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Ex-Justices Pan Rajasthan Judge's 'Gimmickry' on Brahmachari Peacocks

It started as a debate on cow. But the burning question now seems to be whether peacocks and peahens have sex to procreate.

Prema Rajaram | CNN-News18

Updated:June 1, 2017, 4:01 PM IST

Kolkata: It started as a debate on cow. But the burning question now seems to be whether peacocks have sex.

A day after Rajasthan High Court judge Mahesh Chand Sharma said peacock was the national bird as it was bramhachari (celibate), former judges have panned him for the comments.

Former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguli said the claim was “uncalled for” and not “scientifically correct”.

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“I have heard the mating calls of peacocks in Delhi’s Tuhglaq Road when I was an SC judge,” Ganguli, who has also served as the chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission, said.

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Justice Ganguli also shot down Justice Sharma’s suggestion to make cow the national animal. “It’s his own imagination. Making the cow national animal would not mean they are protected. This is not the way to stop slaughtering of cows. A comprehensive view needs to be taken and not guided by sentiments,” he said.

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Former Delhi High Court judge RS Sodhi said he was shocked and surprised by Justice Sharma’s comments. “I thought gimmickry was only for the politicians. There must be some sense somewhere. I am sure this judge is product of collegium system.”

“I am sorry for the peahens, they never had sex. Poor girls. The peacocks, they are all impotent in this country. I thought they are having a ball of a time dancing around with their feathers. Thought they dance to attract females but only to put a tear into her. What nonsense,” he added.

Justice Sodhi also has some choicest words to say on Sharma’s comments on cow and making it the national animal. “I am getting worried about this country. I can't smoke, I can't drink. I can't have my meat. I thought we were a free country and we have all our rights. If animals have rights, we have rights too. Next time I go to the club, I will have to order a peg of urine?”

“…No Indian is entitled to be the citizen of this country. Make cow the national animal and the next time please elect a bull or an ox as the Prime Minister,” the judge added.

Justice Sharma had suggested in his courtroom on Wednesday that cow should be made the national animal and the punishment for cow slaughter should be increased to life imprisonment.

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His comments to CNN-News18 outside the court also raised eyebrows when he claimed that peacock is the national bird because it is "celibate".

“Peacock is a Bramhachari and it does not have sex with a peahen. The peahen gets pregnant drinking the tears of the peacock. Even lord Krishna carried the feather of a peacock on his head.”

Justice Sharma further said that in his 140-page verdict, he has quoted all the Vedas — Rigveda, Atharvaveda, Yajurveda and Samaveda — as well as Mahabharata and Ramayana, to show the significance of the cow.

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“I have cited all these holy books to show how important cow is in our ancient literature. I have even quoted the Gita. This verdict is a call of the soul and even though it is not binding on all the other states except Rajasthan, I hope other states follow this verdict,” said Justice Sharma.

Sharma’s comments fuelled social media humour with the issue trending on Twitter.

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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