The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking the imposition of President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh by the dismissal of the government of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath through Article 356 of the Constitution to save democracy and the lives of 20 crore people.
A bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian asked petitioner-advocate C.R. Jayasukin how many states had he studied on their crime records? He replied that 30 percent of crime in all of India is committed in Uttar Pradesh. The bench then reprimanded the advocate, saying the Court will impose heavy costs if he further argued this case.
Jayasukin’s petition alleged that according to the National Crime Record Bureau’s Crime in India 2019 report, Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of crimes against women. In 2019, India had reported 4,05,861 cases and of these UP had 59,853 such cases.
In his petition, Sukin alleged that unlawful and arbitrary killings including extrajudicial killings were being perpetrated by police in Uttar Pradesh. The plea had been filed in the backdrop of various incidents that took place in Uttar Pradesh over the span of one year which includes the Hathras Gang Rape Case, Illegal detention of Dr. Kafeel Khan, Police excesses and human rights violations when violence broke out in the Aligarh Muslim University, name and shame banners against protesters against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the Unnao rape case.