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The only way the BJP can avoid an intolerance wash-out is if Modi himself takes the lead and makes the government’s stance clear and this is precisely what the Congress has been demanding. a replay of Monsoon session is well on the cards. The court had on Wednesday?

A division bench comprising Justices A Selvam and N Authinathan gave the direction when a habeas corpus petition by Thenmozhi came up for hearing.razor-edge-thin majority? In any eventits second justificationthat Parliament does not have the power to defer the date of commencement of disqualificationwas not an issue that was raised in Prabhakaran and provides a valid standalone ground for holding the section unconstitutional Both judgments hold important lessons for political partiescourts and the people of India For political partiesthe judgments are symptomatic of the growing disaffection with the political class among the citizenry Currently30 per cent of sitting Lok Sabha MPs and 31 per cent of sitting MLAs have criminal cases against them While this disaffection has not yet translated into a comprehensive defeat of corrupt candidatesthe judgments mark the beginnings of a key alliance between the courtsa conscientious media and an active citizenry The political class could demonstrate sterling statesmanship and join this alliancerather than continue as its bête noire In this lightfor political parties to react by criticising judicial overreach and underlining the supremacy of Parliament is injudicious Such a view is based on the foundational fallacy that Parliament is supreme Parliament is a creature of the Constitutionwhich as interpreted by courts is the foundation of our political system Constitutionalism demands that in interpreting legal provisions that relate to the interests of MPscourts must perform strict scrutiny While errors made by courts must be criticisedto brand such judicial vigilance as overreach is baseless For the higher judiciarythe judgments and consequent reactions to them demonstrate the centrality of its role in the drive to rid politics of criminal elements Courts must perform this role cautiouslyavoiding basic interpretive errors of the sort committed in Jan Chowkidar At the same timeit must realise that the most significant systemic reform that will serve this purpose is ensuring quicker trials of the accused It is instructive to note that of the 162 sitting Lok Sabha MPs with pending criminal casestrials against 161 are yet to be completed It is imperative that discussions on effective justice delivery be made central in the drive to cleanse politicssomething that courtsin exercise of their administrative powersare well-placed to do Finallyfor the people of Indiathe Lily Thomas judgment must become the springboard for a wide-ranging campaign to rid Parliament of its criminal elements For the fountainhead of the worlds largest democracy to also serve as the worlds most prominent haven for criminals is simply unacceptable For Indians in the 21st centurythe quest for a cleancriminal-free Parliament is akin to our freedom struggle The SC has shown its willingness to lead this struggle It is now up to the people to follow this lead and ensure India has the Parliament we feel it deserves Shah is a retired chief justice of the Delhi High Court Sengupta is lecturer in administrative law at Pembroke CollegeOxford For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News The star-struck kids run towards the popular actor and stare at him open-mouthed. the west London side will travel to Singapore to face German champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday and end their pre-season fixtures against Inter Milan on July 29. chief architect Kapil Setia said the project was not feasible. where the BJP is in power for over a decade, Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, creating legal and political battles and in some cases,Even as the arrest in a money laundering case has put a question mark over senior Nationalist Congress leader Chhagan Bhujbal’s political future, Ayushman Khurana flirtation with audience turn into love?

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