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Stop the pollution of environment

The biggest danger to people in Punjab is from fast degeneration of environment (editorial, “Polluting waters”, May 31). Industries in Punjab regularly discharge their untreated toxic, poisonous wastes in the canals and rivers. The industrial units have no right to discharge their toxic wastes into the water bodies. They are required to treat their industrial wastes in the factories.

Political interference and corruption is the biggest hindrance to save the water bodies of the state from pollution. Despite the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s orders, the state government is not taking any action against the industrialists who violate the law. The state government must act fast to save the lives of human beings, birds and animals.


Missing daughters

Missing unborn daughters is a serious problem that leads to imbalance in the gender ratio. Public awareness can be inculcated by involving dedicated NGOs. Strict implementation of the law can yield good results as well. Girls are not only competing with boys in every field, but they are outshining them in many areas. So the need of the hour is to change the mindset of people that values boys over girls.


Legal documents

Seeing the complexity of the documents being drafted in legal cases, especially in the district and subordinate courts, there is a need for clarity of legal documentation. Legal documents should be easy to understand and lawyers should strive to produce documents drafted in simple English or Punjabi language. In the interest of the public at large lawyers need to present legal information in a precise manner to facilitate communication between litigants and lawyers.

HARPREET SANDHU, Advocate, Ludhiana

Lokpal Bill

The editorial “Back to the streets” (June 1) gave a balanced picture. Indeed, the public is sick and tired of the present corrupt system. The civil society members want to expose all those involved in the corrupt practices while the government is worried about the backlash and harassment it may suffer after the enactment and strict implementation of the Jan-Lokpal Bill.

No doubt, national prestige is involved when we point a finger towards our Prime Minster. The President of India, the Chief Justice of India, the Prime Minister, the chiefs of three Services, Army, Navy and Air Force and the Chief Election Commissioner of India should be spared from the purview of Jan-Lokpal.

The public carries the impression that over the years in our democratic system the MP’s and MLA’s promote corruption. They pay heavy amounts to secure a party ticket; spend lavishly to secure votes, lobby heavily to secure a minister’s post, speak and work only for money. They make political wealth to contest next time. They should come under the Jan-Lokpal’s purview. The proposed quantum of punishment should also be announced.

Dr B SAGGARWAL, Panchkula


Different views expressed in public by Baba Ramdev and the civil society in respect of inclusion of the Prime Minister and the judges of the higher judiciary within the preview of the proposed Lokpal Bill is unfortunate. The purpose of Baba Ramdev and that of the civil society is to fight corruption. While the judges of the higher judiciary must be within the preview of proposed Lok Pal Bill, the Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India may be covered with some exceptions, as agreed in the draft of the proposed Bill.


Apt observation

The laconic and candid observation made by the bench of justices G.S. Singhvi and C KPathak in Justice P D Dinakaran’s case that the conduct of the judge must be exemplary is commendable (news report, May 28). Indeed, the judge is liable for action and there cannot be aberrations; “He cannot go to the shopping mall, pick up anything and walk out without paying” ; Any conduct that brings down the dignity of the court cannot be accepted.

In the history of jurisprudence this observation will be quoted as a landmark. The interim remarks of the Supreme Court bench would go a long way in reviving the faith of the people in the apex court as a true custodian of the Constitution and saviour of the rights of the people, notwithstanding the final verdict in the case.

The rule of law, independence of judiciary and transparency, together with efficient governance, the three organs of the government are the sine-quo-non of a true democratic and civilised society. Anybody, howsoever highly placed, must not be permitted to exploit his position and the office he is holding. The erring must be held accountable for every act of omission and commission.


Nuclear capability

The news report (June 1) by Shyam Bhatia on Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile was interesting. However, the question that comes to my mind is: Is Pakistan’s nuclear capability in a ready-to-use state? If it is, then nobody can stop Pakistan from using it. My perception is that their nuclear bomb is not in a ready-to-use state.

K S BHALLA, New Delhi

Mercy petition

The rumblings over the rejection of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar’s mercy petition by the President are growing louder with both the Akalis and the Congress in Punjab pitching for a reconsideration of his case by seeking an intervention of the Prime Minister.

Are they not on the verge of subverting the entire constitutional process? Isn’t it a settled constitutional practice that once a convict’s mercy plea is rejected by the head of the state, the convict has no other way by which he/she can secure relief? Isn’t Bhullar’s case a rarest of the rare case? Even human rights activists are pressing for Bhullar’s pardon. Are they not the people who take up the cudgels when something dastardly takes place in society? And now these very people are supporting a convict’s cause. They need to be reminded that law is bereft of emotions; by appealing to the emotions of the Prime Minister to reconsider Bhullar’s case, are they not making a mockery of the entire legal process which held that Bhullar indeed is a culprit. Why are comparisons being made with other cases of similar nature?

Is it not true that in jurisprudence each case is considered on its merits and demerits only. Democracy gives the freedom to voice one’s opinion but that too a legitimate opinion. All this noise over Bhullar’s mercy petition being rejected is unwarranted.




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