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Congress rakes up retired judge AK Goel’s appointment as NGT chairman

Mallikarjun Kharge

Mallikarjun Kharge said Justice Goel’s appointment indicated that the Centre supported his judgement.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kharge, Suresh raised the issue during Zero Hour in Parliament
  • Goel introduced several safeguards into the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
  • Kharge said Justice Goel’s appointment indicated that the government supported his judgement

Criticising the Centre, the Congress today in the Lok Sabha raised the issue of retired Supreme Court Judge Justice AK Goel’s appointment as chairman of National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and party’s MP K Suresh raised the issue in Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour.

“Dalit community members are up in arms. We demand the immediate removal of the judge as chairman of NGT,” K Suresh said.

Justice Goel was one of the two Supreme Court judges who had introduced several safeguards into the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. He was appointed as the NGT chairman by the Centre immediately after he retired from the Supreme Court earlier this month.

“After his retirement he was immediately given this post. This government has rewarded him for giving the judgement. Dalits are already protesting against his verdict,” Suresh said.

What followed was protests across the country by Dalits against this verdict. They alleged that the “judgement has diluted the law”.

Suresh said, “Dalits across the country are protesting against this judgement. His appointment has sent out a wrong message and Dalits have been demanding his removal.”

Meanwhile, Kharge added that Justice Goel’s appointment indicated that the government supported his judgement.

Suresh alleged that Justice Goel had given this judgement under ‘pressure’.

He even asked Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who wrote to PM Narendra Modi in this regard, to join him in seeking judge’s the removal. Later on Suresh walked up to Paswan and was seen discussing the issue.

Meanwhile, BJP MP Anurag Thakur objected to Suresh’s statement.

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