The Bar Council of India hailed the nomination of former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and termed it as “bridge between the legislature and the judiciary”.
“We hail the novel initiative taken by the President of India in nominating Ranjan Gogoi, former Chief Justice of India, as a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). We see it as a bridge between the Legislature and Judiciary. This, in fact, would be an ideal opportunity to portray the first-hand views of the judiciary before the lawmakers and vice-versa,” read a press release from the Bar Council of India.
“We have witnessed some comments and criticism from some quarters including former judges of the Supreme Court of India and a few lawyers, which we feel is unwarranted and premature. Therefore, such hue and cry and reckless comments would be an attempt to malign the image of judiciary,” it added.
The Bar Council denounced such statements from former judges and the lawyers.
“It is most unfortunate that without even witnessing the part or role to be played by Ranjan Gogoi in Parliament, such comments are being issued. The former judges and the lawyers should refrain from making the criticism, but, it appears to us that a few former judges and a handful of lawyers are in the habit to criticise almost each and every move of the government and many a time, they have gone to the extent of criticising and commenting upon the decisions of even the apex court,” read the statement.
It also noted that there there is no law or constitutional provision that prohibits such a nomination.
Ranjan Gogoi will take oath as Rajya Sabha MP at 11 a.m. today.