Emergency victims move Apex Court seeking status of “freedom fighter”

Jan9,2021 #1975 Emergency


An organisation consisting of 1975 Emergency victims have sought the status of “freedom fighter” in the Supreme Court of India.

The All India Loktantra Senani Joint Action Committee has asked for intervention in a plea that has sought the Supreme Court’s directions to declare the 1975 Emergency as unconstitutional.

Advocate Bharti Tyagi, representing the committee, stated that the organization consists of victims of the 1975 Emergency all over the country.

The plea, filed by Tyagi, also stated that almost 10 states have recognized the victims’ plight and have extended their support to provide free healthcare, monthly pension, and travel passes.

The plea stated that the Emergency had brutally tortured the victims, and they were made to even lay on ice bricks for several hours.

The Supreme Court is currently hearing a plea filed by a nonagenarian – Vera Sarin, who is represented by Harish Salve.

Salve said, “War crimes issues are still heard. Post World War, people are raising issues of the Holocaust now. It (Emergency) was a fraud on the Constitution. We must have this decided by this Court. I feel very strongly for this. This is not a matter for political debate. Didn’t we see what happened to prisoners during Emergency.”

Also read: https://www.lawinsider.in/sc-agrees-to-examine-constitutional-validity-of-proclamation-1975-emergency/

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