Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu charged the Congress with an onslaught on the independence of the judiciary. He also sought to know of the Congress if its protests were designed to block the passage of the GST bill.
“What is Congress agitating for?” Naidu said, asking also if it could get a parliamentary remedy for something that had happened during a judicial process. “It is for the first time in the country that Parliament is being disrupted for something that has happened in a court of law,” Naidu told reporters.
“Are they (Congress leaders) expecting the government to interfere in the working of the court?” He said it was surprising that the Congress was calling it political vendetta, which amounted to attributing political motives to the judiciary. Naidu underlined the case was filed by Subramanian Swamy in 2012, when he was not in the BJP and the UPA was in power.
Naidu said he had read reports the court had referred to a “fraudulent flavour’’ and criminality in the National Herald transaction. “If the Congress and its leadership are rattled by these observations, they should answer them in the right forum of judiciary,” he added. However, he felt, “it is very puzzling that the Congress, which has so much experience in governance both at Centre and in states, has stooped so low that it has disrupted Parliament for something which has happened in a court.”