Friday 28 July
Will the law ever catch up with the guilty? Will the victims get justice? Will middle-class Delhi's activism and outrage over the Jessica Lall case help victims in two other equally egregious cases? Amidst public protests and media campaigns to reopen the Priyadarshin Mattoo rape and murder case, the Delhi High Court has finally admitted the appeal filed by the CBI seeking an early hearing of the application filed against the acquittal of Santosh Singh, son of a top IPS officer charged with committing the crime. Mounting pressure on the investigating agency, celebrities, relatives and friends of Mattoo joined hundreds across the country on Sunday seeking justice for the slain law student on her 36th birthday. Meanwhile, in the Jessica Lall murder case, the same bench of the Delhi High Court has ordered the Delhi Police to complete its probe in two months on the bungling of evidence that eventually led to the acquittal of all the nine accused. In the third case of a similar kind, where the accused -- being the son and nephew of an influential and powerful former MP, D.P. Yadav -- remain unpunished, there seem an agonisingly slow sign of movement with a Delhi court allowing the police to begin the process for declaring Bharati Yadav, a key prosecution witness, a proclaimed offender.