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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pen is mightier - is that when ink is replaced with blood ?

I have been wielding pen; it is  time to replace ink with blood – no prizes for guessing who said this. Law will take its own course, if a oft repeated cliché.  Justice is a concept involving the fair, moral, and impartial treatment of all persons.  Police force is the law encorcing agency, while Courts are to provide Justice interpreting laws.   

If you think of a formula story that launched many heroes in tinseldom, they all would have played champion of poor and oppressed, championing the cause of masses. Sure, you would have a scene, where a crime takes place, the oppressed would run to the local Police station; often the Cop would be portrayed bad – the perpetrator would be a powerful politician and the Police would simply refuse to register the crime and take action – enter the hero, who would deliver his own scale of Justice, making people happy in the process – lawlessness, may not be absence of law but could mean more of anarchy and the laws not being properly enforced.

Bad for the biggest democracy that its ‘elite’ class continues to get mired in controversies.  The Law Minister who is embroiled in corruption scandal that too, against the differently abled has been widely quoted as stating ‘have  been wielding pen; time to replace ink with blood’ – does that threat need any interpretation ?

Adding more, an openly furious Law Minister Salman Khurshid is shown on channels alongside his wife,  that  ‘anti-corruption activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal was welcome to go to his constituency of Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh ‘ to campaign against him, but ominously questioned if he would be able to return.
“He can go to Farrukhabad but he should also return from Farrukhabad..” Khurshid was shown telling his supporters amidst loud cheers and catcalls.  In the undated video that was reportedly recorded at a closed door meeting in Farrukhabad, the law minister is also heard saying that he had worked with as a law minister but was also prepared to work with blood.

The comments are in response to an announcement by Kejriwal that he would take his agitation demanding Khurshid’s resignation to the minister’s constituency of Farrukhabad. The IAC activist is alleging discrepancies against an NGO run by him and his wife.The minister, who recently returned to India after being feted at Oxford University, was met with allegations of financial mismanagement and using forged documents in the Zakir Husain trust.

Reacting to Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s veiled threats against him, activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal said that it was not befitting a law minister to make such statements.  My life is not in his (Khurshid) hands but in god’s hands…we will continue with our plan to have a campaign in Farrukhabad,”  he said.  Meantime at Thane, about 100 differently-abled people staged a day-long protest demanding resignation of Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, whose NGO in Uttar Pradesh has been accused of misappropriating funds and for having played with the lives of crores of handicapped people in the country.

Getting back to the second para, in a reality news from Hyderabad,  Chandrayangutta police has registered a murder case against MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, Malakpet MLA Ahmed Balala, gunman Jani Mia and MIM corporator Mansoor Awalgi. They are accused in the murder of Ibrahim Younus Yafai who was shot dead in Barkas last year.

On September 4,  the brother of the deceased, lodged a complaint of conspiracy and murder against the MIM legislators with the police commissioner.  The complainant alleges that gunman of the leader came to his residence and asked the family members to meet their leader. When they reached the venue, they saw Owaisi carrying a gun in his hand. An altercation followed over some issues following which Owaisi caught hold of Ibrahim Yafai's collar with his left hand while holding the gun in the right. In an attempt to free himself, both Yafai and Owaisi fell on the ground. Awad said then he heard a gun shot and Owaisi still holding the gun in his hand.  Ibrahim Yafai’s brother Awadh Bin Younus Yafai, who too sustained bullet wound in the attack, moved the High Court seeking registration of murder case against the two MIM MLAs in connection with the incident.

Based on the direction of the High Court, a murder case was registered against them.  However, the Supreme Court set aside the High Court direction and eventually declared the High Court order null and void leading to closure of the case. But Awadh Bin Yafai and others, who were arrested for the attack on Akbaruddin and came out on bail, represented to the apex court that the police were partial and didn’t act on their complaint. Responding to their plea, the Supreme Court said the case can be registered afresh if the victims lodge a complaint again. The Chandrayanagutta police registered a new case against the two MLAs and five others on October 8 on receipt of a complaint from Awadh Bin Yafai. Justice is a concept involving the fair, moral, and impartial treatment of all persons.  Police force is the law encorcing agency, while Courts are to provide Justice interpreting laws.   

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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