New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday termed the higher judiciary "over ambitious" but complimented
it for its activism which "enlarged the ambit of fundamental
rights" of citizens.
Delivering the inaugural the K N Katju memorial lecture
on `What ails the Indian judiciary`, he said that like any
other institution that has reached a ripe and old age, the
judiciary is under stress.
"Another cause of stress is that the judiciary,
especially the higher judiciary, is over ambitious. An
ambitious court tends to think that there is a judicial
solution to its problems," he said.
The Home Minister said that in his view the Indian
judiciary is not afflicted by any malady that is incurable.
Chidambaram, himself a reputed lawyer, said he had no
intention to "pour oil" on a topic which was already hot and
burning, which sent the audience consisting of eminent jurists
into peals of laughter.
"I wonder why more subjects of discussion in India are
quickly converted into hot and burning topics," he said.
"I join in applauding the judicial activism of courts,
especially the Supreme Court, in enlarging the ambit of
fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution and creating
a human rights jurisdiction," he said.