Former bureaucrats seek CJI’s intervention to dismantle UP’s ‘bulldozer justice’
The Constitutional Conduct Group of former bureaucrats, in an open letter to the country’s Chief Justice, said the problem now lies not only with the “excesses” of the police and administration at the local level, but the fact that there is rule of law, due process and “guilty”. The idea of ’acknowledging innocent till not found’ is being changed.
New Delhi: A group of retired bureaucrats on Tuesday wrote to Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana asking him to intervene in the matter of “justice being done by bulldozers” and put an end to the exercise. He said that this practice is now becoming common in many states instead of exception.
90 ex-public servants, part of the Constitutional Conduct Group (CCG), have named the CJI. writing an open letter Supreme Court should take suo motu cognizance of ‘illegal detention, demolition of houses by bulldozers and police violence on protesters’ in Uttar Pradesh following protests against BJP spokespersons’ remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
“The sabotage campaign (in Uttar Pradesh) and the misuse of municipal and civil laws for political purposes are only part of a larger policy of turning the administration and police system into an instrument of brutal majoritarian oppression,” he said in the letter.
Former government officials claimed that there are “clear directions” to invoke the National Security Act 1980 and the Uttar Pradesh Gangsters and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act, 1986 to quell any protest.
“This policy is approved by the highest level of government and while local level officials and police personnel are undoubtedly accountable for the autocratic and arbitrary use of powers, the real blame lies in the highest level of the political executive,” the letter said. . It is this corruption of the constitutional governance structure that requires that the Supreme Court comes forward and takes action against it before it spreads further.
“Even more worrying is the idea of ’bulldozer justice’, under which citizens who dare to protest or criticize the government legally or express dissatisfaction through a legal means will be severely punished,” it added. Punishment is given. It is becoming more common rather than an exception in many Indian states.
Former bureaucrats say the problem is no longer just the ‘excesses’ of the police and administration at the local level but the fact that the idea of rule of law, due process, ‘acquittal until proven guilty’ is being replaced. Is.
“We have seen in Prayagraj (Allahabad), Kanpur, Saharanpur and other cities – which have large Muslim population – that a pattern is followed and that is politically guided,” he said.
The CCG said that it is the spirit of impunity and the arrogance of the majority authority that appears to be driving this campaign of disregard for constitutional values and principles.
The signatories include former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai, former Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh, former Indian Police Service (IPS) officers Julio Ribeiro, Avinash Mohanane, Maxwell Perera and AK Samant and former Social Justice Secretary Anita Agnihotri.
The former civil servants also supported the petition sent to the CJI on June 14, 2022, by a group of former judges and prominent lawyers of the Supreme Court and High Courts, requesting him to take suo motu cognizance of the recent developments in Uttar Pradesh.
A PIL against demolition of alleged illegal constructions has been filed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind before a bench of Justices Bopanna and Vikram Nath. After the preliminary hearing, the top court said that “everything should be just” and the authorities should strictly follow due process under the law.
The BJP had on June 5 suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi media chief Naveen Kumar Jindal. This step was taken in view of the diplomatic dispute that arose due to his remarks.
The letter, signed by 90 former public servants, said, “We believe that unless the highest level judiciary comes forward to intervene, the entire edifice of constitutional governance so carefully constructed in the last seventy two years is likely to collapse.” ‘
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