No hope left in Supreme Court, sensitive cases assigned to only certain judges: Kapil Sibal

Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament and senior advocate, Kapil Sibal, has expressed his displeasure over some of the recent judgements passed by the Supreme Court saying he has “no hope left” in the institution.

“If you think you will get relief from Supreme Court, you are hugely mistaken. And I am saying this after completing 50 years of practising in the Supreme Court,” Sibal said.

Sibal was speaking at the People’s Tribunal which was organized on the 6th of August 2022 at New Delhi on the “Judicial Rollback of Civil Liberties” by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR), People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and the National Alliance of People’s movements (NAPM).

The focus of the Tribunal was on the 2022 Supreme Court Judgments on the Gujarat Muslim genocide (2002) and Chhattisgarh massacre of adivasis (2009).

Heavily criticising the top court judgment in Gujarat Muslim genocide case, Sibal stated that despite many progressive judgements being passed, the ground reality remained the same.

“A court where judges are instituted through a process of compromise; a court where there is no system to determine which case will be presided over by which bench, where the Chief Justice of India decides which matter will be dealt with by which bench and when, that court can never be independent,” he said.

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