There is tension between executive & judiciary: Rohatgi

Neelu Vyas

Days after a verbal spat broke out on the Law Day between Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Chief Justice of India Deepak Mishra on the separation of powers, former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi in an exclusive interview to Rajya Sabha TV has categorically said that there is certainly some kind of a strain between the executive and the judiciary mainly because both of them have not drawn the line.

He even emphasized that judiciary time and again since last thirty years has tried to go beyond its brief which has led to a lot of heartburn.

Citing the example of Supreme Court striking out the procedure for appointment of judges, Rohatgi said that when the law was passed by the Parliament and the state assemblies, there was no need for the court to annul it. The former Attorney general of India termed the move as unconstitutional.

He even acknowledged that NJAC (National Judicial Appointments Commission) was one of the major reasons for the faceoff between the two pillars of the democracy.

Commenting on the quality of PILs coming to various courts across the country, Rohatgi called for making a law on PILs as most of them were motivated due to political or economic reasons.