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SC ruling on FIR must be enforced

I fully agree with the editorial, “Crime and punishment” (July 26) that the Supreme Court ruling directing the state governments to instruct the police to file first information report (FIR) of cases is timely. Earlier too, the court had issued a number of rulings in the interest of the general public. However, the authorities concerned did not implement these rulings.

The apex court has ruled that to avoid noise pollution and disturbance to general public, loudspeakers and pressure horns by vehicles should not be used between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Why did the authorities fail to implement this ruling? Loudspeakers at various functions and in religious places are used at high volume during day and night, causing inconvenience to all. Similarly, pressure horns by all types of vehicles including motor cycles are used as music round the clock.

A victim who purchased a house and was staying there has been thrown out of it by his son and daughter-in-law in Mohali. When the victim went to lodge an FIR in Police Station Phase I, Mohali, on July 25, the police has refused to register FIR.


 

The house owner and his wife are 80 and 75 years old respectively. Both underwent heart operation and have high blood pressure. The house has three bedrooms with two ACs. But the old victims have been lodged in the garage with no fan. The daughter-in-law doesn’t allow them to enter the house. Shouldn’t the police register an FIR in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling? If it is not registered, shouldn’t the SHO be suspended in conformity with the same order?

Col B.S. GHUMAN (retd),Advocate, Mohali

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It is shocking to note that even the wife and daughter-in-law of a Supreme Court Judge had to wait for hours for registration of an FIR. One can well imagine the trauma of a common man when he wants to lodge an FIR.

The Supreme Court’s earlier directions with respect to mandatory registration of FIR have been flouted with impunity. Several times one has to knock the doors of the judiciary. I feel the ruling alone is not enough. There is a need to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure incorporating mandatory registration of FIR in the statute. The erring police personnel should be liable for strict disciplinary action and the jurisdictional court ought to be competent enough to take cognisance of this lapse. Strict action must be taken against those misleading the police and for filing false and mischievous FIRs. This must be explicitly mentioned in the amendment.

HEMANT KUMAR,  Advocate, Ambala City

 

Popularise Amritsar train

Of late, there has been tremendous improvement in the train services. The introduction of the Janshatabdi Express between Chandigarh and Amritsar and back has met the long-standing need of the people of the region. The commuters are happy. If this train is extended up to Kalka, the people of Himachal Pradesh and the tourists from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and other states will be immensely benefited. This will also help increase the occupancy of the train.

The Amritsar Janshatabdi Express timings also need review. An early start from Amritsar will help people attend offices as also the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh and, consequently, increase the utility of the train.

Just as the Indian Railways, if all other ministries like Civil Aviation, Surface Transport, Steel, Mines, Coal, etc. start making profit and raise the revenue, there will be no need for the government to tax the public and it will be a tax-free India.

Dr A.L. ADLAKHA, Amritsar 

Speedy justice

A litigant alone knows the true meaning of the maxim, “Justice delayed is justice denied”. However, the launching of the Rs 854-crore National e-courts Project must bring respite to litigants waiting justice for many years (Editorial, “Website justice”, July 12).

Though the fast track courts have helped speed up trial and have come up with verdicts in remarkably short spans in some rape cases, cases have started piling up with them as well.

I agree with the editorial comment that the enormous time wasted in the hearings can be reduced by computerisation. Surely, arguments of both the defense counsel and prosecution can be put on the website and this will obviate the menace of adjournments and help judges quicken the pace of justice. Introduction of e-governance in the judiciary, belated though, is welcome. Every effort should be made for speedy dispensation of justice and helping the litigants.

ATUL GARG, Mand

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Senior citizens have been waiting for early settlement of their claims in civil cases in the Munsif’s court in Aligarh (UP). Despite instructions by the High Court, cases of senior citizens are not given priority and no hearing has been done by the Munsif’s court, Aligarh, for years together. Against this background, the e-governance project, inaugurated by former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is a laudable step.

However, the implementation of the project needs to be watched carefully. There should be a monitoring mechanism to ensure that long pending cases are settled expeditiously.

PRAMOD KUMAR, Kurukshetra

New road a must

The condition of the road between Chak Sadhu (Punjab) to Pandoga (HP) is very bad due to prolonged use. It is now prone to accidents. Moreover, buses on this route are always overloaded with pilgrims to Pir Nigah, Baba Balak Nath, Mata Naini Devi and Shri Anandpur Sahib.

I request the Chief Ministers and Transport Ministers of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to lay a new road on priority. Two more buses should also be introduced between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily to meet the increasing demand.

MAMTA SHARMA, Nangal Township


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