Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu today cautioned against upsetting the delicate balance of powers between the executive, judiciary and legislature saying that encroachment by one organ into the domain of another would set bad precedents and weaken the institutions.
He was addressing the gathering at a function to commemorate the 104th birth anniversary of Justice V R Krishna Iyer organized by Capital Foundation in New Delhi. On the occasion, he also presented Life-Time Achievement Award to former Union Minister, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Justice Kuldip Singh Award to former Supreme Court Judge, Vikramjit Sen and National Award Dr. Gunna Rajender Reddy, a well-known Gandhian and Chairman of AP & Telangana Gandhi Global Family. The awards were instituted by Capital Foundation.
He said: “ While much can be said for and against judicial activism, I feel that the delicate balance of powers between different wings should not be disturbed”. Observing that the founding fathers of our Constitution had clearly demarcated the roles and responsibilities of the executive, judiciary and the legislature for the smooth functioning of our democracy, he pointed out that over the years our institutions have stood the test of the time.
“There has been no major conflict or friction among the three organs and this mutual respect for each other’s powers, roles and responsibilities has acted as a fulcrum in strengthening our democracy”, he asserted.
Expressing confidence that the same healthy trend would continue in future, Naidu stated that any confrontation, interference or overstepping by any organ would be detrimental to the growth and progress of our country.
To buttress his viewpoint, the Vice President also quoted Justice Krishna Iyer, who in 2007 had stated: “There is a case today for amity among the trinity of state instrumentalities and better coordination among them in civilizing the justice process. More coordination among the troika in civilizing the justice process is welcome.”