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BJP hits back, says Rahul Gandhi is doing politics over 'internal matter of judiciary'

Nagaland Page 2018-01-13 12:12:00

New Delhi, January 12: The ruling BJP on Friday launched a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi-led Congress and accused it of playing politics over what it called ''an internal matter'' of the judiciary after four top court judges openly complained about the way things were being conducted by CJI Dipak Misra.

Addressing a press briefing, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said, ''Rahul Gandhi is playing politics over the Supreme Court issue while it's an internal matter of the apex court.''

''In the country, judiciary plays an independent role and the AG has given his statement. No politics should be played. We are surprised and pained that Congress, which has been rejected number of times by people in elections is trying to gain political mileage and it has exposed itself,'' Patra added.

The reactions from the ruling side came minutes after the Congress described the comments made by four Supreme Court judges as "extremely disturbing" and appealed to the Supreme Court to find solutions to preserve the independence of the judiciary.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi even demanded that its senior-most judges should supervise an SIT probe into the mysterious death of Special CBI Judge BH Loya.

The Congress also issued a statement after Gandhi met senior party leaders, including P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Manish Tewari who are also leading lawyers, and discussed the situation arising out of the press conference by four senior-most judges - Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur - who were critical of Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

 Gandhi and his party demanded that the PIL concerning the death of Judge BH Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin fake shootout case, should be entrusted to the senior-most judges of the Supreme Court who should ensure a thorough and impartial investigation of the case by an independent SIT.

Gandhi, who made a brief statement to the media, said it was "a sensitive and important matter" and that "the points raised by the judges are extremely important".

"The points that have been raised by the four judges are extremely important. They have mentioned that there is a threat to democracy. I think it needs to be looked into carefully. They have also made a point about Judge Loya's case. I think that is also something that needs to be investigated properly. It needs to be looked at from the highest levels of the Supreme Court," he said.

He said the press conference by judges "never happened before".

"It's unprecedented. I think all citizens who love the idea of justice, who believe in the Supreme Court are looking at this issue," Gandhi said. (Agencies)