Ensure speedy trial of VVIP cases

Apropos the editorial “Mr & Mrs Anand” (October 5), chronic and hardened criminals have often, with powerful political support, subverted the process of law, thereby terrorising not only the law-abiding common man but also to a large extent the law-enforcing agencies.

The entry into politics of people like Mohammad Shahabuddin, Pappu Yadav and even Laloo Yadav and Mulayam Singh is only a fallout of the successful escape of criminals from the proverbial ”long arm of the law”. Is it not unfortunate that today no political party can claim that they have no “criminal” amongst their MLAs, MPs and “senior and influential” workers and members?

No doubt the Patna sessions court has given a laudable judgement asserting the supremacy and effectiveness of the judiciary but what needs to be ensured is that this judgement is neither diluted nor put on the backburner in the endless process of appeals and adjournments.


In the politico-administrative atmosphere prevailing in the country it is doubtful whether we can ensure a speedy trial and conclusion of cases involving VVIPs. Hence before applauding the Indian democracy, let us wait till the judgement is finally executed.



Keeping Army young

This refers to the articles by V.S. Jafa (Sept 18) and by Premvir Das (Sept 26). A younger Army calls for shorter service tenures but career propagation is a long-time affair. While the former is in the interest of the nation, the latter is an individual’s need. National interest should take precedence but not at the cost of one’s career.

To strike a balance between the two, soldiers should be enrolled for shorter tenures but with attractive pay packages followed by generous lump-sum compensation for the early exit. They should be informed that their career lies elsewhere, outside the armed forces, for which they should get proper weightage, reservation and help for landing a suitable civil job. And for those not interested in a job, the compensation paid to them should be adequate enough to start their own occupation.

Wg-Cdr C.L. SEHGAL (retd), Jalandhar

Illegal detentions

With reference to the news item “Teenager freed… judge raids police station” (Sept 27), illegal detentions and torture are an ugly part of the working of our police. The evil is too deep-rooted and too widespread to call for any detailed description.

In this scenario, the action of Mr V.S. Malik, Sessions Judge Rewari, in raiding a police station and getting a hapless boy freed from illegal custody and torture is highly commendable. He has set a bold example of judicial activism worth emulating.


In touch with past

Apropos of the write-up “In touch with the past,” (Sept 30), “pandas” of Hardwar are generally scoffed at for their notorious ways of making money. But the information they provide about the family tree has no parallel to it. No “suvidha” window or no record room of a government office can become ever so competent to do this job in such a short span of time.

During my first encounter with Hardwar’s “pandas” it took less than a minute to trace the latest visit of our family. It was authenticated with the signature of my father.


Aid for PAU

The article “Politicians should keep off educational institutions” (Sept 23) has touched upon the uncalled-for interference of politicians in the day-to-day working of the universities in the state.

The autonomy of these institutions is thrown to the winds on the slightest pretext as has happened in the case of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, where the Vice-Chancellor hesitated to throw open a university campus gate for security reasons.

Financial help to the universities, particularly PAU, by the state government is not a sort of charity, depending upon the sweet will of the donor, but it is the statutory responsibility of the government to provide adequate financial support to enable the university to carry on its responsibility of agricultural research, teaching and extension education.

M.R. BALI, Salogra (Himachal Pradesh)

Justice delayed

I would like to suggest a few steps which can improve our judicial mechanism. Abolish different types of courts and increase the number of courts in a single judicial system to avoid the multiplicity of court cases.

Once a case is listed, it should not be adjourned for the asking, rather the court should not leave the case until it is decided.

Judges should delegate the power of fixing dates, notices etc to their subordinates so that the time is spared for them to handle actual legal cases.


Student stock exchange

Hats off to the Vice-Chancellor of G.J. University of Science & Technology (Hisar) for opening a student stock exchange on the campus. The introduction of such financial education, which is possibly the first of its kind in a university in India, will have far-reaching ramifications and may help in changing the mindset of people in general as traditionally a stock exchange is considered as a den of gamblers. Now even the government encourages, through tax concessions, people in general to invest/trade in stocks for wealth creation and benefit from the booming Indian economy.

Prof S.P. SINHA, Kurukshetra



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