Nirav Modi: UK Court expresses shock over Indian SC Judge’s ‘astonishing, inappropriate, grossly insensitive comparisons’

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The UK Westminster Court has recorded its shock over some claims made by former Indian Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju who deposed as witness in favour of fugitive Nirav Modi.

“In cross-examination, Justice Katju made some astonishing, inappropriate and grossly insensitive comparisons. He stated that because the BJP cannot solve the economic crises it is just like “Hitler and the Jews”. “Nirav Modi is the Jew that must be blamed for all the problems in India”.

When challenged about his imputations concerning the investigation, he acknowledged that he was not commenting on the deserves of the case however that Nirav Modi can’t get a good trial”, reads the 83 web page order of the UK Court which ordered Nirav Modi’s extradition on Thursday.

The Court has recorded that the Crown Prosecution Service representing the Indian authorities challenged Justice Katju about statements he had made to the Indian media the day earlier than giving his proof in these extradition proceedings.

“He (Katju) agreed he made statements to the media despite the extradition proceedings being sub judice. He was challenged about the appropriateness of giving press briefings, and expressing his concerns as a high-profile figure in India was simply making matters worse and undermining the rule of law, a self-fulfilling prophecy”.

Finding no drive in Katju’s claims, the UK Judge has recorded “Despite having been a former Supreme Court judge in India until his retirement in 2011 his evidence was in my assessment less than objective and reliable. His evidence in Court appeared tinged with resentment towards former senior judicial colleagues. It had hallmarks of an outspoken critic with his own personal agenda. I found his evidence and behaviour in engaging the media the day before giving evidence to be questionable for someone who served the Indian Judiciary at such a high level appointed to guard and protect the rule of law”.

Recording its disapproval over Katju’s remarks, the UK Judge has additional mentioned “Despite making commentary about the fairness of any trial process in India, he accepted on a number of occasions in cross-examination that he had not considered the evidence and it is evident from his report he certainly had not considered the full requests from the GOI. He made bold assertions about corruption across the judiciary in India (including former Chief Justices) and that the Supreme Court had surrendered itself to the executive”.

The order provides “Of note, despite being critical of a former Chief Justice passing a verdict in a Supreme Court case in exchange for a nomination to the upper house of Parliament in India on his retirement on a quid pro quo basis, suggesting collusion and corruption, Justice Katju himself secured appointment by the Government to Chairman of the Press Council of India following his own retirement”.

The order additional reads that Katju was “challenged about his astonishing allegations concerning the number of corrupt Chief Justices in India. However, Justice Katju replied that “In last decade – many more chief justices have come and gone and it was known they were corrupt. That is my evidence, that is true. I am an insider – 20 years a judge – I know the workings …..Over 50% of all judges are corrupt – this is my guess”. Justice Katju denied strategies he was a self-publicist making outrageous feedback to garner press consideration”.

The Crown Prosecution additional challenged “some of his (Katju) historic comments captured in the media. In 2012, he accepted he said that 90% of Indians are fools. “I say it even now, politicians take advantage”. He accepted in 2014 in his personal weblog he mentioned homosexual relationships have been humbug and nonsense, albeit he defined he modified his assertion. He additionally accepted he had beforehand made an announcement that “Women who remain single are prone to psychological problems”. He denied he made outrageous statements to courtroom the press. “I have an opinion and that is my opinion”.

The Court has recorded that “Justice Katju’s evidence centered primarily on the fact Indian Courts have become politicised. He states that in recent years the Supreme Court in India has “practically surrendered before the Indian Government and is doing its bidding and is not acting as an independent organ of the state protecting the rights of the people as it was supposed to be” and in his view the “Indian judiciary has largely surrendered before the political executive”. He offers instance of a case heard by the Supreme Court which in his view have been perversely determined and the Chief Justice was “simply doing the bidding of the Indian Government. He has been rewarded as a quid pro quo by being nominated as a member of Parliament after retirement”.

The order additional reads “Justice Katju also makes reference to a former Chief Justice allotting critical cases to benches presided over by relatively junior judges known for their affinity for the ruling BJP party. He further gives account of an incident in January 2018 when four senior Supreme Court Judges addressed the media cautioning that “democracy was at stake” aggrieved by the best way the judicial system was being operated within the nation. Justice Katju concluded that below political affect, essential issues of public significance have been being allotted to handpicked benches of judges favorable to the ruling get together and the powers that be. He acknowledged, “the highest echelons of the Indian judiciary have now come under significant political ad executive influence”.

In reply to supplementary questions, Katju was requested by the Prosecution Service whether or not the issue was confined to the superior courts to which Justice Katju replied that “there is corruption rampant, large number of judges at all levels have become corrupt. I guess 50% of judges are corrupt in India”.

Justice Katju, in his testimony, had additionally expressed issues about ministerial pronouncements of Nirav Modi’s guilt together with a press convention given by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who commented that Nirav Modi was a fugitive and a legal, demonstrating an inherent bias and that such feedback that Nirav Modi is a legal may have an inevitable impact on the judiciary.

“He (Katju) goes on to give his opinion that Nirav Modi has been subjected to a media trial and victimised even before the investigation was complete or the trial takes place. He believes that the media coverage has been so negative and prejudiced that “the entire nation believes him to be guilty of a large-scale fraud” regardless of the actual fact he nonetheless stays to be tried”.

In relation to the CBI, Justice Katju defined “there is evidence that the Government blatantly interferes with the CBI’s functions and that it functions under the direction of the ruling government. “Justice cannot be expected from an institution which itself is caged”. As far because the ED is anxious his opinion is that they’re below the whole management of the federal government”.

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