Is the Judiciary Trying to Prove Its Supremacy Over the “Elected” Parliament? Here’s What Renowned Author Raju Parulekar has to Say

Raju Parulekar is a senior journalist, political analyst, and an author. He has several popular books to his credit and has hosted many chat shows on Marathi news channels during the last two decades. In an event organized by Indian Medical Association in Maharashtra’s Sangli City recently, Parulekar shared his opinion about issues that bother the society. Focus was on four pillars of democracy-parliament, judiciary, administration, and media.

CJI TS Thakur made a statement about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech. While sharing his opinion about CJI’s comments, Raju Parulekar highlighted the point that CJI Thakur is set to retire in next six months. It would be appropriate if CJI speaks his mind after ending his tenure.

The renowned author pointed out that someone sitting on CJI’s chair should avoid using statements like “Humne bahut khambey ukhade hai, Humne bahut ghathey kholi hai.” He also suggested that Prime Minister Modi was not liable to discuss the issue of appointing new judges during his 15th August speech.

 “Out of four pillars of democracy, Parliament is sovereign because we the people elect the Parliamentarians. But I believe that since last few years, Judges and Courts are using their rights to show their supremacy over Parliament,”-said Parulekar.

He also highlighted the point that such crossfire was witnessed in the past as well. Even Indira Gandhi said in one of her interviews with BBC that she wanted to impeach one SC Judge.

 “This confrontation is going on since several decades. But, during the 80s, leaders in Upper House like George Fernandes, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, etc. were firm enough to say that Judiciary is not sovereign as it’s not elected by people. Leaders were strong enough to point out that according to the constitution, courts are answerable to the Parliament, and its job is to interpret laws passed by the Parliament and give justice,”– said the senior journalist.

“Judiciary and defense forces have almost similar powers. Both are answerable to the Parliament. Would judiciary appreciate if the military takes charge of the courts and declares martial law? This won’t be acceptable.”

Raju Parulekar also attracted eyeballs when he said that names shortlisted by the concerned body responsible for selecting new judges are mostly relatives of existing or ex-judges. Perhaps, this is the reason government is taking time in appointing judges.

Nitten Gokhaley

(Consultant Journalist)