their job,” the CJI was quoted as saying in an interview to ETV News Network. Amid the tug of war between the executive and the judiciary, the CJI said that if there is neglect and failure on part of government agencies, judiciary will “definitely” play its role, the network said in a release.

“We only fulfil our duties as laid down by the Constitution. If the governments do their job better, any need of interference would not arise,” Thakur said in response to a statement by finance minister Arun Jaitley, in which he complained of judicial interference in executive functions.

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