Former Finance Minister and veteran BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Saturday threw his weight behind the four senior most judges of the Supreme Court saying that their revolt was not an internal matter of the judiciary, as claimed by his party.
In a hurriedly called press conference on Saturday at his Noida residence, Sinha said, “BJP leaders are scared at the moment. That’s why they are not openly supporting the four judges. When four top judges are sharing their concern with the members of the media, how can this be an internal matter?”
Sinha added that all democratic institutions, political parties, the ruling party and the elected members of the parliament must worry about what happened on Friday.
He added, “These judges have shared their grievances with the entire nation through media. Whoever feels for this country and its democracy must raise their voices. The consequences will be huge if the judiciary is compromised.”
He said, “We shall be failing in our national duty if we do not take of what they have said. If the judges are saying democracy is in danger, who should be most concerned? Shouldn’t the political parties of this country be most concerned? And obviously, they should then express an opinion on it. And not only express an opinion but act in a manner, which will preserve and protect democracy in this country.”
BJP spokesperson, Sambit Patra, on Friday had termed the extraordinary development of Friday as an internal matter of the judiciary. On the other hand, the Congress party had called the revolt by four Supreme Court judges as ‘unprecedented.’
Four top Supreme Court judges on Friday had taken an extraordinary step when they decided to speak to media against the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra calling the administration in the top court ‘not in order.
Leading the rebellion was the second most senior senior judge, Justice Chelameswar, who said that ‘in the past few months, less than desirable things have been happening.’He said, “We’ve told the Chief Justice but our pleas have failed. We don’t want people to say 20 yrs later that we did not take care of the institution. Democracy won’t survive without free judiciary.”