Some legal experts voiced their concerns over Friday’s Supreme Court verdict striking down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, despite being a high-ranking Congress leader, expressed his disappointment saying “the NJAC should have been given a fair chance.” (Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala clarified to The Hindu that Mr. Singhvi spoke as a lawyer and his views on the NJAC verdict shouldn’t be misconstrued as the Congress party’s).
Senior lawyer K.T.S. Tulsi, expressing his disappointment, said: “In a democracy, we must recognise wisdom of the people and their representatives.”
Prashant Bhushan, a senior advocate who challenged the NJAC through the Centre for Public Interest Litigation, praised the Supreme Court for what he said “protecting judicial independence by striking down the NJAC through which the politicos wanted to control appointment of judges.”
In Bengaluru, Union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda told journalists that he was “surprised” by the verdict. He said the next course of action would be decided in consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Ministers and legal experts.
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