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RSS Leader Clarifies That Post on Judges 'Poisoning Waters' Personal, Not Organisation's Views

Questions over appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi (third from left) as next CJI emerged following the unprecedented press conference of the four most senior judges in January this year.  (Photo: Reuters)

Questions over appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi (third from left) as next CJI emerged following the unprecedented press conference of the four most senior judges in January this year. (Photo: Reuters)

Distancing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from his personal view on the Supreme Court controversy Nandakumar said that his Facebook post on the four SC judges is not the stand of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

New Delhi: Days after the RSS and BJP were faced with severe criticism for his comments on the Supreme Court crisis, J Nandakumar, national convenor of Prajna Pravah, RSS think tank, said that the judges “poisoning waters” comment was made in his personal capacity and it does not reflect RSS’ views.

Distancing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from his personal view on the Supreme Court controversy Nandakumar told News18 that his Facebook post on the four SC judges is not the stand of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

The RSS functionary had strongly condemned the four Supreme Court judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph – for taking their issues to the media and “poisoning the waters” and accused them of hatching a conspiracy.

In his social media post, he tried to link the judges’ ‘rebellion’ to the hearings in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and Ram Janmabhoomi case — that are being heard by the CJI himself.

Nandakumar wrote: “The campaign against CJI Dipak Misra, maligning the Chief Justice (a constitutional post) baselessly and asking his impeachment a day after he ordered the reopening of Sikh riots case and is set to pass judgment on Ram-Janmabhoomi case shows the power of the ecosystem.”

Nandkumar clarified on Wednesday, “I am not the official spokesperson of RSS that my personal opinion would become the stand of the Sangh. The comment was made as an ordinary citizen. I was deeply pained by the judges’ allegations against CJI Dipak Misra and the Facebook post was a sudden outpour on that day. It was my personal view on the issue. If I had to make a statement I would have done that instead of posting it on social media that too in Malayalam.”

He further justifies his post saying he was reacting as “democracy, the judiciary and Constitution were in danger – that’s why I expressed my views as a citizen”.

The “ecosystem”, was further explained in the post: “Everyone knows that the Collegium is part of the ecosystem created over the past seven decades and has always thwarted efforts to let outsiders come into the circle.”

He said that it was the Collegium, which the Modi government wanted to dismantle through NJAC and wanted the elected representatives to have a say in Judges’ appointments. However, the entire judiciary, “ably supported by the Congress derailed the entire activity and refused to comply”.

In his social media post, he had also said that two days ago, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ordered a special investigation team (SIT) to reopen the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases and investigate 186 cases related to it.