After finance minister Arun Jaitly expressed concern over the increasing “interference” of courts in legislative and budgetary issues, it was the turn of parliamentarians cutting across party lines to echo similar concerns on Friday.
Samajwadi party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that Constitution has drawn clear lines and it has given the right to legislate only to Parliament and state legislatures.
“If the judiciary does it what is our relevance,” he said while asking the government to discuss the issue during the monsoon session of Parliament.
In a rare, Ram Gopal found support from his political rival and BSP Chief Mayawati who asked members to act united and rise above political affiliations to act on such important issues.
“We would have to look within, why judiciary is taking advantage,” she said.
The debate of the judicial overreach over matters specific to legislative institutions was raised by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley when he said judiciary is encroaching upon the legislature “step by step, brick by brick.”
“With the manner in which encroachment of legislative and executive authority by India’s judiciary is taking place, probably financial power and budget making is the last power that you have left. Taxation is the only power which states have,” he said on Wednesday while replying to a debate on Finance Bill.
While referring to Supreme Court’s order to provide compensation for drought affected people, the Finance Minister said “outside the Appropriation Bill, we are being told to create this levy, this fund.”
Congress leader Anand Sharma too stressed on the important role played by the legislature in raising the level of debate and correcting “flaws” in key policies.