New Delhi: A group of 117 ‘concerned citizens’ including 15 ex-judges, 77 former bureaucrats and 25 retired Armed Forces officers, have written an open letter criticizing the Supreme Court’s comments on Nupur Sharma, whose controversial statement led to protests domestically and in Arabian nations.
Nupur Sharma, suspended from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the row, had moved Supreme Court seeking transfer of FIRs filed against her from different parts of the country to Delhi. The court gave her a good dressing down and in series of scathing remarks held her responsible for Udaipur’s gruesome murder.
The Supreme Court judges, in July 1 oral observation, had blamed her for the “loose tongue” and said that it had “set the entire country on fire”, and that her comments were either for cheap publicity, political agenda or some “nefarious” activities. Her pleas was also rejected and told to seek legal remedy in High Court.
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The open letter says that those “unfortunate and unprecedented comments” from the bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice JB Pardiwala “are not in sync with judicial ethos”.
“Such outrageous transgressions are without parallel in the annals of judiciary,” it added.
Taking objection to SC observation that she was single-handedly responsible for what was happening in the country, the open letter said that this was a virtual exoneration of the dastardliest beheading at Udaipur.
“We, as Concerned Citizens, do believe that the democracy of any country will remain intact till all the institutions perform their duties as per the constitution. Recent comments by the two judges of the Hon’ble Supreme Court have surpassed the Laxman Rekha and compelled us to issue an open statement,” said the open letter by Retired judges, bureaucrats & Armed Forces.