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Backlog: CJI should find solutions

The new Chief Justice of India, Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, has an impeccable track record as an advocate, judge, Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court and Supreme Court Judge. Now that he is at the helm of the country’s judiciary, he should find suitable solutions to the problem of huge backlog of cases.

The judiciary is unable to expedite the cases at various levels due to many problems. Shortage of judges is one of them. For a long time, one fourth of the authorised strength of judges has been lying vacant in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Why cannot senior sessions judges of Punjab and Haryana be elevated to the High Court to fill in the vacancies and quicken the 
pace of justice?

Union Law Minister H.R. Bharadwaj informed the Lok Sabha that various high courts may get 100 more judges, but the Centre would convene the chief ministers’ conference to deal with the backlog problem. The CJI and chief justices of high courts should also be involved in this exercise.

The Centre should also constitute the Indian Judicial Service expeditiously on the lines of the Indian Administrative Service to attract talent to the judiciary. There is no dearth of brilliant law graduates in the country. If the IJS is constituted, these students can try their luck through the Union Public Service Commission. This will, in fact, revolutionise the judiciary and improve the state of affairs.

Lt-Col P.S. SARANG (retd), Chandigarh


 

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Justice K.G. Balakrishnan had humble beginnings. He had to struggle his way in life. Unlike his predecessors, he will have a long term of three and half years. Thus, he can do full justice to his work and streamline the administration of justice at various levels.

The burden of speedy disposal of cases pending in the courts and the much talked about witness protection programme are expected to weigh high on Justice Balakrishnan’s agenda. India’s problem is not the lack of laws but the lack of will to enforce them. For example, we have specific laws to protect workers in building and construction sectors but exploitative contractors and colluding government officials ensure that these laws are not implemented.

Influential people, especially from political circles, see themselves as being above the law and quite often flaunt the law without compunction. Moving in cars with tinted glasses is just the tip of the iceberg.

AIRES RODRIGUES, Ribandar, Goa

 

Crisis of leadership

There is a crisis of leadership today — be it in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, UP, Bihar, Tamil Nadu or Gujarat. Bickerings, personal attacks, hitting below the belt have become a pastime for the politicians. The leaders seem to be immature to handle the affairs of the state or the party with equanimity. They have forgotten the grace, decency and spirit to accept dissent as an essential feature of democracy.

Politicians must realise that self-rule should not degenerate into mobocracy. Sixty years of Independence is sufficient to review the balance-sheet of our values and ethical sense. A high-power commission should assess India’s progress not only on political, economic and scientific fields but also social, ethical and patriotic fronts which are the bulwark of a strong and sovereign nation.

A relook at the Constitution is needed as the world is coming closer with frontiers losing to a global village. Fortification of India’s basic structure is very important. There is no harm in taking corrective steps to avoid pitfalls in the future.

THAKUR TEK CHAND Abada Barana (Una)

Campus in chaos

I sincerely feel that most students want a serious study environment in the campus, but ruffians and goondas hold them to ransom. Every student finds himself vulnerable to these elements’ pressure tactic. (H.K. Dua’s front-page editorial, “Carry on Professor: The nation will be with you”, Jan 1).

It is always an opportunity for a courageous, self-established, true professional-scientist to take the bull by the horns. He has to face the criticism, taunting and negative tactics of the incompetent and believers in slavery. However, the winner is always the true fighter. All the stumbling blocks make way on their own and all the negative elements will eat their humble pie.

Dr SURENDRA GUPTA, Ludhiana

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Sadly, due to politicians’ selfishness, educational institutions, specially universities, had become dirty playgrounds for politicians. Every other activity takes place in these institutions except serious studies. These have indeed become breeding grounds for corrupt leaders.

Prof R. P. Singh’s action against politicians is praiseworthy and worthy of emulation everywhere. These institutions must be guarded against shoddy politics and the most illogical and unethical caste-based reservations. Only serious, meritorious students should be allowed to pursue higher studies. Merit should be the only criteria for admissions.

A.K. SHARMA, Chandigarh

 Promoting floriculture

I read the piece “Flower as an entrepreneur” with interest (Jobs & Careers Supplement, Dec 20). The Tribune’s efforts on promotion of floriculture are highly appreciated. Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan is a global university having a full-fledged Department of Floriculture and Landscaping equipped with the competent experts. This Department offers graduate as well as post-graduate degrees in the field of Floriculture and Landscaping. In addition, the department also conducts short duration courses and training regarding commercial cultivation of flowers.

Dr Y.C. GUPTA, Head, Floriculture & Landscaping Dept, Nauni
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