Indian police get away with murder – outrage in India
Posted by robertpriddy on December 27, 2009
Once again a high-profile case has ended in what amounts to a subversion of justice in New Delhi, India. Once again the only recourse of the public was to protest. This shows the continuing nature of the Indian judicial system in practice where the police can influence the outcome to such an extent that no justice can be obtained by victims or their dependents. This state of affairs is well-known to practically every Indian citizen.
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Ex-Haryana DGP’s sentencing evokes outrage (Zee news)
That this happens in the capital is a major indictment of India’s police and judicial culture… and it is well know that such things occur throughout India in smaller cities, towns and villages. For example, in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, in June, 1993 where the police investigating six murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom concocted a totally false report, clearly being under the thumb of Sathya Sai Baba’s Prashanthi Nilayam authorities. That murder spree by police was also high-profile due to the importance to many figures in the Government and judiciary being long-term Sathya Sai Baba devotees. The CBI was brought in, but before it could arrive at conclusions, its officials were moved to outposts and the case was quashed by governmental decree under the leadership of Home Minister S.B. Chavan and Prime Minister Narasimha Rao. (See the evidence here)
Another case showing the way the police can totally subvert justice in India was the infamous murder in 2006 , as Tim Sullivan wrote in High Beam Research:- “Students participate in a protest against the justice system urging a re-opening of the Jessica Lal murder case, in New Delhi, India, in this Tuesday March 7, 2006 file photo. The case of Jessica Lall’s murder took six years to wend its way through India’s courts, fairly speedy in a legal system hobbled by corruption and a maze-like bureaucracy, and few were surprised when the verdict was announced Feb. 21. All nine of the accused were acquitted. What surprised India was its own reaction: Protesters took to the streets, holding candle-light vigils and waving signs calling for justice;” see here or else Acquittal Sparks Backlash in India
One of the most scathing commentaries on the Indian justice and court system was given by India’s former Chief Election Commissioner, T.N. Seshan – see here