Recently, Delhi High Court judge Justice Sunil Gaur, who rejected former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea in the INX media case, has been appointed as the chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
We are not saying it has anything to do with his decision of rejecting Chidambaram’s bail.
However, if one looks at past events, this has been a pattern. A judge has been awarded by some or the other way for every decision taken by him in favour of the BJP.
Let’s have a look at some of the other cases:
- Right after the BJP came to power in May 2014, former Chief Justice of India (CJI) P. Sathavisam was appointed as the Kerala Governor. Sathasivam was on the Supreme Court bench which scrapped a second FIR against BJP president Amit Shah in a fake encounter killing case, saying it was linked to the bigger Sohrabuddin Sheikh killing case and did not need to be separate.
- The controversial Birla-Sahara papers, which among many other things alleged that Narendra Modi accepted bribes to the tune of Rs. 55 crore during his tenure as the Gujarat Chief Minister, were being investigated by the Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT), the chairperson of which was KC Chowdary then. It has been alleged that Chowdary had evidence regarding the same but did not share it with the CBI or SIT. Guess what? He was rewarded for his “loyalty” by being appointed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) in 2015.
- A 1984-batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, YC Modi, investigated two sets of cases in Gujarat when Modi was chief minister. One of the cases was related to the 2002 riots, which YC Modi probed as part of the SIT. The SIT gave a clean chit to Narendra Modi in the Gulberg society case, one of the incidents that took place during the riots. YC Modi was appointed as the Chief of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) by the BJP government in September 2017.
- Senior advocate Uday U Lalit, who represented Amit Shah in the Tulsi Prajapati encounter case, was appointed as a judge in the Supreme Court.
- A 1984-batch IPA officer, Rakesh Asthana, who investigated Godhra Train burning and approved Modi government’s theory behind the fire in the train, was appointed as CBI chief.
- K Raghvan was the chief of the SIT which gave clean chit to Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots case. He was appointed as high commissioner to Cyprus.