The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on Rajasthan government saying there is no rule of law in the state and it had no business to be in office if it can't obey even an order passed for the arrest of an alleged rapist of a British tourist.
"They (government) have no right to be in power if they can't obey our order. The country is governed by the rule of law and all state governments must obey order of the court.
"Article 144 says all courts shall act in aid of the Supreme Court. It seems Rajasthan police does not believe in the Constitution," a bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and Asok Kumar Ganguly said.
The bench made the the stinging remarks while directing the state Home Secretary to be personally present in the court at the next hearing to explain why its January 16 directions for the arrest of the accused Prabhat Singh Rana had not been executed till date.
"There is no rule of law in the state. We have to say that. It is deeply regretable although we cancelled bail of Prabhat Singh Rana. We had passed several orders thereafter. But the Rajasthan police is not serious", the bench said.
Rana, owner of a guest house, was convicted to life imprisonment by a fast track court on May 1, 2008 for raping a British tourist. But the Rajasthan High Court had in July suspended the sentence and granted the convict bail, pending disposal of the appeal filed by him.