The government defended its decision to nominate former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to the Rajya Sabha in March 2020, soon after his retirement with law minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday saying this was not unconstitutional.
“There is no limit to this discussion unless there is anything unconstitutional about it,” the law minister said when asked whether it was appropriate for the government to nominate him to the Upper House of Parliament, particularly after he headed a bench that had given verdicts like the one on Ayodhya that was favourable to the BJP regime.

The minister rejected all opposition criticism on the issue saying “there is no bar on an ex-judge of the Supreme Court taking up an RS nomination”. Rijiju said there are laid down provisions for appointments to several high offices where only a former Supreme Court or a HC judge can be nominated. He gave the example of the National Human Rights Commission which is always headed by a SC judge. Even in the law commission, its chairman and some members are always drawn from retired SC or HC judges.

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