A total of 117 signatories filed an open declaration against the “unfortunate and unprecedented” statements made by Justice Surya Kant and Justice Pardiwala against the former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. When hearing Nupur Sharma’s plea last week, the justices Surya Kant and Pardiwala headed the panel and held her accountable for the killing of Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur.
15 former judges, 77 retired bureaucrats, and 25 retired military forces officials have filed open statements on Tuesday in protest of the Supreme Court justices’ comments on suspended BJP politician Nupur Sharma.
The list of 117 signatories includes Former Chief Justice Mumbai High Court Kshitij Vyas, Former Rajasthan High Court judges RS Rathore and Prashant Agarwal, Former Judge Delhi MC Garg, Former DGP Jharkhand Nirmal Kaur, Former DGP Manipur Mirnal Kanti Das and Veterans Sanjay Kulkarni, PK Roy, SP Singh and more.
“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 letter said.
Notably, the Supreme Court harshly criticised Nupur Sharma last week while debating a request to transfer all FIRs filed against her to Delhi.
While hearing Sharma’s plea, a bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala observed that the suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma “threatened the security of the nation”. “The way she has ignited emotions across the country… This lady is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country.”
The SC went on to criticise Sharma, adding that she needs to apologise to the entire nation. The court said, “She with her loose speech has set the entire country on fire.”
This comes days after SN Dhingra, retired judge of the Delhi High Court slammed SC judges for passing comments on Nupur Sharma and said that if a judge wants to deliver a speech, he should become a politician. “Supreme Court itself cannot hold anyone guilty without any investigation. The case was put in front of the Supreme Court only for transferring the FIRs and not for proving any charges against her. I don’t understand how the Supreme Court can make such oral observations? If the Supreme Court had guts, it would have given those comments as a part of the written order”, he had added.