She has been the face of Delhi Police for decades, and now with her role as an arbitrator on the new show Aap Ki Kachehri, Kiran Bedi is all set to become the face of justice on television. According to the woman nicknamed ‘Crane Bedi’ for her drive against illegally parked vehicles — she even had then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s car towed away — the show seeks to “resolve disputes between two willing parties that don’t mind going public”.
Her job is to probe people since, as she puts it, “probing leads to self-realisation that in turn leads to resolution of conflicts.” Bedi is optimistic about the show doing well, thanks to its unique concept. “We have a strong research team and we hope to spread awareness and thus empower people,” she says.
“We hope to set an example that society will follow.” Bedi feels that the government ought to run programmes so that the retired policemen and ex-servicemen who live all around Delhi can volunteer and learn alternate dispute resolution. In case you were wondering why a TV show needs to take on the role of a court, she explains, “We haven’t done anything when it comes to resolving alternate disputes that have led to suffering among a lot of people. The police are overburdened and so are the courts with the vast number of civil cases.”
This show, she feels, is very different from the courtroom drama, Aap Ki Adalat. This, she adds, is a “reality show”. “There are no rehearsals, it’s a completely new concept,” she says. Sceptics may feel that the show may simply drive TRPs up rather than actually help the public, but Bedi retorts, “I can safely say that the show will leave viewers armed since they may relate to a lot of cases. The law, after all, does not function in a vacuum.” All she is concerned with is focussing on the job at hand.
“My role is the same as what I’ve been doing for 35 years; it’s like someone has [put] a [TV] camera in my office. I personally don’t believe in postponing justice — we recently settled a property dispute that had been going on for six years,” says Bedi proudly.
The show starts in September on Star Plus