New Delhi, Jan 12: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra on Friday attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi and accused him of playing politics over the Supreme Court issue. Addressing media on the allegation of four judges of the apex court, Patra said that Attorney General has given the statement over the issue and no politics should be played on it.
“Under the Constitutional scheme of this country, the judiciary is independent and it has its own internal mechanism,” the BJP leader stated.
Hitting out at the Opposition, the BJP leader stated that he is surprised and pained that Congress which has been rejected number of times by people in elections is trying to gain political mileage from the issue.
“By politicising the issue, the Congress has exposed itself,” Patra further added.
The BJP leader’s statement came hours after Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the ‘unprecedented’ points which were raised by the honourable judges need to be looked into carefully.
While talking to reporters at his residence in the evening today, Rahul had said that all citizens who love the idea of justice are looking at this issue and it should be addressed. He also demanded proper investigation into the mysterious death of Special CBI Judge BH Loya. (Also Read: ‘Chief Justice First Among Equals’: Top Quotes From Supreme Court Judges’ Letter to CJI)
“They have also made a point about Judge Loya’s case. I think that is also something that needs to be investigated properly. It needs to be looked at from the highest levels of the Supreme Court,” the Congress President demanded.
In the same press conference, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had said that the observation made by Judges are extremely disturbing and have far reaching consequences.
“Observations made by Hon Judges are extremely disturbing and have far reaching consequences for the values that we hold sacred. Specifically the Honorable Judges have highlighted issued two issues, One, the long silence of the government of India of the Memorandum of Procedures finalised by the Supreme Court. Second, Assignment of cases selectively to the benches of their preference without any rational basis,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Supreme Court judges Justices J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur, Ranjan Gogoi and Kurian Joseph, in a media briefing said that they have discharged a debt to the nation by issuing an appeal to the nation to save the top court. They made a reference to a letter that they had written to the CJI in which they highlighted the corrosion and compromise taking place within the institution of the judiciary and especially within the portals of the Supreme Court.
“We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. Our efforts have failed in convincing the CJI to take steps to protect the institution,” Justice Chelameswar said while addressing the media on the lawns of his official residence.