While observing a decision into an encroachment case, the Supreme Court said that if one didn’t vote, then he has “no right” to question or blame the government.
The statement was made by the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar while they were addressing a case filed by an activist who was seeking a blanket order to remove encroachments in the country.
During the observation, the bench asked petitioner social activist Dhanesh Ieshdhan whether he had voted or not and he candidly admitted he didn’t.
“To be honest, I have never voted in my life.”
The statement did not go down well with the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar and he said,
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“One can’t blame the government for everything. If a person does not cast his vote, then he has no right to question the government.”
The bench in its observation also said that that the court cannot pass a sweeping order on encroachments in a matter involving all states and it not possible for it to look into all encroachments sitting in Delhi.
“We do not have so much power to order a clean sweep of encroachments. If we pass any order, then contempt cases and other petitions will pile up. It’s not possible.”
They then asked Ieshdhan, who runs NGO “Voice of India”, to approach different High Courts wherever he saw such encroachments on roads or pavements.
Ieshdhan had approached the apex court stating that the governments doesn’t do anything to remove encroachments and had kept on insisting for a blanket order to remove them from across the country.