Observing Constitution Day on Saturday, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that everybody, including the judiciary, must recognise and respect that there is a certain boundary that ought not to be crossed and should be ready for introspection. “All including judiciary must recognise there is ‘lakshman rekha’ and be ready for introspection. Self-restraint is important,” he said. Replying to Rohatgi, next in line to be CJI, J S Khehar said that the judiciary has always kept to ‘lakshaman rekha’ by upholding Constitution’s ethos.
Speaking on Dr B R Ambedkar, Rohatgi said that Ambedkar had argued for two cases in the Supreme court but had lost both. The first case was for the landlords against landless farmers of Bihar and the second was for an accused in a corruption case. “Ambedkar argued for two cases in Supreme Court-first for landlords against landless Bihar farmers and second for corruption accused. He lost both,” said Rohatgi.
Earlier on Saturday, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said that Centre’s has been indifferent from the very issue of filling vacancies to providing adequate infrastructure. Pointing that there are 500 judges’ posts lying vacant in High Courts, Thakur said that courtrooms are lying vacant without judges. He further said that in principle, the judiciary was not against the formation of Tribunals because it would relieve court duties, but the problem arose from the lack of adequate infrastructure provided to the Tribunals.