I believe justice loses its character of justice if it becomes revenge, CJI Bobde said
JODHPUR| “I don’t think justice can ever be and ought to be instant. I believe justice loses its character of justice if it becomes revenge,” CJI Bobde said on Saturday.
While a large number of politicians, celebrities, police officials are busy in lauding the actions of Hyderabad police for killing 4 rape accused in an encounter, Chief Justice of India rejects the concept of instant justice.
While addressing a gathering in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, CJI Bobde said, “Recent events in the country have sparked off the old debate with new vigor. There is no doubt that the criminal justice system must reconsider its position and attitude towards laxity and eventual time it takes to dispose of criminal matters. But, I don’t think justice can ever be or ought to be instant. And justice must never ever take the form of revenge. I believe justice loses its character of justice if it becomes revenge”.
On December 6, 4 men accused of raping and killing a young veterinarian in Hyderabad were shot dead by police when they allegedly tried to escape after attacking the police. Accused were taken to the scene of the crime for a reconstruction of events as part of the investigation.
This incident drew mixed reactions, many were seen celebrating the police action but saw this as extrajudicial executions. Same day Telangana High Court took cognizance of the encounter killings of the four accused in the case and directed the state government to preserve the bodies of four till 8.00 pm on December 9. The High Court passed the order on a representation received in the office of the Chief Justice, requesting judicial intervention into the incident.
Expressing the concern over encounter killings, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has ordered a probe into the case.