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“But can we direct Russia’s President Putin to stop the war?”: CJI NV Ramana while hearing petition on student evacuation from Ukraine

The entire country is hoping fervently for the safe evacuation of the remaining 3000-odd students still stuck in Ukraine. Around 17,000 Bharatiya nationals have made it back home as per latest reports, out of the 20,000 that were present in the country when the first advisory to leave Ukraine was issued by the Government. PM Modi has already dispatched 4 central ministers to 4 countries neighboring Ukraine to expedite the evacuation, and Air India, private airlines and IAF planes all are pitching in.

Clearly, the government is doing all it can.

So when a lawyer approached the Supreme Court ‘seeking directions’ to Govt of Bharat for the evacuation of Bharatiya students stranded in Ukraine, you would have thought the petition should be dismissed, as the Government is already doing all it can and the petitioner should be redirected to approach the nodal authority for evacuations, i.e. the Ministry of External Affairs.

But then how will the upper echelons of judiciary play their ‘Lady Bountiful’ act to their ‘subjects’?As is the fashion these days, how can attention-seeking members of courts and legal fraternity not have their moment in the spotlight when such a crisis has gripped the attention of the entire nation, especially after the death of a student Naveen in murky circumstances. How can the ordinary citizen not be reminded that the judiciary and lawyers are their ‘best friends’, their ‘last resort’? How can an opportunity for virtue signaling and playing to the left-liberal galleries go abegging?

After all, one retired SC judge claims that the SC was responsible for the country’s Covid-19 vaccination policy, and wants the SC to be even more ‘proactive’ while encroaching in the executive and legislative domain!

So, unsurprisingly, the Supreme Court accepted this redundant plea. A bench headed by CJI Ramana admitted that the Government is doing its work to evacuate Bharatiya nationals, but added, “We sympathise with the students, we are feeling very bad. But can we direct Russia’s President Putin to stop the war?”

The SC then sought Attorney General KK Venugopal’s ‘assistance’ and asked him to help Bharatiya medical students who the lawyer said are stuck at the border with Romania & are stopped from crossing over. Venugopal told the Supreme Court what the entire nation already knows – that the Centre has sent ministers to ensure the safe evacuation of Bharatiyas. He also stated, as any Bharatiya official is bound to say irrespective of the genuine reports of some students facing racial profiling and harassment at hands of Ukrainian border guards, that “so far as Ukraine is considered, everyone is being allowed to cross into neighbouring countries”.

When ordinary citizens file pleas seeking directions from the Court to end lawless protests that throw ordinary life out of gear for months, the same SC and its registry puts those petitions on the backburner, as those issues are considered ‘politically sensitive’, meaning sections of judiciary are afraid to displease the libera-secular intelligentsia and Lutyens’ lawyers lobby. Even urgent pleas for hearing on bloody post-poll pogroms in states ruled by ‘liberal-secular’ parties are not heard! When Kashmiri Pandits appeal for a probe into their genocide and religious cleansing from 1990 onwards, Supreme Court brusquely says no and then CJI Khehar even delivers a tongue-lashing, “Are you making a drama here? Are you making a political speech and saying all this for making headlines in the media?”.

Well, we have all seen and understood in recent years as to who is allowed to make ‘political speeches’ in courts and who is not! Citizens are now wisening up to the forces that have hijacked institutions like the judiciary and are better informed about the games that are played in the highest courts of our land. Here are some reactions from netizens:

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