‘Law Minister’s comment amounts to dictating SC’

Ashwani Kumar. File photo: Sandeep Saxena  

Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Wednesday said Ministers talking about early hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi case was improper and tantamount to “dictating” the Supreme Court.

Referring to a statement by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Mr. Kumar said, “The Law Minister’s unsolicited advice regarding early hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi case by the Supreme Court is a gross act of impropriety as it seeks to suggest to the Supreme Court the ordering of its roster in a subjudice matter.”

On Monday, Mr. Prasad requested the Supreme Court to “fast-track” the hearing of the Ayodhya title suit, saying it was the “expectation of the country.”

Interacting with reporters in Lucknow, the Minister said he was speaking as a “common man” and not as Law Minister.

“Surely, the unrestrained public utterances of the Minister in this regard breach established conventions and tantamount to a wholly unacceptable attempt to dictate to the court,” Mr. Kumar said in a statement.

The BJP’s ally Shiv Sena and other organisations like the VHP and the RSS have suggested that the government bring an ordinance to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya. The government and the BJP have said that they would wait for the top court’s order and expect an early hearing. “The court has already set in motion the process of hearing the case. In the circumstances, the Law Minister’s public comments disclose a political agenda. Yet another assault on institutions of our constitutional democracy,” Mr. Kumar said.

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