Gogoi Compromised Independence of Judiciary: Former SC Judge

File photo of former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. (PTI)

NEW DELHI - Former Supreme Court judge Justice Kurian Jo­seph has reacted strongly to the nomination of former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Go­goi as a member of the Rajya Sabha saying that he has “com­promised the noble principles” of the independence and im­partiality of judiciary.

Justice Joseph, who had once taken part in an unprecedented presser along with Gogoi, Jus­tices J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur (all retired) on January 12, 2018 on the functioning of the apex court, made his stand clear on the former CJI accept­ing nomination to the Upper House.

“According to me, the accep­tance of nomination as member of Rajya Sabha by a former CJI has certainly shaken the confi­dence of the common man on the independence of judiciary, which is also one of the basic structures of the Constitution of India,” the former judge said. Recalling the statement made by Justice Gogoi in the presser, he expressed surprise as to how the ex-CJI accepted the Rajya Sabha nomination.

“‘We have discharged our debt to the nation’ was the statement made by Justice Ranjan Gogoi along with the three of us on January 12, 2018. I am surprised as to how Justice Ranjan Gogoi who once exhibited such cour­age of conviction to uphold the independence of judiciary, has compromised the noble prin­ciples on the independence and impartiality of the Judiciary,” Justice Joseph said.

Referring to the press con­ference, Justice Joseph said he, along with other three judges, had come out in public in an “unprecedented move”, “to tell the nation that there was a threat to this foundation and now I feel the threat is at large”.

e said that to ensure there is no threat to the nation, he had de­cided not to take up any posts after retirement.

Former CJI Gogoi, who headed benches that pronounced several key judgements including in the sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case, was on Monday nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the govern­ment.

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