Supreme Court’s observation on appointment of judges a reality check for Modi: Rahul Gandhi


New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Supreme Court's scathing observation on appointment of judges, saying it was a reality check for the PM.

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“Reality check from Supreme Court for the PM : No Govt of Modi, by Modi, for Modi,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted. The apex court’s had on Friday sharply criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for sitting on the recommendation of its collegium on the appointment and transfer of judges in High Courts, almost bringing judiciary to the state of collapse.

Asking if by sitting on the recommendations of the collegium, the government was trying to bring the judicial institutions to a "grinding halt", Chief Justice TS Thakur told Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that it would be forced to intervene judicially and call for every file sent to the government for clearance by the collegium.

Things went cold between the top judiciary and the government after its constitution bench on October 16, 2015 struck down as unconstitutional the Constitution's 99th Aamendment that put in place the NJAC and the NJACA Act, 2014.

The tussle between the top judiciary and the Modi government came out in open on April 24 during the conference of Chief Justice of the High Courts and the Chief Ministers when Chief Justice Thakur made an impassioned appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear the names recommended by the top court's collegium for the appointment of judges.