Even as the opposition parties demanded a “thorough probe” into issues flagged by four Supreme Court judges over its functioning, BJP came up with stern reaction asking not to politicise the matter which is at best to be dealt by judiciary itself.
Earlier on Friday evening, Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed the concern voiced by the judges as “extremely important”.
“I think the points that have been raised by the four judges are extremely important. They have mentioned there is a threat to democracy. It needs to be looked into carefully,” Rahul Gandhi said in a late evening presser at AICC headquarters.
“They 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 level of the Supreme Court,” he added.
Shortly after, the ruling party shot back, with BJP spokesman Sambit Patra accusing the Congress of politicising internal matters of the judiciary.
“Politics by political parties of the country, outside the judicial purview, trying to drag issues which are internal to the judiciary and politicise that is something which should not be attempted,” he said.
“The Congress party has attempted the same, it has tried its best to politicise internal issues of judiciary. And we firmly believe that this is wrong,” Patra told reporters.
On Gandhi calling for a probe into the death of Loya, the BJP leader said none has the right to comment on issues that are pending before the Supreme Court. “I think Congress should know that,” he added.
Meanwhile, other opposition parties too jumped in with CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury saying a thorough investigation was required to understand how the independence and integrity of the judiciary was getting “affected”, after the judges said many “less than desirable” things had taken place in the apex court.
He said it was necessary for the three wings of democracy — the executive, the legislature and the judiciary – to ensure that whatever issues had been raised were corrected.
Former Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav called it a “dark day” for democracy, saying for the first time sitting SC judges had to speak before the media to highlight complaints.
“It is a dark day for democracy that even the judges are working under pressure and without independence,” he said.
Earlier on Friday senior CPI leader D Raja had met Justice J Chelameswar at his residence soon after the presser by the latter, drawing sharp reactions.
(With inputs from PTI)