Sumary of India can#39;t have parallel legal systems for rich and poor: SC:
- India cannot have two parallel legal systems, one for the rich and resourceful and those who wield political power and the other for small men without resources and capabilities to access justice, the Supreme Court said on Thursday.
- The apex court also said the ‘colonial mindset meted out to the district judiciary’ must change to preserve the faith of citizens and stated that judges are ‘made targets when they stand up for what is right’.
- The top court made these crucial observations while cancelling the bail granted to Madhya Pradesh BSP MLA’s husband, who was arrested in over two-year-old murder case of Congress leader Devendra Chourasia.
- Observing that an effort was being made to shield the accused from administration of justice, the apex court directed transfer of BSP MLA Rambai Singh’s husband Govind Singh to another jail under directions of the DGP to ensure fair criminal proceedings.
- An independent and impartial judiciary is the cornerstone of democracy and it should be immune from political pressures and considerations, the top court said.
- The existence of dual system will only chip away the legitimacy of the law, the top court said.
- The duty also falls on the State machinery to be committed to the rule of law and demonstrate its ability and willingness to follow the rules it itself makes, for its actions to not transgress into the domain of governmental lawlessness, the apex court said.
- The top court said trial court judges work amidst appalling conditions, lack of infrastructure, inadequate protection and there are examples of judges being made targets when they stand stand up for what is right.