Actor Anupam Kher, who has been vociferous on the debate surrounding intolerance in the country, pilloried former Supreme Court Justice Asok Ganguly, who raised doubts regarding the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in 2013. At a recent event in Kolkata, Kher said it was very sad that a former SC judge should call the apex court’s judgment wrong (video below).
“I am shocked and ashamed and saddened by what you said, Mr Ganguly,” Kher said. “It’s so sad that you’re calling the verdict of the SC wrong, being a judge yourself. It’s a matter of complete disgrace that you were hounded by the press and you were intolerant of them when there was a case against you. And today, you say what happened at JNU was right. It’s absolutely unpardonable that instead of condemning the protests taking place at JNU, you are saying the SC was wrong.”
Speaking at the same event, Ganguly had earlier said, “I am saying as a (former) judge the way the execution took place — his clemency petition was rejected on February 3 and the execution took place on February 9. This is wrong. He had the right to challenge it. Family members have the right to be informed about it. The human right is there as long as the noose is not tightened around the neck,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)