Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Wednesday said that the judiciary was destroying the legislature ‘brick by brick.’
Speaking in Rajya Sabha on the GST Bill, according to Indian Express, Jaitley urged MPs not to hand over budgetary and taxation powers to the judiciary claiming that the judiciary had been encroaching on legislative and executive authority.
Jaitley made these stunning observations during a discussion on The Appropriation (No.2) Bill 2016 and the Finance Bill, 2016. The Upper House passed both these bills before returning them to Lok Sabha.
To which Jaitley said, “For heaven’s sake, I beseech you in the interest of Indian democracy not to go on this misadventure… With the manner in which encroachment of legislative and executive authority by India’s judiciary is taking place, probably financial power and budget making is the last power that you have left. Taxation is the only power which states have.”
Jaitley’s comments came on the day when the Supreme Court’s intervention forced the central government to revoke President’s Rule in Uttarakhand.
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