Monday, 18 October 2021

Chief Justice N V Ramana says no proper debate in parliament

Chief Justice N V Ramana says no proper debate in parliament

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana criticized the functioning of parliament in strong terms today, focussing on the lack of debates on laws.

Comparing it with previous times when both houses of parliament were "full of lawyers," he asked the legal fraternity also to contribute the time towards PS.

Calling the present situation "a sorry state of affairs," he said, "No proper debate" in both the houses.

He added.

"There is no clarity of rules and laws. We don't know what purpose of law is and what law does. It's a loss to publics. This is when lawyers and intellectuals people are not in Houses,"

Chief Justice Ramana said

"If we take a look at our freedom fighters, many of them were from legal profession. The first members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were filled with lawyers' community,"

He said.

"Unfortunate what you see now in Houses.Debates back in the Houses were very positive. I saw debates over financial bills and very positive points were made. Laws were talked about and purposely. One had clear picture of the legislative part of the law,"

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While the monsoon session of parliament started amid furor over the Pegasus spyware scam, the government had decided to push through several bills despite the disruptions. The opposition, demanding a discussion on the allegations of spyware use on politicians, journalists, and others, pointed out that the statements were passing without any debate.

The government accused the opposition of "maligning the dignity of parliament" and conspiring to stop its functioning. The opposition parties blamed the government for crushing their voice in parliament, "murdering" democracy, and taking "outsiders" as marshals to beat up MPs.

Yesterday, President Ram Nath Kovind alluded to the situation in parliament, saying,

"Our parliament is the temple of our democracy which provides us highest forum where we discuss, debate and decide issues for the well-being of our people."

As the nation celebrated its 75th Independence Day, Chief Justice Ramana also said It was a time to "review" the policies and achievements.

He said.

"75 years is not a small span of time for nation's history. When we were go to school they used to give us piece of jaggery and flags. Although today we get so much we are not happy. Our saturation levels have reached the bottom,"

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