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Apex court junks Pandey bail plea

The Supreme Court Monday regretted that the highest court of the land had become a “safe haven” for high and mighty

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi |
August 13, 2013 1:06:45 am

The Supreme Court Monday regretted that the highest court of the land had become a “safe haven” for high and mighty while ordinary persons remained behind bars for 20-30 years without a hearing.

Junking the bail plea of Gujarat IPS officer P P Pandey in the alleged 2004 fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others,a Bench of Justices B S Chauhan and S A Bobde expressed disappointment that the apex court was not being able to give time to the ordinary citizens because of spate of cases filed by influential persons and argued by senior advocates.

The court was expressed anger over the fact that Pandey,whose previous petitions on seeking protection from arrest in the encounter case had already been dismissed,continued filing subsequent petitions on different grounds so as to prevent his arrest.

“This court has become a court for senior advocates and high and influential persons. I am willing to say this on oath. This court has become a safe haven for such persons and we don’t have time for ordinary citizens,” observed Justice Chauhan as counsel for Pandey urged to hear him.

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Refusing to give Pandey’s counsel any more time of the court,the Bench said: “Not even 5 per cent of the court’s time is used by ordinary citizens and 95 per cent time is used by big people. People are waiting inside the jail for 20-30 years but we cannot hear them because of this practice.”

It questioned why the Supreme Court should entertain an anticipatory bail plea for a sixth or seventh time on modified grounds when it should adjudicate petitions by those who have been waiting for long to get a hearing.

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