Former judges of SC, HC write to SC over demolition drive by UP govt

New Delhi:

Former judges of Supreme Court, High Courts and advocates of Supreme Court have written a letter to Supreme Court to take sou Moto action in the demolition drive carried out by UP government against protestors. Following the remarks made by former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, members of Muslim community took to streets protesting against her controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad. To deter the protestors in the state, UP government headed by Yogi Adityanath ordered stern action against those involved in the protests. 

In the letter petition (a copy of which is attached here), the committee of judges has requested the Supreme Court of India “to take cognizance of the recent incidents of violence and repression by state authorities on citizens in Uttar Pradesh.” The committee further alleged that “the Chief Minister has reportedly officially exhorted officials ‘to take action against those guilty that it sets an example so that no one commits a crime or takes law into their hands in future'”. 

Videos of violent clashes between protestors and police personnel making rounds on social media. The committee also mentioned that “videos of young men in police custody being beaten with lathis, houses of protestors being demolished without notice or any cause of action, and protestors from the minority Muslim community being chased and beaten by the police.” 

It further added that such a “brutal clampdown by a ruling administration is an unacceptable subversion of the rule of law and a violation of the rights of citizens, and makes mockery of the constitution and fundamental rights guaranteed by the state.”


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