It was published by the
Times of India in its News Paper dated 22-02-1989 in the editorial page. Some
others were also written on the subject. On the very next day of its
publication, I noticed another news column quoting one of the Judges of that
Bench of the Supreme Court which pronounced the order to the effect that
Contempt of Court proceedings were being initiated against the WRITERS. But
nothing had happened. On the contrary, that Judgement was modified in a later
Review Petition. The the letter is given below:
While agreeing with your editorial “A
Judicial Let-Down”(February 16/17) and with full respect to the Supreme Court, I
would like to make a few observations on the Bhopal case.
Firstly, the Supreme Court should
have limited its verdict to the question of interim relief and a well
considered, well reasoned judgement on the whole issue could have been pronounced
later on. Government of India is not the real claimant. It is merely
representing the thousands of affected people. In this context, a few
government servants and UCC officials will create doubts in the minds of the
people. In the past, several negotiations entered into foreign companies have
come under fire. In these circumstances, the supreme court should have exercised
some restraint and care so as to avoid embarrassment.
Secondly, the Supreme Court has no
power to transfer the cases pending before the different courts retrospectively
without even hearing the parties concerned. This is not only unconstitutional
but also against the principles of natural justice which the Supreme Court has
nursed and developed for the last several years.
Hence, it is my humble request to the
highest court to review the decision in its own interest.
Bombay, M.P. JOSEPH”
(N.B.: The judgement was
later reviewed and revised in a later Review Petition.)
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