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Every state organ has Laxman Rekha: Somnath

Last Updated: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 16:22

New Delhi: Amid talk that political
parties would press for a debate on judicial activism in the
Monsoon Session of Parliament, former Lok Sabha Speaker
Somnath Chatterjee has said every organ of the state has its
"own Laxman Rekha and no one should cross it".

Chatterjee, who has been a staunch opponent of the
judicial overreach, said that during his days as Presiding
Officer of the Lok Sabha, he had given Parliament an
opportunity to discuss the issue, but lamented that there was
no interest from Parliamentarians.

"During my time, hardly there was any interest shown
by parties or members and far less by the government. Indeed I
gave them an opportunity through the debate on demolition of
shops and houses in Delhi," he said.

Chatterjee remarked that during the debate "everyone
was so scared of the courts that they praised the courts.
Every organ has its own Laxman Rekha and no one should cross

A meeting of Chief Whips convened by Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal last week saw from several
political parties that the session should have a debate on the
issue of judicial activism.

Chatterjee said that during his tenure as the Speaker,
he had protested against the court`s interference in the
Jharkhand case.

The reference was his standing up against the SC`s
directions on a confidence vote in the Jharkhand Assembly,
garnering support on that count by speakers of several state

"When the Supreme Court issued notice in the case of
expulsion of MPs in the cash-for query scam, I did not take
notice as courts had no jurisdiction," he said.


First Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 16:22
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