NEW DELHI, Dec 6 - Wading into the raging row on intolerance, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur today said it is a �political issue� and that there is no need to fear till the judiciary is �independent� and the rule of law prevails.
�Yeh siyasi pahlu hain (this is a political issue). We have a rule of law. So long as rule of law is there, so long as there is an independent judiciary and so long as courts are upholding the rights and obligations, I do not think anyone has to fear for anything,� the CJI said in an informal interaction with journalists here.
�I am heading the institution which upholds the rule of law and the rights of every citizens will be protected... I think, we are capable of protecting the rights of all sections of people. My institution is capable of upholding the rights of citizens,� Justice Thakur said.
The CJI said the issue of intolerance is a matter of �perception� and �Siyasi log iska kaise upyog karten hain, main kuch nahi kehna chahunga (I do not want to comment anything as to how politicians use this).
�India is a big country, we should not be afraid of anything. These are all matters of perception. There is nothing to fear till the judiciary is independent,� he said.
�But, we are committed to uphold the rule of law and protect right of all citizens of the society and people from all creeds and religions. There is no fear to any section of society,� Justice Thakur said. � PTI