Mission SC for Swamy

December 19 2016

Some earlier decisions of the Modi government might take a new shape. It is said that Modi had assured the ultra-active Subramanian Swamy a post I his cabinet. But time went by and there was no sign of that. It is now being said that during a crucial meeting with the PM, the reckless Swamy was given a key assignment. He is to remove the stress that has developed between the Modi sarkar and the top judiciary. It is already well known that the PM is peeved with the incumbent Attorney General. And the name of a prospective new AG, supposed to a key Amit Shah man, has been more or less finalised. It is a matter of time before the old one is shown the door and Shah’s man ushered in. Swamy has now been tasked with opening up a conversation with the top judges. The tenure of the present chief justice of the apex court, Justice TS Thakur, ends on January 3, and Justice Kehar is slated to take over from him. Sources say that the new czar is close to former law minister Hansraj Bharadwaj, who in turn is famously friendly with Swamy. So the latter can trust Bhardwaj to create a win the confidence of Justice Kehar. As it stands, due to this tiff between the judiciary and the executive, all seven appointments of judges in the top body remains stalled. The numbers of high court vacancies are 50. If Swamy is able to break this impasse, one can hope to see him as the next law minister.

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