‘Hindu Country’ Remark: CPI(M) Considering ‘Impeachment Motion’ Against Justice SR Sen
Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen’s controversial communal remarks has evoked strong reaction from political parties and leaders across the country.
While considering a petition relating to refusal of Domicile Certificate to an Army recruit, Justice SR Sen had observed that, based on religion, India should have been declared a Hindu country. He had also said that anybody opposing the Indian laws and Constitution cannot be considered as a citizen of this country.
The sharpest criticism came from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) which, in a press release issued on Friday, requested the Chief Justice of India to keep the judge off judicial functions. It also said that it would consult other parties in Parliament to consider moving an impeachment motion for his removal.
It also added that Justice Sen has lost his moral right to continue in the office as a judge of a high court. The press release reads: “The CPI(M) condemns in unequivocal terms the recent utterances of Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen of Meghalaya High Court, in the form of a judgement which is against the basic structure of our Constitution. The Supreme Court had earlier given a verdict that secularism, amongst others, is a fundamental feature of our Constitution. Justice Sen reflects his political faith akin to RSS ideology of Hindu Rashtra. By smuggling in his brazen communal view on partition and making an obvious political statement on proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act, he has both undermined the pre-eminent role of Parliament and the independence of the Judiciary. Such views will contribute to further provoking discord among the people in the North East.”
At the other end, though no official reaction came from ruling party BJP, Union Minister Giriraj Singh took to Twitter in support of the views of the judge. He said the judge has expressed the views of 100 crore countrymen.
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah condemned the remark and said the secular character of this nation must be protected. Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi condemned the remark, saying, “You have taken the oath on the Constitution of India. You cannot give such a judgment. India cannot become an Islamic country. India will remain a plural, secular country.”
Controversial Remarks In Judgment
The following quotes are from Justice SR Sen’s judgment:
- I make it clear that nobody should try to make India as another Islamic country, otherwise it will be a dooms day for India and the world.
- Anybody opposing the Indian laws and constitution, they cannot be considered as citizens of the country. We must remember that first, we are Indians, then good human beings and thereafter comes the community we belong:
- India achieved independence through bloodshed and the worst sufferers were the Hindus and Sikhs who had to leave their forefather’s property, birth place with tear and fear and we will never forget that.
- The demarcation of the boundary btw Pakistan & Hindustan and Referendum is totally unfiltered & our political leaders were too much in a hurry to get the independence without considering the future generation and interest of the country, thus, creating all the problems today.
- Even today, in Pakistan, Bangladesh & Afghanistan, the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos are tortured & they have no place to go and those Hindus who entered India during partition are still considered as foreigners.
- It is not correct that Indian independence is by nonviolence, but it is through violence wherein the Hindus and Sikhs in terms of lakhs, sacrificed their life, property, land and livelihood.