Pune police reprimanded for casting aspersions on Supreme Court in activists’ arrest

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Maharashtra government, immediately apologised for the action of the police officer.

Published: 07th September 2018 03:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th September 2018 04:26 AM   |  A+A-


(T-B) Sudha Bharadwaj was arrested in Faridabad, Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, Writer Vara Vara Rao from Hyderabad, Journalist Gautam Navlakha from New-Delhi and 61-Year old Vernon Gonsalves from Mumbai. | (File | Agencies)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday reprimanded the Pune police for ‘casting aspersions’ on the court during a press briefing on the arrest of five activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case.

The SC also extended the house arrest of the activists — Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — till September 12,  when it will take up the plea filed by historian Romila Thapar and four others.

A visibly upset Justice D Y Chandrachud, who along with Justice A M Khanwilkar was part of a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, referred to the statements of an Assistant Commissioner of Police of Pune that the SC should not have entertained the plea against the activists’ arrest.

“I watched the press briefing by the Assistant Commissioner, Pune which insinuated that the Supreme Court should not have intervened at this stage. He has no business saying that and casting aspersions on the Supreme Court Judges,” Justice Chandrachud said.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Maharashtra government, immediately apologised for the action of the police officer.

“Tell him we have taken it very seriously ... You (law officer) must ask your police officials to be more responsible. The matter is before us and we don’t want to hear from police officials that the SC is wrong,” the judge said.

On the law officer’s submissions that Thapar and others have no locus to file the plea, the bench asked the petitioners whether a third party could intervene in a criminal case.

To this, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Thapar and others, said they were “not third parties” and the issue was larger.

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  • S Raju

    Approaching Supreme Court or High courts at FIR stage is not possible at all for a common man . Whereas persons with political and financial status and influence come to Supreme Court or High courts at this stage and get their cases delayed. Are all people equal before law or privileged ones different before law?
    1 year ago reply
  • l.s.mohandoss

    Police think they are more powerful than S.C.he must tender unconditional appology to S.C.
    1 year ago reply
    • jehan

      Police is fast becoming subservient to the Hindu Rashtra ideology.
      1 year ago reply
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