Congress, BJP lock horns over Subramaniam

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New Delhi: The Congress launched a scathing attack on the BJP, saying it lacked respect for the judiciary’s independence and impartiality, even as the ruling party reaffirmed its commitment to the apex court.

“The government action speaks nothing except prejudice,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, alluding to the hasty manner in which former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam’s name was segregated from the list of four people to be made Supreme Court judges.

Former union law minister M. Veerappa Moily alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party was in confrontation with the judiciary, which was “unprecedented”.

“There was no consultation at all. The decision was taken unilaterally and arbitrarily without even an informal consultation with the chief justice of India,” Moily told the media here.

“It’s a confrontation between the government and the judiciary with no precedence at all.”