Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that none of the three parts of the country can claim to be supreme as the Constitution itself is supreme. He said that some judgments of the courts seem to have increased the interference of the judiciary.
He said that the legislature, executive and judiciary are bound to function under their jurisdiction as defined under the constitution. In fact, the Vice President was addressing the 80th Conference of All India Presiding Officers on the subject of ‘cordial coordination between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary – the key to vibrant democracy’. Naidu said that the three organs function without interfering in each other’s actions and harmony remains.
He said that it requires mutual respect, accountability and patience. He said that unfortunately there are many instances when boundaries were crossed. Naidu said that many such judicial decisions were taken in which there seems to be a case of interference.
Giving some examples, he said that the judiciary should not be treated as ‘paramount executive’ or ‘paramount legislature’. The Vice President said, ‘Since independence, the Supreme Court and the High Court have given many decisions that have far-reaching effects on socio-economic goals. Apart from this, it intervened and made things right. But occasional concerns were raised about whether they were entering the jurisdiction of the executive and legislature. ‘
“There is a debate as to whether certain issues should be legally left to other organs of the government,” he said. Giving some examples, Naidu said that the judiciary, which decides on firecrackers on Diwali, refuses to give a role to the executive in appointing judges through the collegium. Naidu said that the legislature has also crossed the line several times. In this regard, he referred to the 39th Constitutional Amendment made in 1975 for the election of President, Vice President and Prime Minister.