It seems Jessica Lal Murder case is the media flavor of the week. While I cannot care less about the bar girl who was shot to death, I do care that some high society thugs who did this to her, aren't hanging by their neck. The prime accused is the son of a minister in Haryana. So that pretty much explains everything! Looking at the broader picture, recently there is an alarming failure on the part of the prosecution to get convictions because of hostile witnesses. Well, to put things in perspective, in many instances, it is the prosecution that is allowing if not encouraging witnesses to wreck the case.
How come Sanjay Dutt is roaming free, when he should actually be in say Guantanamo Bay! Does anyone seriously believe Salman Khan will ever spend a day in jail? Or will Saif Ali Khan, Patuadi, M K Azhagiri, Amit Jogi, Jagat Singh etc ever get convicted? These are people who have been caught red handed and everyone who has brains is convinced that they are (in cricketing terms) plumb in front of the wicket! But since their pockets run so deep and influence reach so high, they will emerge scotfree and we will only be whining as I'm doing right now! In a perfect coincidence at this time, a CD is supposed to be in the possession of NDTV in which Amar Singh and Mulayam are allegedly discussing the price tag of Judges. And the court has gagged the media from airing it. Fair enough!
The sad thing is Judiciary is one institution which has retained some respect among the people. If thugs like Manu Sharma are shown dodging the courts in full media glare, that will ruin the credibility of the Indian Judicial System. On another scale, governments have already displayed their utter contempt for the courts. How many court judgments have been subverted by the Manmohan Singh government in recent times (refer my previous blogs)? Will any Karnataka government ever accept the SC verdicts on Kaveri? How come Jayalalitha blatantly issues ordinances (like the CET one) knowingly fully well that they will be thrown away by the courts? Alas! the Justice System in India is heading for a slow but painful death.