Two days after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley “beseeched” fellow legislators not to cede their rightful domain of lawmaking to the judiciary, leaders of three important regional political forces, the SP, BSP and Akali Dal, on Friday joined in to criticise “judicial overreach” and “encroachment on legislative functions”.
Jaitley expressed his concern again after Ramgopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, Mayawati of Bahujan Samaj Party and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa of Akali Dal spoke in the Rajya Sabha against judicial interventions in parliamentary decisions and called for judicial reforms.
“This House (Rajya Sabha) and Lok Sabha have primacy in law-making and budget-making. These cannot be decided by any third party,” Jaitley said in his closing remarks. “If the right to law-making and budget-making goes out of here, it will weaken parliamentary democracy as well as democracy itself,” he said.
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The subject was broached by in the morning by Ramgopal Yadav. “I am concerned at the unnecessary interference of the judiciary into our domain… We have to think about this, because the Constitution has entrusted the Parliament with the duty of law-making, legislation, budget-making,” he said in Rajya Sabha.
Mayawati said the judiciary was exploiting the differences within the political class. “I feel we have to look within ourselves to realise why we are allowing the judiciary to take advantage of our differences. If we, the ruling party and the Opposition, do not work entirely in the interests of democracy and the Constitution, and keep fighting over our politics, the judiciary will keep taking advantage. My suggestion, therefore, is that on certain matters, we need to keep politics aside and put up a united front,” she said.
Dhindsa suggested a special Parliament session to discuss judicial reforms. “Let us convene one special session… to discuss only judicial reforms… There is need for reforms in the judiciary and I request the government and all parties to work towards them,” Dhindsa said.