New Delhi : “Do you have any relative who has been raped”, an annoyed Supreme Court asked a lawyer on Friday. The top court bench was annoyed as it asked the advocate, who had alleged that FIRs were not lodged by the police in rape cases involving powerful people like ministers, MPs or MLAs, what his locus standi was vis-a-vis the Unnao rape case.

It questioned the locus of the advocate in filing the PIL, wondering how public interest litigation can be filed in criminal cases, reports PTI.

A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao asked advocate ML Sharma how he was aggrieved with the Unnao rape case and how was he connected to the case.

“The Allahabad High Court has already passed some orders in the case. Mr Sharma you are not an aggrieved person in the case. There cannot be a PIL in a criminal case,” the bench observed.

Sharma alleged that in several rape cases involving former ministers or MLAs, no FIR were lodged by the police, wherever powerful people were involved.

“Who are you in these rapes cases? Don’t be generic. Is any relative of a victim of rape before us for remedy? Do you have any relative who has been raped,” Justice Bobde asked the lawyer.

An uneasy calm prevailed among the lawyers in the courtroom after the bench’s remarks.