Days after Rahul Gandhi’s dynasty remark, Supreme Court judge says dynasties negate political justice

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New Delhi | September 16, 2017 8:50 PM

Days after Rahul Gandhi's remarks on dynasty created a political storm, Supreme Court judge Justice Jasti Chelameswar on Saturday said that money power and dynastic system "negate political justice"

rahul gandhi, rahul gandhi dynasty, justice j chelameshwar, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, j Chelameswar on dynasty, india news, rahul gandhi newsBerkeley: Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi at Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley, California on September 12, 2017. (PTI Photo)

Days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on dynasty created a political storm, Supreme Court judge Justice Jasti Chelameswar on Saturday said that money power and dynastic system “negate political justice” contemplated by the framers of Constitution, according to a PTI report. While speaking on ‘The Preamble Pledge of Social, Economic, and Political Justice: Are We Out of Order’- organised here as part of the Justice P D Desai Memorial Lecture in Ahmedabad, the Supreme Court judge lamented the “lack of political justice” in India. He said role played by money and dynasty in the electoral process undermines political justice as not everyone can effectively aspire to contest an election.

“Coming to equality and justice in political sphere, while the elementary step is achieved — we have abolished monarchy and rules of primogeniture — how far we have secured political justice in the sense that all people of the country can aspire to effectively participate in the democratic electoral process?” PTI quoted him as saying.

“The kind of role which money plays in electoral process, itself is a negation of political justice contemplated by the Constitution in its Preamble,” Justice Chelameswar said. While noting that it is up to the next generation to handle the situation for “a better society, for better governance and getting a better set of people”, the SC judge said, “Ultimately it is the money power, which determines the eligibility of a man to becoming a member of the legislative body,”

Apart from the use of money power, Justice Chelameswar believes that another facet of political injustice in India are the problems of hierarchy, seniority rule and dynasties. “Another facet of political injustice is the age-old problem of this country — the syndrome of hierarchy, the seniority rule, the dynasties,” Justice Chelameswar said, adding, “Invariably, when somebody becomes a member of the legislative body, his wife, children, everybody line up to occupy the slot. This is another form of political injustice. Everybody is entitled, there is nothing wrong in that. But the only determining factor has come to be a person’s relation to the existing member in the public life.”

Speaking at UC Berkeley, Rahul had recently defended dynastic rule, saying, “Actually most parties in India have that problem. So don’t give us stick because Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Stalin is a dynast. (Prem Kumar) Dhumal’s son is a dynast….Even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. That is how India runs. Don’t get after me because that is how the entire country is running. By the way last I recall Ambani’s kids were running their business and that was also going in Infosys. That is what happens in India,” Rahul had said, adding, “But saying that, I do try to sort of change it in the Congress…”

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