Avram Noam Chomsky, an American philosopher, political activist, author and linguist once said, “For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.” True to this statement, the Supreme Court of India hurriedly absolved itself of all suspicions of corruption, the murmur of which has started breaching the faith of the citizens of India in an Institution, that has always been perceived to be Just & consequently called Honourable.
The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition seeking SIT probe into an alleged case of bribery in the name of judges, saying such a plea has raised unnecessary doubts over the integrity of judges.
The apex court rejected the petition filed by lawyer Kamini Jaiswal, making it clear that the CBI’s FIR was not against any judge and neither was it possible to lodge such a complaint against a judge.
However, it did not issue contempt notice against Jaiswal.
The Supreme Court’s recent attempt to hush up and silence any murmurs of its involvement in bribery / corruption and the modus operandi in which it has been done has drawn a strong condemnation from across the twitterati on social media. Some tweets that are damning for the Supreme Court expressed by concerned citizens of India are reproduced here.
The consequences of the Supreme Court discrediting itself as an institution will be dire for the Republic of India. The clouds just got darker.
— Nitin Pai (@acorn) November 10, 2017
Another one that casts aspersions on the way SC acted
Chief Justice of India is himself judging the corruption case against him! Wah???? It's time for @rashtrapatibhvn to take action on Supreme Court
— गीतिका (@ggiittiikkaa) November 10, 2017
A bench of Justices R K Agrawal, Arun Mishra and A M Khanwilkar also deprecated attempts made for recusal of one of the judges in the matter saying it was not proper and tantamounted to “forum shopping.”
Jaiswal, through senior advocate Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, had sought recusal of Justice Khanwilkar from hearing the matter. Khanwilkar had refused to recuse himself.
The bench observed that “the damage has been done to the institution by filing of such a plea and unnecessary doubts were raised on its integrity.”
The petition had claimed that allegations of bribery were levelled for securing settlement of cases relating to medical colleges in which a retired Orissa High Court judge, Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, is also an accused.