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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Example of judicial apathy towards ordinary litigants who can’t hire celebrity lawyers

On April 11, a victim of gang rape approached the Supreme Court for, receiving protection by district authorities. She has been getting repeated threats, she wants to be moved to a safe place. Whereas the accused is out on bail. Judge J. Ravindra Bhat flatly refused to hear her plea for lack of time.

Judge J. Ravindra Bhat, directed her advocate to come back on Tuesday. This episode clearly exhibits, total apathy of our judiciary towards ordinary litigants who can’t hire celebrity lawyers. This was not the first time, the Supreme Court displayed apathy towards ordinary women litigants.

On 2nd July’ 2018, one petitioner requested for an urgent hearing in her case, which was pending since March 2018. She claimed she was receiving threats to withdraw her plea. But, then CJI J. Dipak Misra led bench, refused to grant her urgent hearing.

Later on, she was attacked with ACID by her brother-in-law and his friend. Post facto consideration of generosity was shown only in hindsight, to mask their earlier lethargy and gross incompetence. By the way, there was another famous judge on this bench i.e J. Chandrachud.

And, this same J. Chandrachud who has become the Chief Justice of India, makes big talks. Mere talks but he does not walk the talk. Under his watch, only celebrity lawyers/litigants are getting prompt hearing. His own claim of not giving out of turn listings, is hogwash.

(This article has been compiled from the tweet thread posted by @JMehta65 on April 11, 2023, with minor edits to improve readability and conform to HinduPost style guide)

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