The Supreme Court (PTI)
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that there was a group of people who contributed nothing to help migrants workers but flooded social media and wrote letters to the SC accusing it of exhibiting “Emergency era mindset” of bowing to the government by dismissing PILs on migrants.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta said it was like the famous photograph taken in famine-stricken Sudan showing a child reduced to a skeleton with a vulture awaiting the child’s death. “The photographer won a Pulitzer award, but committed suicide four months later. He could not take the question why he left the child in the state just because he had a flight to catch. People said in the photograph, there were actually two vultures, one near the child and another with a camera. In the present situation in the country, the Centre and state governments have worked as a team to provide succour to migrant workers. But a group of people are only berating the government and the Supreme Court,” he said. “The Supreme Court is independent only if it pulls up the government all the time while entertaining PILs filed by them or sponsored by them.
If their PILs are dismissed, then the SC is facing ADM Jabalpur (Emergency) moment,” the SG said, drawing the court’s attention to the letter written by 20 lawyers to the CJI and SC judges a day before the court took suo motu cognisance of the plight of migrant workers. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay K Kaul and M R Shah said it was not bothered about what others had to say. “But it is a sad situation that some lawyers and retired judges are trying to run down the institution,” the bench added.