New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Meghalaya High Court judge, who stirred controversy last December over his ‘India should have been declared a Hindu nation after partition in 1947’ remark. Also Read - CA Exams: Plea filed in Supreme Court Seeks Postponement, More Examination Centres
The apex court also agreed to examine if judge Sudip Ranjan Sen’s ‘Hindu nation’ comment needs to be deleted or not. Also Read - ‘No Excuse Please’: SC Asks West Bengal Govt to Implement One Nation-One Ration Card Immediately
According to a PTI report, Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen in his written judgement in December 2018, noted, “Pakistan declared themselves as an Islamic country and India since was divided on the basis of religion should have also been declared as a Hindu country but it remained as a secular country.” Also Read - Every Journalist Entitled to Protection on Sedition: SC Quashes FIR Against Vinod Dua
“Even today, in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos are tortured and they have no place to go and those Hindus who entered India during partition are still considered as foreigners, which in my understanding is highly illogical, illegal and against the principle of natural justice,” Justice Sen had said.
Judge Sen passed this judgement while disposing off a petition filed by a person who was denied domicile certificate by the state government.
The judge’s comments came under severe flak, with political leaders, public figures and people alike attacked him for undermining the country’s secular fabric.
The CPI (M) was among the first to raise alarm over judge Sen’s alleged communal comment. Such views will increase discord in the region, the CPI(M) said, adding that Sen has “lost his moral right to continue in the office as a judge in a High Court”.
The judge’s statement was criticised National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah too, who said, “It is a secular country and will remain secular.”
In his defense, judge Sen said that his comments were misinterpreted, while adding, “I do not belong to any political party nor have I got any dream to get any political berth after my retirement and neither is my judgment politically motivated or influenced by any party,” according to a report in Scroll.in
The report quoted him further, “Whatever is the truth, history and real ground reality, on that basis I have written my judgement to save the citizens of India irrespective of caste, creed, religion or language and people should understand the history of India and live in peace and harmony.”