Caught badly on the wrong foot, Justice
Mishra and his colleagues refrained from giving the order for the sentencing of
Bhushan on the day of judgement. As a face-saving and last-ditch effort, they
felt that Bhushan needed to unconditionally apologize in order to settle the
matter, asserting that they were giving him 2-3 days more to think over things.
But Bhushan was unrelenting saying that he would never apologize.
intellectuals, civil society leaders, leading editorials have expressed their
disgust with what is happening in the Indian Supreme Court today. Some of the
judgments have been extremely prejudiced, one-sided and hardly befitting of the
most important pillar of democracy. Besides, important cases (and judgements)
are kept in cold storage. Several of the judges have succumbed to the political
powers and have not displayed the courage, the wisdom and the prudence to
protect the Constitutional rights of the citizen.
he was given the punishment, Bhushan said,“Every Indian wants a strong and
independent judiciary. Obviously if the courts are weakened, it weakens the
republic and harms every citizen. I am extremely grateful and humbled by the
solidarity and support expressed by countless persons, ex-judges, lawyers,
activists and fellow citizens who encouraged me to remain firm and true to my
beliefs and conscience. They strengthen my hope that this trial may draw the
country’s attention to the cause of freedom of speech and judicial
accountability and reform. What is very heartening is that this case has become
a watershed moment for freedom of speech and seems to have encouraged many
people to stand up and speak out against the injustices in our society. I am
more confident now than ever before that truth shall prevail Long live
democracy! Satyameva Jayate!”
A powerful statement! It should be indeed, because the Re 1/- is the
symbol of change, of a NEW INDIA!