Chief Justice of India T S Thakur has said that judiciary intervened only when the executive fails in its constitutional duties.
“The courts only fulfill their constitutional duty and need would not arise if government do their job,” the CJI was quoted by PTI as saying in an interview to ETV News Network.
Justice Thakur’s comments assume significance in light of the warning issued by the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, who, not so long ago, had warned judiciary not to cross its lakshmanrekha.
on May 16, expressing concerns over judicial ‘overreach,’ Jaitley had said that the judiciary must draw its own “Lakshmanrekha” and not take decisions, which fell in the domain of the executive.
The CJI has said that if there is neglect and failure on part of government agencies, judiciary will “definitely” play its role, the network said in a release.
“We only fulfill our positional duties as laid down by the Constitution. If the governments do their job better, any need of interference would not arise,” Thakur said when asked about a recent statement by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley regarding alleged judicial interference in executive functions.
The CJI also said “the government should do their job instead of hurling the accusations and the people turn to the courts only after they are let down by the executive.”
Dealing with the huge vacancies in judiciary, Justice Thakur said “I have requested the Prime Minister on several occasions and am sending a report on the same issue to the Centre