Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Maharashtra Bombs circa 1993 - The continuing saga

Finally the wheels of the justice system seem to be moving. One starts to think about all the old sayings about what one desires from the judicial system. People tend to feel that justice should seem to have been done in order to continue to believe in the legal system.
After 13 years (which is a pretty long time frame), the accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts are being sentenced. This was a high-profile case, and one would have expected that there would have been a fast investigation and an equally fast trial. 13 years is a very very long period of time. If one of the objectives of the legal system is to showcase such cases as deterrents to would be criminals, then that was an objective that has not been achieved. And owing to the fact that we have to give everyone a due process of law (which is actually a good thing), this is not the end. The same case will go to the High Court, and the Supreme Court. I would expect that it would be another decade before the people who have done this crime get their legal punishment. This is a mockery. If it takes 20 years to finally convict (and maybe execute) people who have committed such grave crimes, then we need to do something different.
This case is not a good precedent.

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posted by Ashish Agarwal @ 12:57 AM