1. Judiciary to watch organs of State don’t exceed ‘lakshman rekha’: CJI T S Thakur

Judiciary to watch organs of State don’t exceed ‘lakshman rekha’: CJI T S Thakur

Chief Justice of India T S Thakur today cautioned that no organs of government should cross the "lakshman rekha" and stressed judiciary has been given the duty to watch that all remain within its limit. Speaking at a function in the Supreme Court lawns to celebrate Constitution Day.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 26, 2016 6:51 PM
t s thakur pti l “People are convinced that they can unseat any political leader, howsoever big, from power. It can also replace any political party,” he said. (Source: PTI)

Chief Justice of India T S Thakur today cautioned that no organs of government should cross the “lakshman rekha” and stressed judiciary has been given the duty to watch that all remain within its limit. Speaking at a function in the Supreme Court lawns to celebrate Constitution Day, earlier known as Law Day, he said judiciary has every right to set aside any law made by Parliament, if it is against the Constitution or beyond the limits granted by the statute book.

“The Constitution tells us that what would be the works to be done by the government. It has fixed the duties and responsibilities for judiciary, executive and legislature. It has fixed their limits and ‘lakshman rekha’.

“The judiciary has been given the duty to keep a watch that nobody crosses that limit. If Parliament has the power to make the laws, it should make only in the limits granted under the Constitution. If the State has the right to make laws, it should make only in the limits granted under the Constitution.

“If they are making a law which is out of the limits granted under the Constitution or against the fundamental rights, the judiciary has every right to say that it was wrong. “Any order which is against the Constitution, judiciary can set it aside to maintain the rule of law,” CJI Thakur said.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said there is a high respect across the globe for the Indian Constitution which does not distinguish between rich, big and poor.

“People are convinced that they can unseat any political leader, howsoever big, from power. It can also replace any political party,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said “the delicate balance of the Constitution was disturbed in 70s. That balance must be restored.”

The CJI also said that celebrating November 26 as Constitution Day was better than celebrating it as the Law Day.

“The importance of this day is that the Constitution was adopted on this day. So, if we have to celebrate the adoption of the Constitution, it can only be celebrated as the Constitution Day. Celebrating it as Law Day was not important,” he said.

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    aasta
    Nov 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm
    #if feku modi had his way he would kill judiciary to rule this land the way he intends.....he is most unsuccessful pm so far, misleading the w nation with his corrupt ministers
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      Anil Gupta
      Nov 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm
      Judiciary is also an organ of State.Out of three organs - Legislature, executive and Judiciary- Judiciary is one.All three have their roles.And three have to maintain a balance. No wing has been given an omnipotent position.Consution has set limits on their roles. But over the years in the garb of PILs Hon'ble Supreme Court is usurping the role of other two wings.This has disturbed the equilibrium.Sooner this drift is stopped and reversed better it will be for smooth functioning of Indian state.
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        Bir Chilarai
        Nov 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm
        Actually, being elected DOES make them kings of India until they are voted out. In no other democratic country does the judiciary elect itself, not USA, not UK, not France, not Germany. Only India retains the trappings of its colonial past because it has been ruled by single party with a compromised judiciary in a cosy relationship that must end. CJI saying that it has power over even the Parliament, the elected voice of the people, may be grounds for being arrested and jailed. Does he think he has been ordained by God or is the Emperor of India?
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          Subodh khanna
          Nov 26, 2016 at 1:48 pm
          Mr Thakur CJI jee ,public perception that Laxmsn rekha has been crossed by JUDICIARY ,TRYING to usurp powers of State
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            Subodh khanna
            Nov 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm
            mr CJI , u are trying to become a ruler over the duly elected govt , 1st take care of mive corruption in judiciary ,all yr judges come from lower judiciary ,wher there is huge huge corruption and they know it ,still keep quiet , and do nothing abt it , watever resources 1 has that insuton shd do the best ,just sermonising and threatining duly elected govt wont do ,public will lose faith in judiciary ,which takes decades to decide the cases ,and elites given preference over commen man
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              welingkar
              Nov 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm
              Not really, when politicians behave as though the fact they were elected makes them the Kings of India, it is the courts which have to step in. Politicians feel they are gods on earth and they need to be brought back to ground. Though there are some points where one may not agree with the judiciary, they are the ones keeping Indian politicians from taking the law into their own hands.
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