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Tainted judges have no place in judiciary

It is a matter of shame that Karnataka Chief Justice PD Dinakaran refuses to resign from the post despite serious charges of corruption, land grabbing and benami transactions levelled against him by the Tamil Nadu government. And now 76 MPs from the Rajya Sabha have signed a motion of impeachment against him, which has been rightly admitted by Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari (editorial, “Acting against Dinakaran: Ball is set rolling to decide his fate”, Dec 19).

Justice Dinakaran has certainly damaged the image and reputation of the judiciary by not quitting the office. The editorial rightly points out that he has lost the moral authority to continue in office. His elevation to the Supreme Court has rightly been put on hold. The government must ensure that Justice Dinakaran is impeached.

The collegium system of selecting judges also has many flaws, as the selection criterion is not transparent. The system needs to be revamped as it has failed to prevent the entry of corrupt persons in the judiciary. Tainted judges should have no place in the judiciary. 

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh


The UP Chief Minister Mayawati’s intervention in favour of Justice Dinkaran, pointing out the latter’s “dalit status” and principle of equity and fair play at this late hour when he faces an impeachment motion, is motivated by political considerations and hence reprehensible to the extreme and cannot be viewed with equanimity.

Our politicians tend to thwart disciplinary proceedings against those guilty of serious misconduct in the name of caste, creed, region and religion jettisoning the time-honoured principles of good conduct. Justice Dinkaran occupies the exalted position of the Chief Justice of a High Court.

If men of proven integrity and standing are raising fingers at his conduct and the government has found enough evidence to substantiate those charges, the process must not be thwarted. This country cannot afford to compromise the integrity of the judiciary.


Burden on exchequer

The news report “ Ministers can air travel with innumerable companions” (Dec 19) by Aditi Tandon makes mockery of the austerity drive launched by the Prime Minister in the recent past.

By amending the Salaries, Allowances and Pension of MPs Act, 1954 and entitling the ministers to “carry along any number of companions or relatives, even illegitimate or stepchildren” on free air journeys, the government has put a huge financial burden on the exchequer when the common man is reeling under the spiralling prices of goods of daily use and necessity.


Tackle unemployment

The news report “Post-graduates want work as messenger, beldar” (Dec18) by Charu Chhibber  reflected the grim unemployment scenario. This situation is prevailing not only in Punjab but also across the country.

It is appalling to note that hundreds of post-graduates, graduates with technical degrees and diplomas appeared for interview for the 50 contractual posts of messengers and beldars at PAU, Ludhiana.

Undoubtedly, the youth is getting desperate and frustrated. It is high time the government found ways and means to tackle the problem of unemployment.

Capt. SK DATTA, Abohar

Atrocities on women

The news report “Gudoo’s crusade against NRI brides’ plight” (Dec 12) by Prabhjot Singh is a timely warning to the parents who aspire to send their daughters abroad through matrimonial alliances. In fact, even in India, especially Punjab, atrocities on women are on the rise.

Often, men desert their wives and children to get hefty dowry from their subsequent marriages.

Some “Gudoos” and “Ramoowalias” should come forward in India for the cause of suffering brides here too.

BPS WARAICH, Chandigarh

Fight for the girl child

No government policy can improve the sex ratio and no parents would like to have a girl child till the law is made more stringent and expeditious justice is delivered by the courts to ensure that a bride does not suffer at the hands of her husband or greedy in-laws (news reports by Geetanjali Gayatri, Nov 22 and 23).

If we are to improve the sex ratio, judgements will have to be expedited and delivered in a time-bound manner; exemplary punishment meted out to the culprits, the defaulters brought to book and punishments made public which would act as deterrent to others. The parents have to be assured by the law of the land that a girl child is not a liability or a problem.

The legal system must ensure that if anything goes wrong with the girl child, before or after marriage, the culprits will not move around freely and they would be punished within a stipulated time frame through fast track courts. The girl child must be adequately compensated, financially and psychologically, if at all she suffers at the hands of society. It should be the states’ responsibility to fight the case on behalf of the suffering girl. The girl or the parents should not be made to file or defend or pursue the case.




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