Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Supreme Court today

Today, the Supreme Court of India heard arguments advanced on behalf of Mr. A.K. Viswanathan, Additional Commissioner of Police (law and Order) Chennai and Mr. J. Ramsubramani, former Joint Commissioner of Police, Chennai (North) presently DIG, Coimbatore, who were ordered to be placed on suspension by the High Court Madras for their role and responsibility in the police brutality unleashed on advocates, judges, litigants and the general public within and in the neighbourhood of the High Court, Madras on 19/02/2009. The Court after hearing arguments advanced by Mr. Shanthi Bhushan, Senior Advocate appearing for the policemen and the arguments of counsel appearing for various bar associations refused to grant any interim stay of the High Court's interim orders and merely ordered issuance of notice while posting the matter to the 6th of April 2009.

Significantly, the name of Mr. Viswanathan, as the one responsible for the mobilised police personnel at the relevant time was provided by the State Government before the Justice Srikrishna Commission and by the Chennai City Police Commissioner before the High Court.

Further, the policemen who approached the Supreme Court of India did not appear in person as reported in a section of the media, but were represented by a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India.

While there are lawyers who appear even for policemen accused of atrocities against their own fellow professionals consistent with the stand of advocates that however heinous an offence, a person is entitled to legal representation, we dont hear of any police officers/former police officers/bureaucrats in any part of the country decrying assault on human rights by police. We leave you to judge which professionals are the nobler in both spirit and action.

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