New Delhi, Aug 17: The Supreme Court on Friday Hit out at the Centre by asking what would the courts do when there’s no governance and the citizens’ rights are violated because of the inaction of the government. The apex court’s remarks have come a day after Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told senior lawyers and judges that the judiciary should refrain from interfering in the policies and governance. Also Read - ICAI CA Exam 2020 to be Postponed? Feasibility of Conducting CA Exams to be Assessed, ICAI Tells Supreme Court
The law minister had told a gathering that the government should be left to those elected by the people and the judiciary should respect the separation. “We have been told that governance is for the government and not for the courts. But there is no governance. What to do then,” a bench of the apex court was quoted as saying. The bench also expressed anguish over the government’s failure to provide shelter to the people who are forced to live on the streets. Also Read - If Our Country Has Lost 20 Soldiers, Toll is Double on Chinese Side, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hails App Ban as Digital Strike
At the hearing on a matter related to providing shelter to urban homeless in the country, the bench was told by the Centre that several states have not yet constituted a committee to deal with the issues of implementation of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM). Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for one of the petitioners, told the bench that the apex court should “crack its whip” on the defaulting states. Also Read - After Ban on Chinese Apps, Plea in Supreme Court to Cancel All Business Contracts With China
“The whip is broken,” the bench, also comprising Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta, said. Bhushan then told the court that chief secretaries of these states, which have not yet constituted the committees, should be asked to appear in the court to explain. “What is to be done? We cannot make houses,” the bench observed, adding, “What coercive steps? The governance is for the government and not for the courts”.
The bench noted that “unfortunately” the Centre’s status report indicated that in some states, no committee has been formed. Some states’ report also said that the panel meeting was not held.
The Supreme Court bench has asked the Centre to submit a report on the status in each state and the composition of committee, date of notification for it and meetings held by the panel. “You have to do some homework. There are 29 states. You give us in 29 pages that this is the composition of the committee, this is the date of notification and these are the dates of meetings,” the bench told the Centre.