Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday said there was “no discussion” in Parliament on the Supreme Court’s scrapping of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act and it was a “very serious issue”. Dhankhar also said that a law passed by the Parliament, which reflected the will of the people, was “nullified” by the Supreme Court and “the world is not aware of any such move”. Citing the provisions of the Constitution, the Vice President said that when a substantial question of law is involved, the courts can also look into the issue.
Delivering the LM Singhvi Memorial Lecture here in the presence of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, Dhankhar underlined that the Preamble of the Constitution mentions “we the people of India” and the Parliament reflects the will of the people. He said that this means that the power resides in the people, their mandate and their conscience. Dhankhar said that in 2015-16, the Parliament passed the NJAC Act. He said, “We the people of India – their wish was converted into a constitutional provision. The power of the people, which was expressed through a legitimate platform, was taken away. The world is not aware of any such move.”