20 October, 2020

‘Venkatachaliah Bill Was Perfect. Why Did The BJP Depart From It?’

The eminent jurist may be 86 now but has picked up his fighting gloves again, this time to save the independence of the judiciary

Sanjay Rawat
‘Venkatachaliah Bill Was Perfect. Why Did The BJP Depart From It?’
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Fali Sam Nariman needs no introduction. The eminent jurist may be 86 now but has lost none of his fervour and cou­rage of conviction. He has picked up his fighting gloves again, this time to save the independence of the judiciary, which he thinks stands imperilled with the passage of the National Judicial Appointments Com­mission Bill and the Constitutional Ame­ndment Bill. Tabled on August 11, the bills were passed in Parliament in just three days, seeking to replace the collegium system with a six-member body to appoint judges to the Supreme Court and the high courts. Nariman, and four others, moved petitions questioning this move to alter the Constitution which the court dubbed as premature. Nariman doesn’t think so. “Why doesn’t the BJP bring the very same bill it drafted in 2002? What are the reasons for not bringing that good bill again,” he asks, in an interview to Anuradha Raman:

The judges say your PIL is premature. Is it? Is it a setback?

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