New Delhi, Oct 18: In the past couple of months, there has been ample talk about judicial activism. The judiciary and the Supreme Court in particular has been criticised for entering into domains it could have avoided.
Amidst the major rift in the Supreme Court, it would be interesting to take a look at the recommendations made by the Justice V Malimath Committee on reforms of criminal justice system.
The Union Government made it clear that it would stay away from the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court while terming it as an internal matter. Moments after the four top judges of the Supreme Court decided to air their views in public, several persons in the opposition decided to debate the issue.
The arrests of members from the Base Movement from Madurai on Monday and Tuesday is a major breakthrough the court complex blasts case.
New Delhi, Nov 28 The war of words between the union government and the judiciary was out once again in the open. While Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur blamed the government for delaying the filling up of 442 judicial vacancies in the High Courts.
Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad too retorted by saying that the judiciary too had not filled up vacancies in the lower courts.
New Delhi, Nov 19: There appears to be no end to the tussle between the centre and the judiciary. The Supreme Court while putting its foot down said that the 43 names of judges for high courts will be reconsidered by the centre.
The centre had recently told the court that out of the 77 names proposed 34 were cleared while the remaining 43 were being sent back to the collegium.
Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda has decided to take tough measures following the ruckus that was caused outside the court complex where journalists clashed with lawyers. The CM will meet with representatives of the media, judiciary and also police personnel to chalk out a plan as to streamline the media coverage in the courts.
He is also expected to announce a judicial inquiry into the incident. A formal decision in this regard is awaited. There has been a tussle on between the media and the lawyers since the past couple of months when it came to covering events in the court. The meeting of the CM is expected to take stock of this situation and guidelines are likely to be framed to ensure that there is no such chaos and both lawyers and the journalists are able to do their job without any problem.
Earlier today the journalists who had gone to the city civil court in Bangalore to cover the production of Janardhan Reddy before the CBI court were stopped by the lawyers. The lawyers alleged that the media during an earlier protest had portrayed them in very bad light. On seeing the journalists, the lawyers engaged in an argument first which led to violent scenes.
Bottles, stones and helmets were hurled at each other which led to intervention by the police. However the lawyers managed to outnumber the journalists. The scene got so ugly that even the police were injured in this battle. Ten journalists, seven police personnel and three lawyers were injured in this incident. One of the police men is said to be critical and admitted to hospital while the remaining too are undergoing treatment.
The lawyers went on the offensive and did not spare any one in sight. They even damaged the OB vans of the media houses. The police had to resort to lathi charge and even fired tear gas shells to quell the mob. At the moment there are prohibitory orders in place outside the court premises.
Representatives of both the lawyers and also the journalists too are likely to meet and would look to resolve the issue even as the police continued to investigate and book cases against the mischief mongers.