“Muted at Justice Arun Mishra’s farewell”: Dushyant Dave writes to CJI
Hon’ble Justice Arun Mishra, on his last working day as a judge of the Supreme Court of India, has bid farewell to the court and the bar in an online ceremony.
During the Ceremony he stated,
"I always tried to borrow the weapon of power given to me by my learned brothers. All of you were the power behind whatever I have done. I have learned so much from the members of the Bar".
Senior Advocate and Supreme Court Bar Association President Dushyant Dave, who has been a critic of Justice Arun Mishra, alleged that he was not given a chance to speak during the online farewell for Justice Mishra.
In a letter to the Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Advocate Dushyant Dave stated that during the online ceremony he was put on mute.
While expressing his disappointment, Dave said that he may have been muted on the fear that he might say “something unpleasant”. He shared his intended statement as,
“On behalf of the SCBA, the EC and Myself, I wish you Justice Mishra happiness and bliss in remainder of your long life which by all accounts will be as fruitful and rewarding as it has been. May I pray to Lord Mahabaleshwar to bless you with strength to introspect and stir up your Conscience.”
He further wrote,
"The entire episode leaves much to be desired on the part of this great Institution. The whole attempt was to prevent me from addressing on behalf of the SCBA and its EC, after having invited and invitation having been accepted. This was clearly an affront to the Bar and to me personally."
In the letter he explained the entire turn of events.
"I got a link this morning at 10.06 to join the Ceremonial Bench of the Chief Justice of India at 12.30 pm from the Team SCI VC and which was sent on WhatsApp App. I responded at 10.16 accepting it which was acknowledged by the Registrar at 10.18. I joined through the link around 12.20 pm and was confirmed by the Team saying Video and Audio were perfect. I then had conversations with the AG, the SG, President SCORA , amongst others . Once the Court assembled, I saw and heard all the proceedings clearly. At the end Mr Rohtagi bid farewell.
After Court work, Mr Venugopal was requested to speak and I saw and heard him fully including as to his disappointment on punishment of Shri Prashant Bhushan .
When he ended , I thought that I will be requested to speak , instead Mr Jadhav was requested knowing full well I was present . For some unknown reasons, I was being disconnected again and again but I persisted and rejoined each time. I saw and heard Shri Jadhav fully and at the end of his address again I was not requested to speak though Shri Jadhav has acknowledged my presence in his address .
After that Your Lordship spoke which I saw and heard and then invited Justice Mishra to speak. At that stage realising the game plan I exited in the larger interests of the dignity of the Bar and Myself."
Disappointed by such neglect, Senior Advocate and SCBA President, Dushyant Dave said that he will never again participate in any function organised by the Supreme Court of India till his term gets over in December.