India Against Corruption
DEFIANCE OF JUDICIARY WILL LEAD TO ANARCHY
Supreme court ordered Karnataka government to release certain quantity of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, which was defied by Karnataka government. Supreme court has earlier ordered that Jallikattu should not be conducted in Tamil Nadu and the case to review the order is still pending. However, in several places in Tamil Nadu , Jallikattu has been conducted defying the supreme Court order.
There have also been similar other instances of defiance of supreme Court order in the past in variety of ways.
Possibly, the main reason for such defiance of judiciary is that it does not anymore command the type of respect that it did earlier.
With supreme court judges refusing to have transparency in the appointment of judges , quite a number of judges having been caught on corruption charges or accused of being corrupt, some former judges like Katju questioning the Supreme Court orders, some of the controversial observations of the judges inside and outside the court premises, some judges sharing platform with those facing corruption and criminal charges , judiciary seems to be rapidly losing it's pivotal position and lofty image that it once enjoyed.
In such circumstances, perspective seem to be developing among section of people that the order of judiciary need not be considered sacroscent and can be defied if mass protest can be organized against the order.
So far, those who defy the court orders by threatening to disrupt law and order have got away and courts give an appearance of being helpless in tackling such defiance.
This is a very unhealthy situation and can lead to anarchy.
With the credibility of the politicians and bureaucrats being so low, people seem to think that in the present conditions, judiciary should rise up to the occasion and punish the culprits and ensure fair play. It is increasingly becoming doubtful whether judiciary is now cut out to play such role of remaining as a watch dog and conscience keeper of society.
In any case, even if some damage has been done to the reputation of judiciary in recent times, the judiciary's verdict should be accepted unquestioningly by everyone to prevent a scenario of free for all.
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