A two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna today, February 25, 2019 has agreed to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Sona Khan, K.P. Fabian Prof Atul Sharma and others seeking expunction of observations recorded in the judgment of Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen Meghalaya High Court wherein Justice Sen had said among other things that India should have been declared a Hindu Rashtra at the time of partition.
Supreme Court has today issued notice to Registrar General of Meghalaya High Court to respond to the PIL within six weeks.
Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen sparked a major row after he wrote a judgment that said India should have been declared a “Hindu country”.
“Since Partition of the subcontinent, during Independence, was done on the basis of religion, Pakistan declared that it was an Islamic country… India should also have been declared a Hindu country…,” Justice Sen had said. He was hearing a petition by an Army recruit who was refused a domicile certificate by the Meghalaya government.
Besides the expunction of controversial observations, the PIL has also sought a note of caution for Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen to refrain from passing such controversial judgments in the future and refrain from reflecting personal affiliation to any political party in his judgments.