news Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute| April 6, 2015| 4. 30 pm IST "The judiciary is not as fearless today as it used to be ten years back. Are five-star activists not driving the judiciary? Are they not attempting to do so? Judges fear what the reaction of five-star activists would be when they render justice as per law and as per Constitution."  This was what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address to judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of high courts in the presence of chief ministers on Sunday. The Aam Aadmi Party has reacted sharply to the statement saying PM's address "instigating the judiciary against the civil rights activists and organisations was neither surprising nor new to the nation".  PM Modi at the conference In a statement issued, the AAP says that PM's views are in line with the broader agenda of the BJP government in centre to muzzle the right thinking voices in the country against the increasing radical tendencies under Modi rule. AAP says PM's speech gives a clear incentive to officers and people in important positions in the government to be unnaturally tough on NGOs and people who raise their voices against illegal acts of government and corporate biggies.  The party that is currently ruling Delhi adds that the PM should desist from openly siding with businesses and interest groups and remember that most of the anti-corruption breakthroughs in the ten year rule of Manmohan Singh-led UPA government have been made possible due to vigilance and activism of civil right activists.