the crime tendency spreads. It appears to have affected and
afflicted even sensitive organs.
Enough reasons to be alarmed about; the situation is desperate
but not irretrievable.
A great statesman in a similar situation (in the Second World
War days) observed:
We have reached the bottom of the well, any further movement
can only be upwards.
Let us take stock of the present Indian situation.
(1) Heinous crimes have been perpetuated by spiritual leaders.
Punishment with a double life term has been imposed on Swami
Premananda by the Apex Court. (Justice Aggarwal and Justice Sema).
There are 63 pages detailing the factual background and
discussing the Legal Principles.
(2) Those who are the guardian angels of Rules and Law are
alleged to be the protecting of the law breakers.
(3) The examination system is now facing the worst crisis in
(4) Innocent unemployed personnel continue to be cheated by
Visa dealers, while the Administrators at the Centre and in
the State have not taken effective steps to checkmate the trend.
The Report of an Expert Committee appointed when a Minister with
great involvement was in charge of the welfare of Non-Resident
Keralites (Mr.Hassan) submitted its report. It is now receiving
dust in some corner of Akbar Hotel (the new habitat of the
Ministry of Overseas Indians).
Brief details are given below.
Two sensational items are reported in HINDU page 6 Col.8 dated
6-4-2005 (Delhi Edition).
One relates to affirmation by apex Court of the conviction of
The ashram is near Tiruchi.
The charge: raping of thirteen girls and causing murder of one.
Trial Court : Convicted.
High Court : Confirmed the conviction.
Now, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeals.
Gravity of the offence and the deleterious effect it had not
only on the victims but also on the society at large weighed
with the apex Court.
The Supreme Court went one step further. There shall be no
remission of the sentence by the Governments either at the
Centre or of the State.
Those who browse through the lines may think about the news and
offer their views on:
a) Measures to prevent serious crimes of the nature.
India with its spiritual heritage respects the sages. Their
robes are expected to reflect their disinclination in worldly
pleasures. The ashes splashed on their foreheads convey a
message on the transient nature of worldly life.
Women, particularly girls, can be deceived, if the apparel and
the ashes do not proclaim the real man.
Can we not make a law ensuring proper conduct of ashram
activities by providing periodic inspection by a Committee of
respectable persons of the society?
Should not the State take over the assets of the Ashram
immediately on the pronouncement of the final verdict by Supreme
If lack of a supporting law is an impediment, should not a law
be made at the earliest?
The reader may consider urging appropriate action by the State
The shocking news at page 6 on an Ashram is accompanied by one
in the very first page Col. 2 5.
Shameet Mukherji, a former Judge of the Delhi High Court has
been charge- sheeted.
Receipt of bribes, participation in Wine & Women are the
Land scam in Delhi Development Authority.
Subhash Sharma, former Vice-chairman.
Ashok Kapoor, his Private Secretary during the relevant time.
Middle man: Dharmavir Khattar.
Vinod Khatri, Cop turned Hotelier, South Delhi.
Further details may be awaited.
Should not in such cases, the ill-gotten assets be taken over by
the State immediately, of course, after observing necessary
procedural safeguards, subject to the final disposal of the
case? The State should step in immediately so as to prevent
ill-gotten wealth being utilized for obstructing a fare trial.
Should not an enquiry be made about the process of elevating the
judge now facing the trial?
Should not an enquiry be made (including obtaining statements of
all those involved in the selection process right up to the Law
Ministry level, of course, excluding the President into the
whole episode and a report be published?
The findings of the enquiry can be utilized to prevent
recurrence of such grave threats to the credibility of JUSTICE
SYSTEM, the last resort of the honest citizen?