Monday, December 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi



More heat than light on role of lawyers

Mr N.J.S. Mahal in his letter on the role and duty of lawyers towards society has tried to throw the blame for all ills in the judicial system on the lawyers working in the lower courts. It seems that the writer is not aware of the Advocates Act, which governs professional conduct of the lawyers.

In more than 75 per cent cases efforts to resolve the matter without the intervention of the lawyers at the initial stage have already been made but failed. Litigation is not a luxury these days.

For instance, in matrimonial cases one comes to the court after the failure of all talks. In criminal cases, it is the police, not the lawyers, who introduce falsehood. In civil disputes there is no scope of any falsehood. There is a provision in the IPC to prosecute those who make false claims or give false statements or produce false documents.

But it is very rare that a court orders any such prosecution. For the fault of one or two, the lawyers as a class should not be condemned.

I have not come across even a single instance where the advocates working in high courts and the Supreme Court have ever refused to accept the brief for appeal/revision or the SLP on the ground that the case of his client is false and frivolous. Seventyfive per cent RSAs revisions and SLPs are rejected by the High Court and the Supreme Court. Why do the lawyers working in these courts waste money and precious time of the court? There is only heat and no light in the letter as it clearly shows lack of insight of the writer regarding the working of the judicial system.



National Games

This has reference to the editorial "National Games in Punjab" (Nov 20). Undoubtedly, we have a repertoire of class players who have established themselves at the national level. It's generally noted that the players, who are domestically acclaimed, are often beaten by outsiders.

All we need for the indigenous promotion of sports and competing with outsiders are good coaches, stadia, complete sports goods, higher incentives, job opportunities, a sport culture in schools, good supervision and total fitness.



The decision of Kurukshetra University to provide veto power to the university nominee or the DHE nominee in the selection of teachers in private colleges is unfortunate. The level of political interference in our institutes of higher education is already such that it is badly telling upon the academic atmosphere.

Such veto power is nothing but hundred per cent reservation of posts for political favourites in these institutions. On the one hand, the government is keen to promote private initiative in education, on the other such decisions are being taken which will adversely affect the autonomy and quality of our institutions. Therefore, this decision deserves a complete reconsideration.

RISHI GOEL, Kurukshetra

Waste management

The Punjab Government has decided to abolish octroi. There is great apprehension that the municipalities will be in a difficult financial position. By adopting a waste management system the municipalities can earn handsome money and make cities clean, prevent blockage of the sewerage and eliminate diseases like dengu and malaria.

The waste management system is very simple and has been adopted by developed countries. Almost every municipality has got dumping places, trucks and manpower. They should start collecting only kitchen waste from every household on alternate days and unload it at a dumping place. Pigs can be kept which are known to convert kitchen waste into protein. By contracting some firm organic fertiliser can be made from kitchen waste.

The municipalities can charge Rs 10-20 per month from each household for this service. I do not think anybody will mind this. There is just a need for someone to start this noble cause.


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