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Take down photos of judges who convicted freedom fighters: Plea

mumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2010 01:25 IST
HT Correspondent

A Thane resident has moved the Bombay High Court seeking removal of photographs and statues of judges who convicted freedom fighters during the freedom struggle.

Nitin Deshpande, in his public interest litigation, has said statues of the then Chief Justice Normann McLeod, Justice D.F. Mulla and photographs of Justice Dinshaw Davar and Justice Lawrence Jenkins must be removed from the Bombay High Court hall and should be kept in museum.

"History is always preserved in museums and not in public offices or court buildings," said Deshpande in his PIL, filed through his lawyer V.P. Patil.

"There are museums in the Supreme Court where pictures of judges are kept. The same practice must be followed in the Bombay High Court," said Patil.

Deshpande said there was trial against Lokmanya Tilak before Justice Davar in 1908 and Justice Davar had criticised Tilak and convicted him.

"The petitioner submits that patriotism requires removal of portrait of Justice Davar with immediate effect, otherwise it has lowered dignity and patriotism of Lokmanya Tilak and the Indian citizens in the country," says the petition.

Deshpande said there is a bust of Justice Norman McLeod in the court and state of Justice D.G. Mulla in the lawns of the high court.

"Both of them removed Gandhiji's name from the Roll of Barristers on January 17, 1923," says Deshpande in his PIL.

"The name was removed following Gandhiji's conviction and imprisonment in 1922 for his article in 'Young India'".

The petition says there are portraits of former chief presidency magistrates in the court hall of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, that were not removed after August 15, 1947.