The assault on the two accused in the Nithari case is condemnable. What is more disturbing is the fact that lawyers, who are expected to be protectors of the law, participated in beating the accused. A case of rioting should be filed against the attackers. The bar council should suspend their licences. Persons who indulge in such crass acts of lawlessness cannot be expected to maintain the rule of law.
The incident in court where lawyers were involved in attacking the Nithari accused should not be seen in isolation. The Noida Bar Association should not defend them. Both sides, prosecution and the defence, deserve a fair hearing. Such a fundamental concept of law has been lost on today’s advocates. Perhaps they need to go back to the law colleges. The universities, too, need to introspect on the state of legal education they provide.
Road blocks ahead
The increase in the number of traffic police, strict licensing rules, the removal of encroachments and commercialisation of residential areas will help reduce road accidents and violation of traffic rules (Speedster injures nine, January 29). Delhi is now a rich market for builders and transport professionals because of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. But this may add to chaos.
The report Medha’s plea to repeal SEZ Act (January 27), which started ‘After showing the red flag to the Singur Special Economic Zone (SEZ)’, this is to clarify that the proposed Tata plant in Singur is not a Special Economic Zone. This has been clarified by the West Bengal government and the CPI(M) leadership. Such error may create unnecessary confusion at a time when the Singur issue is being debated in the media.
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