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Collegium system against Constitution, judiciary crosses Lakshman Rekha: Arun Jaitley

Collegium system against Constitution, judiciary crosses Lakshman Rekha: Arun Jaitley

What started on a positive note as activism by court, at times crosses the 'Lakshman Rekha', said Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha.

There seems to be no end to the tussle between the Union government and the judiciary, with the former launching a fresh attack from inside Parliament.

Addressing the Rajya Sabha on Friday, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hit out at judiciary over the issue of judicial activism, saying it threatened the “dilution of powers of judiciary, executive and legislature”.

“If there is a dilution of powers, it is not coming from either the state or Central governments,” said the Union Minister, adding, that “in fact what started on a positive note as activism by court, at times crosses the 'Lakshman Rekha'.”

Raking up the issue of judicial activism, the Union Minister asserted that “judiciary cannot assume powers of the legislative”.

He also made reference to the issue of collegium system of appointment of judges to Supreme Court and High Courts, which has become a major bone of contention of contention between the Narendra Modi government and the judiciary.

Jaitley pointed that the father of the Indian Constitution, Dr BR Ambedkar, while referring to the issue of appointment of judges had framed Constitution in a way that the President appointed judges in India.

Notably, the Supreme Court recently derailed an attempt by the Centre to replace the collegium system with the National Judicial Appointments Commission.