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Prasad: Orginal version of Constitution had Akbar, not Babar
Prasad: Orginal version of Constitution had Akbar, not Babar

New Delhi, Nov 26 (TIWN) Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Tuesday said there is Akbar not Babar in the original version of the Constitution, as the makers of the Constitution kept in mind the heritage of India.

He also referred to illustrations of Lord Ram, Krishna, Hanuman in the original Constitution of India, saying these represent the cultural heritage of the country.  "Had the Constitution been framed today with these illustrations, what kind of storm it would have triggered," he wondered.  The top court verdict which struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act had said that the presence of the law minister would compromise on the independence of the body to select judges.  Addressing a gathering at the launch of a book, Mr Prasad said when the Prime Minister can be trusted with the nuclear arsenal of the country and appointment of constitutional authorities such as the Chief Election Commissioner and the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, how can his representative in the NJAC cannot be trusted with appointing good judges.  "I have very, very strong reservations at the flawed logic given in the judgement...the government has accepted and respects the judgement," he said.  He said even before the collegium system came into being in 1991, good judges were appointed.

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