28 Mar 2024

What PM Modi Said Following Letter from 600 Lawyers to CJI DY Chandrachud

Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn't hold back in his criticism of the Congress party today, following a letter signed by hundreds of lawyers and several bar associations across India addressed to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud. The letter expressed concerns about attempts to undermine the integrity of the judiciary through political and professional pressures.

In a scathing tweet posted on the microblogging website X, PM Modi remarked, "To intimidate and coerce others is reminiscent of Congress's old tactics. Five decades ago, they advocated for a 'committed judiciary.' They now shamelessly demand commitment from others for their own gains, while showing no commitment towards the nation."

Modi's remarks came after over 600 lawyers, including prominent figures like Harish Salve and Bar Council chairperson Manan Kumar Mishra, penned a letter to Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, alleging that a "vested interest group" was exerting pressure on the judiciary and tarnishing the reputation of courts, especially in cases involving political corruption.

Union Minister and Arunachal West candidate Kiren Rijiju said sane voices are openly coming out now, referring to the letter by the lawyers. He criticized the Congress, stating, "These Congress members coined the concept of a committed judiciary and suspended the Indian Constitution. They and the leftists expect courts and constitutional bodies to serve their interests, otherwise they launch immediate attacks against these institutions."

The All Manipur Bar Association also voiced concerns in a letter to Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, highlighting the necessity to speak out against "covert attacks" on the judiciary. The association expressed extreme apprehension about recent trends where vested interest groups were attempting to besmirch the courts with "frivolous reasoning" and "stale political agendas."

Kharge's reply to PM 

After Narendra Modi accused Congress, party president Mallikarjun Kharge responded. Kharge wrote on social media X- You (Modi) are talking about the judiciary.

How did you forget that during your rule, 4 Justices of the Supreme Court had to hold press conferences. They warned against the destruction of democracy. Later, one of those justices was nominated by your government to the Rajya Sabha.

Kharge further wrote- You have forgotten that your party has fielded a former High Court Justice in West Bengal for the current Lok Sabha elections. Why was he given this candidature? It was you who brought the National Judicial Appointment Commission, which was banned by the Supreme Court.

Modi ji, there have been attempts from your side to bend one institution after another, so stop blaming the Congress party for your sins. You are an expert in the art of tampering with democracy and hurting the Constitution.

Jairam Ramesh accuses PM of hypocrisy

Responding to PM Modi's remarks, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh accused the Prime Minister of hypocrisy. "The PM's audacity in orchestrating an attack on the judiciary under the guise of defending it is the pinnacle of hypocrisy," he stated. "The Supreme Court has dealt severe blows to him in recent times. The Electoral Bonds Scheme is just one instance."

Ramesh continued, "All the Prime Minister has done in the last decade is divide, distort, divert, and defame. 1.4 billion Indians are eagerly awaiting to give him a fitting response very soon."

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