Sunday, 31 May 2015

Tobacco brand endorsements from genuine users -- not paid celebs like SRK

Ever wondered how cigarette and bidi adverts would look if genuine users endorsed them? Well here are some specimens. These are adverts made with real people -- real tobacco users who were, not surprisingly, patients at Tata Memorial Hospital back in 2012. Some of these people are alive, while others have passed on.


Image: http://tinyurl.com/Malegaon-ka-superrman





In October 2012, I interviewed almost all of the people in these ads -- with the sole exception of "Malegaon Ka Superrman" lead actor Shafique Shaikh (who had already died). And these guys told me, up close and personal, how much they had enjoyed chewing and smoking tobacco -- up until the point that it ravaged their bodies.

Image: http://tinyurl.com/Gutka-barons


Some of these people are still alive, but their bodies have been ravaged by radiation-therapy, surgery and chemotherapy. Some who were diagnosed with oral cancer have had half their lower or upper jaw removed, along with the cheeks.

Image: http://tinyurl.com/Meenajee-gutka


They needed extensive reconstructive surgery to carry on with their lives. Skin flaps from their chest and shinbones from their legs were harvested to reconstruct their faces. Needless to say, their professional lives and family lives were damaged beyond repair. Many of them can barely taste the food that they eat now. And they are living their lives one month at a time, never really sure when the cancer will resurface, and devastate their lives all over again!

Image: http://tinyurl.com/ITC-Wills-cigarettes

















Others, who were smokers, needed to have their voiceboxes surgically removed. There is no guarantee of where the cancer will strike a tobacco user, but tobacco chewers most frequently get oral cancer, and smokers often get throat cancer.


Greetings to you on World NO Tobacco Day, 2015.


Warm Regards,
Krish
9821588114
krish.kkphoto@gmail.com
Mumbai

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Easy stay-orders: the mischief carried out under judiciary's gown

Amazing how easily our courts grant stay orders, even to known criminals and offenders. if the right senior counsels appear, stay orders may be had for the asking!

In this way, higher judiciary plays a big role in OBSTRUCTING IMPLEMENTATION of laws, rules etc, and enabling offenders to evade law enforcement agencies, "under cover of the judiciary's robe". Bravo, Milords!


Habitual offenders routinely take cover under judiciary's august robes.
Why does Indian judges have such lax moral standards for granting a stay? Crooks take advantage of it!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Greetings to PM Modi from widows of five tobacco users

30th May, 2015

Dear Shri Narendra Modi,

Pranaam. Advance greetings from the widows of five former smokers and tobacco users on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day (31st May). We feel it is apt to greet you on this great occasion as the government is a major shareholder in the tobacco industry. Our late husbands have contributed considerable amounts to your government's massive tax income from the tobacco industries, and also to the profits of Life Insurance Corporation, financial institutions, mutual funds etc, who hold about 35% shares in ITC and other tobacco companies.

We are writing to you also because, although state after state has banned chewing-tobacco Gutka, there is only one state where gutka is manufactured: Gujarat. It is the only state in entire India that continues to manufacture gutka. From there, it is smuggled to all other states of India, in violation of the bans. Surely you know this?

Mr Prime Minister, Sir, we beg to introduce ourselves and describe the ordeal that the tobacco industry has put us and our families through.


Mr and Mrs Nigam in happier times.

Mrs Anup Shakti Nigam
My husband Anup Shakti Nigam passed away in the year 2000. He was a light hearted fun loving person. He used to smoke at work. His job required lot of travelling; maybe that was the reason. He was addicted to tobacco in his college days but quit after college. Later he took up the habit when he started working. My children (1 boy and 1 girl) were only 10 and 13 years old respectively when their father expired due to throat cancer at the age of 40, after undergoing eight months of treatment in a cancer hospital. Our world came crashing down around us. Needless to say, we went through a financial crisis, and suffered from mental and physical insecurity. (Image: http://tinyurl.com/Nigam02 )


Alka Pandey
I was 23 years old when I met and married Rajeev Pandey in 1998. We lived together for only 12 years before my husband expired at the age of 40. He used to chew "Raj Durbar" tobacco in his workplace, and became more and more addicted to it day by day.

Rajeev Pandey with his younger son, some months
before being diagnosed with cancer.
When he passed away on 27th March 2010 after 10 months of hospital treatment, I and my two kids (eight & four years then) had no one to support us. Neither inlaws nor relatives were there to morally or financially support us, and I managed to find a job after about 10 months of financial struggle.
(Image: http://tinyurl.com/Pande02 )

Kaumudi Chaturvedi
I was married to Manoj in our mid mid-20s. We are blessed with a girl child. My husband – a government employee in Bhopal -- was fond of chewing tobacco, and was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2009. I had to leave my job to take care of him. What followed was many years of hospital treatment – both chemotherapy and surgery. It was a daily struggle to survive, as he kept losing weight on a liquid diet. Finally, he passed away on 29th October 2013 at the age of 56. Losing him came with more hardships than I could ever imagine. Although we miss him at each and every point in life, the most difficult times are the family occasions and major events in our lives. My pension is now the only source of our family's income.

Niku Sidhu
It is not yet one month since my husband Rahul Sahgal passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer and the side effects of the chemotherapy. The date was 7th May 2015, and I am yet coming to terms with the death of my husband at the age of 48. We were married for 14 years, of which the first ten were excellent and carefree.

Throughout, we lived a healthy diet-controlled, exercise-inclusive lifestyle. Rahul was a gym-goer for years. The only hitch was, he had chewed tobacco for a couple of years in the 1990s. This old habit, which he had dumped, sneaked up on him in 2012 and ravaged his health at the peak of his career and his health.

Rahul and Niku in 2012


After the biopsy report revealed that he was suffering from head and neck cancer, our lives changed overnight. Commando surgery where the right mandible was replaced by a pectoral flap from the chest, radiation for six weeks, the horrific external burns on the skin and the ulcers in the mouth and neck; these were the effects of routine medical treatment. He could not consume enough food to regain strength and rebuild immunity for a year. Continuing in his profession became impossible. Having paid this steep price, we thought we had managed to crush the cancer.

Not quite. Two years later, malignancy raised its ugly head above the mandible, close to the brain. Another surgery was followed by radiation and supportive chemotherapy for a period of six weeks. Rahul had completed the trio treatments of cut, burn and poison. I had to take time off from my work too. As the primary caregiver for three long years, I was fighting the cancer too.

The third time around, we both knew the disease was out of control. As palliative chemotherapy treatments were considered, we resorted to taking loans, I took leave without pay. We had fought the disease long and hard, but in the end, it won.

Tobacco -- a small pack of Rs 10 -- took away a million-dollar life. It is time a complete ban on tobacco is not just considered but effected today. Many lives, careers and the happiness of many homes depends on it.
(Image: http://tinyurl.com/sahgal02 )

Sumitra Satish Pednekar
I am proud to be the wife of Maharashtra’s former home and labour minister, Satish Pednekar, who died of oral cancer in 2011. My husband’s illness happened because of his addiction to mawa, a mix of chewing tobacco and pan masala. In his last few months, my husband could not swallow even watery dal-khichdi. My daughters and I are still struggling to come to terms with the scars left by his extended illness and tragic demise.

The tobacco industry, which the government tacitly supports and patronizes, is an unjust and inhuman industry that has made many victims like me and my family. My husband was a tobacco, paan and alchohol user. This lethal combination, his poor apetite and his strong headedness was the primary reason for his cancer. His cancer was detected in a very advance stage in early 2010. At first, he recovered quickly with the help of a minor surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. But, during the five months of his treatment, he lost lot of weight and became extremely weak. Due to his inability to eat orally,we first fed him through a nasal peg tube and later through a stomach peg tube, which required a specific liquid intake.

Then, on 21st Jan 2011, I felt that his stomach was a little bloated. So we went for a sonography,and he was hospitalized again as his cancer had reached his liver, and was now at an advanced stage.

Sumitra and Satish Pednekar in 2008.
My husband was a orator,a public figure and had always lived his life like a king. He was always a giver, and for a man like him to live a life where he couldn't take a bath or even as much a visit the bathroom alone was very difficult.

On 23rd March, I was called by doctor outside the room around 11.30 am and told that they are stopping his treatment, as it wasn’t having an effect anymore. My husband was unaware of this, as I didn’t want him to give up hope. He passed away, peacefully in his sleep at 4pm; it was as if he had heard what the doctor had said. Before sleeping he asked me to read the hanuman chaleesa and the sankat mochan out to him. Little did i know that was the last time I communicated with him. He slept like a baby, a very deep sound sleep. Its very difficult for me and my family to relive those moments. I am incoherent even as I write this...

I understand life and death are beyond our control but we can always control how we live. People who consume things that have a bad affect on their health, always have a funny explanation as to why they can’t give up smoking and tobacco. It’s too late when they do, it’s when life is ready to give them up. Cancer is a life style disease,that comes by invitation for adults and is given as a gift to children by adults.
(Image: http://tinyurl.com/Pednekar02 )
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Mr Prime Minister, Sir, we hope you will give heed to our voices. We are only five among the lakhs of Indian widows that the tobacco industry has made.

Cancer is the 2nd killer followed by heart attack. Both are attributable to tobacco. In fact 50% cancers are related to tobacco. 40% of cancer related deaths are related to tobacco.  20% all deaths are related to tobacco.

How many more widows and orphans will you allow the tobacco industry to make before before India says, Enough?

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Anup Shakti Nigam
Alka Pandey
Kaumudhi Chaturvedi
Niku Sidhu
Sumitra Pednekar

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Journalists wishing to contact them, and many others like them, may contact:
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9821588114
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Mumbai

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Judges are tilting the scales of justice with habitual high-handedness

Indian judiciary is NOT acting like a justice delivery system of a democratic country. It is acting like a colonial ruler, an absolute power over Indian citizens. Whatever our courts are delivering cannot be called JUSTICE --  they can only be called "orders" or "judgments". For there to be justice, there must necessarily be timeliness, uniform application of laws and availability to all sections of society.


Milord, you are in contempt of citizens. You are cheating and delivering adulterated justice.
http://tinyurl.com/Indian-judge-scales

Krishnaraj Rao
9821588114


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

3 lakh undertrials rot in jail, but Indian courts love their 6-week summer vacation

Our nation is in the midst of judiciary's summer vacation -- an entire organ of State closed for five to seven weeks (except for a tiny number of vacation-judges -- a loincloth-like shred of judiciary).
Because of these summer vacations, courts give long dates to undertrials -- even those who are being held in judicial custody. Dates are not always given given immediately after summer vacations, so the delay is not only of a few weeks.
With lakhs of people being held in judicial custody without a trial for months and even years, doesn't this make our judiciary the biggest human-rights violator in India and abroad? Think about the needless suffering that common people and their families undergo, while our judges and lawyers insist on their right to take it easy.

Because of summer vacations, courts give long dates to undertrials - even those who are being held in judicial custody. Dates are not always given given immediately after summer vacations, so the delay is not only of a few weeks.
Judges don't think it is a big deal to hold an accused in prison for a few extra weeks or months. For them, it is just business-as-usual! 
http://tinyurl.com/Courts-Summer-Vacation

Regards,
Krish
9821588114

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Farmer Suicides -- Are we city people responsible?

Do you & I have anything to do with FARMER SUICIDES? Are we responsible in any way? I would say a firm NO.

Still, think about the question a little. The commoners and even Lords and ladies of Britain one century ago would have believed that they were not responsible the enslavement of cotton farmers in India. They would have said that they had nothing to do with the pricing policy for cotton imported from India and the textiles manufactured in the mills of Manchester. The British soldiers would have said exactly the same thing... because they were not the policymakers. Even individual MPs and who knows, the British Prime Minister and even King George or Queen Victoria might have said that they were not responsible for the chronic poverty and exploitation of Indian farmers.

We all are responsible for the economic helplessness that drives our farmers to suicide. Today, the British are no longer their oppressors. Today, with or without our knowledge, WE are the oppressors.

http://tinyurl.com/farmer-suicide

Today, with the benefit of hindsight, I feel that all the people in Britain benefited from the Indian farmers' helplessness... and therefore, they were responsible in some measure.

In a similar way, I feel we all are responsible for the economic helplessness that drives our farmers to suicide. Today, the British are no longer their oppressors. Today, with or without our knowledge, WE are the oppressors. The buck stops with us.

Warm Regards,
Krish
9821588114

Friday, 22 May 2015

Queue before Supreme Court grows alarmingly... but judges take luxurious Summer vacations!

If pendency of cases were under control and appellants got a fair hearing, Supreme Court's six-week summer vacations could possibly have been justified. But such is emphatically not the case.

Supreme Court judges dismiss a majority of the appeals instantly, not even giving a few second to appellants -- although appellants struggle for months, travel thousands of kilometres many times, and suffer great financial hardships to get a hearing in supreme court.

Many of the Supreme Court judges are known to contemptuously THROW THE APPELLANT'S FILES on the floor after a couple of seconds of inattentive hearing, showing callous disregard for the litigants and the appeal process!

Despite such hurried methods, the queue of pending cases before SC is growing longer every year.

And, year after year, these high-and-mighty Supreme Court judges have the shamelessness to go on lengthy vacations, en masse! If this is not contempt of court by them, I don't know what is.

If pendency of cases were under control and appellants got a fair hearing, Supreme Court's 6-week summer vacations could possibly have been justified. Supreme Court judges dismiss a majority of the appeals instantly, not even giving a few second to appellants -- although appellants struggle for months, travel thousands of kilometres many times, and suffer great financial hardships to get a hearing in supreme court.






















http://tinyurl.com/tareekh-pe-tareekh

Regards,
Krishnaraj Rao
9821588114

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Manipulating court & judges -- the real value-addition of senior advocates

Seasoned lawyers charge clients large amounts because of their ability to manipulate hearing of specific matters by judges with known political and social beliefs, and habits. In this way, they control the outcome of cases by using the known personal biases of judges, rather than with genuine law points. Indian judiciary has been functioning in this way for decades.

Some benches have well-known habits like giving stay orders, adjournments, putting cases in cold storage etc. Seasoned lawyers manipulate the course of justice by transferring between benches, holding back cases, waiting for bench assignments to change etc.



Regards,
Krishnaraj Rao
9821588114

Monday, 18 May 2015

CJI Dattu, explain whether Justice Dhanapalan or Justice Karnan are unfit

The Chief Justice of India needs to break his sphinx-like silence and speak up. Is Justice Karnan an RTI activist and whistleblower who has exposed a major fraud by Justice Dhanapalan, and also exposed a flaw in the judicial selection system? Or is he a quarrelsome and cantankerous person who has lost his sense of judgment?

C S Karnan recently asked CBI to inquire into the educational qualifications Justice V Dhanapalan -- a brother-judge in Madras High Court. In a signed letter addressed to the joint director of CBI in Chennai, Justice Karnan alleged that bogus qualifications were shown by Justice Dhanapalan.

He is supposed to have studied at Dr Ambedkar Government Law College from 1980 to 1983, enrolled as an advocate in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, and obtained a master's degree in law from University of Madras in 1987. These facts are “bogus“, Justice Karnan said in the letter.

Karnan argues that Dhanapalan was working in the P&T department as a permanent telegraphist between August 3, 1976, and November 30, 1988. This means that Dhanapalan had “produced bogus certificate and obtained the position of judge at the Madras high court“, the letter said.


The Chief Justice of India needs to break his sphinx-like silence and speak up. Is Justice Karnan an RTI activist and whistleblower who has exposed a major fraud by Justice Dhanapalan, and also exposed a flaw in the judicial selection system? Or is he a quarrelsome and cantankerous person who has lost his sense of judgment?
Why is Chief Justice HL Dattu silent regarding the shocking fraud allegedly committed by Justice V Dhanapalan of Madras High Court? Does his accuser, Justice CS Karnan, have a grip on the facts? Or are his allegations just vendetta? 


Karnan furnished a copy of the employment details of Dhanapalan (obtained through RTI) and the copy of `vakalath' filed by Dhanapalan in the HC, along with the letter. Justice Karnan directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry to “prove the case before the Supreme Court“.

But surely, the CJI can do better! Is this really such a complicated matter, requiring three months? Isn't it his moral responsibility to ensure that only proper judge remains in his seat every single day? The Chief Justice may not be able to dismiss any judge (because that would require the arduous process of impeachment, involvement the parliament)... but surely, Mr Dattu can give proper directions in his administrative capacity so that no matters are put before a person who is not fit to be a judge!

Whether Mr Karnan or Mr Dhanapalan is the wrong sort of person, unfit to be a high court judge, we do not know. But what We The People do understand is that this is not an internal dispute of the judiciary. It deeply concerns us all.

The creeping danger posed by judiciary's Tareekh pe tareekh

Decade after decade, people are becoming more and more convinced that the judiciary does NOT exist to maintain Rule Of Law. People are gradually losing faith in concepts of Law and Justice.

Tareekh pe tareekh and arbitrary judgments are like knives being stabbed into the collective heart of Indians. In the face of this treachery with India -- the India that belongs to our children -- how can we remain silent?


Tareekh pe tareekh and arbitrary judgments are like knives being stabbed into the collective heart of Indians. In the face of this treachery with India -- the India that belongs to our children -- how can we remain silent?
Our silence regarding the judiciary's failures endanger's our children's future.

Regards,
Krish
9821588114

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Do women have an IMPURITY COMPLEX about menstruation?

I want Indian men and women to search their hearts and answer some questions:
1) Can women POLLUTE GOD when they are having their periods? Are they "IMPURE" on those days? Can God be polluted by anybody or anything?
2) Or, alternatively, is menstruating DISRESPECTFUL to God?
3) Or do women feel somehow GUILTY for menstruating?
Why do women consider menstruating so profoundly dirty, that they can't even pray to God?

And if none of these are true, why do women stay out of temples etc. during those days? Why are the majority of them still following this ancient custom in the 21st Century?
Why are even "LIBERATED WOMEN" AND FEMINISTS in India voluntarily following this primordial custom? I have never seen men imposing this custom on their womenfolk. Hell, we guys mostly don't even know when they are having their periods!
IS GENDER INEQUALITY DEEPLY CARVED INTO THE FEMALE PSYCHE?
[I don't know if Muslim and Christian women still follow this ancient tradition, but Hindu women definitely do. I suspect there are remnants of this custom in women of all religious faiths.]

Does the law apply to Harish Salve's Bentley accident?

16th May 2015, Mumbai: Senior Counsel Harish Salve, who flew in from Delhi to help Salman Khan avoid spending a couple of nights in jail, was himself involved in a road accident that killed a man in May 2014 -- just over one year ago. Barely any media group highlighted this news (except DNA, which withdrew the news item hastily).

The accident took place in May 2014. Harish Salve’s car was involved in an accident at the Rajpath-Mansingh Road crossing leaving the driver of the other vehicle, Mr. Joginder, seriously injured. Joginder was admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after the accident, and expired on 2 May, 2014.

Joginder was an employee of the Le Meridien hotel. It is to be noted that Salve himself did not approach the police. Rather it was an unknown caller who informed police about the accident. Joginder died on the day of accident itself in the ICU of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.

Here is the shocking part: On Harish Salve’s instructions, a case of rash and negligent driving was filed against Joginder at the Parliament Street police station based on the complaint filed by Salve’s driver Arvind Pande. After all, he was the driver of a shrewd lawyer.

Dramatically, later, Salve withdrew the FIR. The poor family of the dead person hails from Haridwar. They wanted to file a case against Salve. But how can a poor family fight a legal battle against the “The Harish Salve”?

 Harish Salve’s car was involved in an accident at the Rajpath-Mansingh Road crossing leaving the driver of the other vehicle, Mr. Joginder, seriously injured. Joginder was admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after the accident, and expired on 2 May, 2014.


The undisputed facts:

What we know for sure is that a man died in a car accident involving two cars - A Wagon R (driven by the man who died) and a Bentley (owned by Mr. Harish Salve). Doesn't the law require a police investigation into culpability after registration of an FIR? But NO POLICE INVESTIGATION WAS DONE in this case, even when a poor man died as a result of the accident.

About DNA's mysterious disappearing coverage, read: http://tinyurl.com/Harish-Salve-crash

Deccan Herald's online report of the Bentley accident: http://tinyurl.com/Harish-Salve-report

Best wishes,
Krishnaraj Rao
9821588114
Mumbai

Friday, 15 May 2015

Justice CR Kumaraswamy excelled himself in the Jayalalitha disproportionate assets case, by “miscalculating” Rs 10.67 cr loans as 24.17 cr on page 852 of the judgment. As a result of this miscalculation, he could then show that her assets were not disporportionate compared to her known sources of income, as her balance loan (after deducting income) was Rs 18.17 cr... whereas actually, the balance loan is only 4.67 cr.

So, although there is no explanation for Amma’s assets worth 13.5 cr, Justice Kumaraswamy takes the help of his arithmetic error to say that there is!


Jayalalitha got acquitted due to bad arithmetic abilities of Justice Kumaraswamy of Karnataka High Court


His judgment says:

Pg. 901 – “The immovable properties were acquired by borrowing huge loan from the Nationalised Banks. It is difficult to infer that the properties were acquired by means of ill-gotten money. Therefore, in my view, confiscation of the properties by the Trial Court is not sustainable in law.“

Pg 909: "The case of the prosecution that Accused No.1 amassed
wealth and acquired agricultural lands, sites, floated firms, became Directors of the companies cannot be believed because the money that has been spent for acquiring the said properties can be inferred from the loans borrowed from the Nationalized Banks."

Pg 912: “The assets possessed by the appellant were thus in excess of the surplus income available to him, but since the excess is comparatively very small – it is less than 10%, of the total income of Rs.1,27,715.43 – we do not think it would be right to hold that the assets found in possession of the appellant were disproportionate to his known source of income.”

Read this judgment: http://karnatakajudiciary.kar.nic.in/noticeBoard/CRL-A-835-838-2014.pdf

It is a given that Justice CR Kumaraswamy has earned Amma's blessings, and these blessings may manifest themselves as plum posts in Tamilnadu or elsewhere in her vast sphere of influence. But the moot question is: Who else has secretly earned her blessings? Was the chief justice of Karnataka High Court part of this "mistake"-making process? Did this "arithmetic error" have the blessings of the Chief Justice of India? And what about the Law Ministry and the Prime Minister's office? Was this brilliant arithmetic part of Namo's political arithmetics?

And last question: If Justice C R Kumaraswamy is not immediately pulled up and this judgment is not corrected, is higher judiciary still worthy of our respect? Or is it worthy of our utter contempt?

Monday, 11 May 2015

One in five judges may be insane. Whither Life & Liberty? Whither Justice?

Have you experienced frustration while explaining an obvious point to a judge, who just can't get it? For instance, you keep pin-pointing a self-evident document, but the judge just refuses to see the obvious! Many litigants and their advocates are familiar with this situation. 

On the other side, some people are delighted when a judge misinterprets the facts in their favour despite all evidence to the contrary -- because they get an undeservedly favourable judgment without even struggling for it! The other party is left tearing out its hair in sheer frustration, while you go home smiling!

Of course such things happen because of corruption among judges, and the face-value of senior counsels -- but it also happens because of the outright insanity of some judges.

Because of simple statistical probabilities and the natural aging process, some percentage of our judges become borderline-insane. A bit soft in the head. Slightly senile. Or have over-inflated egos because of all the Milord-Milord-Milord that they keep hearing all the time. It is not uncommon that a judge is visibly incapable of listening and reasoning properly. Many a judge is incapable of distinguishing between facts and opinions, and between what is relevant and what is irrelevant to the case.

Indian judiciary has 20,000 judges, of which 1,000 belong to the higher judiciary (Supreme Court and High Court) and about 19,000 belong to lower courts and tribunals, and are appointed by various state governments.

Statistically speaking, the 20 per cent lowest on the Intelligence scale are giving judgments based on prejudices and thinking habits rather than logic. One out of every five judges is this extremely powerful and biased personality with the IQ-level of a 10th-standard-pass student.

When a person of low intelligence is constantly told that he is all-knowing and all-powerful, he is bound to lose his grip on reality and start living in a dream-world, wouldn't he? One in every five judges is lost in the world of self-aggrandizement. In short, he is insane. Borderline-insane, maybe, but insane.

Since Independence, not a single judge in the higher judiciary has been impeached on the ground that he is of unsound mind... or indeed, on any grounds including corruption. Our judiciary has no mechanism to weed out insane judges, even if one is clearly identified! It is assumed that the appointment mechanism is so perfect that all the bad apples are weeded out at inception, and the ones who are selected don't deteriorate with age. Unlike all other humans, judges are assumed to be proof against mid-life crisis, gradual decline in intelligence, and senility.

So where does that leave you and me? Going to judiciary is like playing Russian roulette with our precious right to Life-and-Liberty! Isn't it a bit like flying on an airline where one in five pilots may be stupid enough or mad enough to willfully crash the plane? And this airline has no procedure for testing and removing such insane pilots from service?

Is 20% a very high percentage? Am I over-estimating? Is 10% a better estimate? Or 5 per cent? Only one in 20 judges is insane or senile?

Or would you go as far as to say that 100 percent of our 20,000 judges are mentally sound? Think about that figure a bit, and tell me what your estimate is.
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Why Salman Khan's bail is so amazingly exceptional

Although bail was a right of every individual, it was largely available only to the rich", says Colin Gonsalves of Human Rights Law Network. "When it comes to rich people, the court has double standards. Rich even get anticipatory bail. Salman Khan's case is a shocking case of miscarriage of justice and consideration based on class. First, it's a fit case where he should have got 10 years in jail. Two, why should his bail plea be heard expeditiously when there are hundreds such applications pending in the high courts. Why should he be allowed to jump queue? It sets a bad precedent," he told TOI.
But that's not the only problem. Courts have also been terribly slow in disposing of cases (Salman's itself took over 12 years). Courts have 84.8% pendency in criminal cases while on an average over 60% cases take more than a year for trial to be completed. As many as 41,670 cases take more than 10 years while 1.7 lakh cases take between five to 10 years for the trial to be completed.
Even in cases of heinous nature, an undertrial is entitled to bail, if not immediately, then after the chargesheet is filed by an investigating agency. Police get three months to file chargesheet in cases under Indian Penal Code and up to six months under special laws such as Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act.
The fact that over 60% are incarcerated EVEN AFTER CHARGESHEETS are filed points to the fact that only those with deep pockets to hire talented lawyers and fight long-drawn legal battles are able to secure bail for themselves.
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Salman Khan' is the envy of undertrials & convicts in India!

While Salman Khan secured bail in barely three hours after his conviction, over 60% of undertrials spend more than three months in jail before they can secure release. The prolonged incarceration is due to their inability to get bail.
Government data shows that roughly 1.75 lakh of 2.78 lakh people facing criminal charges are unable to secure bail before three months. Over 40% (1.1 lakh) of undertrials take more than six months to secure bail, over 64,000 spend more than one year in jail before they are released on bail, while over 30,000 spend more than two years in jail.
And further to this, thousands of convicts are detained months or even years AFTER COMPLETION OF THEIR SENTENCES due to non-payment of fines. These are inmates who remain in jail even after completion of their jail sentences because they are unable to pay the fine amount! At the end of 2013, there were 3000 such prisoners. Of these, 1375 prisoners, or 45.2% had been in jail less than six months after completion of their sentences. On the other extreme, 240 were still languishing in jail for more than five years after their jail sentences had ended.
What right to Life & Liberty are we talking about? The common man has no real right to life and liberty!

Thousands jailed for months & years AFTER completion of their jail sentences

Thousands of convicts are detained for months or even years AFTER COMPLETION OF THEIR SENTENCES due to non-payment of fines. What right to Life & Liberty are we talking about? The common man has no real right to life and liberty!

That's right, there are thousands of inmates who remain in jail even after completion of their jail sentences because they are unable to pay the fine amount! At the end of 2013, there were 3000 such prisoners. Of these, 1375 prisoners, or 45.2% had been in jail less than six months after completion of their sentences. On the other extreme, 240 were still languishing in jail for more than five years after their jail sentences had ended.
(Thank you TOI for in-depth coverage of this issue.)



















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Friday, 8 May 2015

Judicial indifference killed Salman Khan's bodyguard Ravindra Patil -- key witness & complainant

May be we have been taught a lie all along. May be honesty is not the best policy after all.
Look at what happened to constable Ravinder Patil just because he was honest. The night Salman Khan ran over the people on that pavement, it was Patil who filed the initial complaint. While every other witness turned hostile under pressure or threats, it was Patil who continued to hold his ground, just because truth was on his side.
But what did Patil gain out of it except more pressure from Salman Khan's lawyers and even alleged harassment from within the police force.
During the course of the trial, Patil had to go into hiding as he feared for his own safety. In 2006 he was arrested for failing to appear as a witness and in the same year he was sacked from the police force - all because he was an honest man who stood for the truth.
He was found on the streets of Mumbai in 2007 with advanced TB because his family had deserted him, who knows why?
When he died later that year, nobody from his family even came to claim his body. Till his last breath Patil kept repeating the same thing - that Salman Khan was drunk that night and that it was indeed him who ran his car over the men on that pavement.
We wonder why even 'Being Human' did not help Patil out? Was he not a 'Human Being'?

Did Akash Ambani, son of Mukesh Ambani, kill two persons in car crash



On December 12 2013, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “If friends in Mumbai are to be believed, it seems the only people who don’t know who was driving the fancy Aston Martin (worth Rs 4.5 crore) are the Mumbai police.” He was hinting at Akash Ambani, son of Mukesh Ambani)
Probably that’s when the limelight hit the spot. During the wee hours of Sunday, December 8 2013, a black Ashton Martin Rapide (registration # MH 01 BK 99) belonging to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Ports, crashed into an Audi and a Hyundai Elantra, at Pedder Road, Mumbai. The crash killed two people.
There was NDTV coverage, Business Standard articles and other ambiguous reports informed about some details of the car crash; More recently, some news pieces made the rounds on how the Mumbai police was not keen on arresting one of Reliance’s driver, Mr. Bhansilal Joshi – who, as per Reliance, was driving the car at that time.
But Joshi wasn’t arrested even after a full confession. Was that because of the tweets and the sarcastic remarks strewn all over the place about how things are being hushed up?
So if we weren’t in the internet era, 55-year-old Bhansilal Joshi would be behind bars by now? Paying for the sins of his employer, like Salman Khan's driver wanted to?

Indian Judiciary lets Salman Khan buy time... again!

डरने की क्या बात है, सल्लूभाई? यह भारतीय अदालत है,
भगवान का न्यायलय थोड़ी न है? यहाँ देर और अंधेर दोनों हैं.
तारीख पे तारीख लेते रहो, और मज़े करो, यार !
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Salman Khan appointed Brand Ambassador of Bombay High Court's clemency drive

Under the firm guidance and keen eye of Chief Justice Mohit Shah, Bombay High Court has shown that it has amazing efficiency. By cutting through the red-tape to ensure that Salman Khan did not go to jail even for one second, Bombay High Court has shown that it can clear away pendencies effortlessly.
"I am happy and proud to announce that SALMAN KHAN IS NOW THE BRAND AMBASSADOR of Bombay High Court's new drive for granting bail and suspending convictions & sentences handed down by trial courts," said Chief Justice Mohit Shah at a press conference, while congratulating Judge Abhay Thipsay for his super-fast moves that ensured the actor's liberty.
Responding to a query from the media about justice for the victims of Salman Khan's rash driving, Mohit Shah retorted, "Justice? What is a little justice between friends? And victims? What victims? Do you see any victims around here? Don't you see Salman Khan is being made into a victim here? Don't you see that media is trying to sabotage this young man's bright future?"
Meanwhile, about 200 accused persons currently in jail since 2010-11, whose bail appeals before Justice Thipsay the same day were adjourned to dates between June and November 2015 because of the approaching summer vacations, were not available to cheer for Salman Khan and distribute laddoos outside his Bandra residence. When asked to comment about them, Chief Justice Mohit Shah stuffed his mouth with Salman Khan's laddoos and started laughing. "Here, have a laddoo," he said to the reporters, declining to answer any further questions.
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