Bad vibe between PM and CJI

JusticeT S Thakur, Narendra Modi, Supreme Court
Is there a bad vibe between the PM and the CJI? Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice T S Thakur shared the dais at a function to mark the 50th anniversary of the Delhi High Court. Throughout the 90-minute ceremony, the two men did not speak to each other or even exchange glances. The CJI occasionally chatted with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, while Modi exchanged a word or two with Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The body language of the two was reflective of the stand-off between the judiciary and the executive over the appointment of judges. Thakur is to retire on January 3 next year but the cold war between the judiciary and the executive may continue. His successors, Justice J S Khehar and Justice Dipak Misra, share similar views on the need to uphold the primacy of the collegium, over the executive in judicial appointments.

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