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Defending the indefensible: Detention of the 82-year-old Farooq Abdullah

Clampdown on communications, curfews, etc which have made life miserable to Kashmiris, writes Katju
Clampdown on communications, curfews, etc which have made life miserable to Kashmiris, writes Katju

By defending the utterly indefensible detention of the 82-year-old Farooq Abdullah and other Kashmiri leaders and the clampdown on communications, curfews, etc which have made life miserable to Kashmiris, Mr. KK Venugopal, the Attorney General of India, whom I had earlier respected, has totally gone down in my esteem. He should have resigned rather than advance such inane arguments repugnant to Article 21 of the Constitution.

K K Venugopal, Shah Faesal, Mebooba Mufti
K K Venugopal, Shah Faesal, Mebooba Mufti



The Supreme Court was made as a guardian of the Constitution and protector of the fundamental rights of the people, but considering its disgraceful Ayodhya verdict, its failure to quash the ridiculous fabricated charges against the Bhima Koregaon accused on the basis of the Brandenburg test, its refusal to grant bail to Abhijit Iyer Mitra despite the well-settled principle of ‘bail not jail’ laid down by the celebrated Justice Krishna Iyer in State of Rajasthan vs Balchand, and its refusal to quash the undemocratic clampdown on freedoms in Kashmir, it has abdicated its solemn duty, and the judges have violated their solemn oath to uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of India.

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Markandey Katju

Written by Markandey Katju

Justice Markandey Katju is the former Chairman, Press Council of India. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Press Council of India, he served as a Permanent judge at the Supreme Court of India.

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