There is a limit on which you target judges, the Supreme Court said on Thursday, expressing its dismay at news reports that it was delaying hearing a plea about increasing attacks on Christian institutions and priests across the country.
Give us a break, judges DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant said on a bench.
“Last time the case could not be heard because I was stuck with Covid. You are told in the papers that the Supreme Court is postponing the hearing. Look, there is a limit on which you can target the judges. Who is already delivering this news “The news I saw online was that judges are postponing the hearing. Give us a break. One of the judges is under the spell of Covid and this is why we were unable to hear the case. Anyway, we’ll sort it out otherwise there will be another news item,” the bank stated verbally.
The comments came after the petitioner’s legal counsel requested to hear the case.
Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves had raised the matter in front of a holiday bank in June, saying there are an average of 45 to 50 violent attacks against Christian institutions and priests across the country every month.
The help sought in the plea of Peter Machado and others includes the implementation of guidelines issued by the highest court in the Tehseen Poonawala judgment requiring nodal officers to be appointed to take cognizance of hate crimes and register FIRs .
In 2018, the highest court issued a slew of guidelines for the Center and the states. These include expedited trials, victims’ compensation, dissuasive sentences and disciplinary action against lax law enforcement officers.
The court had said that crimes such as hate crimes, horse revenge and lynching incidents must be nipped in the bud.