HC dismisses PIL seeking disqualification of Jagdeep Dhankhar and Kiren Rijiju
MUMBAI: “The credibility of the Supreme Court of India is very high. It cannot be eroded or influenced by the statements of individuals,” said the Bombay High Court in its reasoned order on February 9, dismissing a PIL seeking disqualification Dismissing issued on Tuesday. On Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Union Law Minister Kiren Pijiju for allegedly showing lack of faith in the Constitution through their public statements.
The HC bench of Acting Chief Justice SV Gangapurwala and Justice Sandeep Marne said in a seven-page order written by the Acting Chief Justice, “The Constitution of India is supreme and sacred.” Justice Gangapurwala said, “Every citizen of India is bound by the Constitution. And they are expected to follow constitutional values. Constitutional institutions must be respected by all, including constitutional officers and persons holding constitutional posts.” “
The PIL by lawyers’ body, Bombay Lawyers Association and its President Advocate Ahmed Abdi sought invocation of extraordinary powers of the HC under Article 226 to impeach the Vice President and the Law Minister for not showing respect to the Supreme Court and for assaulting be removed for Basic Structure Doctrine of the Constitution along with the Collegium System.
The HC order said, “Constitutional officers cannot be removed in the manner suggested by the petitioner. Fair criticism of the judgment is acceptable. There is no doubt that it is the fundamental duty of every citizen to abide by the Constitution. Get glory, get respect.”
The High Court had noted for Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, Vice President, Law Minister and Rajya Sabha Secretary General, that the present PIL has been filed for publicity. The ASG had also said, “It is false and frivolous”, adding that the Vice President and the minister “have full faith in the Constitution” and the Vice President also said that he has the highest respect for the judiciary and is committed to Are. The constitution of India. “Singh said that the government has never weakened the judiciary and its independence and its independence will always be untouchable and they respect the ideals of the Constitution, noted the order.