गोस्वामी यांना दिलासा नाकारणं ही मुंबई उच्च न्यायालयाची चूक - सर्वोच्च न्यायालय

गोस्वामी यांना दिलासा नाकारणं ही मुंबई उच्च न्यायालयाची चूक - सर्वोच्च न्यायालय

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अन्वय नाईक आत्महत्या प्रकरणात रिपब्लिक टीव्हीचे संपादक अर्णब गोस्वामी यांना अखेर सर्वोच्च न्यायालयानं जामीन मंजूर केला आहे. त्यामुळे त्यांची तळोजा कारागृहातून सुटका करण्यात आली. गोस्वामी यांच्यासोबतच प्रकरणातल्या आणखी दोन आरोपींनादेखील जामीन मंजूर झाला आहे. गोस्वामी यांना दिलासा नाकारणं ही मुंबई उच्च न्यायालयाची चूक होती, असं महत्त्वपूर्ण विधान सर्वोच्च न्यायालयानं सुनावणीदरम्यान केलं. सुप्रीम कोर्टाने प्रत्येकी ५० हजारांच्या जातमुचलक्यावर तत्काळ सुटका करण्याचे आदेश दिले आहेत.  इंटिरियर डिझायनर अन्वय नाईक आत्महत्या प्रकरणात अर्णब गोस्वामींना अटक करण्यात आली होती. नाईक यांनी आत्महत्या करण्यापूर्वी लिहिलेल्या चिठ्ठीत गोस्वामींचं नाव होतं. त्यामुळे रायगड पोलिसांनी त्यांना अटक केली. यानंतर गोस्वामींनी जामिनासाठी मुंबई उच्च न्यायालयात अर्ज केला.

मात्र त्यांना दिलासा मिळाला नाही. त्यामुळे त्यांनी सर्वोच्च न्यायालयात धाव घेतली. बुधवारी या प्रकरणी सकाळी साडे दहापासून सुनावणीस सुरुवात झाली. न्यायालयात ज्येष्ठ वकील हरीश साळवेंनी अर्णब यांची बाजू मांडली. गोस्वामींच्या जामीन अर्जावरील सुनावणी दरम्यान सर्वोच्च न्यायालयानं काही महत्त्वाचे मुद्दे उपस्थित केले. ‘सरकार त्यांच्या अधिकारांचा दुरुपयोग करत असल्यास त्यात न्यायालय हस्तक्षेप करू शकतं. अन्यथा परिस्थिती गंभीर होईल,’ अर्णब गोस्वामी यांना जामीन नाकारताना उच्च न्यायालयाकडून चूक झाल्याचं सुप्रीम कोर्टाने यावेळी म्हटलं. वैयक्तिक स्वातंत्र्य नाकारताना उच्च न्यायालयाने योग्य कारवाई केली नसल्याचं सुप्रीम कोर्टाने सांगितलं.

आत्महत्येस प्रवृत्त करणं व इतर दोन प्रकरणात मुंबई उच्च न्यायालयाने सोमवारी अर्णब यांना अंतरिम जामीन देण्यास नकार देऊन त्यांना स्थानिक न्यायालयात दाद मागण्यास सांगितलं होतं. गोस्वामी यांना तळोजा येथील तुरुंगात ठेवण्यात आलं होतं. सुप्रीम कोर्टातील अपील याचिकेत केंद्र सरकार, अलिबाग पोलीस ठाण्याचे प्रमुख, मुंबईचे पोलीस आयुक्त परमबीर सिंग व अक्षता अन्वय नाईक यांना प्रतिवादी केलं होतं. राज्य सरकारच्या वतीने वकील सचिन पाटील यांनी सुप्रीम कोर्टात कॅव्हिएट दाखल केले असून गोस्वामी यांच्या याचिकेवर राज्य सरकारचं म्हणणं ऐकल्याशिवाय कुठलाही आदेश पारित करू नये अशी विनंती केली होती. अर्णब गोस्वामींच्या बाजुने प्रसिद्ध वकील हरीश साळवे युक्तीवाद करत आहेत. सर्वोच्च न्यायालयात न्यायमूर्ती डी.वाय चंद्रचूड आणि न्यायमूर्ती इंदिरा बॅनर्जी यांच्यापुढे सुनावणी झाली. त्यावेळी, सर्वोच्च न्यायालयाने सरकारला फटकारलं आहे. राज्य सरकार एखाद्या व्यक्तीला लक्ष्य करत असेल तर, आम्ही न्यायालय म्हणून त्यांच्या मदतीसाठी आहोत, हे सरकारने लक्षात ठेवलं पाहिजे.



Mr. Dushyant Dave, President, Supreme Court Bar Association....
Wrote a letter to The Secretary General, Supreme Court of India...

Really Eye opening

To ,
 The Srcretary General ,
 Supreme Court of India ,
 New Delhi .

 Subject:- Extraordinary Urgent Listing of the Special Leave Petition filed on behalf of Shri Arnab Goswami

 Dear Sir ,

I address this letter to you as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association to lodge strong protest with regard to the subject matter which has been listed Tomorrow before the Bench of Honble Justice D Y Chandrachud and Honble Justice Indira Banerjee . 

I have nothing personal against Mr Goswami and I am not writing this letter to anyway interfere in with his rights to move the Supreme Court . Like all Citizens he also has right to seek justice from the highest court.

The serious issue here is selective listing of matters that the Registry under your leadership is indulging in for last eight months during Covid pandemic. While thousands of Citizens remain in jails , languishing for long periods while their matters filed before the Honble Supreme Court are not getting listed for weeks and months , it is , to say the least, deeply disturbing as to how and why every time Mr Goswami approaches the Supreme Court , his matter gets listed instantly . Is there any special Order or Direction from Honble the Chief Justice of India and the Master of the Roaster in this regard ? It is quite well known that such extraordinarily urgent listings of matters cannot and does not take place without specific orders from Honble the Chief Justice. Or is it that as the Administrative Head you or the Registrar listing is giving special preference to Shri Goswami ? 

You are fully aware , and it is on record , that time and again I have received requests from various Advocates on Record to the effect that the matters filed by them are not getting listed for weeks and months though very urgent and involving serious issues requiring Honble Court s urgent intervention including Bail matters . They have even complained , giving names , that certain AOR S matters get instant listing while they have to wait in queue for long time , sometimes against the same judgement being appealed against.

I must place on record that in few cases you have kindly helped in getting such matters listed . But that is not the issue . Issue here is , why is this selective listing taking place when system is supposedly computerised and is to work automatically ? Why is It that despite the same , matters are getting circulated and that too before only few Honble Benches ? Why is there no foolproof system to be just and fair to all Citizens and all AORs? 

You are aware , and I have brought to your notice time and again , that Covid has created serious challenges for Lawyers and that their very livelihood is threatened . Many are suffering irreparably . SCBA has tried to help them financially but we have limitations. The solution lies in improving the Virtual Hearing system in the Supreme Court by replacing Video with better technical platform. SCBA , after discussing with some of the leading players in the field, short listed one of the best in the World and forwarded the proposal to You as also to E Committee and Computer Committee months and months ago. We were told that it is under consideration . You floated tender, while most HCs are taking better platforms without any tender process to do better justice.

Shockingly , Honble Chief Justice during hearing of a matter , upon being offered better platform by Reliance Jio , asked his client to contact Registry. This was bolt from the blue and a shock . 

Be that as it may , SC has failed to shift to a better platform for unknown reasons , making its functioning quite truncated and limited . Fewer Benches are in session daily and some of them don’t even sit during Court hours due to unknown reasons , may be due to technological challenges. Direct and debilitating effect is on the Justice delivery and rights of the Citizens , at least Common Man . 

So , likes of Shri Goswami get special treatment while ordinary Indians are made to suffer , including Imprisonment, which are many times illegal and unauthorised.

Even someone like Mr P Chidambaram , a respected Senior Advocate , could not get similar speed listing and had to spend long months in jail till finally the Hon'ble Supreme Court declares that he deserved to be Bailed out .

Sir , the subject matter was filed yesterday , it got instant diary number , though not final , and it is listed tomorrow . This is a gross abuse of administrative power , whosoever has exercised it on administrative side . It gives an impression that Clients represented by certain Lawyers are getting special treatment , which does not speak well if the great Institution , that the Supreme Court is.

I request , that till you install foolproof system to ensure urgent listing on well known principles , till you have listed all the matters filed by various AORs with urgent listing requests prior to November 10 , you should not allow the subject matter to be heard.

I request you to place my letter before Hon'ble Bench hearing the matter tomorrow in this regards . 

Sincerely ,
Dushyant  Dave 
President ,
Supreme  Court Bar Association.
Nov 10, 2020 ,
New Delhi . 
8.15 pm .

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