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    Citizens write to Supreme Court on stern observations against Nupur Sharma: Read full text here

    Citizens write to Supreme Court on stern observations against Nupur Sharma: Read full text here

    Citizens write to Supreme Court on stern observations against Nupur Sharma: Read full text here
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    The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain Sharma’s petition to club FIRs against her in different states over her remarks on Prophet Muhammad with the one in Delhi. A vacation Bench of Justices Surya Kant and J.B. Pardiwala also came down heavily on the suspended BJP spokesperson, saying she had a “loose tongue” and was single-handedly responsible for igniting the country that resulted in the beheading of a tailor in Udaipur last week for allegedly sharing her remarks

    Reacting to the Supreme Court’s dismissal of a writ petition by former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, a number of citizens have issued an open statement saying that the approach of the top court “impacts the very sanctity and honour of the Highest Court of land”.
    The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain Sharma’s petition to club FIRs against her in different states over her remarks on Prophet Muhammad with the one in Delhi. A vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala came down heavily on the suspended BJP spokesperson, saying she had a ‘loose tongue’ and was single-handedly responsible for igniting the country that resulted in the beheading of a tailor in Udaipur last week for allegedly sharing her remarks.
    Following the caustic comments against Sharma by the Supreme Court bench, a number of signatories, coordinated by Justice PN Ravindran, former judge of Kerala High Court, and Anand Bose, former chief secretary of Kerala, issued a statement, saying the comments and the actions of the highest court in the country was “an outrage on the Preamble, spirit and essence of the Constitution of India”.
    Here's a look at the full text of the statement by the concerned citizens:
    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.
    1) Unfortunate and unprecedented comments emanating from the two Judge Bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court-Justice Surya Kant and Justice J. B. Pardiwala, while being seized of a petition by Nupur Sharma, have sent shockwaves in the country and outside. The observations, simultaneously relayed by all news channels in high decibel, are not in sync with judicial ethos. By no stretch these observations, which are not part of the judicial order, can be sanctified on the plank of judicial propriety and fairness. Such outrageous transgressions are without parallel in the annals of judiciary.
    2) Nupur Sharma sought access to justice system before the highest court as that court alone could consider grant of relief being sought. The observations that have no connect jurisprudentially with the issue raised in the petition, transgressed in an unprecedented manner all canons of dispensation of justice. She was de facto denied access to judiciary and in the process, there was an outrage on the Preamble, spirit and essence of the Constitution of India.
    3) Perceptionally, the observations– Nupur Sharma is adjudged with severity guilty in a proceeding where this was not an issue at all – Reflection-she is “single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country” has no rationale. By such observation perceptionally there is virtual exoneration of the dastardliest beheading at Udaipur in broad daylight. The observations also graduate to most unjustifiable degree that this was “only to fan an agenda.”
    4) Legal fraternity is bound to be surprised and shocked at the observation that an FIR should lead to arrest. The observations on other agencies in the country, without notice to them, are indeed worrisome and alarming.
    5) In the annals of judiciary, the unfortunate comments have no parallel and are indelible scar on justice system of the largest democracy. Urgent rectification steps are called for as these have potentially serious consequences on democratic values and security of the Country.
    6) Emotions have flared up extensively on account of these observations that in a sense dilute the barbaric dastardly beheading in broad daylight in Udaipur – a case under investigation.
    7) The observations, judgmental in nature, on issues not before the court, are crucification of the essence and spirit of the Indian Constitution. Forcing a petitioner by such damning observations, pronouncing her guilty without trial, and denial of access to justice on issue raised in the petition, can never be a facet of a democratic society.
    8) A rational mind is bewildered not only at the jurisprudential transgressions but also the sweep of the same as the judges hit out no holds ‘barred’ at agencies and making innuendo reflections about her ‘clout’.
    9) The observations are too serious to be overlooked if rule of law, democracy has to sustain and blossom and deserve to be recalled with stance that soothes minds that care for justice.
    10) Notwithstanding the unwanted, unwarranted and uncalled for verbal observations of the Hon’ble Judges of the Apex Court, there is another crucial aspect of the matter. As noted above, the Petitioner has approached the Supreme Court for transfer of various FIRs registered against her in different states in respect to the alleged remarks made by her during a TV debate. The allegations constitute only one offence for which separate prosecutions (FIRs) were launched. Article 20 (2) of the Constitution of India prohibits prosecution and punishment more than once for the same offence. Article 20 falls under Part III of the Constitution and is a guaranteed fundamental right. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in a number of cases including Arnab Goswamy vs. Union of India (2020) and T.T. Anthony vs. State of Kerala clearly laid down the law that there can be no second FIR and consequently there can be no fresh investigation in respect to the second FIR on the same issue. Such an action is violative of fundamental rights as guaranteed under Article 20(2) of the Constitution of India.
    11) Hon’ble Supreme Court instead of safeguarding the fundamental right of the petitioner, refused to take cognizance of the petition and forced the petitioner to withdraw the petition and approach appropriate forum (High Court) knowing fully well that High Court does not have jurisdiction to transfer or club the FIRs / cases registered in other states. One fails to understand, why Nupur’s case is treated at a different pedestal. Such an approach of the Hon’ble Supreme Court deserves no applause and impacts the very sanctity and honour of the Highest Court of land.
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