Katju wrote a letter congratulating Chavan on "your strong step in suspending the police officers who arrested the girl who put up an item on Facebook objecting to the shutdown in Mumbai on the death of Bal Thackeray, as well as the girl who supported her".
He said that the Supreme Court and high courts have "repeatedly held that such bandhs and shutdowns are illegal as they paralyse the entire civic life" in the city.
"Hence what the girls did was in accordance with the Supreme Court judgement. How then could their act be called illegal? In fact it was the policemen who arrested the girls who acted illegally and committed the criminal offences mentioned in sections 341 and 342 IPC," Katju wrote.
Earlier on November 19, he had raised his voice against the arrest of the two girls in Palghar near Mumbai and sought action against the cops who carried out their arrests.
In his letter, he said that if a policeman is issued an illegal order by his superior (whether political or police) it is his duty to refuse to carry out such illegal order, otherwise he must be charged for a criminal offence and given harsh punishment.
The former Supreme Court judge said that if a policeman is given an order by a superior to commit murder, dacoity or rape, he must not obey.
"It seems to me that the delinquent police officers who ordered the arrest of Shaheen and the other girl, and those who implemented this illegal order, succumbed to the pressure of the hundreds of hooligans who came to the police station. What kind of policemen are these who succumb to hooligans," Katju asked.
"I am informed that in recent years hooligan gangs have flourished in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, and they have terrorised people living in the state. Some of them profess a separatist ideology," he said.
"In my opinion these should be crushed with an iron hand, and it is your duty, as the chief minister to do this, as Chanakya has advised in the Arthashastra, and Bheeshma Pitamah in his upadesh to Yudhishthir in the Shantiparva of Mahabharat," he added.
Dear RAAJBIMBSAR, Having a limited mental capability is of little help. What you feel for other unnecessaryly is a result of what your family have made you feel and vice-versa. It reflects bad not only on you but also your family and values. If you cannot accept the truth stop excercising your democratic right by writing it here in sucha a manner. Its a fact that all people who are born are destined to die so the statement is true that they die everyday. About Katju; you are not even a hair folicle of him.
Arey . . when we see some do as directed thoughtless action taken by police, we are sure that somebody is negotiating his transfer orders or is shit scared of the political goondas. A filmy dialogue from Film Shagird turns out to be tru in every sense. . "police ka bhala kabhi ek baap rehtah hai kya?". Because of bad works and decisions of top as well all all level people, all good are tainted in same colour. Poor guys, now even people do not expect anything from them inspite of paying taxes for their salaries.
where did mr.katju go while a businessman from pondicherry was arrested for commenting karti chidambaram??? those policemen were not suspended?? law should be same for everyone not one for Finance Minister's family mr.katju
Raajbimbsar Tripathi A girl from palghar questioned the legitimacy of mumbai bandh on the death of balasaheb thackrey no one had any issues with this statment , since every one is entitled to his or her opinion . but still media and people like markandey are not talking abt the offensensive part of her fb status ,which she futher added the people like bal thackrey are born and die everday , people reading this post , i have a question for you and mr markanday , dont you think said statment "PEOPLE LIKE BALTHACKREY are BORN AND DIE EVERY DAY " is an offensive statement and could have hurt the sentiment of 2 millions peaceful people how were on the road to mourn the of balasaheb thackrey and ultimately resulting into a law and order situation , so my markanday with ltd knowledge of law i can tell police detained them as precautionary measure to avert any untoward incedent on that sensitive day Raajbimbsar Tripathi god forbids ,but let us say some one from your family dies , and i didnot