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A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court by Madhu Purnima Kishwar challenging the nomination of former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as member of the Rajya Sabha.
Madhu Kishwar has filed this petition without any legal representation on the ground that the 'independence of judiciary' is an essential part of the basic structure of the Constitution and that it is also considered a pillar of democracy.
The strength of judiciary lies in the faith citizens of this country have in it, the petition states. It adds that any act which creates any adverse impression on the independence of judiciary like the present one, wherein a former CJI has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha, amounts to an assault on the independence of judiciary.
In this backdrop, the PIL plea raises concern that,
It is further added that, “Justice (Retd.) Ranjan Gogoi’s acceptance of RS nomination is all the more befuddling since he himself pronounced that there is a valid “strong viewpoint” that “post retirement appointment is itself a scar on judicial independence of the judiciary”.”
Further, the petitioner has submitted the controversial appointment has led certain sections fodder to cast aspersions on the independence of the judiciary. In this regard, the petition states,
“It has given a handle to the external enemies of India as well as Break Up India Forces within the country to defame and cast aspersions on the highest judiciary of India. This is amply evident from the adverse coverage of this appointment in the national and international media.”
PIL by Madhu Kishwar
Therefore, the petitioner prays that the appointment of Gogoi as a Rajya Sabha member be stayed.
Further it has been urged that restrictions be placed on granting post-retirement jobs to judges of the Supreme Court an High Courts akin to similar restrictions in the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013.
The petition makes mention of other Judges who have been appointed / nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
On Monday evening, the Central Government notified that the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, had nominated Gogoi as a member of the Rajya Sabha.
His nomination drew criticism from various quarters, over concerns whether the same would affect the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary.
Currently, there are 12 members nominated by the President of India. 11 have already been appointed and the appointment of Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi will complete the list that includes nominated members like Subramanian Swamy, Boxer Mary Kom, Swapan Dasgupta and others.
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