On Wednesday, Congress MP Shantaram Naik member of Goa’s lone Rajya Sabha demanded a special session of Parliament to discuss the issue of “increasing judicial activism” alleging judicial “interference” in matters ranging from dance bars to the Indian cricket
The Congress MP in a letter to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that with the recent liquor ban along national highways, the apex court may also have “interfered” with the job of the legislature and the executive. Shantaram Naik “In the letter, I have demanded that the government should convene a special session of Parliament to discuss increasing judicial activism, which has now gone to decide on liquor bars and dance bars which come under the domain of governments,”. He also suggested further that the government should take initiative to convene a three-day special session of Parliament soon to discuss judicial activism.
He wrote, “Supreme Court obviously has not taken into consideration the unemployment of lakhs of personnel which will be caused as a result of the liquor ban order,”. “If the courts are going to dwell on such administrative aspects, what roles will Parliament, state assemblies, and the respective governments play?” Alleging that the judiciary was deciding on issues like the weight of school bags, drought measures, dance bar permissions etc., Naik said that even decisions related to the Indian Cricket team were now in judicial purview.
“It is now the Supreme Court who decides as to how cricket should be played and managed in India, and who should be the office bearers and who should not be on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),” Naik said.