Dhankar presides RS for first time, lashes out over NJAC withdrawl


New Delhi:

Deputy Speaker Jagdeep Dhankar presided over the Rajya Sabha for the first time during the winter session of Parliament on Wednesday when he moved the Supreme Court decision striking down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act.

“It is a shining example of the serious compromise of parliamentary sovereignty and the disregard of the popular mandate.” We must bear in mind that the basis of all “basic structures” in a democracy is the primacy of the mandate of the people, which is reflected in the Parliament.” wrote the official Twitter handle of the VP.

The Vice President said that the NJAC Act, passed unanimously by Parliament, was later struck down by the Supreme Court in October 2015.

The NJAC Act passed by Parliament in 2015 empowered the Center to appoint judges, replacing the decades-old Collegium system.

He does not agree with the law and requests its repeal. The legal grounds referred to the fact that the role of the government would threaten the independence of the judiciary.

A constitution bench subsequently struck down the law, citing the 1995-1997 Emergency imposed by the central government led by Indira Gandhi.

Earlier, Dhankar, who was also a senior advocate, said, “Any encroachment of one institution’s territory into another institution can upset the apple cart of governance”.

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