The Supreme Court Thursday hit out at what it said were “systematic” attempts to influence the course of justice delivery and said, “time has come when we have to tell the rich and powerful of this country – you cannot run this court”.
The words fell from Justice Arun Mishra who sitting with Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta while hearing allegations by a lawyer Utsav Bains that there was a conspiracy by fixers and disgruntled employees of the court to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on sexual harassment charges.…
“Don’t think Supreme Court can be run by any remote power from any corner of the earth, whether by political power or economic power”, Justice Mishra fumed. “This is a systematic game…So many things have not come out…People of this country must know the truth”, Justice Mishra continued. The judge condemned the practice of writing letters when matters are pending and said this was to influence the courts. “People run by money power try to influence the Registry…Take action against anyone and they will malign…”, he said adding “this can’t go on”.…
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