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Judiciary, executive should stick to roles: Pranab

Against the backdrop of criticism about judicial over-reach, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said if major organs of democracy do not strictly confine themselves to constitutional parameters then there will be some distortions.



New Delhi: Against the backdrop of
criticism about judicial over-reach, Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee on Wednesday said if major organs of democracy do not
strictly confine themselves to constitutional parameters then
there will be some "distortions".

Talking to a group of reporters here, he said everyone
should play the role assigned by the constitution.
"But now if it happens that judiciary, executive,
legislative do not strictly confine themselves in the
(Constitutional) parameters then some sort of distortions
start coming," Mukherjee said.

He said when asked about agitations against black money
by Ramdev and other civil society members and a recent Supreme
Court order on setting up special investigation team (SIT) to
look into the menace.

The Government has already filed a petition for review of
the Supreme Court order regarding setting up the SIT.

When asked whether the then Solicitor General (SG) Gopal
Subramaniam exceeded his brief during the hearing, Mukherjee
said, "No, SG told me that he did not give any comment ... We
have filed an application. Let us wait for the outcome".

On the efforts being made to bring back black money
stashed in Swiss banks, Mukherjee said that India has signed a
double tax avoidance agreement with that country last year and
it has yet to be rectified by Swiss Parliament.

"Unless we have proper instrumentality in place, we
cannot get information from any country. We shall have to go
through legal process and for that we need legal framework,"
he said.
Answering questions on the proposed Lokpal Bill,
Mukherjee said: "We have more or less finalised the draft. We
have had all party meeting which endorsed that let the
Government draft the Bill.

"In this case the procedure will be followed...we are
sharing the perception with the Representatives of the civil
society. We are talking on the behalf of the government. How
much time Parliament will take, how can we decide. The ruling
party does not have the absolute majority".

The ultimate objective, he said, is to get the
legislation passed.

Following protest by civil rights activists Anna Hazare,
the government constituted a joint panel to draft the Lokpal
Bill.

Although the panel could not reach on a consensus on
certain crucial issues, the government is likely to introduce
the Bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning August
1.

PTI

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