AG Venugopal expresses concern over concept of constitutional morality

NEW DELHI: Attorney General K K Venugopal Saturday expressed concern over the Supreme Court relying on the concept of constitutional morality after it gave a 4:1 verdict in the Sabarimala case and said it might be used now for the purpose of testing laws.

On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 4:1 verdict, had paved the way for entry of women of all ages into Sabarimala temple in Kerala, saying the ban amounted to gender discrimination.

While speaking at the Second J Dadachanji memorial debate here, Venugopal hailed as “enlightened” the dissenting judgment given by apex court judge Justice Indu Malhotra in the Sabarimala case.

“I am saying all this because of a fear that this new concept of constitutional morality may now be used for the purpose of testing laws,” he said.

“In the Sabarimala case, the dissenting judge, Justice Indu Malhotra, relied upon constitutional morality and said that constitutional morality will require that every single individual would have the right to his own faith and nobody can interfere with it, the courts cannot interfere with what is the matter of faith,” Venugopal said. (AGENCIES)