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India cannot have 2 parallel legal systems, one for rich, other for poor: Supreme Court

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New Delhi, July 22 (ILNS): The Supreme Court on Wednesday canceled the bail application of a man accused in the murder case of Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Devendra Chaurasia while stating that the country cannot have two parallel legal systems – one for the rich, powerful and politically influential, and the other for the common man.

The petition was filed by Devendra’s son Somesh Chaurasia. Earlier on March 12, the bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah had directed the Director-General of Police, Madhya Pradesh, to arrest the accused in the case of Govind Singh, husband of BSP MLA Rambai Singh from Patharia in the state’s Damoh district.

The facts of the case indicate that despite the registration of an FIR on March 15, 2019, wherein Chaurasia’s son Somesh has alleged that Govind Singh was complicit in the murder of his father, no steps have been taken by the investigating authorities to arrest him, noted the Court.

The bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah said that the present case was fit for the cancellation of bail. The High Court ignored material concerns while granting bail. The Court said that the investigation in the FIR should have been allowed to proceed and the High Court Order had the effect of interference in the investigation of the FIR. 

The Supreme Court categorically stated that the Madhya Pradesh Police have been complicit in shielding Govind Singh. His spouse, who is an MLA, was provided security in the state but the DGP informed this court that the accused could not be arrested.

The top court of the country has directed to move the murder accused Govind Singh to a different jail, to ensure the fair process of law is not affected.

“If the faith of citizens is to be preserved, we need to look at the district judiciary. Trial Judges work in very difficult conditions. Colonial mindset towards district judiciary needs to change. The District judiciary is the first line of defense for people,” the Court noted in its order./ILNS/RJ/SNG

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