New Delhi :- Chief Justice of India NV Ramana has strongly criticized the functioning of Parliament at the Independence Day event today, focusing on the lack of debate on laws in his own words.

Comparing this to earlier times, he said that, at a time when both houses of Parliament were “full of lawyers”, he also asked the legal fraternity to devote their time to public service.

Calling the current situation “a regrettable state of affairs”, he said there is “no proper debate” in the House. “(There) there is no clarity of laws.

We do not know what the purpose of the law is. This is a loss to the public. This is when lawyers and intellectuals are not in the Houses.”

“If we look at our freedom fighters, many of them were also in the legal fraternity. The first members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were filled with lawyers’ community,” Chief Justice Ramana said at an event to mark the Independence Day at the Supreme Court.

“Unfortunate what you see now in the Houses… Debates back then in the Houses were very constructive. I saw the debates over financial bills and very constructive points were made. Laws were discussed and deliberated. One had a clear picture of the legislative part of the law,” he said.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, commenting on Twitter, blamed the opposition for the lack of debate and discussion in Parliament.

“I can understand the deep concern of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramanna about the lack of quality debate in Parliament. When I first entered Parliament, I learnt a lot from the seniors. Now, young MPs are being told to stop Parliament debate!,” tweeted the Union Minister. News Source Ndtv.com

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