Saldanha for research on capital punishment

Says rich and mighty escape noose
Last Updated 03 August 2015, 17:59 IST

Former High Court judge M F Saldanha said it is unfortunate that people from only a particular section of the society are being subjected to capital punishment while the rich and the mighty escape the noose despite committing grievous crimes.

He was speaking at an orientation programme organised for freshers at JSS Law College here on Monday.

“The fact would become evident if a research is conducted about those who have been sentenced to capital punishment. The way in which justice is being done is not satisfactory,” he said.

Citing a survey conducted by law students on the opinion of plaintiffs on judiciary, Saldanha said most of the respondents have replied that they would not again knock of the doors of courts.

“The plaintiffs are horrified by their experience with the judiciary.The flaws in the judiciary are damaging its credibility. It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated steps to reform the judiciary. But the PM alone cannot do miracles. All those related to the judiciary, including the advocates, should take part in the reforms and bring credibility to the system,” he observed.

‘Judgement, justice same’

Former minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri said courts pronounce judgements, but people do not get justice.

“Judgement and justice should be the same. If this has to be achieved, cases should be disposed as early as possible. With lakhs of pending cases in courts, this is not visible at least in the near future,” Kageri said.

“Values are diminishing in all walks of life and judiciary is no exception. But, compared to other wings of the society, judiciary still commands credibility and dependability. All those in this system should strive to safeguard its credibility and further enhance it,” he said.
Additional director of JSS Mahavidyapeetha Mruthyunjaya P Kulenoor and Principal K S Suresh were present on the occasion.
DH News Service

(Published 03 August 2015, 17:59 IST)

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