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SC: Court no stage for political speeches

The Supreme Court on Friday maintained equanimity as a lawyer loudly protested inside the courtroom when parts of a petition alleged that the mob violence in the Patiala House courts in connection with the hearing of a sedition case against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was “instigated by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other extremist organisations.”

A Bench of Justices J. Chelameswar and A.M. Sapre did not lose their poise as R.P. Luthra, a Supreme Court advocate, interrupted the court with an emotional outpouring that “he was pained by the portrayal of the RSS as an extremist organisation”.

“The RSS has taught me that all women are my mother and sisters... I am hurt, pained,” Mr. Luthra submitted. He said remarks about the RSS should be expunged from the petition.

The Bench stopped Mr. Luthra, saying “the court is not a stage for political speeches.”

“We are not interested in who created or designed this... ,” Justice Chelameswar said.



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