The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation seeking that all Indian Muslims be sent to Pakistan. The plea came up for hearing before a bench of Justices Rohinton Nariman and Vineet Saran and was promptly dismissed by the bench.
According to Bar and Bench, Justice Rohinton Nariman appeared visibly upset at the plea and asked the petitioner to read it aloud in the courtroom.
“What's this? Do you really, really want to argue this case? Are you sure?” asked Justice Nariman adding that the court will hear the lawyer but will pass strictures against him.
“Umm, no my lord,” the lawyer said.
“OK, dismissed,” the bench responded.
Many users on social media welcomed the dismissal of the case and opined that the petitioner should be penalised for filing frivolous petitions.
“Shouldn't' the hon'ble SC pass strictures and impose fine on the petitioner for wasting precious time of the justice system?” a user said on Twitter.
Why did the judges not impose costs? Is the Supreme Court a playground for violating the Constitution? How can anyone dare to say in court INDIAN Muslims should be sent to Pakastan ? https://t.co/4W36aITmMR— indira jaising (@IJaising) March 15, 2019
Shouldn't' the hon'ble SC pass strictures and impose fine on the petitioner for wasting precious time of the justice system. https://t.co/rddIhHazw0— FAISAL Farooqui (@faisalMouthshut) March 15, 2019
Which idiot went to court with this? https://t.co/fWFQCPZ9eJ— Mohan Sinha (@Mohansinha) March 15, 2019
The court seriously took this up and did not impose extraordinary cost on the petitioner? https://t.co/yvLYfkOEWS— Vasanth Srinivasan (@VasanSrinivasan) March 15, 2019
Should impose cost. No one should go and prayer something like this which is against the Constitution of India. Wasting precious time of the Court. https://t.co/hHQKDudrrz— Satya Paul Sabharwal (@satyasabharwal) March 15, 2019
This comes a month after the Supreme Court agreed to examine the remarks of Meghalaya High Court judge Sudip Sen who had stated that ‘India should have been declared a Hindu country.’ Justice Sen, who was hearing a plea filed by an Army recruit who was refused a domicile certificate by the Meghalaya government, had in December last year said, “Since the partition of the subcontinent, during Independence, was done on the basis of religion, Pakistan declared that it was an Islamic country. India should also have been declared a Hindu country.”
The judge’s remark had sparked a massive controversy and several politicians, lawyers and retired judges had sought his impeachment. The judge had later clarified that he was not aligned to any political ideology. A plea was filed in the Supreme Court stating that the judgement was “legally flawed.” The Supreme Court has agreed to see whether the remarks can be deleted.