The Congress on Thursday accused PM Narendra Modi of indulging in “revenge politics” by refusing to clear the elevation of the country’s senior-most chief justice, K M Joseph, to the Supreme Court and instead appointing senior advocate Indu Malhotra as an SC judge.
“Judge Joseph is India’s senior-most chief justice. Yet the Modi government refuses to clear his elevation to the Supreme Court as retribution for quashing presidential rule in Uttarakhand?” claimed Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala.
He went on to attack PM Modi on Twitter.
Modi Govt. Is a habitual offender of trashing ‘judicial integrity’ & ‘constitutional supremacy’ of institutions.
In June 2014, they refused to clear noted jurist G.Subramaniam’s name for elevation to SC as he was a lawyer against Amit Shah & Co.https://t.co/d7TlJFvBSV
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 26, 2018
“The judiciary is under the most vicious attack ever and totalitarianism will stump democracy if the nation does not rise now” alleged Surjewala.
Joseph had previously headed the three-judge Uttarakhand High Court bench that had quashed the Centre’s decision to impose President’s Rule in the state in 2016.
Apart from Congress, Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh said the Centre had ‘interfered in the functioning of the judiciary’ by confirming only Malhotra’s appointment.