Warning by Judges of SC not internal matter of Apex court: Omar

Srinagar, Jan 13: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that warning by four senior most judges of Supreme Court (SC) that democracy is in danger was not an internal matter of the Apex court and the issue should concern every single Indian. However, the working president of the main opposition National Conference (NC) said meeting of D Raja with one of the four Judges Chelameswar was hasty and ill considered move. Taking to micro-blogging site twitter, Abdullah said, ‘Democracy in India is in danger. This was the warning that came from the Hon Judges yesterday. So no, it’s not an internal matter for the Hon SC.’ He further said that, ‘It is certainly not a BJP v/s Congress or a Rahul v/s Modi issue. It is quite simply an issue that should concern every single Indian.’ ‘Democracy in India is the bedrock of our nation. We take pride in telling the world we are the largest democracy even if we aren’t the oldest or the greatest. When four senior most Hon judges of the Supreme Court see a threat to India’s democracy the worst thing we can do is to simply wish it away,’ Mr Abdullah said. In earlier tweet, the former CM said, ‘I have the greatest regard for D Raja Sahib but this move of his to rush to Justice Chelameshwar’s House was hasty & ill considered. Plays in to the hands of those who want to discredit what the Hon judges said/did.’ Abudllah was reacting to Rajya Sabha MP D Raja’s tweet in which he expressed solidarity with Justice Chelameshwar’s declaration against the administration of India’s top court. “I have known him for a long time,” Raja said. ‘When I came to know of the extraordinary step taken by him and other judges, I thought I must meet him. Not giving it political colour,’ he said. (UNI)