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Judges should reschedule political cases

Fali S Nariman’s article “ Polls: It is wiser for judges to defer cases with political overtones” (April 29) was timely and sensible. It revealed his legal experience and deep knowledge of the subject. During elections, political parties frantically look for issues to garner votes. They do not miss a chance to capitalise upon any scandal that may malign other political parties.

In the race to win more seats, political parties often tend to make judiciary a partner in their game plan. This is where a word of caution sounded by Mr Nariman becomes so important. Let the Supreme Court see through the game, which it normally does, and discourage self-motivated moves. As a vital pillar of the nation, the Supreme Court is the custodian of justice and national interest.

COL R D SINGH, Leh




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Mr Nariman has tendered sincere advice to judges to defer cases with political overtones once the elections are declared. Allurement of post-retirement postings weighing upon the minds of some judges cannot be ruled out. The instance quoted by the learned lawyer of a 2007 judgment of the Supreme Court and consequent appointment of the presiding Judge as Chairman of the Law Commission highlights the point raised in the article.

If the incumbent judges of the apex court want to maintain the image of one of the pillars of democracy they must follow the precedence set by Justice S P Bharucha in the case of contempt petition filed against Mr Narasimha Rao in the Babri Masjid case.

LAJPAT RAI GARG, Chandigarh






Tackle drug menace 

The news reports “Elections come to the rescue of drug peddlers” and “No to intoxicants for votes: Village youth become torch-bearers” (April 29) were appreciable. Such reports are the need of the hour. During the great Indian tamasha called the general elections while some sections of press are busy publishing biased reports in favour of one or the other political party, The Tribune seems to be fully aware of its responsibility.

There is no denying the fact that the menace of drugs is spreading all over Punjab and the drug trade is being patronised by the rich and powerful. Drug addiction has jeopardised the future of youth. As the report suggests, there is awareness among the youth of Batala.

Sadly, political parties are ignoring the issue.There is an urgent need to tackle this menace with the active support of Red Cross societies, the health department and NGOs. The future of Punjab has to be saved.

RAJESH SHARMA, Jalandhar Cantt

 





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