Wednesday, 15 October 2014


This is a very apt saying in Hindi. The best example is of Mr. Justice Sudhanshu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya, a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, who for whatever reasons best known to him is making a laughing stock of himself, open to great ridicule and exposure. Isn’t it ironical that having himself indulged in wrongdoing Justice Mukhopadhaya is taking to task the innocent non-wrongdoers?

In the first ever sitting on 29.04.2014 in our SLP No.27620/2012 before him he makes a comment in the open court that he has previously visited the Ashram. Then he refuses to hear our counsel and under two minutes he passes orders not relating either to the relief sought for in the SLP by us or the relief sought for by the trustees in their counter. On professional grounds he should have recused himself at the very first instance since he had already enjoyed the hospitality of the trustees.

The order dated 29.04.2014 reeks of mischief and foul-play in the following way.
  1. Order was passed under two minutes in our case which had been part-heard before a different bench.
  2. The malicious order is passed in an interim petition and especially when the trial of the suit before the Trial Court has been underway for the past 4 years.
  3. Our lawyers were literally threatened by these judges when they tried to present our case. No opportunity was given to us to put forward our case.
  4. The suit has been filed by us challenging the impugned report manufactured by the trustees which stands on no evidence but only hearsay and rumors and assumptions, and wherein no specific allegation or charge has been made out against us and based on which trustees illegally try to expel us from the Ashram, without following principles of natural justice. The Order of the Supreme Court is for evicting  us. Magic!!! Isn’t it.
  5. Gross violation of fundamental rights.
  6. The relief is sought for neither by the trustees nor by us. This relief has been pulled out of the magic-hat of Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and Justice Ranjan Gogoi, without having first read the SLP and all pertinent documents. Even a simple perusal of our Plaint filed in the suit and attached as Annexure to our SLP would have sufficed to come to the right conclusions.

The Order dated 29.04.2014 passed by the Supreme Court of India literally throws we five sisters onto the streets without having first made any other provisions for our well-being, security, basic needs and necessities etc. As inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, for more than 3 decades and having fought for about 14 years a raging legal battle we now have no means to even appear before the Supreme Court and defend ourselves. How are we supposed to survive? Beg on the streets or live immorally???!!!! We would rather jump into the Bay of Bengal or better still die fighting against the injustices heaped upon us and the blatant all-around corruption. What a shame on the Ashram community, Pondicherry Govt. and Central Govt. who are all silently watching the drama unfold as five helpless women are further victimized through misuse of legal discretionary powers and money and influence. All this drama simply because we protested against the sexual harassment and fought for our right to live with dignity…

Now to come back to our exemplary Justice S. J. Mukhopadhaya, having first passed such a malafide order on 29.04.2014 he comes again to enjoy the hospitality of the trustees on 13.09.2014 at Pondicherry. He comes for an official inauguration of some local function relating to judiciary and on the sly meets the trustees. On 15.04.2014 he entertains the contempt proceedings filed by the trustees against us and issues notice. By the way till yesterday this order was not available on the Supreme Court website. Then on 13.10.2014 Justice Mukhopadhaya passes order of arrest of we five sisters.

It is also pertinent to note that as early as on 02.08.2014 we had sent our contempt petition through RPAD and the same was also received by Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and Justice Ranjan Gogoi. (See Post on 02.08.2014, 29.09.2014). Why did Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya fail to hear our contempt petition? Isn’t this gross partiality sitting on a throne of supposed impartiality?

How people in authority and responsible posts are allowed to become self-styled new lawmakers without any accountability? No wonder crime and criminality and abuse of power are ever-increasing. Let us all fight corruption and injustice in our own small way.

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