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Restraint needed while passing strictures

The editorial, “Justice on display” (March 10), though written in a lighter yet satirical tone, speaks volumes about the conduct of those who have appreciated the observations made by the Supreme Court, when it said that every corrupt person should be hanged from the nearest lamp post. Unfortunately, however, these observations were made by Justice Katju in the case of a lesser mortal like the humble government official who was convicted by a special court in a fodder case. He had come to the Supreme Court for the grant of bail pending disposal of his appeal in the High Court.

However, instead of granting or rejecting his application for bail, the Supreme Court made some observations which would adversely affect his appeal before the High Court. It remains to be seen whether he would get relief from the Supreme Court now after its observations.

The Supreme Court is, therefore, expected to exercise restraint in passing strictures against others - be it politicians, civil servants, police or the subordinate judiciary despite the temptation to do so. Condemnatory observations should not go beyond the averments in the petition. Since the Supreme Court’s obiter dicta are highly respected, the court has to be very cautious before making any observations.


 

Dr JANAK RAJ JAI, Advocate, Supreme Court, New Delhi

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The caption of the editorial is apt and crisp. It has been a fashion for the politicians and others to repeat quotes from erstwhile leaders who are still revered by the masses.

Nehru was a politician par excellence and could not countenance anything wrong; he used to react impulsively bordering on anger. Being the prime minister, it was his way of showing his anger and consequently send a strong message. But with no disrespect to the judge concerned, it is a matter of academic debate whether the judge should have shown his annoyance in public, his exasperation on the frivolous utterances of the defense notwithstanding.

Undoubtedly, corruption has eaten into the vitals of the system with the rulers willingly and the ruled perforce sucked into its vortex. The degree and extent of corruption may vary from system to system. This has shaken the faith of the common man in the system.

As corruption is rampant at the top, accountability must be fixed on all heads of departments. The sooner they are made accountable for their acts of omission and commission, with zero political interference, the better it would be for the system.

Lt-Col CHANAN SINGH DHILLON (retd), Ludhiana

Woolmer, a man of substance

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer’s death, reportedly due to strangulation, has shaken the world of cricket. He was a man of substance. He was a qualified cricketer and coach.

Pakistanis are crazy about cricket. But they have to develop sportsmanship i.e. admire the person or team that plays well, whatever caste or country it may belong to. In long sessions of tea or lunch breaks, it is very easy for one to criticise players. But you will know the actual problem only when you play in the field, when you have to face the opponent, undergo the pressure to win and the post-match scenario.

Woolmer was a tough man. He successfully trained South Africa and thereafter Pakistan. He knew the World Cup fever and Pakistanis’ madness for it. The world was shocked to learn from the Jamaican police that Woolmer died due to strangulation. This calls for a thorough probe and the guilty must be punished.

RASHI SRIVASTAVA, Chandigarh

Interest on deposits

Presently, the interest on bank deposits for a period of 1 to 3 years has been increased considerably to 9.5 per cent. Previously, when the bank deposits interest was about 10 per cent, deposits on NSCs, PPF and GPF attracted an interest of 12 per cent. Later, the interest on PPF and GPF was reduced to 8 per cent when the interest on bank deposits had fallen to 5.5 to 6 per cent.

The interest on PPF and GPF has always been higher by about 2 per cent compared to bank deposits (1-3 year period) due to many constraints in the government deposits in addition to the longer lock in period.

The authorities concerned should do justice by raising the interest on PPF and GPF to 12 per cent per annum so that people may not tend to withdraw money from PPF and GPF. It will also help curb inflation.

A.K. SINGAL, Nangal Township

Demands ignored

Teachers of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, are being ignored by the college governing body. Their legitimate demands like grant of encashment of earned leave despite orders of DPI Colleges, Chandigarh, and decision of the Panjab University Senate, grant of provident fund on the total salary as provided by university statues and state government rules and disbursement of retirement dues have not been met.

A delegation of the employees met with the members of the governing body at New Delhi but in vain.

R.K. THAMAN, Chandigarh

LPG shortage

LPG refills are not made available for the residents of Garhshanker and Mahilpur in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab. No steps have been taken to resolve the problem of LPG shortage. Usually, customers are entitled to book a cylinder after 21 days of the delivery of previous refill. However, nowadays we do not get refills even after two months of the booking. The LPG supply vehicles are sent to our towns only after 50 days or so.

Apart from poor supply, cylinders are being sold at Rs 450 to 500 instead of Rs 298. I request the authorities concerned to take adequate steps to help the consumers.

PARVINDER SINGH KITTNA, Kittna (Hoshiarpur)


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