A day after Chief Justice of India R M Lodha disapproved of the NDA government’s move to “unilaterally” segregate former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium from the panel of four names recommended for appointment as Supreme Court judges, the government on Wednesday shot back saying its opinion in the matter was based on sound grounds.
“In the process of appointments, the government has got the right to be consulted. And whatever opinion the government has given, is based upon cogent, proper and sound gro-unds,” Union Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Prasad, however, underlined that the government had highest respect and regard for the judiciary and the Chief Justice of India.
“We are fully committed to the freedom of judiciary. That is an article of faith for our government,” Prasad added.