Bangalore, Feb 15 (ANI): Disapproving the remarks made by a Kerala MP against the judiciary, Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said everybody should respect the judiciary and should not pass such comments.
Congress MP K Sudhakaran had claimed in a public meeting that he was witness to a Supreme Court judge being bribed years back.
"We have taken all this 62 years, many pains and agonies people have suffered to build this institution and you cannot pass remarks to bring the institution to this repute. We will have to be careful whether he is an MP or minister or anybody. While making comments on the people who have occupied the highest office let them not forget that what they are doing is that they are making people to lose confidence in those institutions," Moily told reporters here.
"That is more important individuals are not important, institutions are important. It is necessary that we need to nurture and you know rebuild the credibility of the institution," he added, while strongly condemning the statement.
Earlier today, the Kerala police registered a case against Sudhakaran for his controversial statement on the basis of a complaint by a local lawyers forum, which alleged Sudhakaran's speech at a public meeting at Kottarakkara in Kollam district amounted to insulting the judiciary.
According to police, the case had been charged under IPC sections 120 and 200, concealing design to commit offences and using false declaration as true respectively.
Responding to a question on the demand of the Opposition for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into government corruption exposed by the report of Comptroller and Auditor General, the apex audit body, Moily said that talks with the opposition parties are still on to end the deadlock in the Parliament.
"The talk is on. Government cannot take irresponsible step. We are always anxious to discuss with opposition. The opposition will have to come around for a discussion. That is what we intend. We would like that the parliament should function," he added. (ANI)