Law minister M Veerappa Moily on Wednesday disapproved of the widespread criticism of the Raipur court verdict against human rights activist Dr Binayak Sen, who was sentenced to life imprisonment last week.
Moily said the comments by former judges and other jurists could influence the minds of the judges who are likely to hear the appeal in the controversial case and could lead to confusion.
“Persons who have held very responsible positions in the judiciary, they will have to consider that their statements can tomorrow influence the independent mind of a judge or a magistrate,” the minister said.
“The judge might think that a former judge of a high court or the Supreme Court or a chief justice is commenting upon this, then should I give a judgment like that. To that extent, it may influence the independent mind of a judge, which will not be fair. It will not be just,” Moily said.
Without naming anyone, the minister said those speaking against the verdict were trying to interfere with the judicial process. “Former judges and other people in particular, those who are speaking, should try to understand that the course of justice cannot be influenced from outside.”
He declined to comment on the merits of the case.
“While I don't want to comment on the merits or the demerits of the judgment, I would like to say that the right course is to agitate the matter before the next court of appeal. That’s the right course,” Moily said.
“We must bow down before the verdict unless it is set aside by a higher court. This will be healthy trend, otherwise we are getting into a lot of confusion and will lead to disintegration of justice delivery system,” the law minister said.