No govt wants a strong judiciary, says SC judge
This is the fact that has come out of the mouth of Supreme Court Judges that the government is happy with the weak judiciary. What does that mean? Why should the government not want a strong judiciary; it is because the wrong doing of the government will not be exposed through the weak judiciary.
The SC Justice A K Ganguly seems to be doing an excellent job for this country, which should have done much earlier by his predecessors. It is he, who said, “No government wants a strong judiciary”. Is this not a blotch on the government, but our government is thick skinned and no amount of criticisms would affect the people in the government, especially the prime minister, his cabinet ministers, and others in the high posts. The only agenda the ministers follow is to fulfill their personal interests at any cost by utilizing their powers in the corridor as wrongfully as possible.
Justice Ganguly did not express his mind out of nothing; he cited the examples of wrong attitude of the government in almost every matter. The phone tapping case of the former MP of SP Amar Singh for which the charge-sheet was filed in 2006 could not see the trial in four years time for the very vested interest of the government. In the second term of the UPA II government the tainted telecom minister A Raja was given the same portfolio even though he was under the CBI enquiry for his mischievous corruption act in the 2G spectrum allocation matter. Thirdly he mentioned the Heavy Industries minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s continuation in the cabinet in spite of heavily reprimanded by the Supreme Court for misusing his power on the work of the police department for not taking action on the money lenders against the poor. Ganguly’s contention on the delay and piling up of cases is right, because if a charge-sheet is filed, the case must start immediately and must finish within a time frame. The phone tapping case should have been closed within three months of starting the trial, which was deliberately stopped by the insistence of the government. ‘Everything is just on paper’, commented Justice Ganguly telling us how the government function on whims and parochial lines.
Justice Ganguly was expressing his views in the open court, where he made this remark on the government twice; once in the beginning and again at the end. There are two places where the government can be made accountable are the judiciary and in front of the people, which we have seen in Egypt recently. The day is not far for such a protest against the government. I say this on the lines of scams is being unearthed one after another in this government. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, has failed miserably through his submission to the congress party and his lack of experience in politics could not make him strong enough to come out of this situation.
The court directed the Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising to look into the matter of delay and piling up of cases with the appropriate government authorities.