Amid the recent sharp exchanges between the government and the judiciary over the process of appointments to the higher judiciary, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar said on Friday that the apex court can interpret the constitution when it comes to substantive questions of law, but not exclude its provisions. Dhankar referred to the Supreme Court’s 4-1 majority verdict in 2015 that deemed the 99th Constitution Amendment Act, 2014, which established a National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) to appoint judges to the SC and HCs, as “unconstitutional”. that it would undermine the independence of the judiciary. “The power of the people, which was expressed through a legitimate platform, was undone. I appeal to the people here, they are a judicial elite class, thinking minds, intellectuals – please find a parallel in the world where a constitutional provision has “Undone. Our Indian Constitution provides explicit wording in Article 145(3). Interpretation of the constitution when a substantive point of law is at issue can be done by the court. Nowhere does it state that any provision can be vacated,” Dhankar said, addressing a meeting comprising CJI Justice DY Chandrachud, judges from the SC and HCs, Union ministers and MPs.