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The Prashant Bhushan case shows Lutyens’ gang has an iron-grip on Bharat’s judiciary

Recently, the vice-like grip of the Lutyens’ ecosystem on the judiciary was exposed once again when the judiciary went soft on Lutyens gang lawyer Prashant Bhushan by letting him off with a token fine of one rupee after weeks of dilly-dallying and despite having found him guilty of “serious contempt of court”.

The apex court had taken offense to two tweets of Lutyens lawyer Prashant Bhushan where he had tweeted a photo of CJI (Chief Justice of India) riding a Harley Davidson bike and commented on the court’s functioning during the lockdown besides stating that the democracy in the country was being destroyed with an emergency-like situation being created with the active support of the SC (Supreme Court) and the last four CJIs (Chief Justices of India).

The apex court took suo moto cognizance of the matter and despite finding Bhushan guilty the court kept delaying the verdict and in the intervening period, it literally kept pleading Bhushan to apologize.

The case was heard by a bench comprising of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari held that the tweets were not just malicious and destabilized the foundation of the judiciary but also were short on facts. Despite such strongly worded observations, the SC fell well short of meting out exemplary punishment to dissuade such offenses in the future.

After weeks of dilly-dallying when the sentence was ultimately delivered it turned out to be a meek surrender by the court which imposed a fine of one rupee. However, what is to be noted here is the ecosystem which the Lutyens’ gang has created.

It is probably this ecosystem that made Attorney-General KK Venugopal to side with Bhushan and ask the court “not to punish him” in view of the ‘good work’ he has done in the field of public interest litigations.

A Sanjay Hegde defending Bhushan doesn’t come as a surprise but what justifies the Attorney-General rushing to the defense of a Lutyens’ gang member whose tweet ascribes malicious intent to the central government in addition to the judiciary and is far from true?

The judiciary always chooses to crawl when asked to bend while dealing with cases related to the Lutyens cabal. The rot is so deep that the cabal can get the doors of the courts opened at odd hours for a terrorist while ordinary citizens spend years in jails as under-trials without as much as a hearing.

Contrast the support pouring in for and the judicial treatment meted out to Bhushan with the punishment handed out to sitting HC (High Court) judge CS Karnan who had raised questions about corruption in the judiciary and whose comments primarily echoed Bhushan’s statements. While ideally, the law shouldn’t discriminate between two Bharatiya citizens, members of the Lutyens’ cabal seem to be above the law and are always handled with kid gloves.

Bhushan was represented by another member of the cabal, the hookah-smoking Rajeev Dhawan who represented the Sunni Wakf Board and other Muslim parties in the Sri Ramjanmabhoomi case.

We have seen the arm-twisting ways of this gang in the way it attempted to impeach the then CJI Dipak Misra. Besides the easy access to courts and leniency shown to them, the Lutyens cabal is also able to muzzle the apex court to have its way. Despite all the bravado displayed by the judiciary, the fact remains that it is toothless in front of the Lutyens gang.

(Featured Image Source: Prashant Bhushan’s Twitter Account)

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