Terrorism & Justice, in India

Taj hotel which faced the brunt of terrorists

 

On 13th July 2011, Mumbai witnessed a terror attack against it. This is not the first time, similar attack have happened many times. The most famous one being the attack on 26th November 2011, in which 166 people died including many foreign nationals. Terrorist attack is faced not only by India but many other countries as well, USA, UK, France, even the terrorist hub Pakistan has faced it and will continue to face. We can’t stop it but we can surely control it by adopting various measures in the form of good intelligence, laws, public inclusion, etc. But are we doing it?????? Answer is definitely NO.

Law of the land plays a very major role in controlling the issues of all kinds, but most Indian laws or acts are toothless against culprits. And most times political hypocrisy make laws unenforceable and toothless. A case usually takes years to get a judgment and you always have an option to approach higher courts until you reach Apex / Supreme court. No of cases pending in Indian courts would be whooping 4million. (Officially – it was 3.7 million in the beginning of 2011, to know exact no. you can check with law ministry – http://lawmin.nic.in/doj/welcome.htm , i can bet they would never have an exact number)

I still can’t understand the policy that is being followed with Mr. Ajmal Kasab (one of the associates 2008 mumbai attacks), his atrocities were captured live on TV and was also captured on CCTV and it took 2 years to adjudge him a criminal and sentence him for his actions.
Incidents related to Mumbai attack (only post)

1. Kasab was captured alive by Police on 26th November 2008.
2. Confirmation as a pakistani citizen in January 2009.
3. Charge-sheet filed on 25th February 2009.
4. Pleaded guilty to all charges on 20th July 2009.
5. Retracted his guilt plea and claimed he was framed on 18th December 2009.
6. Conviction by Indian Civil court on charges of murder, war on India and others – 3rd May 2010.
7. Sentence to death – 6th May 2010
8. Filling a appeal in Supreme court – May 2011

9. If the Supreme Court upholds the verdict and sentence, Kasab can appeal for clemency to the President as a last resort.

A special court was formulated by the government to handle this particular case and whole nations eyes were on it, he is been proved culprit and needs to be punished. But dragging a clear case to such a lengthy time is just time waste (all black coats can concentrate on 4million pending cases rather than on proven case). And if he goes to supreme court, then I can surely tell that these judges would like to go through the case all over again and make a mockery of judiciary and police and citizen. Please give these so called “Special Courts” a similar importance as Supreme court and finish the cases early, what is the use of a special court when things will come back to same place where it all began?

Amount spent on him is countless, Rs.44crore ($10 Million as of may 2011) is direct cost based on the bills of police, but indirect costs could be running in hundred’s of crores. Stop this unnecessary spending, we could use this money to build many police stations, employing more police officials (Read: Fit police officials), educating general public, etc.
As a citizen of India, I feel sad that GOI (Government of India) is harsh on the general public who adopt peaceful agitations to bring transparency in political system and help India to grow. But protect a terrorist who killed 100’s of innocent people. Isn’t it right for me to conclude that the certain Politicians, human rights lawyers who support “Right to Fair Trial and Ajmal Kasab” are making a mockery of truth that has affected many innocents by letting this case to drag further. What a citizen expect from judiciary is quick and fair justice not to be dragged for such a long period, faith in justice is lost if it takes years.

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2 Comments

  1. Our judges are also to be blamed. If they can intervene in matters like 2G, can’t they direct the government to take quick stand on this issue ? There should be some service delivery standards for our Presidents also. They can’t just spend 5 years in a palatial building warming their backsides.

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