Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi took oath as a member of Rajya Sabha immediately amid jeers and chants of “shame” from the Congress and different opposition events that imagine the appointment severely compromises the independence of the judiciary.
All opposition events besides the Samajwadi Party walked out in protest in the center of the oath.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad got here to Justice Gogoi’s defence saying: “Rajya Sabha has a great tradition of many eminent persons coming from diverse fields, including former Chief Justices. Justice Gogoi who has taken oath today will surely contribute his best. It was grossly unfair to do that (Congress walkout).”
The chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, stated there have been established guidelines and precedents for the appointment and the opposition was not proper to behave this fashion.
Justice Gogoi’s spouse Rupanjali Gogoi, daughter, and son-in-law have been current in parliament.
Justice Gogoi, who retired because the nation’s prime choose simply 4 months in the past, had defended taking on the position saying his presence in parliament will “be an opportunity to project the views of the judiciary before the legislative and vice versa”.
“I have accepted it since I have a strong conviction that the legislative and the judiciary must at some point of time work together for nation-building. My presence in parliament will be an opportunity to project the views of the judiciary before the legislature and vice versa,” he stated on Tuesday.
Justice Gogoi was a part of many landmark judgments, together with the Ayodhya verdict in which the Supreme Court handed over the disputed web site claimed by each Hindus and Muslims for a Ram temple and ordered a special web site for a mosque.
The Congress calls Justice Gogoi’s appointment a “serious, unprecedented and unpardonable assault” on the essential construction of the Constitution.
“Our Constitution is based on separation of powers of the judiciary and the executive. The judiciary thrives on perception of aastha (belief) and vishwas (faith). But all of them have taken the beating,” stated Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Former Supreme Court Justice Kurian Joseph has additionally criticised his former colleague, saying his resolution would injury the boldness of the widespread man on the independence of the judiciary.
“‘We have discharged our debt to the nation’ was the statement made by Justice Ranjan Gogoi along with the three of us on January 12, 2018. I am surprised as to how Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who once exhibited such courage of conviction to uphold the independence of judiciary, has compromised the noble principles on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary,” stated Justice Joseph.
Justice Joseph was among the many 4 judges together with then Justice Gogoi, who addressed an unprecedented press convention on January 12, 2018 alleging “democracy is in danger as independence of judiciary is in peril”, and criticising then Chief Justice Dipak Misra for nearly succumbing to the chief.