Lawyers Express Concerns Over Political Pressure on Judiciary

The first question is a reference to the unprecedented 2018 press conference by four senior Supreme Court judges — J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph — as they went public with complaints against then CJI Dipak Misra.

The so called rebel judges had said “things are not in order” with what they described as “the administration of the Supreme Court”, and insisted that an independent judiciary was essential for a functioning democracy. Of the four, Gogoi later became the BJP’s nominee as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

In his X post, Kharge also said, “Modi ji, India’s institutions are the property of India’s people. You are personally responsible for usurping their powers and weakening our country. The Congress party helped build and nurture these institutions. Thousands of our workers and leaders gave their lives for them. We will take these institutions back from you and return them to the people of India.”

In an earlier but related post, Kharge also wrote: “Modi ji, Institution after Institution is being ‘bullied’ by you into submission, so STOP pinning the blame on the Congress party, for your own sins! You have mastered the art of manipulating Democracy and hurting the Constitution!”

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