Last word lies with judiciary: Khurshid



Noida: There are "healthy tensions" over separation of powers between the judiciary and the executive, but finally "the last word lies with the judge", Union Minister for Law and Justice Salman Khurshid said on Friday.

"A judge has great challenges especially those of democracy because there is a separation of powers in the country and at the same time, there are politicians who are accountable to voters and political system," he said, adding that the Constitution has demarcated areas for the legislature and judiciary.

"The important thing is how to decide where to draw the line and this ultimately has to be decided by the person who adjudicates i.e. the judge.

"There are healthy tensions that exist in the area of separation of powers, between the judges and the members of executive, but finally the last word lies with the judge because they are the ones who finally speak what the Constitution actually means," said Khurshid.

He was speaking as the chief guest at Amity Law School quiz programme held at Amity University this evening.

Justice A K Sikri, acting chief justice, Delhi High Court and K T S Tulsi, senior advocate and vice chairman Law Commission of India also spoke on the occasion.

PTI