What’s Wrong with the Indian Judiciary?

Indian Judiciary is what I will say a common mans last hope at running the country properly, and till now its lived up to it. Be it the Jessica Lal Murder case, to the Reservation Fight or the case of Alister Pereira where the Mumbai High Court is taking a sou-moto action when he was let go with a 6 month sentence for killing 6 people while driving drunk. The Indian Judiciary has always given our politicians a run for their money and has also given many rulings that our politicians would have never dared to make it a law.

But of late something’s seriously going wrong somewhere. Rajasthan High Court admitted a plea, summoning Liz Hurley & Arun Nair for performing a typical Hindu Marriage Ceremony after they had already got themselves married in Christian style in London. The person who filed the suit says it hurt Hindu sentiments? What Rubbish now, how many people do that daily? Let see if I were to have an inter-religious marriage, I would most probably do the same, makes sense as at the end of the day everyone’s happy.

Another case is the Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty case, where Richard Gere forcefully kissed Shilpa Shetty. Now, the only person who should have an objection here is Shilpa Shetty because she was the one who was forcefully kissed, and the only one to take Mr. Gere to court. But she didn’t object to it, instead our stupid 24×7 media went bonkers as usual and showed the clipping every 10 minutes. The result, mass protest being organized by political parties, and not one but 2 court cases, summoning Shilpa Shetty and Richard Gere for indecent behavior. Don’t we have anything better to do?

One last thing that got me really pissed off was from Delhi High Court. It ordered an enquiry into the famous Kaun Banega Crorepati’s Celebrity Episodes (Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?). The complaint, that the show is rigged in favor of the celeb and is given easy questions so that they win huge amounts whereas the normal contestants have to face tougher questions. Celebs don’t take the money home they give their prize money in Charity whereas normal contestants take it home. Now what’s wrong with this, at the end of the day the money is going for a good cause and one shouldn’t have a problem with it. Did all our politicians become so clean that there need not be any enquires against them?

Now my question to all these honorable HC’s is that instead of throwing these case out and fining the complaints for wasting court time, its given encouragement to them. Don’t we have a backlog of a few hundred thousand cases, with each case taking on an average 10 to 15 years to clear? Or maybe I am just starting to see the reasons why all cases take 10+ years to clear, because the courts keep accepting cases like these, and drifting away from their main goal of getting justice for the needy.

6 Replies to “What’s Wrong with the Indian Judiciary?”

  1. Now my question to all these honorable HC’s is that instead of throwing these case out and fining the complaints for wasting court time, its given encouragement to them. Don’t we have a backlog of a few hundred thousand cases, with each case taking on an average 10 to 15 years to clear? Or maybe I am just starting to see the reasons why all cases take 10+ years to clear, because the courts keep accepting cases like these, and drifting away from their main goal of getting justice for the needy.

    Good question.
    I’ll tell you something from the heart. I’ve given up on the world. I’m surrounded by idiots, and almost everyone’s going to hell, including this world. If my hope in the world (or specifically in this one part of the world) hadn’t died, I would have done my bit to help make the world a better place. And that’s probably one of the biggest reasons I have for not posting about it. The only thing I have to say to these people is… GROW UP!

    And secondly I don’t understand the idea about a PIL (Public Interest Litigation). If the public had a problem with something, they’d file a complaint themselves. I’m not sure how PILs work, but in my opinion, to be able to file a PIL, they should require the signatures of at least 20 people on the thing.

  2. PILs can be written on a plain simple postcard. You can buy a postcard and pen down your complaint and post it in your nearest post office. That’s it. It’s as simple as that. No wonder people are taking advantage of this for their own publicity.

    The Shilpa-Gere case demonstrates the narrow-mindedness of the people, as does the case against the kissing scene in Dhoom 2. Honestly, what’s wrong with all these people?

    Sure a lot of people misuse PILs. But there are many more who use these for the greater good. An example of this could be the Jessica Lal case. It was reopened on the basis of a PIL.

    I totally agree with you that the first this India needs right now is faster justice.

    And yes, the people do need to grow up.

  3. Indian Judiciary is also far from perfect. Lower Courts often deliver questionable verdicts. There isn’t any transparent mechanism for reviewing judges.
    But, that aside, the biggest problem as to be the slow pace at which it works.

    PIL’s are being misused by a certain group of publicity seeking individuals. I read in the newspapers, that the judge had found the Gere-Shilpa kissing tape highly sexually erotic! If something like that gets him hard, something is seriously wrong with him. That act was probably indecent, but was not obscene. A distinction must be made between the two. For eg. shouting at a person is indecent, but not obscene.

  4. Rang De Basanti tried to show the same thing. Judicial system sucks go bam bam boom. I guess its up to us to clean this mess. The judiciary has power – they simply dont use it – rather misuse it

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