Saturday, November 12, 2005

Kalam kicks another row

After his controversial decision to resend the list of 20 death row convicts to the Union Home Ministry for reconsideration, President Kalam has kicked off another political storm by questioning the inteference of the judiciary in the working of the executive. Referring to the SC judgement deeming "unconstitutional" the dissolution of the Bihar assembly, he raised the need for an in-house mechanism for the executive to correct its wrongs, rather than having to be rebuked by the judiciary before acting. The case is likely to invite Opposition ire in the approaching winter seession of Parliament. Kalam was making these comments in a speech delivered on the National Legal Literacy Day. On the dais, interestingly, was Justice Sabharwal, who had headed the 5-judge Constitution bench that passed the Bihar order. Arun Shourie also spoke, and in his trademark passionate style, supported the President's contention.
Shourie's speech here.

1 comment:

anamika said...

with kalam on this one. judiciary must first set its own house in order b4 passing judgements on others. right?