Allocation of cases to several benches by the Chief Justice of India whether in the Supreme Court or in the High Court by the respective Chief Justices has always been a sensitive issue. Though the Chief Justice is supposed to be the master of the roster i.e. he has prerogative in allocation of cases to particular benches of the court but that cannot be done in arbitrary and selective manner. Certain precedents and rules have been evolved under which particular benches are fixed to hear particular types of cases and there cannot be departure from this practice.
The four judges of the SC took the unprecedented step of calling a press conference (12.01.2018).
We must realise that they are no less concerned* about the interest of the country than us and must have taken the step only after due deliberation and as a last resort. It must also be appreciated that that they have not raised an issue of their personal interest but of the national Interest.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s blockbuster movie Padmavati raised the hackles of the Rajput community across several states, who vandalised the film sets and threatened further violence, on the grounds that it distorted the history of Rajput Rani Padmini, and hurt their sentiments.
Various persons threatened specific targeted violence, like Mahipal Singh Makrana allegedly threatening to cut off Deepika Padukone’s nose if Padmavati was released, and Abhishek Som publicly announcing a reward of Rs 5 crore to the person who beheads Bhansali and Padukone.
There is a colloquial saying – ‘this house got burnt with its own (House Stove)’. I was reminded of this on the day when 4 judges held a press conference and mentioned serious charges against the Chief Justice. To add to the mystery, one of judge signatory now said publically – “an issue was raised. Those concerned have listened to it. Such actions would not occur again, and there is no need for outside intervention”. But now the press leakage of what transpired at the judges meet, reminds me of another. The water of seven seas will not be able to wash this stain.
BJP is feeling triumphant that it has got the Triple Talaq passed in Lok Sabha making it criminal offence, which is motivated by its communal approach and especially prejudice against the Muslims. I hope Rajya Sabha where it is in Minority will reject this mischievous legislation.