New Delhi: In the backdrop of a Supreme
Court judge questioning the continuance of Vilasrao Deshmukh
in the Union Cabinet, Congress today said every institution
must respect the doctrine of separation of power enshrined in
Maintaining that the appropriate functioning of all
institutioins was essential for a healthy democratic polity,
party spokesperson Manish Tewari said, "Within the
Constitutional scheme, there is a very time tested and
enduring concept called the doctrine of separation of power."
"While we respect the judiciary and have the utmost
reverence for their judgements, I think each institution or
all instituions must respect this doctrine. This would entail
a healthy functioning of our democratic polity," Tewari added.
Replying to a volley of questions on the issue, the
Congress leader said that each of the institutions should
act according to the work assigned to it by the Constitution.
The party had, earlier, remained non-committal on the
fate of Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, whose continuance in
the government was questioned by a Supreme Court judge for
influencing police from taking action against a Congress MLA
in a money lending case when he was chief minister of
The Rural Development Minister, who had earlier faced
severe criticism from the Supreme Court in the case, had come
under further attack at a public function in Mumbai four
days back with an apex court judge questioning his continuance
"It is sad and shocking to see how the government
allows and appreciates such ministers. Not only that, it also
gives them a Cabinet post. It is not a dignified act and I
would call it a shameless act," Justice A K Ganguly said at a
seminar in Mumbai four days back.