1. Ram Rahim Singh sentencing: Remarks against PM Narendra Modi, CM Manohar Lal Khattar quoted out of context, says Punjab and Haryana HC

Ram Rahim Singh sentencing: Remarks against PM Narendra Modi, CM Manohar Lal Khattar quoted out of context, says Punjab and Haryana HC

Ram Rahim Singh sentencing: Punjab and Haryana High Court has said the remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Manohar Lal Khattar were quoted out of context by media.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 30, 2017 8:57 AM
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Ram Rahim Singh sentencing: Punjab and Haryana High Court has said the remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Manohar Lal Khattar were quoted out of context by media. During a special hearing on August 26 on the violence in Panchkula in the wake of the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Acting Chief Justice S S Saron said, “National integration and law and order are above everything. We are one nation, not a party nation. Politicians need to understand that the nation is one. It is the Prime Minister of India, not BJP. It is the Chief Minister of the state, not BJP. You (Satya Pal Jain) are Additional Solicitor General of India, not of any party.” Yesterday Justice Saron told Additional Solicitor General of India Satya Pal Jain his statement was taken out of context and “it was not intentional”, according to Indian Express report.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had also said the mayhem caused by followers of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh last Friday was a “war-like situation” which had to be tackled accordingly and gave a slew of directions in the matter. The court directed Punjab and Haryana governments to set up Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of three officers, headed by an officer not below the rank of an Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), to investigate all the cases registered at various places in connection with the Dera violence.

The remarks by the Acting Chief Justice yesterday drew sharp reaction from senior advocate Anupam Gupta who was an amicus curiae in the Jat agitation case before a Division bench of Justice Saron and Justice Avneesh Jhingan. Gupta said: “This is a sign of weakness. PM is not above law. My Lords are entitled to their opinion. Is PM Modi’s persona larger than the Court?” said Gupta. “Media is not the culprit here. Journalists were beaten. They were reporting from the ground.”

Amid arguments and counter-arguments between Jain and Gupta, Justice Saron said the court’s intention is to stay away from anything which is political. “We are afraid of no one. Don’t misquote our observations. Quote what we write in the orders…rest is the general discussion. They (media) have to do it with responsibility,” he said.

  1. Ashok Leekha
    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:32 pm
    What is recorded as an order in High Court is an official order and can be quoted verbatim. The other is a general discussion and may or may not be recorded. At time it is in a form of explanation to elaborate on a particular point . Col ( Adv) Ashok Leekha
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      K.SUNDARAM
      Aug 31, 2017 at 5:13 pm
      The court cannot and should not make ambiguous comments which can be misinterpreted by the media either thru lack of understanding or thru motivated intention. Wher was the necessity for the court to mention the name of the PM or the CM ? The media's Press utes seize upon every opprtunity, fair or foul to demonise the PM.
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        Chandrashekar
        Aug 31, 2017 at 4:02 pm
        Why conversion? There is a record now in bank accounts to this effect. Even banks through their officials directly from currency chest converted in crores with business tycoons, netas of all parties and through co-op banks but no time , no intention, no persons to take any action by Govt. Even now confiscate and take action. No news.
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          K.Suresh
          Aug 31, 2017 at 3:58 pm
          It was indeed a loose statement by the court. They can't feign 'out of context' now.
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            Mohammad Anas
            Aug 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm
            This is called the best judiciary system in the world. (Everyone) Respect this law and order from the bottom of your heart. It will make people feel realise that no one is above the law, and It's a strong message to those who had an illusion that nobody can touch them even if they do whatever they want. Words are not enough to praise and admire such a great law system.
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              Ramasamy S
              Aug 30, 2017 at 1:26 pm
              Like this, n number of experiences and sufferings we had in the past. Police and Security are misused and as such, they are not under of the control of the state executive, but under control of the politicians. It is known that in the past 70 years, Police CBI are misused for political purposes. Just because of strong Judicial settings, India somehow get little smel or we might have been somewhere like Nigeria or Congo. We are highly currupts and mismanagement. All schemes are in papers. and all others such as rural roads repairs, education, medical etc are on the same boat. 70 years from 15 August 1947, still we do not have free education, medical etc because of currupts politicians. But Politicans become fat. Keeping all in mind, we 125 crores of people request to make Police under "Police Commission" an independant body like that of EC or SC. Police Commission (PC) is neutral body in between Government Judical or otherwise people are at risk life. Thanks
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                HOMER
                Aug 30, 2017 at 9:37 am
                The courts UNNECESSARILY took a dig at the BJP! While the previous government's servants served only the high command they didn't have the for ude to make such comments knowing there would be repercussions. Now they know this government is not a dictatorship they suddenly found the courage to toot their horns!
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