Govt Think Tank Hand-Picked SC Rulings To Probe Judicial Activism
The government think tank Niti Aayog funded a study on the economic impact of judicial activism, overruling a warning from a top official that it served no purpose, according to documents accessed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.
The RTI records reveal the Niti Aayog commissioned the study in January 2020 to examine five judgements of the Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal, including an order that had particularly irked the think tank’s CEO, Amitabh Kant….
According to the RTI records, CUTS International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), suggested the study, which in effect makes a case against “judicial activism”. The proposal gained traction in the Aayog after CUTS International secretary-general Pradeep Mehta met Kant on 10 January 2019. The same day, the NGO mailed a proposal to Niti Aayog to do research “highlighting the economic impact of two Supreme Court decisions”….