While the Supreme Court refused to interfere in the arrest of the 5 accused persons in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case, former additional solicitor general Indira Jaising has mounted a scathing attack on Chief Justice Dipak Misra and said that CJI “dents his own legacy”.
Taking on Twitter, the ex-legal officer in Congress government wrote:
This comes after a 2:1 majority judgment, the court rejected the plea for SIT probe in the case and said that "accused can't choose which agency will probe them." Supreme Court while pronouncing the judgment said ït's not a case of arrest due to dissent".
"Accused persons do not have a say in the investigating agency that probes them. Not a case of arrest due to dissent," said the apex court , adding, "evidence doesn't show that the arrest was made to quell dissent."
The Supreme Court also ruled that the accused will continue to be "under house arrest for 4 weeks and that Maharashtra police to continue with the prove in the case".
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved the judgment on September 20 after counsel for both parties, including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, concluded their submissions.
The bench, that also comprised Justices A M Khaniwlkar and D Y Chandrachud, had asked the Maharashtra police to file their case diary pertaining to the ongoing investigation in the case.
The five accused --Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha-- are under house arrest at their respective homes since August 29.