Kiren Rijiju was eliminated as Union Law Minister at present and changed by Arjun Ram Meghwal in a shocking transfer only a 12 months earlier than the nationwide election.
Mr Rijiju, identified to be one of many authorities’s most high-profile ministers and a troubleshooter, has been moved to the comparatively low-key Ministry of Earth Sciences, lower than a 12 months after he was promoted to the Law Ministry with cupboard standing.
Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in command of Parliamentary Affairs, will now even have Independent Charge of the Law Ministry. This is the primary time in current historical past that the Law Minister will not be of cupboard rank.
India has a brand new Law Minister at a crucial time when the federal government and the Supreme Court have typically not been on the identical web page on judges’ appointments.
Mr Rijiju’s transient time period was controversial due to frequent run-ins between the federal government and the judiciary, and his open criticism of the Supreme Court over the collegium system of judges appointing judges.
In February, a Supreme Court two-judge bench had expressed displeasure over the delay in clearing judges appointments and transfers, calling it a really severe challenge and warning of “administrative and judicial actions which could not be palatable”.
Mr Rijiju had dismissed the warning, saying the nation could be ruled in keeping with the Constitution and the needs of the folks. “Sometimes discussions are held within the nation on some issues and in a democracy everybody has the suitable to precise their opinion. But folks sitting in accountable positions need to suppose earlier than saying something, whether or not it’s going to profit the nation or not,” he had stated at an occasion, stressing that “no one can provide a warning to anybody”.
The authorities vs judiciary confrontation escalated when Mr Rijiju stated final 12 months that the collegium system is “alien” to the Constitution and had no public assist. “Anything which is alien to the Constitution merely due to the choice taken by the courts or some judges, how do you anticipate that the choice will probably be backed by the nation,” he had stated.
He had additionally referred to the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act handed by parliament in 2014, which gave a higher position to the federal government in judicial appointments, which was scrapped by the Supreme Court.
A brief assertion from the President’s House introduced Mr Rijiju’s switch this morning, citing the Prime Minister’s recommendation. Mr Rijiju modified his Twitter bio shortly after.