statement expressing concerns over “negatively oriented articles” that allege, “muzzling” of dissent by the Supreme Court.group of former judges, bureaucrats and forces veterans have released a
The signatories to the statement objected to “such statements by a group of persons who wrongly claim themselves to solely represent the civil society and use every opportunity to strike at the roots of Indian democratic institutions such as the Parliament, Election Commission of India, and now, the Supreme Court of India”.
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“We had, in this regard, submitted a petition to the Hon’ble President of India on the 30th July, 2020. Stray groups with hidden political agendas, claiming to be sole custodians of Constitution and Demoracy, cannot be allowed to denigrate the democratic institutions, in particular, the Supreme Court of India”, the statement read.
The statement comes in the wake of several newspaper editorials, a group of former judges, academics, legal scholars, historians and civil society organisations publicly supporting Prashant Bhushan after he was found guilty of contempt of court by the top court for two tweets.