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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