Thursday, 4 April 2013

'The Court of Last Resort'


We will proceed slowly in setting up the Court of Last Resort (CLR). The headquarters will be in Delhi, but we propose to set up state units in every state. Most of the work of CLR will be done by the state units, with the centre at Delhi playing an overseeing role. We will set up offices in Delhi and all states, where the complaints can be received. Tens of thousands of complaints will pour in in connection with people in jails (there is so much injustice in India), so we will need lots of volunteers, particularly from youth, academicians, lawyers, media, social activists, professionals, etc who will examine each complaint and send recommendations to the state unit which will then decide the course of action. Mr. Fali Nariman, the eminent Supreme Court lawyer, has agreed to be the Chairman of CLR. Mr. Majeed Memon, the eminent criminal lawyer, will be one of the Vice Chairmen, and Mr. Asif Azmi will be the general secretary. Mr. Mahesh Bhat, the famous film producer and others have agreed to be associated with us. The inaugural function of CLR will be in a press conference at my residence on 15th April at 4.30 p.m. We need the good wishes and support of all enlightened, patriotic and freedom loving people.

I have been asked from where we get the jurisdiction to set up this body ? My answer is : we get our mandate from the people, who are supreme in a democracy.

(To read more about CLR, click here.)

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    1. I mean this is indeed 'laughable'.

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  3. If you don't have work to do as PCI chief then I have some toilets to clean in locality...It will be more helpful if you do that rather opening your loud mouth on every topic under the sun.. I pay your salary as a tax payer so just shut you mouth and do the job you are expected to do...otherwise resign and do your nautanki.. Nobody would have problem than..got it?

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    1. Shame…shame….shame… on you, you are not aam aadmi but “khaas aadmi” and who care of you , how is your language you are using, you have to respect to Mr Katju, he is doing what is needed by our nation.

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    2. I will request the person to use civilised language. I don't know how much tax do you pay to reimburse Mr.Katju salary but i know one thing that large tax payers do not shout from roof tops about the taxes deposited by them. Further, if mr katju is taking a case of helpless persons languishing in jail then does it mean that just because he is PCI chief he will leave doing good works for the needy. Mr Katju must not stop in his journey of helping needy people who have no voice and totally resource less.

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    3. @Anand Mohan
      Who knows Katju is building a forum to rescue criminals as he argued in case of Sanjay Dutt. Either he is mentally unsound or using minority card for achieving political goals. Please note most of his blogs start with "some people asked me..." We do not know who these people are.
      On the other hand many commentors on this blog alleged Katju has political aspirations. Till date he did not rebut these allegations.

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    4. Sir, if a person is trying to make a forum to get the justice to resource less people (let us keep apart sanjay dutt for the time being) then what is the harm if ABC is nursing a political ambition. Rather it will be good if someone nurses political ambitions and get them tested at the crucibles of ballot. If people will like the programes of that person then the reflection will automatically come through ballot otherwise he gets defeated at the hustings. This is the true tenet of democracy.

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    5. @Anand Mohan
      There is nothing wrong helping resource less people. Nor having political ambitions. But using one as a cover for the other is the objection. It shows insincerity towards a good cause.
      Take the case of Arvind Kejriwal. Started as some activist and quickly turned politician. Many may not like but he clearly articulated that power is necessary to serve people. Katju too has same freedom. But he is behaving like wolf in donkey's garb.

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    6. Sir, but what is wrong if a person enters political arena with his/her policies and programmes. Let people test his/her programmes on the scale of their aspirations. What is wrong for a boy who is not intelligent enough taking the examinations and failing at them rather than not taking the exams at all. If Katju's or for that matter anyone's policies are not up to the mark those are bound to be rejected by the people.

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    7. @Anand Mohan,
      if specific wording is more important for you, here it is.
      Katju really does not have any good intentions to save some helpless people. It is only a gimmick to become good samaritan. He is already misusing his position as PCI chairman by thrusting his ideas and views in various media. Now with this he will get more publicity. He has already written enough against NaMo. So sooner or later he will get RS seat from congress. That's it. No more CLR, no more innocent Muslims.

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    8. Dear Mr.'What_is_not_said'

      It is good to learn the specific wording from you. But Who you are? At least Mr. Anand Mohan had the basic courtesy to reveal that he is Anand Mohan. I would request you to not to throw such big words without letting people know who you are. It is equivalent to the so called 'Armchair Activism'.

      Alex Varghese.

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    9. @Alex
      Hmm... what you are interested in? Someone's name or facts? Will it make any difference if I am Aleque Padamses or Bhavana Balsaawar or Mammooty?
      I can understand your problem. People like you cannot accept even truth unless it comes from someone KNOWN POPULAR BIG. Same with Katju followers. They think CLR is great idea as it came from Katju a former Justice of Indian SC. But they do not see similar and genuine services offered in their own places.

      Whether it is Armchair, wheelchair or no chair at all, I am better than Katju. Limiting myself to a specific blog on cyberspace. Whereas Katju is on rampage across India by forcing his opinions on people in the capacity of PCI chairman.

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    10. Dear Mr.'What_is_not_said'
      It seems you are contradicting yourself. Here Mr. Katju has presented a method to address certain issues and facts in our Indian Society. I am not concerned whether it is coming from Mr. Katju or anyone else. In my opinion, we need to address the issues raised by Mr. Katju. You have voiced a prejudiced opinion that since Mr. Katju has raised it, it will not be worthwhile since he is using it for cheap publicity.
      Alex Varghese.

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    11. @Alex
      Ha ha ha... Quick and dirty way of twisting words.
      You too need specific wording like a bio-data reads my name is... I feel... IMO...
      For your benefit-
      I did not say the issue is worthless. I said any issue is worth for people like you, i.e. Alex Varghese, only if it comes from big people. Yes I said Katju is using this for cheap publicity but not that the issue itself is worthless because Katju is using it.
      Hope this clears your confusion.

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    12. @ Everyone

      AAJ KUCH TOOFANI KARTE HAI. THUMBS UP! TASTE THE THUNDER.

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    13. Shame...shame ...shame ,....aam admi nahi ho khaas admi ho...rupa frontline pehnte ho sabko pata chal gaya...

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  4. Idea is good.. but it is not Court legally/ public understanding.. public may confuse.. use other term please.. like advocacy, Arbitrator, Councilor. or any other..

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    1. I have mandate from people. I call everything a Court including my house (Court of Residence), my toilet (Court of Disposal) and my blog (Court of Blogs). How dare you question my judgment.

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  6. Being part of a fight to counter injustice is Dharma.
    Will be proud to be part of it.

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    1. Tumko le kaun raha hai is Court mei joh faltoo apni service offer kar rahe ho..case dismissed.

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  7. The poser , from where you got the jurisdiction to set up the Court , amuses me.
    India , what a funny, miserable land of strange people, magic, contradictions and injustice in plenty!

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    1. abe yeh private association jiska naam court hai. Gadhedchand

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    1. Shaadi kar raha hai kya sir se.."yes i do"

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  9. My best wishes for success of this organisation.

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    1. please keep your best wishes in your pocket. 90% Indians are stupid and I dont want stupid wishes.

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  10. Number of volunteers to this Court will be an important input in computing INDEX OF MADNESS of India.

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  11. Justice Katju, I recently came across this interview of an American judge Justice Breyer about a book he has written named "Making our Democracy Work":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOpUokyd8pk

    http://www.amazon.com/Making-Our-Democracy-Work-Judges/dp/0307390837

    To anyone who questions the authority of courts and judges, you have the option to refer the person to read the above book.

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    1. pseudo intellectual faltu american judges quote mat kar yar. we are innovating here - frugal innovation..

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  12. The idea of arbitration may be good but the concept of justice is different for different people. Will the result of arbitration have any legal standing? The person against whom the verdict of CLR would be held may appeal against the decision made by CLR. Does not it mean as more cases getting piled up in our courts?

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    1. No to answer all your questions, abeer da..rang udao mast raho..

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  13. This indeed is great Kudos Justice Katju. You have inspired us to be responsible citizens we respect you. How do we ( law student) volunteer for this, do we need registration on some website

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    1. Yes, register on www.cdr.org. Given that you (law student) have no other work, I guess you are from HNLU or Orissa NLU

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  14. This indeed is great Kudos Justice Katju. You have inspired us to be responsible citizens we respect you. How do we ( law student) volunteer for this, do we need registration on some website

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  15. I will be extremely pleased to associate with.
    I am in Mumbai.
    I write a blog http://thepracticeoflawjalan.blogspot.in/2012/04/legal-options.html


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    1. I am not interested to associate with.

      I am in Delhi.

      I dont write this blog.

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  16. I M WITH YOU SIR TILL MY LAST BREATHE A STUDENT FROM REMOTE CORNER OF UTTAR PRADESH....SIR PLZ CAN I COME TO SEE AND VISIT inaugural function of CLR ....IF YES SIR PLZ PROVIDE ME THE ADDRESSS I HAVE LITTLE KNOWLEGE OF DELHI..... PLZ SIR PZ INVOLVE ME.......

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    1. Come come come..sun pyar ki dhun...come to me, bhul jaye sara jahan...come to me, hum bana le apna jahan..ek main aur ek tu hai, aur hawa mei jadu hai..

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  17. AGAIN I REPEAT THE SAME THING...............AND TO EVERY ONE ALL ABOVE AUTHORS...WHY U THINK THAT U R NOT EQUAL TO A CELEBRITY...EVERYONE CAN FILE APPEAL FOR PARDON OF ACUSED IN SOCIAL INTEREST IF HE OR SHE REALLLY WANT TO SERVE FOR SOCIETY......IT IS VERY CORRECT THAT 90% OF INDIANS ACUTUALLY DON''NT EVEN KNOW THERE CONSITUTIONAL RIGHTS........PEOPLE LIKE JUSTICE KATJU ARE HEPLING PEOPLE TO KNOW THERE CONSITUTIONAL RIGHTS........SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE NEUTRALLY..MY FELLOW COUNTRY MEN....SEEE BHARAT.....ALSO NOT ONLY INDIA...........

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    1. naa kewal har line ki english galat hai, apne naam ki spelling bhi galat likhi hai...kya india dekhein yaar..hans hans ke pagal ho gaye hai..

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  18. This is a very noble cause and am glad that finally people like you are coming forward to help common man who are stuck with the atrocity and laxity of indian legal system.. justice delayed is not justice denied and i am sure CLR will mark a difference.. i would gladly volunteer for the same.. sir please blog the further details so that we can help you in our own little ways..

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    1. see how is he helping a comman man.

      http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOINEW&BaseHref=CAP/2013/04/07&PageLabel=15&EntityId=Ar01500&ViewMode=HTML

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    2. Satyam Sundaram kabse ho gaya...satyam toh bruyat hai...mislead karte ho.

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  21. The effort should be to fix the system, not to add another system on top. If there is so much "injustice" as Mr.Katju points, then why not prevent the injustice from being meted out, so the "knights in shining armor" does not have to come and the rescue the victims. Granted it is not as glamorous as the "court of last resort".
    Somehow this looks like another attempt for publicity more than improving the system.
    Ensure the accused get good lawyers, that they get bail, steps are taken to help or assist the cops in demonstrating innocence. This way "court of last resort" will not be needed.

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    1. jai jai shiv shankar kata lage na kankar ki payala tere naam kaa piya oooo sau rab di..sachi mei..

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  22. Katju's concept of court of last resort is not new. We already have khap panchayats!

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    1. This guy likes creating fresh nuisance every week and you James Bond instead of solving the 'Octopussy' case are stuck on this blog. Shame on you!

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  23. What about taking up the injustices against and grievances of workers and peasants and not just of high profile celebrities or so-called 'minorities' etc.? Please visit this link: http://kafila.org/2013/03/27/letter-from-jail-maruti-suzuki-workers-union/

    I have commented (you can read it there also):
    "Here it is not a question of whether rebellion against an industry is good or bad; to be approved or condemned. Here it is the question of whether so many workers are indeed guilty of the accusations against them of violence, murder and destruction? Even if so, whether a fair trial is being given to them. Normally if a charge sheet is not filed in 90 days they should be given bail; this is mandatory. Also once the charge sheet is filed, it means investigation is over or almost complete and hence the accused should be given a good opportunity for arranging his proper defence and for that purpose also bail is necessary even if the charge sheet be filed within 90 days. It is inconceivable that hundreds of workers are left to rot in jails without bail. Let them file a writ of Habeas Corpus in the High Court of Delhi or even in Supreme Court through a letter to the Chief Justice and his companion Judges and send that letter through the Jail authorities."

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  24. Ya, I also feel the name of your endeavour has to be changed. Make it a Forum of Last Resort, etc. Please get rid of the habit of using your justice tag for every thing.

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  25. Katju will not take up silly cases. He will take up either celebrities or vote bank groups. Here he is talking to help to undertrials and in Hyderabad he is asking CM to grant remission to killer of ACP. The killer belongs to the popular vote bank.

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  26. Sir, will this CLR also take up the injustice being done to faujis by the ministry of defence/honourable judges ignoring the statutory regulations and deciding the pension cases on perception and misuse of power. they just do not agree/allow/arguments to read the law. there is blatant violation of the Constitution but they do not care and deciding cases Arbitrarily. a fauji can not afford well know face-advocate. you honour had said " law must prevail" but not for fauji ( being treated as slaves). please help. in any case i am with you. beniwalg@ymail.com

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  27. will clr reachable to amm admi? if yes then how?

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  28. @Beniwal, @Cherry garg
    Do not worry. It will reach to no one. It is only a facade for Katju and likes to get some publicity among certain vote bank.

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  29. The members of committee all belong to that "community" or are apologists of the community.
    The idea is good if it is applied across religion/caste/creed but I am sure it will be grossly misused in the near future by various governments, HR groups etc...
    If there are indications in future that this idea dilutes fight against terrorism then Katju has to be blamed for it and criminal proceedings should be initiated... Unless this is agreed CLR shouldn't be implemented...

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  30. "We get our mandate from people...."
    Dear Katju,

    you did not respect the people who got undisputable mandate from people in a regular, free and fair democratic process of elections.

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  31. First of all, some fool asks Master Yoda about "bhere izz da jureesdicsun sir faar theez baady dat you are creting?" To answer the fool: This is a civil society initiative and not a Court in real terms. No jurisdiction is needed for creating a private association. Then Master Yoda replies: I get mandate from the people who are supreme in democracy. To him: What kind of non-sense answer is this about a question on jurisdiction. Just say it is a private association to help people.

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  33. yes, i m in full support of u , and the work which u r going to do in this country, its the need of the hour to take up this issue seriously. I m ready to work as a volunteer. ALL THE BEST Sir,

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  34. Sir... what is the procedure to become a volunteer for the CLR?

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  35. Sir..i am a student in delhi and want to work for my society... what is the procedure to become a volunteer for the CLR?..plz prove me the details on shubham2_8@yahoo.com....

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  36. Sincerely wish to contribute...Pl. Give further details

    Email:: john1989iist@gmail.com
    CV :: http://www.johnspace.in/p/curriculum-vitae.html

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  38. U R DOING GOOD JOB SIR I WANT TO BECOME VOLUNTEER FOR THE CLR PLS SEND ME DETAILS AND PROCEEDURES HERE I AM SOCIALIST AND DIST PRESIDENT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE MISSION. MY MAIL ID IS june1480@gmail.com

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  39. Instead of setting up courts,why don't you people give free legal assistance to the needy.

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  40. Please share the details and procedure to become the volunteer of the Nobel cause.
    Thanks and Regards

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  41. Hope Justice Katju pays attention to the travails of such people's activists and artists too: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=506763886052493&set=a.186015844793967.49063.185994014796150&type=1&theater

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  42. I hope this forum would take all sorts of reform related to court. Let me cite few example.
    1) court takes summer vacation ( today perhaps only kinder garten and primary schools takes) I think during British time judges(mostly European)used to go to hill station in summer. In independent India how can such vacation of court be accepted?
    2) When Judges takes sudden leave , his office is not bound to inform various people about cancellation of date of case and successfully waste valuable time of so many people. In today's world with so many communication medium including internet, there can be many ways of information.
    Arvind Sinha

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