Former Chief Justice of Delhi AP Shah slams govt for ‘weakening establishments of democracy’

Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 16

A “Janata Parliament” organised by civil society teams and social activists commenced on Sunday, with former Chief Justice of Delhi AP Shah (retired) hitting out at present Union authorities for allegedly  weakening the establishments of democracy, together with Parliament.

Speaking on the inaugural session of the Janata Parliament, Justice Shah expressed concern on the lack of legislative scrutiny of presidency’s choices and insurance policies taken throughout the interval of nationwide lockdown.

He lamented that Parliament has not been convened but after the final Budget Session was truncated and adjourned sine die in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the fact that different nations made modifications in process to carry digital periods of their high legislative organs consistent with social distancing norms.

COVID-19 was being utilized by the federal government as an excuse to evade questioning and accountability, he mentioned.

He mentioned affairs of Jammu and Kashmir, amongst others, wanted to be mentioned in Parliament.

He mentioned this within the context of delay in convening of Monsoon Session of Parliament.

He alleged that the current regime on the Centre was stifling dissent.

The democratic establishments and different organs, together with the Judiciary and the Fourth Estate have did not reside as much as the expectations.

“Executive’s accountability is a thing of memory,” Justice Shah mentioned.

Among others, changing a Bill of common nature into  a “Money Bill” (throughout the tenure of previous authorities) to evade scrutiny of the Rajya Saba was cited by him as a working example of the federal government’s act of evading accountability.

Aruna Roy, who was Member of the National Advisory Committee headed by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi throughout Manmohan Singh-led UPA authorities, mentioned the six-day Janata Parliament will deliberate on 10 themes.

Numerous the organisers of the Janata Parliament are identified for his or her opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

They mentioned the occasion was being organised to fill within the void of legislative scrutiny of presidency’s resolution taken throughout the lockdown interval.

Among the opposite audio system on the inaugural session, sitting Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani alleged that the BJP authorities within the state and on the Centre weren’t convening the Sessions of the Assembly and Parliament intentionally.

Former Member of Planning Commission Sayeeda Hameed alleged that the current Union authorities was pursuing a communal agenda.

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