Saturday, February 5, 2011

‘It’s shameless’: Sitting SC judge takes on Govt

Chiding the UPA government for “elevating” Union Cabinet Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh from the Heavy Industries portfolio to Rural Development in last month’s reshuffle, Supreme Court Justice A K Ganguly said Saturday that a politician who had been rapped by the apex court continued to be in his “full glory”, and this was “shameless”.
Ganguly was referring to the Supreme Court judgment passed by him and Justice G S Singhvi in December, which pulled up Deshmukh for using his influence to prevent Maharashtra Police from registering a criminal case against a Congress legislator’s moneylender father when Deshmukh was chief minister.
The court had rebuked Deshmukh saying, “The chief minister should not have interfered with the criminal justice system,” and slapped a Rs 10-lakh fine on the state government.
Addressing lawyers and activists at a two-day conference on ‘Gender Concern in Conflict Zones’ in Mumbai today, Justice Ganguly said, “It is sad and shocking to see how the government allows and appreciates such ministers. Not only that, and also gives them a Cabinet post. It is not a dignified act, I would call it a shameless act.”

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