India cannot have two legal systems, one for the rich and other for poor: Supreme Court

India cannot have two parallel legal systems, one for the rich and the other for the small without resources and capabilities to obtain justice, the Supreme Court said on Thursday (Somesh Chaurasia v. State of Madhya Pradesh).

A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hrishikesh Roy made these observations while setting aside a Madhya Pradesh High Court order which had refused to revoke the bail granted to murder accused Govind Singh, who is the husband of Madhya Pradesh BSP MLA Rambai Singh.

“India cannot have two parallel legal systems, one for the rich and the resourceful and those who wield political power and influence and the other for the small men without resources and capabilities to obtain justice or fight injustice,” the Court said.

The top court noting that the Additional Sessions Judge’s apprehension in the case that he was being subjected to political pressure showed that “the existence of a dual legal system will only chip away the legitimacy of the law.”

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