The Supreme court today left the matter of disqualifying the ministers with criminal charges to the “Prime Minister’s wisdom”, denying to pass any ruling.
The apex court just managed with a remark saying that those involved in offences of moral turpitude and corruption should not be ministers.
Country’s five senior most judges were in the bench that stated, “As a trustee of the Constitution, the PM is expected not to appoint unwarranted persons as ministers, and no disqualification can be prescribed”.
The bench said, “It is expected that the PM will not appoint persons against whom charges have been framed and he is facing trial. We leave it to the PM and Chief Ministers”.
The court accepted the argument filed by the Central government, saying that removing ministers is against the Constitutional prerogative of Parliament and the will of the people, and that “once a person is an MP, he is entitled to be in the council of ministers, if the Prime Minister decides.”
The court replied that the Constitution reposes immense trust in the PM and Chief Ministers and they are expected to act with responsibility and with constitutional morality.
Reportedly, Narendra Modi cabinet has 14 ministers with criminal charges against them.