In the midst of the continuing dispute between the judiciary and the government over the selection of judges, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju released an interview with a retired Delhi High Court judge on Sunday to emphasise what he deemed to be the “reasonable opinion” of the “majority.”
In a recent interview with the LawStreet Bharat YouTube channel, retired High Court Justice RS Sodhi stated of the SC’s Collegium structure, “The Supreme Court has for the first time stolen the Constitution. It was said that we would appoint the judges and that the government would play no involvement in this.”
The Union Law Minister released an over five-minute clip from the interview, titled “Voice of a Judge… The triumph of Indian democracy is its true beauty. People self-govern through their elected representatives. Elected representatives represent the people’s interests and create legislation. Our Judiciary is autonomous, and our Constitution is supreme.”
Voice of a Judge…
Real beauty of Indian Democracy is- it’s success. People rule themselves through their representatives.
Elected representatives represent the interests of the People & make laws. Our Judiciary is independent and our Constitution is Supreme. pic.twitter.com/PgSaqfZdDX
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) January 21, 2023
“In reality, the majority of people have similar reasonable beliefs. In another tweet, he stated, “Only those who reject the articles of the Constitution and the will of the people believe they are above the Constitution of India.”
Constitutional authorities versus the Constitution| is written by Chidambaram.
In the November 23 interview, Justice Sodhi is heard stating, “High Courts are not submissive to the Supreme Court.” High Courts are the independent judicial bodies of each state. Now, what’s occurring… The Supreme Court appoints judges of the High Court. Where do Supreme Court judges originate from? Superior Courts Therefore, HC judges have grown submissive to the Supreme Court and are constantly looking in its direction.”
Rijiju recently wrote to the Chief Justice of India, D. Y. Chandrachud, “suggesting” that a government nominee be included in the process for shortlisting judges. Several opposition parties then criticised the administration for allegedly attempting to “threaten and then capture” the courts.