Deference to executive action impairs Court's constitutional duty: Senior lawyers to CJI Bobde before SC took cognizance of migrant crisis

Deference to executive action impairs Court's constitutional duty: Senior lawyers to CJI Bobde before SC took cognizance of migrant crisis
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The night before the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the crisis faced by migrants in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, 21 senior lawyers wrote to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde seeking the Court's intervention. (letter to CJI - Migrant issues)

Prominent lawyers from Delhi and Bombay wrote a letter to CJI Bobde, expressing their anguish at the Court's failure to deal with the issues faced by migrant workers during the lockdown. The letter states,

"The deference shown by the Hon’ble Supreme Court to the Government’s bland assertions and the expressed helplessness of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the grounds of “issue being policy decision” or “inability to monitor” in the face of an unfolding human disaster, where millions of migrant workers are on the road, walking thousands of kilometers to reach their homes, is a matter of involving the violation of fundamental rights of millions of our poor citizens on account of executive action, that needs urgent attention by the Hon’ble Supreme Court on its judicial side."

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