"The poor too have civil and political rights and the rule of law is meant for them also."
Why don't the Supreme court realize that its the judicial system that is at fault most of the time by allowing the criminals to escape using various holes in the law and due to delayed justice ? Does anyone in this country seriously believe in starting a judicial proceeding and expect it to complete within a timeline so that justice is delivered and not delayed ? Delayed justice is denied justice.. as in 1984 case where the culpris are still roaming freely..
Why don;t the judiciary look upon itself and try to correct itself before enroaching the powers of the executive? Whatever the investigation is done by the police and other agencies, it finally comes to the courts to decide. lengthy delays and corrupt judges are no better than corrupt politicians..
"No State has a right to tell its citizens that because a large number of cases of the rich and the well-to-do are pending in our courts, we will not help the poor to come to the courts for seeking justice until the staggering load of cases of people who can afford, is disposed of. The time has now come when the courts must become the courts for the poor and struggling masses of this country.
For a start, Why don't the supreme court stop all the vacations for all the courts in this country which is a british policy to avoid summer in India and return to their country ? Somewhere I read most courts operate only for 210 days in a year!! this will the least number of days by any employer I think... and that too with so many cases pending for clearance..
Judiciary should first look inwards and try to clear the mess it is in.. the it can lecture the executive on ideologies..
When political class fail to keep basic integrity of governance...glad judiciary is waking up! at least we are saved of anarchy......that's what common people think
Court can lament that but sad truth is that indian democracy as it exists today is for elite, by elite and of elite only.
The Government is the biggest litigant and as rightly pointed out by the court uses it' nearly unlimited resources to harass and wear out those who have grievances against the state. I am particularly happy that in the present case, the SC thought fit to double the compensation ordered by the HC.
The next step would be to make the concerned bureaucrats who file such frivolous litigation with a view to denying people their benefits pay out of their pockets.
“The most unfortunate part of the scenario is that whenever one of the three constituents of the State i e., judiciary, has issued directions for ensuring that the right to equality, life and liberty no longer remains illusory for those who suffer from the handicaps of poverty, illiteracy and ignorance and directions are given for implementation of the laws enacted by the legislature for the benefit of the have-nots, a theoretical debate is started by raising the bogey of judicial activism or judicial overreach,” a Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said.
It said that the courts like the Supreme Court and High Courts have a duty to entertain PILs and petitions filed by bonafide individuals and NGOs espousing the cause of the underprivileged.
"The poor too have civil and political rights and the rule of law is meant for them also." (Supreme Court).
The fact that this needs to be said at all should cause some angst.