Special Correspondent

"Neither the judiciary nor the legislature knew its limitations"

HYDERABAD: Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee should have accepted the Supreme Court's notice on the issue of expulsion of MPs and given a reply explaining his stand, thus respecting the judiciary, Soli J. Sorabjee, former Attorney-General, said here on Saturday.

Delivering the first endowment lecture in memory of Justice M. Sheshachalapathi, former judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, and later answering questions from the media at NALSAR, he said that neither the judiciary nor the legislature knew its limitations within the Constitution. None was above the law and the rule of law would always prevail, he said.

In not accepting the court notice, the very principle of the rule of law was ignored.

Court to go ahead

Responding to a question on the legal consequences of the Speaker's rejection of the notice, he said the court would go ahead with the hearing by appointing an attorney.

None could say that the judiciary could not interfere in any case dealt in any manner.

Referring to the Karnataka developments, he said the Governor's action in giving sufficient time for the floor test was appropriate.

If the Chief Minister felt that he had lost majority he should have gracefully tendered his resignation.

Earlier, delivering the lecture on "Constitution, President's rule, courts" he said Article 356 should not be deleted on the grounds of misuse but amended to provide an opportunity to the government concerned to present its case.