The Supreme Court on Tuesday told the Centre that horse-trading would continue if steps were not taken soon to form a government in Delhi. “Things better be done at the earliest, otherwise horse-trading will continue,” a five-judge Constitution Bench led by Justice H.L. Dattu told the Centre.
The observation was made with reference to a footage released by the Aam Aadmi Party, the petitioner in the case, purportedly showing some Bharatiya Janata Party leaders inducing its party MLA with money and perks to support the BJP.
Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha read out a letter dated September 4 from Delhi Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung to President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking his advice on inviting the BJP, the single largest party, to form the government in Delhi.
Mr. Narasimha said the process of forming a government was in the legislative domain and the court could intervene only if there was a question of legality involved. To this, Justice Dattu said the intention of the court was merely to “to have a government formed.” Mr. Narasimha replied that the process had begun. “I can assure you we are serious about it, but being a legislative process, we need to be given some time,” he said.
The Centre sought time till October-end, but the court refused and fixed the next date of hearing for October 10.
The above judgement of the Supreme Court surprises me.
On the one hand it warns the centre "otherwise horse-trading will continue" and on the other hand it continues to allow the horse trading that is going on as vividly shown by the sting video.
In effect, what the SC is telling the government is that you can continue with the horse trading for one more month.
Every person has a price at which his conscience falters. Dinesh Mohaniya was offered 4 crores. He carried out the sting and informed the world. He may be offered 20 crores or even 100 crores for the BJP is not short of funds with a Bank like Mukesh Ambani to finance it. Mohaniya or any of the Congress or AAP MLAs may falter and join the BJP.
So what exactly is the Supreme Court encouraging?
The Supreme Court has let me down.
I had high hopes on the judiciary but it seems Mr. Modi has clouded their judgement also.