Srinagar: Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS), a civil society group, on Sunday expressed grave concern over the sudden replacement of noted lawyer, Fali Nariman with Tushar Mehta to defend Article 35-A on behalf of the state government in the Supreme Court.
“Mehta has tried to plead the case of one of the petitioners by remarking that 35A promotes gender discrimination on the 31st August in the Supreme Court,” a spokesperson of KCSDS said in a statement.
“State government has to answer who appointed him and whether the Law department was consulted in engaging a person who is known for his proximity to RSS,” he said.
He is surrounded by many controversies, he added, “including the one in having colluded with the accused in Gujarat riots.” “In 2011, a memorandum was also submitted by the All-India Secular Forum to then Gujarat Governor accusing Mehta of helping riot accused and seeking his immediate resignation,” the spokesperson said.
“There is a strong case to replace Tushar Mehta with an impartial advocate whose track record of probity and integrity is beyond any question,” he said, and added KCSDS cautions the government to change him (Mehta) before the next hearing, “otherwise it will be disastrous for the people of the state”.