Mumbai: A PIL has sought removal of busts
and portraits of former judges of the British era from the
premises of Bombay High Court and other courts, saying they
had sentenced patriots and freedom fighters.
The Public Interest Litigation, filed by Thane resident
Nitin Deshpande, argued that portraits of such former judges
should be removed because during the British era they had
sentenced patriots and freedom fighters including Lokmanya
The PIL named Justice Dinshaw Davar who had convicted
Tilak to six years imprisonment in 1908 for his articles in
his newspaper `Kesari` supporting a bomb blast in Bengal.
"Patriotism requires the removal of portrait of justice
Davar as, otherwise, it lowers the dignity and patriotism of
Tilak and citizens of this country", the PIL contended.
British judge McLeod and justice Mulla had signed a
letter in 1923, removing the name of Mohandas Karamchand
Gandhi from the "roll of Barristers" following his conviction
in a case, the PIL further submitted.
The petitioner argued the busts and the portraits of such
judges should be shifted to a museum and in their place the
statues of Tilak, Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar be installed
in the premises of High Court and Magistrate courts.
Besides the state government, the Chief Justice of the
High Court have been made respondents. The PIL is likely to
come up for hearing soon.