Judiciary must recognise there’s ‘lakshman rekha’; self-restraint important: AG Mukul Rohatgi

"All including judiciary must recognise there is 'lakshman rekha' and be ready for introspection. Self-restraint is important," he said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 26, 2016 6:41 pm
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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.

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    Ashok
    Nov 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm
    Gunday
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      Anirudh
      Nov 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm
      The present CJI appears to be unfit for this high office.lt;br/gt;How else can one say his unwarranted comment when hearing the demonitisation matter where he said "riots may take place". That comment was totally uncalled for and least expected from a sitting judge.
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        harun
        Nov 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm
        When you allow people citing lack of evidence (recovery from raids) to let go.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sermons are to follow
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          KS KUMAR
          Nov 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm
          If justice was dispensed in time in India, there would not have been so much corruption and thus India would have been at a different level. SC failed the country during emergency. Even thereafter more often than not dates are given than justice. We can see how Laloo is moving freely, Marans are roaming comfortably, Veer Bhadra Singh is still CM of a state, his are dragging their case in lower court with the help of delay in HC and SC in disposal of peions.
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            MAHESH KANDASWAMY
            Nov 27, 2016 at 11:34 am
            LOGJAM IN APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES TO SUPREME COURT AND HC'S CREATED BY WHICH PILLAR OF DEMOCRACY IN INDIA?lt;br/gt;1993 - INCEPTION OF COLLEGIUM BY DIFFERENTLY INTERPRETING ART.124, THAN WHAT WAS ADOPTED TILL THEN, COLLEGIUM AND MOP CREATED FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER 20 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE AND ADOPTION OF CONSUTION OF INDIA, WITHOUT AMENDMENT TO ART.124 OF CONSUTION OR WITHOUT ENACTMENT OF APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION BY PARLIAMENT ? lt;br/gt;1)WHETHER SUCH AN VENTURE BY JUDICIARY AMOUNTS TO CROSSING LAKSHMAN REKA BY JUDICIARY,lt;br/gt;2)WHETHER SUCH A CONVENTION ADOPTED FROM 1973 AND UPHOLDING IN 1978 LACKS REGULARITY, LEGALITY AND PROPRIETY?lt;br/gt;3)IF YES, WHETHER ALL APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES BY SCI COLLEGIUMS AND HC'S COLLEGIUM NOT SUSTAINABLE AS UNCONSUTIONAL?lt;br/gt;4)IF NO, IF COLLEGIUM AND MOP PRACTICE ADOPTED FROM 1973 IS SUSTAINABLE AS TENABLE?lt;br/gt;5)THE PRACTICE ADOPTED FROM ADOPTION OF CONSUTION OF INDIA BY CONSUTION EMBLY AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH 124 IMPLIEDLY BECOMES UNTENABLE?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;NJAC ACT ENACTED UNDER ART.368 OF CONSUTION OF INDIA:lt;br/gt;1)AN ACT BY PARLIAMENT UNDER QUALIFYING CONDITIONS ENVISAGED UNDER ART.368 BY 2/3 MAJORITY OF PARLIAMENT AND RATIFIED BY MORE THAN 50 % OF STATES LEGISLATORS CANNOT BE INVALIDATED BY PERCEPTION OF 4 JUDGES OF SUPREME COURT IN UTTER DISREGARDS TO ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES AND CONSUTION OF INDIA AND DISCARDS TO PPL’S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE?lt;br/gt;SUPREME COURT ALONE IS ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR LOGJAM AND HYPOCRACY OF NDA GOVERNMENT IN NOT ERTING PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY AND RULE OF LAW BY 4:1 CONSUTIONAL BENCH JUDGMENT INVALIDATING NJAC ACT 2014# JAIHIND
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              murty
              Nov 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm
              No common man has got faith in courts.people are forced to go to courts by litigants or corrupt govt officials because the cost go to govt not individual official.
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                Bharat Maa
                Nov 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm
                Feku thinks he can cross all Rekhas, but even Rawana thought d same.
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                  Vihari Naidu
                  Nov 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm
                  Ravana was killed when Sita crossed Lakshman Rekha. So Supreme Court should cross the threshold for Lok Kalyan.
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                    raj
                    Nov 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                    Courts in India have miserably failed to provide justice and cleanse the justice system of corruption.its simple and easy to p the buck on government but what have court done to address people's grievance.
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                      Rohit
                      Nov 26, 2016 at 2:25 pm
                      The judges are a law unto themselves. People stop kidding yourself. The judiciary is as self-serving, venal, corrupt and dysfunctional as the executive and legislature they seek to 'reform' and ridicule.
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                        S.Dinesh
                        Nov 26, 2016 at 3:57 pm
                        A person who becomes emotional and sheds tears in public, or a person whose utterences like a mentally deranged person creats controversy/contempt should be properly esse before he is selected for high office.Only then we can have a system in which people will have faith.
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                          sawan
                          Nov 26, 2016 at 4:50 pm
                          In one fell swoop our AG has made a subtle attack on the Judiciary as well as the architect of the Indian Consution. The dismantling of the citadel of India, that is the Consuion, has begun and the first salvo has been launched. The undermining of the sancy of the guardian of the Consution, that is the judiciary, has been going on for some time with the bhakts being deplo to create a perception that it is corrupt, and now, after an essment that the ground work has been done, a few of the commanders (Law Minister and the AG) have launched the attacks. The architect, Dr Ambedkar is being pulled down by engineering a perception that he was inept (having lost both cases he fought) and not as much a champion of the downtrodden (having taken up cases for lanlords and a corrupt person) as porly belived to be. The Gates are being attacked and after a breach the castle will be razed.
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                            s s nair
                            Nov 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm
                            Sorry, it is not Lakshman Reka, but Modi Reka.
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                              s agrawl
                              Nov 26, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                              Modiji promised t reform laws when requesting Govt pl do some changes laws which will do faster judgements
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                                s agrawl
                                Nov 26, 2016 at 2:14 pm
                                courts R LIKE POST OFFICES ADMITTING ANY CASE WITHOUT VERIFYING CASE IS RUNNING FOR YEARS courts WANT HUNDRED PERCENT PROOF WITNESS ARE MURDERS WHILE O WAY WHAT IS THIS WHERE IS LAW
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                                  Ramakrishna Tumuluri
                                  Nov 26, 2016 at 2:42 pm
                                  The Attorney General is right---Even in the last days of British rule the respect even a District Judge was unimaginably great when compared to the respect the Judges get to day-----that is because most of the post independence judges since most of them were political party selected were mired in political things------NJAC would have drawn the Lakshman Rekha
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