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Keep 'Communal Mindset' Justice Aftab Alam away from Gujarat cases: Justice Soni to Chief Justice of India

Keep 'Communal Mindset' Justice Aftab Alam away from Gujarat cases: Justice Soni to Chief Justice of India

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Letter written by former Gujarat high court judge and former Gujarat Lokayukta, justice S M Soni requesting Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia not to place Gujarat cases before justice Aftab Alam
Letter written by former Gujarat high court judge and former Gujarat Lokayukta, justice S M Soni requesting Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia not to place Gujarat cases before justice Aftab Alam

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JusticeS.M.Soni
Former
Judge,Gujarat
HighCourtFormerlokayukta,Gujarat
State
To
TheHun;bte,TheChief.IusficeofIndia
SupremeCourt
NewDelhi.
27/06/12
Sub:SubmissionoffactsandquotesshowingcommunalmindsetofHon'bleMr
JustlceAftab
Alam-TransferofallmattersrelatedtoGujaratbefore
anyother
bench.·MyLords,
,.J
retiredasapuisneJudgeoftheHighCourtofGujarat,onDecember9
th,
1998.IwasappointedasLokayuktaoftheStateofGujaraton25
th
November,1998,
fifteen
daysbeforemyretirement,aftersecuring
germissiori
ofHisExcellencyPresidentofIndia.IretiredasLokayuktaon24November,2003.SincethenIaminvolvedinsocialactivities.IamapresidentofanNGOnamed."JusticeOn
Trial",
Ahmedabad,aNationalvicepresidentof"RuleofLawSociety",Allahabad(U.P)andaChairpersonof"AllIndiaLegalAidForum",NewDelhi.AlltheseNGOsworkfortheprotectionofHuman'Rights,Weakersectionofthe,society,Downtroddenpeopleofthesociety,irrespectiveoftheirreligion,race,caste,creed,communityandsexetcandtoestablishSupremacyofLaw.MyLordwithyourkindpermission,ItakelibertytoplacebeforeyourLordship'stheglaringincidenceofdefianceoftheoathtakeninFormNo4ofthethirdScheduleoftheConstitutionofIndia
by
myLordMrJusticeAftabAalambygivingalectureonthesubject"TheIdeaOfSecularismandSupremeCourtOfIndia"on14thOctober2009atLondon.
Res:
0-31,"Akash",Beside
Chief
Justice
Bunglow,
Vastrapur,Ahmedabad.
Pin-380015.Gujarat.TelNos.(079)26851133,(079)26844294.(M}09825955797
 
Fromhisabovelectureattendon,
it
canbeinferredthat:
A)Theassertionby
Mr
JusticeAlamthatthecaseofaminorityorganisation,i.eTheIslamicAcademyofEducationwasreferredtothelargerbenchsothattheCourtmaynotbeboundbyanyof
its
earlierjudgmentsandattheendofthejudgment,"minorityrightsappearsto
be
considerablyrestrictedandultimatelyIslamicAcademy
was
relegatedto
back
and
a
nonminorityprivatecollegecametofore",isadirectallegationagainsttheintegrityoftheApexCourt
in
generalandtheChiefJusticeofIndia
in
particular.FromthisassertionitcanbeconcludedthathefeelsthattheelevenjudgesbenchwasdeliberatelyconstitutedtorelegateandrestrictminorityIslamicInstitutionsThisamountstoagrossmisconductonthepartofasitting
Judge.
B)MrJusticeAlamfeelsthatthemoneyspentontheHajjSubsidiesisnothing·ascomparedtomillionsspentonHindufairsetc.HehasconvenientlyignoredthatinbigHindureligiousfairsandfestivalswhere
millionsof
people
visit..
moneyisspentbytheGovttomaintain
lawandorder
only.
Mr
Justice
Alarn..
hasconveniently
ignored
to
mentionin
his
lecture
that
eveninminority'bigfairs
likeAjmerUrsetcGovtsimilarlyspentmoneytomaintainlawandorderandsometimestopromotecultureandtourism.Hisopinionshowshiscommunalmindset
in
favour
of
aparticularreligion.C)MrJusticeAlam'ssarcasticassertionthat"AmdistallthisamajorityofIndianshonestlybelievethat
they
live
ih
asecularcountryexpresseshiswilfulbeliefthatIndiaisnotasecularcountry.Hisviewsareagainstthebasictenetsof
theConstitution..
D)TheobliquecriticismofvariousjudgmentsofSupremeCourtonnumberofoccasions
by
MrJusticeAlam,thattooonforeignsoil,amountstocontemptof
court,
lowering
the
dignity
oftheApex
Court.E)FromentiretextofhisLecture,afeelingisconveyedthatIndianLawstreatstwoIndiansi.eHindusandMuslimsdifferentlyandheisworkingasacrusaderofminorityrights.ThisishighlyinappropriateforasittingJudgethattoooftheHon'bleSupremeCourt.
 
Ideem
it
appropriatetodraw
your
Lordship'skindattentiontothearticlepublishedfewjudgmentsandorderspassed
by
Mr.JusticeAlamwhichwould
highlighttheconcernexpressed
by
me
in
thiscommunication.
ImportantQuotesofMrjusticeAftabAIam'slecturegivenonthesubject
"The
Ideaof
Secularism
and
SupremeCourtofIndia"on14thOctober,2009atLondonaregivenbelow:
"AMinorityorganizationcalledTheIslamicAcademyofEducation,broughttheissuetotheSupremeCourtand
its
casewas.refferedtothelargerBench.Hereanumberofnon-minorityprivatecollegesalsojoinedissue.Theyweremainlyinterested
in
gettingtheUnniKrishnanschemeofadmissionundone.UltimatelyIslamicAcademywasrelegatedtothebackandPai,anon-minorityprivatecollege,cametothefore.Pai.washeardbyabenchofelevenjudgessothatthecourtmaynotbeboundbyanyof
its
earlierjudgments.
In
Pai
it
was
forthe
first
timethequestionofminority
rights
wasnotconsideredindependently.and
it
gotmixedupwiththecasesofnonminorityprivatecollages.ThedecisioninPaiisvery
heavy
onsecularrhetoricbutattheend
of
thejudgmenttheminority
rights
appearstobeconsiderablyrestricted
in
comparisontotheirearlierposition"(page-19)"ThevastbodyoflawdealingwithpropertyrightstreatstwoIndiansdifferently,againdependingupontheirreligion.OnmydeaththedevolutionofmyestateuponmyheirswilltakeplaceinawaycompletelydifferentthanincaseofmyHindufriends.InseveralstatesthelandreformActthatimposedceilingonindividuallandholdingsimpactedaMuslimlandholderfarmoreadverselythanaHindulandholder
in
similarcircumstances".(page12-13)"ForeveryMuslimgoingforHajj,theGovernmentofIndiaspends,fromthetaxpayesmoneyasubstantialamountas
air
fairsubsidy.IngovernmentofIndiabudgetforthe
year
2009-10
asumof
Rs
632
crores(apprtly
100
millionEuro)isallocatedasHajjsubsidy.KumbhMelaortheFairofNectarPottakesplacefourtimeseverytwelveyearswhenmillionsofHinduPilgrimscongregatetotaketheholydipintheriveronasingleday.Thenextfairistotakeplace
in
2010
inHaridwarwheretheGangescomesdownsintotheplains.TheStateofUttrakhandwouldspendanestimatedamountof
Rs
500crores(approximately80millionEuors)fororganizingtheMela.BesidestheKumbhtherewouldbeatleastadozenpurelyreligiousfestivalswheredirectGovernmentisspendingrunsintobillionsofrupees.
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