Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Ugly Interest Litigations

As soon as the following was on television, the wait began for somebody to file a PIL, and the judge to act on it and make a mockery of justice in the process....

  • Richard Gere Kisses Shilpa Shetty at an AIDS awareness campaign.
  • Mandira Bedi wears a sari with Indian Flag showing up below her knees.
  • Arun Nayar and Liz Hurley wedding in India

And yes true to style, lawyers in Jaipur filed the cases against individuals (all celebreties) in the above events citing various moralistic phrases like 'sensibilities getting hurt', 'in the public interest' etc ! And wow, they were accepted by the judge as legitimate cases. (Have you noticed Madurai, Jaipur and other smaller towns are especially notorious in this regard!)

The case of Mandira Bedi, may still make some sense. But what is going on here with a Arrest Warrant against Richard Gere, and summons to Shilpa Shetty, because a silly lawyer decided to waste everyones time, get his name in newspapers, and the Judge above all acting extremely strangely and without hesitating issuing arrest warrant while describing the video footage of the kiss as 'highly sexually erotic'! Well....

Why is such alacrity, promptness not shown by the Legal Luminaries when Politicians are involved in Killings, Eating away Public Funds, and running extortion rackets. Why is such promptness not shown when there are riots and looting in the cities - just because a Filmstar died Or because the govt. of the day decided to go to sleep while its citizens are murdered by rioters.

The first half of the previous post was referring to exactly this kind of silliness that prevails in legal circles in a country where approximately 300 years worth of court cases are pending. Ah ! These days its easier to drag celebrities to courts than get a ration card!

If there is such arbitrariness in simple cases, what happens in serious complex cases where life and property is at stake?


At 4:39 AM, Blogger Pegasus said...

indian courts are no better than those celebrities who can do anything to get publicity

At 2:07 AM, Anonymous Ashish said...

Seems like lawyers and judges also like the publicity that such cases can bring.
In this case though, I think the lawyer got sent to another court as a punishment

At 2:46 AM, Blogger Apun Ka Desh said...

Actually i think the Magistrate in question got transferred. And apparently this Magistrate has in the past been in habit of issuing arrest warrants against very many well known people on similar charges. And this fact was known by the lawyers! And they used the opportunity!!

Unlike a ration shop inefficiency, Courts cannot function in this manner. A sound respectable Legal System is one of the foundations for a working democracy.. but well...


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