Extreme interference of Centre with Judiciary dangerous for democracy: Mamata Banerjee

"Judiciary and Media are the pillars of democracy. Extreme interference of Central Government with Judiciary is dangerous for democracy," Banerjee said in a tweet on Friday.

Written by Santanu Chowdhury | Kolkata | Updated: January 12, 2018 5:48 pm
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (Source: File/ Express photo by Subham Dutta)

After four Supreme Court judges held a press conference alleging that the administration at the apex court was not in order, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that extreme interference of Central Government with Judiciary is dangerous for democracy.

“We are deeply anguished with the developments today about the Supreme Court. What we are getting from the statement of the four senior Hon’ble Judges of Supreme Court about the affairs of the Court makes us really sad as citizens. Judiciary and Media are the pillars of democracy. Extreme interference of Central Government with Judiciary is dangerous for democracy,” Banerjee said in a tweet on Friday.

The reaction from the West Bengal Chief Minister came after four Supreme Court judges—Justices Kurian Joseph, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur— held a press conference for the first time in the history of the country.

They alleged that the administration of the nation’s top court was not in order and they were left with no choice but to address the nation after they failed to convince the Chief Justice. They also released a letter they had written to the Chief Justice of India.

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  1. Babu Indian
    Jan 13, 2018 at 2:14 am
    Probably it is some office politics , but these SC judges are going to media and saying "We want to save the world but this CJI.....". No one is indispensable and no one can save the world . All are above 60 , if they are not liking it why can't they resign and join politics and go to parliament . Why this media circus by serving SC judges .
    1. Soemeer Prahladsingh
      Jan 12, 2018 at 11:23 pm
      Judges who are politically influenced must be removed from their position in the legal organization, regardless of their knowledge and skill. They are clearly politically contaminated judges. Affectable people in key positions can become spies and traitors and that is very harmful for the country.
      1. gopal vaidya
        Jan 12, 2018 at 10:11 pm
        Where does she come up with "extreme interference" of the central govt? The crisis in the judiciary is also an opportunity for reform of an inst tution that is deeply dysfunctional and out-of-touch. People like Mamta have no understanding of inst tutions and see everything through the lens of politics and that too of the self serving kind.
        1. Sham Vaid
          Jan 12, 2018 at 6:33 pm
          Tis woman is a fool. Where is there in the entire press conference of the 4 judges about the interference of the government? This woman wants to save democracy? In one meeting with the students of a college in Calcutta, she left the function angerly, as she did not like the questions of the students put to her. Rather a poor show!
          1. Jack Vaz
            Jan 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm
            Here we go again, the champion of democracy has come out in favour of these so called judges who considers themselves to be the cleanest and are questioning the CJ's decisions in the name of the country. Really ? What else are they not telling us? Where does their true allegiance actually lie? Like Mumta who is bent in creating a NEW BANGLA country , are we Indians are so fickle that we would fall for this cheap trick and blame everything to BJP. - Jai Hind
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