NEW DELHI: For someone who has delivered prominent verdicts in the recent past, Tuesday’s order granting bail to activist Disha Ravi adds to the tally of interesting observations made by judge Dharmender Rana.
Recently while granting bail to two men in a case connected to the farmers’ protest, Rana said the law of sedition is a powerful tool in the hands of the state to maintain peace and order in society, and it cannot be invoked to “quieten any disquiet under the pretence of muzzling miscreants”.
In the Nirbhaya case, he had noted that a condemned convict couldn’t be permitted to frustrate the course of law by simply opting to remain indolent, and rejected a plea of the convicts seeking stay on their execution. “When would the convicts meet the creator for their eternal penitence? The issue has been pestering the conscience of the community for the past some time,” he had said.
In a northeast violence case, the judge had denied bail to Jamia student Safoora Zargar saying, “When you choose to play with embers, you cannot blame the wind for having carried the spark a bit too far and spread the fire.”
In another case, he said, “The investigation seems to be targeted only towards one end.” It was in connection with police’s probe into a UAPA case against Jamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha. The court, hearing proceedings on Tanha’s judicial custody, inquired about the probe against the “rival faction”, to which it failed to get a response.
In Tuesday’s order, he quoted from the Rig Veda on our cultural ethos expressing the respect for divergent opinions.