Kiren Rijiju’s remarks about retired judges ring of authoritarianism, say 90 ex-bureaucratsAbdul Gh Lone 30 March 2023 0 COMMENTS
Labelling public-spirited citizens as “anti-India” and threatening action against them rings of authoritarianism, a group of 90 former civil servants said on Thursday in response to Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju’s statements about retired judges.
The retired bureaucrats, who are part of a collective named the Constitutional Conduct Group, addressed a letter in this regard to Rijiju. Former Indian Administrative Services officers Harsh Mander, Najeeb Jung and former Indian Police Service officer Julio Ribeiro were among the signatories to the letter.
On March 17, the law minister had claimed that some retired judges are part of an “anti-India gang” and are trying to make the judiciary play the role of an Opposition.
Over the last few months, Rijiju and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar have repeatedly criticised the collegium system of appointing judges, contending that it is opaque.
In the collegium system, the senior judges of the Supreme Court recommend names for the Supreme Court and High Courts and the government is expected to follow them.
The former civil servants, in the letter to Rijiju on Thursday, said that his statements appear to be “part of a concerted attack” by the government on the Supreme Court and its collegium system.
The signatories to the letter said that Rijiju and Dhankar, rather than engaging constructively with the Supreme…