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Congress demands inquiry into government's 'interferance' in judiciary

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Monday accused the of "interfering in the judiciary" and demanded an independent separate parliamentary and judicial probes.

Senior said: "The grave apprehensions of the and the country regarding interference with the highest levels of the judiciary have been proved correct."

Referring to the statement of retired Kurian Jospeh, the Congress said he had in clearly talked about arbitrary bench selection, external influences by implication, remote control and political biases injected into the system by the government.

His remarks came after on Sunday in an interview to the said that four judges of the top court suspected that then was being "controlled" from the outside.

Justice Joseph, who retired on November 29, said he and the three other senior-most judges felt that Justice Misra was allocating cases to judges with a political bias.

Hitting out at the BJP-led government, Singhvi said: "The accountability owed by this government, which it owes as to the nation, we demand an immediate response from the We further condemn this unconstitutional, invasive and illegal effort by the government."

The Congress said the had become known for its "dirty tricks department".

"Imagine the implications of the categorical statement of Justice Which were those cases where these blatant and despicable initiatives were taken by the government? Who took these initiatives, how many times it was done?

"Our attempts to rein in, to check, to warn against such misadventures has now been proved correct," he said.

Singhvi added: "It establishes the way the government and the ruling party mind works. It proves their complete lack of commitment to the nation and the four foundation pillars and institutions of the nation...

"We therefore need separate and distinct parliamentary inquiry and independent separate and distinct judicial inquiry... to bring all these nefarious activities before the nation."



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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:40 IST