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Sanctity of Judiciary – People now have started trusting more on law court

by Rinku Khumukcham
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People today have once more started believing in the judicial system of the country. There has been speculation in the last five to ten years that even the judiciary system is under indirect control by the government in power and thus justice was never served to the people. Saying so even in those days many went to court and fight for justice. But if one count, the numbers of people seeking justice in the court were almost 90 % are from the family who can afford the lawyer’s fee. Those who live on hand to mouth and earn from dusk to dawn pray for the almighty for justice. For some of them, it was not only because they can’t afford the court fee but because they have lost faith in the judiciary as most of the time the justice was always favoured to those rich and powerful people as they don’t have a problem hiring the best lawyer to fight their case.
At one time, when it comes to the state of Manipur, reports appeared in some e the newspapers about the government authorities alleged to interfere in the case hearing drug hauled case had made the people re-think before going to the court.
However, people also know that it is only the law court that will give justice to them. Besides the speculations, people still have some faith in the judiciary. And this time people have to go to court.
We have noticed some candidates in the recently concluded 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election, who have defeated had started filing petitions to the Manipur high court against two elected representatives for violation of the mandatory guideline while filing nomination papers. The hearing is likely to begin in the next couple of days and if there are merits to the plea by the petitioners then it is likely that the case conclude before six months as there are directives of the Supreme Court to complete all election petitions before six months. Interestingly, in the electoral political history of Manipur alone there were instances of elected candidates being disqualified for filing of affidavit either wrongly or by not following the mandatory provisions like disclosure of assets etc. There were also instances of elected candidates being disqualified for violation of the 10th Scheduled of the Indian constitution.
On the other hand, many irregularities that had been reported time and again to the media but have never been listened to by the respective government today are also going to the court seeking justice. For example, the case of recruitment in the Power Department of the Government of Manipur in 2013. 25 AE were to be appointed directly as per the notification dated May 7, 2013 by MPSC. However, 38 of them are recruited at both MSPDCL and the MSPCL without issuing any additional notification. These matter too is not going to the Manipur High Court as it violates the rights of those employees serving before the establishment of MSPDCL and MSPCL.
It is high time that, the Judiciary today acts to make sure that people still have faith in the system. For the common man and those who have been deprived, it is the law court that will help them or else many may look for other options. Justice delay is justice denied, as they say, but let us presume that justice may delay but it never denied.

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