Dushyant Dave, representing the Bombay Lawyers’ Association, also questioned the court’s reluctance to force the Maharashtra government to submit an affidavit on the death of the judge.
Delhi photographer Ankit Saxena was stabbed to death by the family members of his girlfriend in west Delhi’s Khyala area on February 1.
The court has held the petitioner in contempt without following due process or natural justice.
The fact that the charge of attempted bribery was made by the CBI has been conveniently overlooked in the rush to declare that the petitioners had damaged “the great institution”.
All three judges on the bench hearing the matter ought to have recused themselves, going by the Supreme Court’s own judgments and precedents.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s observations on sentencing policy assume significance, especially in the context of the recent trend among Supreme Court judges to quantify the life sentence as an alternative to the death sentence.