In India, democracy gives us the right to express and disagree. However, the right provided to us by our constitution is no longer available that easy. In our country where already thousands of cases are pending to be solved, PILs like this increase the burden on the courts and the justice gets denied for those who deserve it.
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The PIL filed by Sudhir Ojha against the Indian celebrities includes noteworthy and eminent personalities from the film industry such as Shyam Benegal, Konakana Sen Sharma, Anurag Kashyap, and many more. This proves that even celebrities cannot voice their opinions and can’t even request the Prime Minister of India to stop social evils like mob lynching.
This is not the first time that Mr. Ojha has accused film celebrities. He had also filed a PIL against the directors and actors of Dhoom 2 for portraying a smooching scene in the movie. The lawyer had stated that the movie is encouraging obscenity. Now, the lawyer who is infamous in Bollywood has claimed that he is ok with the celebrities writing a letter to the PM but they must not publish it in media because that tarnishes the image and reputation of the country and the PM.
Now it is up to the court to decide whether he must be taken seriously or not because they might be already fed up with him filing petitions constantly. The Muzaffarpur lawyer has admitted that he has filed 745 PILs since 1996 when he began his career in law. Out of that, he claims that 130 cases have already been dismissed and rejected by the courts. If his claims are true why shouldn’t the courts consider his actions to be disruptive for legal jurisdiction in our country? Why can’t the courts take some sort of action against him or can’t they at least ask him to stop? Questions like these might be appearing in minds of the people and celebrities who are harassed by him unnecessarily.
It is an irony that the lawyer does not think that mob lynching cases bring shame to our country but instead he believes that the people who voice their opinions against it openly are the ones to be blamed.