Won’t flog a dead horse, SC says while rejecting plea on Patiala House violence
We do not want to flog a dead horse to life, the Supreme Court said while rejecting a petition that sought action against police officers and advocates in connection with the violence at the Patiala House court. The petition sought action against the officers and advocates allegedly part of the violence at the court premises in February 2016 when former JNUSU president, Kanhaiya Kumar was produced.
A Bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi said, "We do not think of proceeding further. There is no need for an SIT (special investigation team)."
Prashant Bhushan the petitioner and advocate contended that it was a ghastly action on that day and hence a probe be ordered.
"What ghastly action," the bench asked when Bhushan referred to the February 15 and 17, 2016 incidents of alleged attacks on Kumar, journalists, students, JNU teachers and defence lawyers inside court premises.
Bhushan said that if no action was taken, it might encourage people to indulge in such acts. "We will not proceed. We do not think we will flog a dead horse back to life. If you have grievances, you can take appropriate steps. You can lodge an FIR," the bench said. "We find no reason to continue to entertain the present writ petition any further. The writ petition is accordingly dismissed," the Bench also said.