President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday nominated former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to Rajya Sabha, triggering accusations from the opposition who claimed that it was a ‘quid pro quo’.
Several opposition parties, including Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, and AIMIM said that the nomination would set a bad precedent and decrease people’s trust in the independence of the judiciary.
Former Karnataka CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said, “What is the message that President is trying to convey to the people of India & future CJIs?”
What is the message that President is trying to convey to the people of India & future CJIs?
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) March 16, 2020
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi also condemned the move, adding that it will have repurcussions of the move on independence of the judiciary. “Is it “quid pro quo”? How will people have faith in the Independence of Judges ? Many Questions,” he wrote on Twitter.
Is it “quid pro quo”? How will people have faith in the Independence of Judges ? Many Questions pic.twitter.com/IQkAx4ofSf
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) March 16, 2020
AAP MLA Raghav Chadha also raised questions over Gogoi’s nomination and said that it will set a bad precedent and cause a huge loss to the independence of the judiciary. “This will not merely set a bad precedent but will cause irreparable damage to the independence of the judiciary. Separation of powers btw the legislature, executive & judiciary is part of the basic structure of our Constitution – which this Govt has systematically dismantled & damaged,” he tweeted.
“There is a view point that post-retirement appointment of judges is itself a scar on judicial independence. How do you handle that” said the then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi (March 2019)https://t.co/kS8kjlc41l
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) March 16, 2020
A government notification issued on Monday informed that Gogoi has been nominated to the upper house of the Parliament.
The notification read, “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (1) of Article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to nominate Shri Ranjan Gogoi to the Council of States to fill the vacancy caused due to the retirement of one of the nominated member.”
Ranjan Gogoi, who held the post of CJI from October 3 2018, to November 17, 2019, led several historic decisions during his tenure — including key judgments in highly-sensitive disputes like the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid title dispute case, the ‘Entry of women to Sabarimala Temple’ row, and the Rafale deal controversy, and the Assam NRC dispute — to name a few. CJI Gogoi’s latest milestone was that on November 9, the five-judge Bench headed by him delivered the verdict in the much-debated Ayodhya dispute case.