Wednesday, April 17, 2024

As you consider India’s institutions to be your personal property, I have some questions for you: Kharge to Modi

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge issued a strong rebuttal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment that to “browbeat and bully others is vintage Congress culture.”

“Modi ji, Institution after Institution is being ‘bullied’ by you into submission, so STOP pinning the blame on the Congress party, for your own sins!” said Kharge.

Kharge went on to ask four pointed questions to PM Modi and accused him of being “personally responsible” for “usurping” the powers of institutions and “weakening our country.”

Kharge was responding to a social media post by PM Modi on Thursday after 600 lawyers wrote to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, alleging attempts by “a vested interest group” to undermine the judiciary’s integrity and defame courts.

“To browbeat and bully others is vintage Congress culture. Five decades ago, they itself had called for a ‘committed judiciary’ – they shamelessly want commitment from others for their selfish interests, but desist from any commitment towards the nation,” PM Modi said in a post on X.

Issued a strong rebuttal to PM Modi, Congress chief, in his statement posted on X, “As you consider India’s institutions to be your personal property, I have some questions for you.”

Kharge’s questions are: “Why did four senior-most Supreme Court judges hold an unprecedented press conference and warn against ‘destruction of democracy’ by your regime? And why was one of the judges nominated by your government to the Rajya Sabha? Why has your party fielded a former high court judge from West Bengal for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections? And why did you bring the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) that was struck down by the Honorable Supreme Court?”

Letter to CJI

The letter by over 600 lawyers, including Harish Salve and Bar Council chairperson Manan Kumar Mishra, alleged that the vested interest group is putting pressure on the judiciary, especially in cases of corruption involving political leaders.

The letter also targeted a section of lawyers without naming them and alleged they defend politicians by day and then try to influence judges through the media at night.

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