What is the real reason for Kiren Rijiju’s departure?

May 28 2023

Ultimately, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju had to pay the price for his immaturity as he has been sent to the Ministry of Earth Sciences as the top leadership tries to persuade him to ‘stay grounded’. Just two qualities of taker Arjun Ram Meghwal have brought him here, one he is one of the ministers very close to the top leadership. And second he speaks and does as much as he is told. Rijuju’s sudden departure was scripted when in an important meeting of the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Leader of the Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary was called to select the new CBI chief. In the initial trends, the request of the top leadership showed that ‘why not give an extension to the current CBI director Subodh Jaiswal.’ So many questions have been raised on the extension of the director’s service, how can the CBI director be different from it?’ Then the name of 1987 batch Dinkar Gupta, who is currently the NIA chief, came up for discussion. But the Chief Justice was of the clear opinion that ‘seniority should always be taken into account in such appointments’, thus Praveen Sood of the 1986 batch was the senior-most and his name was sealed. After this, there was a mention of mutual harmony between the judiciary and the legislature in the top leadership and CJI during tea. And when the matter did ‘come out’, it went far away. The Chief Justice drew the attention of the top leadership to the statements of the Minister of the Government, where he has been degrading the collegium system. Rijuju’s statement was also very sensitive for the judiciary, in which he called some retired judges ‘Anti India’. He termed them to be involved in activities and also said that ‘these retired judges are trying to ‘play the role’ of the opposition.’ Apparently such a big and sensitive statement would not have flourished in Rijuju’s mind only? So, in the run-up to the 2024 elections, hymns of mutual cooperation were recited. Adani got a clean chit from the Supreme Court-appointed committee, SEBI got three months’ time and in return, Rijuju was sacked from the law ministry.

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