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Supreme Court as Hero

March 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments

It has been some time since I saw one of those movies where there are bad things happening and then in troops the hero and single-handedly hammers the bad guys. Seeing the Supreme Court in action reminds of that. A few months ago, there seemed little hope that we could tackle the issues of corruption and institutional decline. And then, of all the forgotten institutions, the Supreme Court steps in.

Some would argue that it is overstepping, but at this point in India, it doesn’t matter. We need someone to come and call Halt, and make the bad people pay.This cannot be the norm, but for now, the Supreme Court has done what all of us would probably have wanted, but few thought was possible.

At a broader, the legal system in India for the most part is about wait-and-waste, given the time it takes for the wheels of justice to move. Hopefully, we can also address that through the entire legal chain across the country.

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  • 1 Mahindra // Mar 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I agree that Supreme Court is playing Hero role for fast few months. Why not other Govt Institution are playing active role even after having power and law in their hand. As per my knowledge
    SEBI , ED , CBI , IB , RAW many others are not playing there role . Election Commissioner and CAG are showing little bit playing there role.
    -Mahindra

  • 2 Wrenj // Mar 8, 2011 at 5:25 am

    In a world rife with consequences, it is important to remember that excesses have their own consequences.

    The Court should be praised for its efforts to get the job well done. Let us remember the purpose of the Court. I hardly think the purpose is to get others to do their job, though in some secondary or tertiary way this could happen.

    To get other institutions to work for the purposes they were designed for, we must use existing mechanisms or design new ones if need be.

    Just as if a party in power is not meeting our wishes, we vote them out. That has happened here with a regularity that would be celebrated in other parts of the world.

    There are other mechanisms too. I would just like to mention one: the expansion and modernization of the judiciary to speed up the huge backlog of cases.

    Justice delayed is justice denied.

    Can the courts do something about this?

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