Tributes to Justice J.S. Verma who brought back democracy in Kashmir

Panthers Party activists held a meeting in memory of Justice J.S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India who died last week in Delhi. The Panthers Party activists paid rich tributes to the former Chief Justice of India for his remarkable judgments and directions during his career as a judge of the Supreme Court of India.
The Panthers Party activists felt that it was Justice Verma heading a Division Bench in the Supreme Court in 1996 who had directed the Election Commission of India to hold election to the Assembly of J&K on a writ petition filed by Prof. Bhim Singh seeking direction to the Govt. of India and the Election Commission of India to hold Assembly elections after a gap of nine years. Prof. Bhim Singh filed a writ petition when Election Commission of India under the heavy influence of the vested interests (of course, National Conference leaders) declined to hold election even in 1996 pleading that the militancy was at the peak and the people were reluctant to participate in the election.
The then Prime Minister of India, Shri P.V. Narasimha Rao agreed with Prof. Bhim Singh and his government represented by the then Attorney General of India stood up in the court of Justice Verma and supported Bhim Singh’s petition giving a surprise to many quarters. It was Justice Verma who directed the Election Commission of India to hold election to the Assembly at every cost in the interest of national unity and preservation of democratic traditions. Justice Verma heading the Division Bench rejected the plea of Shri Kapal Sibbal, Sr. Advocate, counsel for the Election Commission of India and allowed the writ petition. This was most daring, courageous and visionary commandment of Justice Verma which literally saved the State of J&K from anarchy and bloodshed.
Prof. Bhim Singh hoped that the judges in the Apex Court and the High Courts may follow the spirit of Justice Verma in the process of delivery of justice.