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Judge slams judiciary over unwarranted judicial activism

Dec 10, 2007 06:56 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Do not create laws and then enforce them — this is what sitting Supreme Court Judge, Justice Markandey Katju told the judiciary.

Katju slammed the judiciary over reach in the lower courts and said that the judiciary should not interfere with legislative functions.

In a rare outburst of anguish against judicial activism, Justice Katju came down heavily on the courts for crossing the Lakshman rekha drawn by the Constitution.

The judge has particularly come down strongly on various judgments delivered by the Delhi High Court, in the cases of nursery admission, demolitions and overcharging by auto rickshaws.

The judge said that in his opinion, these matters pertained to executive or the legislative domain.

"If there is law judges can enforce it, but judges cannot create law and seek to enforce it," he said.