CJI NV Ramana called the decision against Indira Gandhi bold, expressed concern over this

On June 12, 1975, Justice Jagmohan Lal Sinha found the then Prime Minister (Indira Gandhi) guilty of election malpractices and barred him from holding any elected office under the Representation of the People Act.

Chief Justice of India N. V. Ramana on Saturday said the decision of then Allahabad High Court judge Jagmohan Lal Sinha to disqualify Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on allegations of election rigging in 1975 was “very courageous” which shook the nation and its consequences. The state of emergency came into force.

Justice Ramana was here to attend a program with President Ram Nath Kovind. In this program, the foundation stone of a new building in the Uttar Pradesh National Law University and Allahabad High Court campus was laid by the lotus feet of the President. Justice Ramana said, in 1975 it was Justice Jagmohan Lal Sinha who passed an order disqualifying Indira Gandhi. This decision shook the country. It was a very courageous decision and it can be said that it resulted in the declaration of emergency.

The Chief Justice said that the Allahabad High Court has a history of more than 150 years and its bar and bench have given many great legal figures to the country. It is noteworthy that on June 12, 1975, Justice Jagmohan Lal Sinha found the then Prime Minister (Indira Gandhi) guilty of election malpractices and barred him from holding any elected office under the Representation of the People Act. Indira Gandhi won the 1971 Lok Sabha election from Rae Bareli seat in Uttar Pradesh by defeating her nearest rival Raj Narayan.

The defeated leader had challenged Indira Gandhi’s election saying that her election agent Yashpal Kapoor was a government servant and she (Indira Gandhi) used government officials for personal election related work. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Ramana expressed concern over the country’s court infrastructure, saying courts in India are still functioning with dilapidated buildings and poor infrastructure without proper facilities. Such a situation is harmful for everyone.

Justice Ramana said, “This situation in the court creates an unpleasant environment for the staff and the judges which makes it difficult for them to perform their jobs effectively. We failed to provide good infrastructure for the courts in India after the British left India.” He said, “That is why I am supporting the National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation which will develop and implement the concepts of the National Adalat Development Project. It will work on the lines of various infrastructural development statutory bodies that work towards creation of national assets across the country.”

Referring to the alarming number of criminal cases pending in the Allahabad High Court, he said that the construction of multi-level parking and advocates’ chamber in the Allahabad High Court would re-energize the bar and the bench for disposal of pending cases. Justice Ramana lauded President Kovind’s efforts for the interests of the poor and litigants, saying that it was his idea to translate the Supreme Court’s judgments into regional languages, which has now been implemented. The Chief Justice also unveiled an oil painting of eminent advocate Anand Bhushan Sharan, father of Supreme Court Justice Vineet Sharan and described him as one of the most outstanding and respected advocates of Allahabad.

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