New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday came
down heavily on Rajasthan government saying there is no rule
of law in the state and it had no business to be in office if
it can't obey even an order passed for the arrest of an
alleged rapist of a British tourist.
"They (government) have no right to be in power if
they can't obey our order. The country is governed by the rule
of law and all state governments must obey order of the court.
"Article 144 says all courts shall act in aid of the
Supreme Court. It seems Rajasthan police does not believe in
the Constitution," a bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and
Asok Kumar Ganguly said.
The bench made the stinging remarks while
directing the state Home Secretary to be personally present in
the court at the next hearing to explain why its January 16
directions for the arrest of the accused Prabhat Singh Rana
had not been executed till date.
"There is no rule of law in the state. We have to say
that. It is deeply regrettable although we cancelled bail of
Prabhat Singh Rana. We had passed several orders thereafter.
But the Rajasthan police is not serious", the bench said.
Rana, owner of a guest house, was convicted to life
imprisonment by a fast track court on May 1, 2008 for raping
a British tourist. But the Rajasthan High Court had in July
suspended the sentence and granted the convict bail, pending
disposal of the appeal filed by him.
First Published: Monday, July 20, 2009, 20:24