NJAC represented people’s will, says law minister

New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Friday said the NJAC Act represented the will of the people as 100 percent of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members supported it.

His statement came after the Supreme Court on Friday struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act as unconstitutional and void and restored the collegium system for appointment of judges to the higher judiciary.

“The will of the people can be represented through the parliament. We got the will of the people as 100 percent of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha members supported it,” Gowda told reporters.

Gowda said he would not comment further as he was yet to read the judgement.

“I am not going to make any statement as far as this judgement is concerned because I have not gone through the judgement. We have to go through it in detail,” he added.

The Supreme Court on Friday struck down the constitution’s 99th amendment and the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act.

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  1. This concept of “people’s will” in democracy needs to be analysed with a fresh pair of eyes. Electorate and their representatives can vote on anything they think is right when they may not fully have the technical understanding of the subject. Consider an example – A mid-air passenger flight develops technical complications and the pilots are clueless as to what course of action to take. They want to try one among a set of things but they still don’t know which one it is they should try first(any one of them can have disastrous consequences if not done right). In that instance does it make sense to ask the passengers on board to elect the best option through the ballot? How knowledgeable are the passengers to have a say on the matter?

    The people act based on what suits their needs, not necessarily based on what’s best for the country. For example, in this climate of over-priced property market ponzi everyone see the RBI interest rates as the main enemy in fulfilling their greed. So, if there was a vote tomorrow, they all might vote to abolish RBI act altogether. Does that mean the will of the people should be honoured here?

    Some food for thought…

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