New Delhi: A day after four senior-most judges of Supreme Court went public with their differences with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said it is "our bounden duty to take note of what the judges have said".
Sinha, who finds himself at variance with his party's stand and policies, chose to speak on the matter and said it is fear which is stopping people from speaking out.
"If four senior judges have gone public then how is it a SC matter? It is a serious matter. All those who care for the future of the country and democracy should raise their voice. People are not speaking out of fear," said Sinha.
The BJP, though, has refrained from speaking on the judges' issue calling it an "internal matter of the apex court" and hit out at Congress for using it to gain 'political mileage'.
"Simply can't drag judiciary into politics and the issue which is pending in the SC should not be discussed in public. No politics should be played at all. We are surprised and pained that Congress, which has been rejected number of times by people in elections, is trying to gain political mileage and it has exposed itself," said BJP's spokesperson Sambit Patra.
Sinha alleged that senior cabinet ministers are quiet because the fear is they might lose their post.
"I am not saying the government should step in, it should be left to the Supreme Court. But what I am saying is government should play its part in protecting the democracy. If democracy is threatened then the government has the responsibility to stand up against those," said Sinha.
Sinha also lamented the way Parliament is being compromised by such short sessions, which is scuttling the space for debate and discussion.
“I have never seen such short Parliament sessions. Parliament of India is compromised. The sessions are not held properly. The winter session was curtailed as there was election in a particular state,” said Sinha, referring to the Assembly election in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The SC is not in order. Democracy is under threat. Where is the Parliament of India?” asked Sinha.
It was an argument early on Friday morning around 10am which convinced the four most senior judges in the Supreme Court to go to the people's court.
The four judges - Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurien Joseph - soon after addressed the media on the controversy over allocation of cases, saying the administration of the top court is “not in order” and that efforts to convince Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had “failed”.