Modi calls upon three pillars of state to strengthen and cooperate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the balance between the executive, legislature and judiciary is the “backbone of the Constitution” and further mentioned that three pillars of the state should strengthen and assist with each other for a strong, secure and self-reliant India.

Talking at the farewell address on the conclusion of the two day meet on the National Law Day jointly organised by the Law Commission of India and the NITI Aayog, he alleged the Constitution has precisely explained the boundaries between the three and expected that they will utilize their powers without contravening into others domain.

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His call for cooperation between the three wings is seen as a conciliatory note after Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad criticised the top court for being pro-active and intruding in the domain of the executive and the legislature.

Seeking an audit of the judicial appointments made by the Supreme Court collegium since 1993, Prasad also assailed the top court judgment striking down the National Judicial Appointment Commission, brought in by the Modi government to replace the collegium system, wondering how can the presence of the Law Minister in the NJAC could have dented the independence of the judiciary in the appointment of judges.

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Provision for the presence of Law Minister as one of the members of the NJAC was cited as a reasons for junking it by the top court in 2015.