Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has described the criticism heaped on the Modi government for “inaction” in filling up judicial vacancies as “unfair and factually incorrect”. Making a careful comment on Chief Justice of India (CJI) Tirath Singh Thakur’s “outburst” blaming the Centre for delay in appoint of judges, the minister, in an interview to Raghav Ohri, said, “there’s no truth” in the charge.
On the ratio of the number of judges to the population being “grossly inadequate”, the minister said the Law Commission has twice concluded that it did not consider the judge-population ratio to be a scientific criterion for determining the adequacy of the judge strength. Underlining the need for liberalisation of legal services, Gowda said entry of foreign firms and lawyers “on reciprocal basis” is crucial. For a “better” crop of Judges, Gowda said the legal education needs to be “geared up” to produce quality lawyers who can go on to become better judges. On politics, Gowda minced no words in stating that “nobody can revive Congress” regardless of whether a Gandhi leads the pack or not.