Govt can’t distance itself from judicial appointments, over 4 crore cases pending, says Law Minister Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju said there are more than four crore cases pending in the judiciary due to some issues, including infrastructure.

Key highlights

  • Kiren Rijiju: There are no stipulations and both (government and judiciary) are two parts of the same system.
  • Rijiju said that there are more than four million cases pending in the judiciary due to some problems, including infrastructure.

New Delhi: Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said Wednesday during an interaction at the Times Now 2021 summit that the government could not be fully dissociated from judicial appointments after allegedly delaying the appointment of judges.

The attorney general said only state governments have the means to review judges’ histories and determine whether they are truly qualified as judges. During the session “Legal Reforms to Power India @ 100”, Rijiju said that the two bodies must work together and respect each other’s boundaries and come to common ground.

The minister added that there were no disputes between the government and the judiciary and that all of these things were just “creations” and very unsavory allegations.

When asked about allegations that the two were “fixed” on some issues, the Union Minister said: “There is no kind of fixation and the two are part of the same system. We have no additional relationships with judges and these are unsubstantiated claims. “

In response to the large number of pending cases in the judiciary, Rijiju said that there are more than four million cases pending in the judiciary due to some issues, including infrastructure.

Regarding the “differences” with the judiciary, the minister said that if you exist in a democratic society, it will inevitably happen. “In BJP we say ‘Matbhed hona chahye, manbhed nahi’ (There should be disagreements, but not relationships). Sometimes the government’s view is different from that of the judiciary.”

On the subject of “incentives” for judges after retirement, he said there are no limits to debate and discussion. “What is the problem, unless there is an unconstitutionality or illegality? There could be ethical problems, but it cannot be unconstitutional.

Rijiju said his government’s focus is on bringing justice to the weakest in society. “It is very difficult for ordinary people to easily approach the Supreme Court.

In response to allegations of abuse of the sedition law, the minister said the country’s unity was inviolable. “We should make sure that nobody abuses the law. We are a very young democratic nation compared to western nations. And the right to freedom of expression should not go so far as to harm India’s interests. “

He also said the only state that hasn’t set up fast-track courts is West Bengal, and the center is doing enough to press the state government for it.

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