In a sharp reaction to former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi being nominated to the Rajya Sabha, TMC MP Mahua Moitra called him a 'Greedy Lord' and asked if he was a 'politician or judge all along.'
Listing out the most significant verdicts pronounced by Ranjan Gogoi as the CJI, Mahua Moitra alleged that he 'directed the NRC exercise', 'hurried hearings' on the Ayodhya verdict and 'refused to hear' the Jammu and Kashmir habeas corpus. The TMC also accused the former CJI of 'gaining immunity from the law' in his sexual harassment case.
In her Tweet targeting Ranjan Gogoi, the TMC MP mentioned the NRC exercise in Assam, the massively significant Ayodhya verdict, the pleas over the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, among others.
Fmr CJI Gogoi nominated to Rajya Sabha! Why am I not surprised?— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) March 16, 2020
Any propriety, Sir?
He directed NRC exercise
Ram Mandir in hurried hearings
Refusal to hear J&K habeas corpus
Immunity from law in own sexual harassment case
Politician or judge all along, ye Greedy Lord? pic.twitter.com/af3IdhSf1a
Questioning the nomination of former CJI Ranjan Gogoi to the Rajya Sabha, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday, asked if it was 'Quid pro quo?', echoing his 'Supreme, Not Infallible' comment on the Supreme Court's judgment on the Ayodhya dispute. Owaisi also questioned how the independence of the judiciary will remain after the inclusion of a former judge into the legislative body.
Is it “quid pro quo”?— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) March 16, 2020
How will people have faith in the Independence of Judges ? Many Questions pic.twitter.com/IQkAx4ofSf
President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday nominated former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to the Rajya Sabha, according to a notification issued by the Centre. Under clause (1) of Article 80 of the Constitution, the President has nominated the former CJI to fill the vacancy in the Upper house due to the retirement of one of the nominated member.
Ranjan Gogoi had retired from the Supreme Court on November 17 after pronouncing the historic Ayodhya verdict. While 51 seats in Rajya Sabha are falling vacant in April, five more in June, one in July and 11 in November this year.