DELHI: Indian opposition Congress Party leader Manish Tewari has said that the transfer of Delhi High Court Judge Justice S Muralidhar was an attempt to intimidate the judiciary.
Justice S Muralidhar was hearing a petition into the organized violence against Muslims in New Delhi.
Criticizing the partial role of police in the wake of riots in New Delhi, Justice S. Muralidhar had called on police to investigate politicians from Narendra Modi’s governing Bharatiya Janata party for inciting violence.
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Meanwhile, 38 people have been killed so far in the deadliest violence in New Delhi which erupted after controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked Indian leaders to invoke the “Gandhi spirit” in order to end the violence in New Delhi against Muslims protesting the new citizenship law to pave the way for communal harmony, his spokesman said.
“Throughout his life, the secretary-general has been deeply inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and today the spirit of Gandhi is needed –more than ever and it is essential — to create conditions for true community reconciliation,” Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said while answering a question at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday.
He said that the UN chief had been following the severe situation and was “saddened by the reports of death that we have seen over the past few days in New Delhi.”