Contrasting the working of UK courts with that of India, Congress leader and senior lawyer Kapil Sibal on Wednesday alleged there was a vast difference in the way in which courts in India and the United Kingdom functions and claimed it is the time for a “wake up call for courts”.
He hinted at the fact while the courts failed to take cognizance of legislations that called for scrutiny from the court, the UK Supreme Court’s recent decision which said the Boris Johnson acted illegally when he asked the Queen to prorogue Parliament for five weeks, from early September to October 14.
“UK Supreme Court: Executive power cannot silence Legislative scrutiny. In India no scrutiny of: 1) Clearly not “Money Bills” 2) UAPA; Amending Art. 370 etc. Other ways to silence opposition: Latest: Lavasa’s family; Sharad Pawar A wake-up call for Courts!” Sibal’s tweet read.
Sibal’s tweet was also in reference to the alleged Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe against NCP chief Sharad Pawar and the reports of income tax (IT) department issuing notices to Novel Singhal Lavasa, wife of election commissioner Ashok Lavasa, for alleged tax evasion.
Yesterday, the UK Supreme Court had ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament until October 14 was “unlawful.” The unanimous decision, which upheld a ruling from Scotland’s highest civil court, essentially rules that Johnson lied to the Queen when he asked her to suspend or “prorogue” Parliament, reported CNN.
On the other hand, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said he will “welcome” and “enjoy” the jail, if sent to, in the money laundering case.
“I have no problem if I am sent to jail. I will enjoy it instead as I have never experienced it. If someone is thinking to put me behind bars in this case, I will rather welcome it,” Pawar told reporters.
Asked if he has been named in the money laundering case as UPA is vocal against the government on several issues, Pawar sarcastically said that he will have to contact Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to know the reason. Pawar asserted that he will continue campaigning for the party in the Assembly elections.
On September 23, The NCP chief, party leader Ajit Pawar and others were named in an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in connection with the Rs 5,000 crore Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) scam case.
Apart from Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar, Diliprao Deshmukh, Isharlal Jain, Jayant Patil, Shivaji Rao Nalvade, Anand Rao Adsul, Rajendra Shingane, Madan Patil and some others have been named in the case.