In his just-published memoir, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, former Chief Justice of India, defended his resolution to hitch the Rajya Sabha 4 months after retiring from the Supreme Court docket, a transfer that had are available for widespread criticism.
He stated when he was supplied the place, he accepted it with out hesitation, since he needed to boost points pertaining to the judiciary and the North East area, to which he belongs.
However Parliament data present Justice Gogoi has an attendance of lower than 10 per cent within the Rajya Sabha since he turned a member final 12 months.
In an interview to wantpassport, he cited the pandemic as one of many causes for his poor attendance.
“You ignore the truth that for one or two periods, I have submitted a letter to the home saying that due to Covid, on medical recommendation I am not attending the session”, he stated.
“I go to the Rajya Sabha each time I really feel prefer it … when I suppose there are issues of significance on which I ought to converse,” Justice Gogoi went on to say.
“I am a nominated member. I am not ruled by any occasion whip. Every time the bell rings for occasion members to come back, that does not bind me. I go there at my alternative, I come out at my alternative. I am an impartial member of the home.”
The previous Decide was nominated to the higher home by the President of India, on the recommendation of the Centre, successfully making him a authorities nominee.
The previous Chief Justice defined that he nonetheless felt chary about attending parliament as a result of “social distancing norms weren’t noticed” in addition to they need to.”
Earlier than the winter session, you can enter the Rajya Sabha solely after an RT-PCR take a look at. Personally, I did not really feel very comfy going there. And the pandemic is on and even at this time, I do not feel very comfy going to the Rajya Sabha. Although social distancing norms have been enforced, they don’t seem to be being noticed. The sitting association… I do not discover very comfy,” he stated.
Justice Gogoi was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in March 2020.