ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Hostile Justice

The government’s politics of majoritarianism is undermining our democratic institutions.

Developments in significant anti-terror cases show an unsettling pattern of subversion of the justice system in India. Swami Aseemanand, Maya Kodnani, and others accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case, the Naroda Patiya riots case, and in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati case are all beneficiaries of questionable legal proceedings that changed the course of justice in these cases. These developments point to the Machiavellian agenda of the government to undermine judicial processes.

On 16 April 2018, the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court acquitted Aseemanand and four others who stood accused of masterminding the terror attack at Mecca Masjid. The judge cited lack of clinching evidence as the grounds for acquittal. It was in May 2007 that Mecca Masjid, a 17th-century mosque near Charminar in Hyderabad, became the site of deadly bomb blasts, which killed nine and wounded 58 gathered for Friday prayers. At first, the police arbitrarily arrested innocent young Muslim men, framed them on terror charges, and tortured them into confessing the involvement of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence in the blast case. This concocted prosecution fell apart when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) revealed that this crime had been planned by a network of Hindutva terrorists.

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Updated On : 2nd May, 2018
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