Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave made some sparkling remarks on the current status of the judiciary and also on the sexual harassment allegations against ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi. Dushyant Dave was speaking at Justice Hosbet Suresh Memorial Lecture on the topic “The Supreme Court in Decline: Forgotten Freedoms & Eroded Rights”. “We as citizens have lost our courage to stand up and ask for our rights. Charity begins at home.
No one should get violent but we must put some pressure on Constitutional Bodies. Nothing but Moral Pressure will recuperate the system” said Dave in his opening remark. He said that the BJP government is not solely responsible for fallacies but it can be traced back to 1992 when the collegiums system came when judges took it upon themselves to appoint judges in HC & SC. Lecturing about how the judiciary has spiraled down he touched the sexual harassment charges which were alleged on Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi and the subsequent reinstatement of the complaint, which pointed to truthfulness in her allegations. He said that rule of law is only for the rich and powerful not for everyone. We are not short of talent we only need someone to lead properly, to guide us properly he added. He also said on the Nizamuddin Markaz issue that we should realize as a country how we have criminalized a religious exercise.
He said, “They were here to learn! What did we do, we termed them as criminals!”. “Ideologies are not my concern, my concern is how minority rights are being deprecated every day”, he said. He also said that the gathering of thousand should also have been criminalized when Donald Trump visited India. He also said “In constituent Assembly debates, Dr. Ambedkar has said “the fate of those Muslims who chose to live in India after the partition is in the hands of the majority” In that context responsibility is one of the majority community to protect their rights”. He also said that the Bar has never forward to save or speak up for the lost theories and tenets of the Constitution, he said that they do not say anything against the judiciary because they have to appear before them. He also said and urged to a new generation of lawyers that they are the flag-bearers of the Constitutional tenets.