New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday "admired" Chief Justice of India TS Thakur for his "courage" in expressing his disappointment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not make any mention about appointment of judges in his Independence Day address.
"I really really admire CJI's courage, conviction and his concern for justice," Kejriwal tweeted.
I really really admire CJI's courage, conviction and his concern for justice
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 15, 2016
Taking a dig at Modi over his recent comment on attack on Dalits where he said please attack me if you (perpetrators of violence on Dalits) want, but stop attacking my Dalit brethren, Kejriwal's deputy Manish Sisodia tweeted, "You can shoot me, but don't ask me about the appointment of judges.
"Bhakts, tell me, who will say this dialogue? (Chaye to mujhe goli mar do, lekin judgon ki niyukti ke sawal mujhse na pucho..bhaktjano batao ye dialogue kaun bolega)."
"चाहो तो मुझे गोली मार दो, लेकिन जजों की नियुक्ति के सवाल मुझसे न पूछो.... ". भक्तजनों! बताओ ये डायलॉग कौन बोलेगा?
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) August 15, 2016
Amid continuing standoff between the judiciary and the government, the CJI on Monday expressed his disappointment that Prime Minister did not make any mention about appointment of judges in his Independence Day address.
"I heard the popular Prime Minister for one and a half hours... I expected some mention about justice also, about appointment of judges," the Chief Justice said at a function where Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was also present.
Displaying his unhappiness, Justice Thakur said, "I want to tell the Prime Minister only one thing, you remove poverty, create employment, bring schemes, etc but also think about justice for the countrymen."