Political parties object to Supreme Court order on convicted legislators

MeetingThe criticism was voiced at an all-party meeting ahead of the Monsoon Session. (PTI photo)

Leaders of national parties united today to criticise the Supreme Court on its judgements relating to disqualification of legislators and disallowing reservation in the faculty of AIIMS.

The criticism was voiced at an all-party meeting ahead of the Monsoon Session convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, who said leaders expressed concern over the "erosion of supremacy" of Parliament by the apex court judgements, one of which also debarred anyone behind bars from contesting elections.

There was no clear indication from government side but there was speculation that steps may be taken to nullify the court orders through amendments to the electoral law and passage of the National Judicial Commission Bill that has a provision for scrapping the present collegium system of higher judiciary appointments.

After the 90-minute meeting, Nath told reporters that all parties expressed concern over the apex court judgements and wanted the National Judicial Commission Bill to be introduced as well as passed in this session itself.

Some leaders wanted the government to "respond" to the apex court judgement against reservation in the faculty of AIIMS and the orders relating to disqualification and barring those in jails from contesting which they felt could lead to vendetta and anarchy.

The session, which concludes on August 30, will have 16 sittings. As many as 44 Bills are planned to be taken up for consideration while six are to be withdrawn and 14 are to be introduced.

Food Security Bill, on which an Ordinance is already in place, is among the proposed legislations. While the BJP demanded that the Bill on formation of separate Telangana be brought in this session itself for consideration and passage, government said that it will have to follow the legal process under which a resolution is required to be passed by the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.

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