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Time-bound court decision in graft cases

The Supreme Court has taken serious note of increase in corruption cases and the inordinate delay in deciding such cases. The Supreme Court has sought the response of the Central government in creation of more CBI courts and reinforcing strength of both investigation and prosecution cells of the CBI so that cases are decided within a year.

Sometimes, accused persons, who are rich and influential, manage to get their petitions marked to particular judges of their choice who do not decide simple and straight cases such as cancellation of FIRs, transfer of cases to other courts or courts outside the state, supply of documents, amendment to affidavits, etc.

The appellate courts grant stay and do not decide corruption cases for months and even years. In some cases after a lapse of long period, some judges suddenly recuse themselves and the case is kept pending. Hence the trial court is helpless in deciding such cases. In order to avoid delay by the appellate court, some reasonable time limit for disposal of corruption petitions seems to be absolutely necessary. The Supreme Court must take note of such malpractices and enforce remedial measures for time bound decision in corruption cases.


Sessions washed out

Like the Coalgate in monsoon session, FDI logjam has wiped out the winter session. The government is trying to find a way out of the parliamentary deadlock by holding meetings with opposition leaders. In the monsoon session, the Opposition was not even ready to discuss the issue, thus wasting the whole session. How can one issue hijack many other important Bills like Registration and Regulation of political parties (2011) Bill, Whistleblower Act and the most important Lokpal Bill.



Parliament has failed to transact any business this winter session. Now the question is — What is the Parliament meant for? Why for do we choose our representatives for the august House? What is the relevance of democracy? Almost every Indian who looks forward to Parliament proceedings in which serious business is conducted wants an answer.  

ARVIND SHARMA, Dharamshala

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Being greedy

Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has illegally retained her official bungalow for the last 20 years. She needs to vacate it after being removed from her party post (news report ‘Bhattal drags Badal into house controversy’, November 26).

She has no moral right to stay in an accommodation which is meant for her successor. Bhattal’s alibi of ‘a widow and daughter of a freedom fighter’ being victimised by the CM does not hold much ground. Why do our politicians express their greed in this manner? They think it is their birthright to break laws and they need unwarranted special treatment being freedom fighter’s children. They must have respect for law of the land, show political maturity and not nurse temptations.


Unnecessary whip

Whereas establishing grievance mechanism by state and private universities will undoubtedly help in reducing malpractices in education system, but cracking a whip on study centres is clearly aimed at reining in private universities, colleges, and off-campus centres in the guise of enforcing statutory provisions recommended by UGC (news report: Haryana, HP crack whip on ‘teaching shops’, November 23). Apart from providing job opportunities, off-campus centres of learning also help students to adopt ‘earn and learn’ methodology and make them realise the worth of value addition in education.

CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar and CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur were once satellite campuses of the famous Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Both the universities are now performing well in the service of the farmers of their regions. Corruption-free governance, and not whips can improve the education system of any society.

Dr(Prof)YP GUPTA, Ludhiana

Fascist tendency

In Pakistan, militants who owe allegiance to the Taliban kill girls who propagate “educate a man and you educate an individual, educate a woman and you educate a family” theory. In India, educated girls were arrested on frivolous grounds for their unsavoury comments on an iconic figure like Bal Thackeray although our Constitution guarantees freedom of speech to every citizen.

If the police officers had read between the lines, they would have realised that the comments were against the bandh which caused inconvenience to many. Tolerance and maturity, which are so badly needed for a diverse country like India, are missing in many people. I agree that rationality cannot stand before emotions, but even then, the efficient functioning of democracy needs these two sterling qualities.


Process of governance

Arvind Kejriwal for a large number of people is a man whose intent and integrity are intact. ‘Politics’ in itself is not something contemptible but is a necessary process of governance for social interaction and upliftment. It has become a bad word because of incapable, greedy, dishonest and criminal persons who have become a part of it. Let us keep in mind how politics was glorified by the likes of Vidur of the Mahabharat saga, Chanakya during Maurya rule and in modern India by Sardar Patel and Lal Bahadur Shastri, to name a few.

HL SHARMA, Amritsar



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