Present Justice Minister Ashok Gehlot makes pointed comments on judiciary, PM

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He said the Prime Minister should address the nation to end the “atmosphere of violence and tension”.

New Delhi:

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today made a series of pointed comments against the Center and on issues relating to the justice system during an event in the capital Jaipur attended by India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and other senior judges. Supreme Court and High Court of Rajasthan.

He objected to the way Supreme Court justices were targeted for their comments in the Nupur Sharma case.

Referring to a public letter from former judges, former bureaucrats and retired armed forces officers criticizing Supreme Court comments against Nupur Sharma, the since suspended BJP leader, including remarks on Prophet Mohammed led to protests and a diplomatic row, Mr Gehlot said “116 people were forced to stand up (against the two judges)”.

“Recently, Justices Surya Kant and Pardiwala said something. It is our duty to respect the judicial system. 116 people were forced to stand up (against the two judges), including former High Court judges and the Supreme Court, the bureaucracy, the officers and many others. I don’t “I don’t know how this was handled and a problem was created from it. The Supreme Court justices commented on what is happening in the country, but this atmosphere was created,” he said.

He further raised questions on how post-retirement concerns might affect the work of judges, citing the example of former CJI and now Rajya Sabha member, Ranjan Gogoi.

“Imagine, four Supreme Court justices had said ‘democracy is in danger’, and those who said all that even had a CJI among them, (retired) Justice Ranjan Gogoi. I had asked the president to India” whether Mr Gogoi was fine before (during Supreme Court tenure) or is he fine now? It is beyond my comprehension. Then he became an MP… if during the mandate there are worries about the position he will get after his retirement, then how is he really going to work?” Mr Gehlot said.

He then hit out at the Center saying the prime minister should address the nation to end the “atmosphere of violence and tension” in the country.

“A democracy is based on tolerance. People listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that’s why people vote for him. Shouldn’t the Prime Minister address the nation and say that unity and brotherhood must be maintained? He must say that I will not accept violence at any price. I believe that the Minister of Justice can convince him. He is not listening to us. Today, the situation is such that it creates a lot of tension,” he said.

Rajasthan’s chief minister also referred to recent incidents of “bargaining” and said he did not know how his government in Rajasthan had survived.

“The situation is very serious in the country. State governments are overthrown. Goa, Manipur, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra. “I don’t know how my government was saved. I wouldn’t be in front of you today. You would have met another chief minister today. It was a touch-and-go situation,” he said. -he declares.

Mr Gehlot was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 18th Meeting of All India Legal Service Authorities in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

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