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Litigation: Onus on Centre

Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily’s resolve to be efficient and responsible litigant would surely help clear the backlog of cases in the courts (June 25). As a first step, the government should change its routine practice of filing appeals to deny justice to the people, especially the defence personnel.

It is noteworthy that the Supreme Court asked the government not to treat the service personnel so shabbily. Not learning from this, it has again gone for appeal instead of undoing the great injustice done to the defence personnel during the Fourth Pay Commission as it came out after a long drawn gusty legal battle waged by Major A.K. Dhanapalan.

Will the Union Law Minister study the merit of the case and withdraw the frivolous appeal which the government is sure to lose? Let the National Litigation Policy have an august beginning by not delaying the justice to the service personnel.

Air Cmde RAGHUBIR SINGH (retd), Pune

MLAs’ free trip

I am shocked by The Tribune report that a handful of MLAs have made it a fine pretext to tour Scotland wine yards to study (sic!) how they dispose of the effluents! Do they consider taxpayers to be fools? These MLAs are no qualified engineers or scientists for studying such technical matters abroad. And so they have no business to go there.

Moreover, this no case of technology transfer where an engineer has to go to understand how it works. Everything is available in knowledge libraries in India and can be accessed from any corner of the world. No one will swallow the argument that something new has been invented in Scotland about disposal of waste in the wine-making process.

This visit must be stopped immediately. If these people want to visit, let them do so at their own cost.


In memoriam

The passing away of Prof D.C. Kapoor at Chandigarh on June 28, 2010, is a great loss to countless students in India and abroad. He was a teacher par excellence. A strict disciplinarian, he was on the founding faculty of Amritsar’s DAV College in 1955, which rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the erstwhile MAO College. It was always a pleasure for students like us to attend his mathematics classes.

With his qualities of head and heart, Prof Kapoor endeared himself to the students, parents and his colleagues like Principal B.S. Bahl, the late R.N. Mehta (Chemistry), the late M. Gupta (Physics), Pandilo (Bio) and V.P. Bahl (English) all of whom helped the college to attain great heights.

BEANT SINGH BEDI, District and Sessions Judge (retd), Mohali

Helping Bhopal gas victims

I read the report, “the Cabinet okays GoM recommendations” (June 25). It was after the trial court judgment that the government came out of its deep slumber to accept GoM’s recommendations on compensation. This is a case of too little too late.

This time compensation should reach only to the victims who are in dire need of it. Twenty-six years are enough to change the status of victims and as such the creamy layer categories of victims, especially the kith ad kin of the deceased may be taken out of the purview of compensation policy. Only genuine categories of those who have been rendered maimed, blind and physically disabled need to be compensated in the form of money, eligibility in government service and training of the kind to earn livelihood.

While the compensation work is arduous, the government machinery is inept and insensitive. Its priority should be to provide the latest treatment to the victims in the Bhopal Memorial Hospital which needs to be equipped with all facilities.




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