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CJI should heed Delhi HC ruling

The editorial, “Verdict for transparency: CJI should accept the Delhi HC ruling” (Jan 14) was apt and timely. The Delhi High Court’s judgment upholding its single bench order that the Chief Justice of India comes within the purview of the Right to Information Act would prove to be a milestone if not overruled by the Supreme Court. Transparency is the hallmark of democracy and judiciary is the one of the most important organs of the democratic set-up. It should not shirk from being transparent.

There is no reason to justify the argument that the independence of judiciary would be jeopardised if the CJI and other judges were made to declare their assets.

On the contrary, the judgment bringing CJI within the purview of the RTI Act will eliminate the cases of corruption and misconduct involving judges. It has rightly been observed: “As the judgment dispels all doubts about the CJI’s status vis-ŕ-vis the RTI, the CJI would do well to accept the verdict in the right spirit.”



The editorial has correctly advised the CJI to accept the verdict of the Delhi High Court with due humility and readiness. It was unbecoming and injudicious on the part of a section of judiciary to resist on untenable pretexts the public opinion to bring it under the RTI Act.

People want transparency and accountability in every walk of life for ensuring good governance. No wing of the democratic set-up should, therefore go against their wish and consider itself a holy cow.

HEMA, Langeri, Hoshiarpur


Any sensible or rational thinking person won’t see any harm in the High Court ruling. With judges coming under the RTI Act the bad sheep in the profession will have to think twice before indulging in corruption and honest judges will emerge stronger.


Implement laws

India is governed by the rule of law. However, this is true only on paper and rarely in practice. Parliament as well as the state legislatures have enacted innumerable laws.

The need of the hour is that instead of enacting laws time and again, attention must be paid to strict enforcement of laws by evolving an effective mechanism manned by persons of high integrity. Likewise it must be ensured that the law applies equally to all, irrespective of the status and stature of the person.

The present system of enforcement of laws gives an impression that the law is only for the protection of the high and mighty and the common man has little hope for justice.

SP SINGH, Panchkula

Apolitical governors

The Centre appoints the governors of the states. Such persons always work according to the will of the party in power.

The governor must be a person of character, integrity and fully conversant with the provisions of the country’s Constitution.

He should not belong to any political party so that he may perform his constitutional duty with courage and impartiality.

D R SHARDA, Chandigarh

Empower women

Is women power only for the top posts? (Column, Chatterati “Women power in Parliament” by Devi Cherian, Jan 4) The fact, that top positions are now held by women — Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition, Meira Kumar, the first woman Speaker and Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party— is meaningless.

For it doesn’t make any difference to the common women who are still sitting ducks and continue to fall prey to rapists, molesters and dowry demands. Women can be empowered only if their empowerment starts from the grassroots level.

HARBANS SINGH, Ambala Cantt.

Punish terrorists

The US authorities have rightly rejected India’s plea for extradition of David Headley as they know he may escape from custody and even if tried will never get due punishment (Kamlendra Kanwar’s article, “Taming the terrorists”, Jan 2). This is fully supported by the fact that in India, cases even of terrorists like Afzal Guru, are pending due to unknown political reasons.

That India is a soft state was confirmed in the case of IC-184 high-jacking of 1999 when we surrendered to the terrorists in a disgraceful way. Terrorists like Hafiz Saeed have continued planning terrorist acts against India.

There is an urgent need to overhaul our prosecution, police and intelligence agencies as well as the judicial system to ensure speedy and exemplary punishment to anti-social elements indulging in heinous crimes so that they get their due desserts as happens in the US, UK and even China. As a beginning all those cases awaiting death sentence need to be expedited to their logical end.

Brig H S SANDHU, Panchkula



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