Abhishek Singhvi says CJI’s call for 50% women in judiciary is ‘Legislature’s Prerogative’
New Delhi: Congress Rajya Sabha MP & senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi appreciate CJI Ramana’s take on 50% reservation of women in Indian judiciary After CJI Ramana, on September 26, exhorted women jurists and lawyers to come to the fore and fight for a solid 50% representation for women in the Indian judiciary, However, Singhvi placed the onus of equal representation in the justice delivery system on the ‘prerogative of the legislature’ and said that the judiciary can only be a guide to this process.
Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi shared, “I appreciate the sentiment with which the current CJI bats for decoloniality of existing laws especially certain provisions of IPC. However, the judiciary can only be a guide to what is the prerogative of the Legislature.”
Singhvi highlighted that while the judiciary could voice the need for equal representation, it is the lawmakers (Legislature) of the country that can realise the goal 50% reservation for women. He implied that subsequent amendments in statutory provisions in this regard could be brought about only after lawmakers of the country take necessary legislative steps.