SC pulls up Swami Agnivesh for his comments on Amarnath
New Delhi, Nov 8: Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled the activist Swami Agnivesh for supposedly hurting people by describing as "fraud" the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir and told him to think about his words before speaking.
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Supreme Court bench Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice C.K. Prasad told Agnivesh that he should remind his words "before uttering them lest it hurts the sentiments of the people".
Court said that people in public life should exercise concern before making any statements in public.
It said this while reading an appeal made by Agnivesh seeking quashing of a First Information Report (FIR) filed on May 26 in Hansi city in Haryana's Hisar district in against his statement.
Hundreds of thousands of people undertake the pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath every year that houses an ice stalagmite formation that devotees believe symbolises Lord Shiva.
Gopal Subramanium (senior counsel), appearing for Swami Agnivesh, said that he was not in an intention to hurt the sentiments of people. His statement was only directed towards the arrangements of the annual yatra.
Justice Dattu said, "You made a statement which was carried by print and electronic media. It was widely circulated. You have achieved your purpose."
"Thereafter you realised and issued a clarification," the court said.
Subramanium once again told the court that what was being made out of Agnivesh's statement was a distortion and was directed at the arrangements.
Agnivesh realized that someone was trying to capitalise the statement and has issued a clarification, the senior counsel told the court.
Agnivesh moved the Apex Court after the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Aug 29 and refused to cancel the FIR registered against him in Hansi.
Justice Dattu said that people who made such statements "should not go scott-free. These people have to be careful in future. Quashing of FIR will not help".
It hurt the feelings of people who go for the pilgrimage from all parts of the country, the court observed.
Court has asked Subramanium why it should interfere with the investigation at this stage. "You have not been chargesheeted. Only investigation can prove (what you said)," said the court.
Subramanium told the court that this was not a subject for investigation. He told the court that certain indiscreet phrases do not invoke criminal prosecution.
Justice Prasad said: "Sentiments can't be taken for granted... sentiments of ordinary people are being hurt."
Justice Dattu asked him: "Shall we say that you are on a very slippery ground."
The senior counsel said: "I am on a strong wicket."
The senior counsel told the court that he would file an affidavit stating his position. He pleaded the court to give him a chance to file an affidavit.
The judges said: "We are not asking you anything. Do what ever you want to do."
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