New Delhi: The Supreme Court to examine if the emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi Government and which ended 43 years back had valid grounds or not.
A Bench headed by Justice S K Kaul issued notice to the Centre on a plea by a 94-year-old woman who submitted that she and her family were hounded by the authorities during the Emergency, forcing them to leave India.
“This plea arises from the passage of time. It is (counsel for petitioner) Mr Harish Salve’s submission that...wrongs of history must be corrected...We would be disinclined to reopen such aspects. After 45 years it may not be appropriate to reopen those issues,” the Bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy, said.
This has drawn severe criticisms. Prasanth Bhushan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court taking jive at the SC has stated that when the SC has got so many important grounds to examine like the enactment of CAA, abrogation of 370, enactment of Farm Bills etc., The SC decides to examine the validity of an emergency enacted 43 years back.