इलाहाबाद हाई कोर्ट, लखनऊ बेंच के चीफ जस्टिस धनञ्जय यशवंत चंद्रचूड तथा एक अन्य जज की टिप्पणियों से व्यथित कक्षा बारह के छात्र आदित्य ठाकुर ने उन्हें एक खुला पत्र भेज कर अपना ऐतराज़ जताया है.
आदित्य ने अपनी बहन तनया ठाकुर के साथ डॉ सीएनआर राव को भारत रत्न दिए जाने के फैसले को चुनौती दी थी जिसे चीफ जस्टिस और जस्टिस डी के अरोरा की बेंच ने 05 दिसंबर को खारिज कर दिया. आदेश में यह भी कहा गया कि आदित्य को इस मामले की अल्प अथवा शून्य जानकारी है और यह पीआईएल दायर करने में उनका इस्तेमाल किया गया है.
आदित्य ने अपने पत्र में कहा है कि वह सुनवाई के दिन चीफ जस्टिस के सामने उपस्थित तक नहीं हुआ था और अपनी अनुपस्थिति में ही अपने बारे में इस तरह के निष्कर्ष निकाल लिए जाने से बेहद आहत है. उसने कहा है कि वह ना सिर्फ पीआईएल में प्रस्तुत बातों को पूरी तरह समझता है बल्कि उसने अपनी मर्जी से यह पीआईएल दायर किया था. तथागत अवतार तुलसी सहित तमाम बाल प्रतिभाओं का उदाहरण देते हुए उसने चीफ जस्टिस से कहा कि किसी भी व्यक्ति को मात्र कम उम्र का होने के नाते कम नहीं आंका जाना चाहिए.
नीचे आदित्य के द्वारा चीफ जस्टिस को भेजे खुले पत्र का पाठ दिया जा रहा है-
The Hon’ble Chief Justice,
Hon’ble Allahabad High Court, Lucknow Bench,
Subject- An Open letter in disagreement with your words used for me in order dated 05/12/2013 in Writ Petition No- 11368 of 2013 M/B
I am Aditya Thakur, a student of Class XII in the Police Modern School, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. I, along with my elder sister, Tanaya Thakur had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) No- 11368 of 2013 M/B to cancel or to withdraw the Award of Bharat Ratna to Dr. C.N.R. Rao for reasons stated in the PIL. The PIL was dismissed by the bench consisting of you and Justice Devendra Kumar Arora on 05/12/2013 saying that such public interest petitions, which are filed only for the purpose of seeking publicity, must be discouraged and dealt with, with a firm hand.
In the order, among other things, you also said- “The second petitioner is a minor aged about 15 years. The petitioner, who appears in person, states that the petition was drafted with the help of her mother Dr. Nutan Thakur. Dr. Nutan Thakur is habituated of filing public interest petitions before this Court and it is surprising that a minor, who has little or no knowledge of any of the issues of the proceedings leading to the conferment of Bharat Ratna on an eminent Scientist, has been used to present a public interest petition” and that-“Be that as it may, the first petitioner who is a law student, has absolutely no knowledge of the work or of the achievements of Dr. C.N.R. Rao.”
It is these words which have extremely hurt me to force me to write this Open letter to you. The truth is that I was not even present before you on the date of hearing and yet you concluded that I have “little or no knowledge of any of the issues” in the PIL and that I have been “used” to file this PIL by my mother.
I don’t even know on what basis you arrived at such conclusions even in my absence. I am completely bewildered and definitely shattered to hear you say that I did not file this PIL on my sweet will but was used by my mother to file it. It has hurt me to know that you concluded on your own that I have been used by others to file this PIL because I, being a minor, would not be having any knowledge about the matter.
With due regards to your position and authority, I want to say that at the age of 15, I have sufficient knowledge, information and outlook about things around me. I not only fully understood the issue raised by us in the PIL but I also fully agreed with. What is more, I am willing to get these claims of mine tested at any place, at any time. I was and am still of the firm opinion that as per the facts on records and as facts presented in the PIL, Dr CNR Rao was wrongly and incorrectly awarded the Bharat Ratna. Each and every word written in the PIL, though not exactly written by me, had my full personal approval which I had done only after fully understanding and agreeing to the matter. Hence to conclude that just because I am a boy of 15 and so I can’t have any understanding of such things is a definite and direct insult to me and my wisdom.
I hope you agree that it is not a nice thing to demean an individual just because of his age and if such a thing is done by a man of the stature of the Chief Justice of the High Court, it becomes even more serious. Again, if such a thing is done in open Court in the absence of the person commented against and gets recorded in public document, it is very painful and humiliating
I was not able to present myself before you on the day of hearing only because I had to attend some important Class, otherwise I would have definitely appeared before you along with my elder sister. Hence, I would like to say that demeaning my intellect and intellectual abilities merely on the basis of being slightly young has really pained me and I feel truly hurt by this.
It kindly needs to be seen that the issue raised in the PIL was not about the quality of Sri Rao as a scientist but it was about Bharat Ratna awarded to Dr Rao. Thus the question in the PIL was whether Dr Rao has been rightly given the Bharat Ratna or not. We had presented many facts which make it clear that Bharat Ratna to Dr Rao was not correct. But the order seems to have shifted the focus from this issue to whether I or my sister know about Dr Rao and his works or not. Hence it was sad to see from the order that on one hand Dr Rao was being defended and on other, I along with my sister were being denigrated as having little or no knowledge about the subject matter, though the fact is that along with my sister I had full knowledge and comprehension about what we were presenting.
As you might yourself be knowing, young age does not mean that a person would necessarily be of low understanding. There are hundreds of examples of persons who did world class works at very young age. Here I present only a handful of such examples. The World Record of youngest computer expert has been achieved by Mr Wasik Farhan Roopkotha (seven-year-old) from Dhaka, Bangladesh. The World Record of ‘Youngest to climb the Mount Everest’ has been achieved by Mr Temba Tsheri Sherpa (16 years and 14 days) from Dolkha, Nepal. The World Record of ‘Youngest Professional Singer’ has been achieved by Ms Atithi Gautam K.C (3 years) from Katmandu, Nepal. World record of speaking maximum languages at teen age has been achieved by 16 year old Mr Timothy Doner from New York, US. Ms. Saara Vishnoei (Delhi, India) has made drawing with the message of ‘Save Girl Child’ at the age of Six years. Mr Krishen Shrikanth from Banglore, India made a world record of Youngest Director by directing the movie at the age of 9. Mr Susant Pattnaik from Odisha, India has been recognized as the youngest inventor and social Entrepreneur at a young age of 17 years. Mr Tathagat Avatar Tulsi (born 9 September 1987) completed high school at the age of 9, earned a B.Sc. at the age of 10 and a M.Sc. at the age of 12
I do not regard myself in the league of the above truly great child prodigy but am nevertheless reasonably intelligent. Hence I would strongly urge that to unilaterally conclude on your own that I, being a minor, was used for this PIL and have little or no understanding was definitely incorrect and demeaning to me. These comments hurt me to such an extent that I decided to write this Open letter to you to make its points public and to vent my inner feelings.
My purpose of writing this letter is not to challenge your wisdom and authority but solely to present my inner pains and to request you to kindly refrain from making conclusions about a young person’s abilities without adequate facts on records. I do apologize for anything in the letter that you might find inappropriate.
5/426, Viram Khand,
Gomti Nagar, Lucknow