Justice Markandey Katju comparison of BJP govt to Hitler inappropriate, no proof against the independence of Indian Judiciary: UK Court.2 min read

BY- DEVANSHI SRIVASTAVA

Update: 

The UK Court had brushed aside all arguments that the Indian Judiciary is compromised by placing reliance on the Solicitor General of India’s statements regarding the separation of powers in this regard.

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If it was the apex court or the Supreme Court of India who took the exception to the remarks of Justice Markandey Katju in 2016, it was totally the turn of a court in the United Kingdom to simply dissect the almost utterance and conduct of the former apex court judge, five years later (Government of India v. Nirav Deepak Modi).

The Court, in doing so, has also termed Justice Markandey Katju’s comparison of the BJP government to Hitler with terms to its treatment of fugitive businesses Nirav Modi, as “ astonishing, inappropriate and also grossly insensitive”.

The United Kingdom Court had also brushed aside all the arguments that the Indian Judiciary is compromised after they referring to observations which were made by the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta on the matter of separation of powers.

The Westminster Magistrate’s Court ordered that the extradition of Nirav Modi to India dismissed the expert testimony by giving by Justice Markandey Katju in this case.

Justice Markandey Katju had also alleged that the Indian Judiciary was compromised and that Nirav Modi would not get a fair trial in India.

As said by District Judge Sam Goozee, “ I reject any submission that the Government of India has deliberately engineered a media onslaught. I attach little weight to Justice Markandey Katju’s expert opinion.” 

The judgement made by the Court includes some strong observations against Justice Markandey Katju.

The United Kingdom Court had noted that in his cross-examination, Justice Markandey Katju made some astonishing, inappropriate and grossly insensitive comparisons. The former top Court judge had once said that because the BJP cannot solve the economic crisis in the country, it was ultimately pinning the blame on Nirav Modi like Hitler blamed the Jews.

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