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Respect Judiciary But It Must Be Held Accountable, Says Law Minister Prasad

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| September 23 , 2017 , 10:11 IST

Slamming the judiciary for interfering in the government, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said that while he has 'great respect' for the judiciary, it must be held accountable and let the elected ones govern.

Prasad, addressing the two-day seminar of National Human Rights Commission on good governance, development and human rights said, "We have great respect for judiciary... They have strengthened the whole foundations of our democratic polity. But, we must leave the governance to those who are elected to govern. Legislation must be left to those who are elected to legislate."

Referring the Constitution prepared by the "founding fathers", Prasad praised it for defining a dedicated "power structure".

The Law Minister, citing recent incidents, said, "Of late, I'm seeing a propensity of certain courts to take over the government... They (judiciary) must hold the Executive accountable by contempt. They must have the right to set right the errant politicians. These are the powers of judiciary and they must be recognised... (but) they must be hold accountable to their powers."

Referring to the recent overreach by the judiciary, he responded by saying that governance and accountability go hand-in-hand, it is an integral part of governance.

One just cannot take over governance and "not be accountable", Prasad said aiming the judiciary.

The concept of "digital spread" was to ensure an "accountable, participatative and transparent India", he said.