Sunday, August 5, 2012

Krishna hails move to grant spl status to Hyderabad-K’taka

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Friday hailed the Centre's move to accord special status to backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region, saying it would meet the long-pending demands of the people of north-Karnakata.

It was a historic decision taken by the UPA Government to meet the long-pending demands of the people of North Karnataka, he said in a statement here.

The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) today decided to amend Article 371 of the Constitution by moving a Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament to bring the Hyderabad-Karnataka region under special status to help faster development. 

People of six North Karnataka districts-Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal and Bellary had welcomed the Centre's decision by bursting crackers.

"Political questions", meant to be out-of-the-bounds for the courts, have often been thrown into the laps of judges. Instead of throwing them back, the courts have, with great enthusiasm, forayed into adjudication of such questions, often with unsatisfactory results, Justice Srikrishna said.

'The Ayodhya Reference case', where President requested Supreme Court to answer politically sensitive questions such as whether a temple existed before the construction of Babri mosque, and the Ram Sethu dispute (as to Sethu's historical authenticity) fall in the category where the matter cannot be resolved by reference to "judicially manageable standards", he said.

"It would have in fact required the judges to opine on a point of archaeology, rather than law, and thereby step on to a political minefield," Srikrishna said.

The Supreme Court was perfectly right in refusing to answer the Ayodhya Reference. Such questions have arisen merely on account of failure of the executive or the legislature to resolve their own political problems and are attempts to pass the buck to the judiciary, Srikrishna opined.

The apex Court should stoutly resist the temptation to crown itself with political thorns. The decision of the Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum case mandating public auction as the only mode of disposal of all natural resources is a very recent example, he said, adding that he would not comment further as the matter was subjudice.