Ministers should speak up like judges: BJP leader Yashwant Sinha

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Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, now at odds with his party, the BJP, on Saturday, asked party colleagues and Ministers to "speak up for democracy" as the four sitting judges of the Supreme Court who had come out against the Chief Justice (CJI) on Friday.

The former finance minister attacked the Central government over the short Winter Session of Parliament and said, "If the country's Parliament is not in order, the Supreme Court is not in order, then democracy is under threat in the country".

"All those who care for the future of the country and democracy should raise their voice". That's an institution of democracy where debates and discussions are supposed to take place.

Patra's statement comes after Congress President Rahul Gandhi described the concerns expressed by four Supreme Court judges over the institution's functioning as extremely important and also sought an investigation into the death of judge BH Loya by the highest level of the apex court.

"I will ask party leaders and senior ministers to speak up. But what I am saying is the government should play its part in protecting the democracy".

He said that like the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who is the first among equals in the court, the Prime Minister too is the first among equals in the ministry and that his cabinet colleagues should shed their fear and speak up. "If politics and the Supreme Court are not in order, then democracy is in danger", said Sinha. Sinha asked, replying himself: "Someone whose case has gone to the Supreme Court". Do you understand the meaning of this?

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He demanded a probe into the circumstances that led the judges to take this step and the cases that they alleged were being referred to "selected" benches and judges.

He added that it was anyway "clear like sunlight" that which cases were being talked about. "I had tweeted on the entire matter yesterday", he said.

But Patra, slamming the Congress, said that Indian democracy "has shown the mirror" to the party, and termed its attempt "to fish (for) an opportunity where none existed politically" wrong.

Sinha also defended CPI leader D. Raja's visit to Justice Jasti Chelameswar's house.

He further added that people would be failing in their national duty if they did not take note of this.

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