Terming the Supreme Court’s remarks blaming former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma for the killing of Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur “transgression, overreach and overshooting”, Supreme Court counsel Sai Deepak said during a debate on CNN-News18 that the SC should stay within the Constitutional boundaries.

“This is a textbook instance of victim blaming and shaming. She was denied legitimate relief from multiple litigations. Denial of transfer to single jurisdiction exposes her to illegal harassment. It is problematic. The outcome is not the problem with the petition. The remarks are pre-judging an issue on merits and should not have been made. A single remark will have chilling effect on free speech,” said Deepak.

“There is zero nexus between comments and the relief sought. It was not for the SC to decide…The comments were beyond powers…” said Deepak.

He also added that since it was not carried on record, there is no question of expungement, but they could impact the lower courts when Sharma’s cases come up for hearing.


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