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Is justice actually achieved in the current judicial system? – Part 6

In the high-profile murder case of Late Mr. Haren Pandya, Ex-Home Minister of Gujarat State; the Honourable Supreme Court overturned the Honourable Gujarat High Court’s verdict. The Honourable Supreme Court in its judgement convicted the same 12 people which were earlier acquitted by the Honourable Gujarat High Court. In nutshell, when this case travelled from the High Court to the Supreme court, everything else remaining the same, the judgement took a U-Turn i.e. from Not-Guilty to Guilty.

Seriously, what are we supposed to interpret from all this? The same facts and evidence produced in front of the two different courts ultimately result in exactly opposite judgements. Could such a practice be taken so lightly and ignored, assuming it as merely a matter of differences in individual opinions? Do we even realize that the implication of the judgement is a matter of life and death for someone?  And mind it; this is not one of the cases but it’s happening in one case after another.

Should the honourable courts be left just like that without holding them responsible for the decisions they pronounce? Aren’t the honourable judges themselves accountable for their acts? Is the judiciary over and above the constitution? If not, then would the judiciary at least set an inquiry in all such cases, where facts and evidence remaining the same, the judgement of the honourable judges changes from one court to another? I know this question is too wishful and I myself doubt it’s ever going to happen.

The irony is that, in spite of all this, we, the citizens, are still expected to have full-faith on our judicial system. I guess what they are trying to preach is some kind of blind faith, where the followers are not supposed to question anything and everything, even if they find it questionable. Would questioning the judgements of the court in such serious cases, with exactly opposite decisions, still be taken as a contempt of court? If yes, then why we even call ourselves as a democratic state?

Just to enlighten in the matter concerned, I would like to state herewith that the above-mentioned murder mystery of Mr. Haren Pandya coincidently happened during the reign of our Present Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Damodardas Modi, when he was the Chief Minister of the Gujarat state, while, Mr. Haren Pandya was holding the post of the Home Minister of Gujarat state. As a matter of fact, our Present Home Minister, Mr. Amit Anilchandra Shah, also comes from the same state of Gujarat.

We can just imagine the state of the judiciary in our country by taking this case as a live example. An Ex-Home minister of a state in our country was shot dead in the broad daylight on 26th March 2003 and it took us more than 16 long years just to charge all those who were guilty. When justice is delayed for such a long period in a high-profile case as well, then we can very well conclude that the cases of the common men are simply at the mercy of Almighty. Now I leave it on your sound judgement to decide if justice is actually achieved in the current judicial system or not.

I wish that may the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

God bless you all!

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Peyush Jain