SC should not cross `Lakshman Rekha`: Centre
The Centre said it should not cross `Lakshman Rekha` by passing order but the apex court rejected the contention saying it’s not sacrosanct.
New Delhi: Asking Supreme Court not to
entertain plea seeking probe against Home Minister P
Chidambaram in 2G scam, the Centre today said it should not
cross `Lakshman Rekha` by passing order but the apex court
rejected the contention saying it’s not sacrosanct.
"You are referring to Lakshaman Rekha. If Sita had not
crossed the Lakshaman Rekha then Ravana would not have been
killed. Lakshaman Rekha was crossed and the demons were
killed. Lakshaman Rekha is not so sacrosanct. People are fond
of saying so," a bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly
The court`s remark came after senior advocate P P Rao,
appearing for the Centre, contended that monitoring
jurisdiction of the apex court came to end after charge sheet
was filed by the CBI in the 2G scam in April this year and the
bench should not cross the Lakshaman Rekha by entertaining
Janta Party President Subramanian Swamy plea against
"It is well settled that the task of monitoring by the
apex court would come to an end the moment the charge sheet
was filed and thereafter ordinary process of law would take
place," Rao said adding that such petition is not maintainable
in the apex court and Swamy should approach the Special CBI
court which is holding the trial in the case.
The bench then questioned Rao on why the concept of court
monitoring in cases has come into existence at all.
"Why this concept of monitoring at all. Till Vineet
Narayan case (1996) there was no court monitoring. Why then it
has become necessary now?" the bench asked.
Rao replied that it was a part of evolution of law and
law evolves according to necessity.
The bench then said that it has evolved because of
emerging corruption and lack of proper investigation by the
agency in many cases.
"Court monitoring is because of widespread malice. Is it
not so? These types of cases were not in past," the bench