18 May, 2021

Justice, Please

The open letter written by Justice Markandey Katju, to the judges of the Supreme Court demanding justice in the Ikhlaque case

Illustration by Saahil
Justice, Please

Dear Brothers Chelameswar, Madan Lokur, Sikri, Lalit and Nariman,

I am sending you this e-mail because I have your e-mail IDs. However, the letter below is for all judges of the Supreme Court, so please forward it to them, including the CJI.

Dear Justice Thakur and all Judges of the Supreme Court,

You are aware that one Ikhlaque was brutally lynched by cow vigilantes in Dadri. Instead of severely punishing the perpetators of this heinous outrage, the police and a local judge are proceeding against the family ­­­of Ikhlaque.

I am sorry, but I can take this no longer. Have the police gone mad? You could not possibly be unaware of the truth, since it has been widely publicised in the media. And yet, like Bheeshma Pitamah turning a blind eye to the stripping of Draupadi, you have chosen to ignore this? Surely you could have taken suo motu action against the magistrate, and the policemen who did this farcical ‘investigation’ to implicate the victim’s family instead of the true culprits, as well as the conspirators. But...

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