Disrepute And Shame To The Temple Of Justice: Justice Dhingra

Here is another gem from Justice Dhingra. This judgment is about fighting corruption. The appellant, Murari Lal, was absolved by the trial court in a 498A case and he was trying to get back back the fine of Rs. 5,000.00 from the court.

Here is the article: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=230247

Here is an excerpt:

“Coming to question of sentence, I consider that no leniency can be shown in cases of corruption. Courts are considered temples of justice. If the staff of the court harass litigants and do not issue refund voucher or certified copies etc the whole judicial system is put to disrepute and shame. It is a folklore that every brick of the court demands money. Showing leniency and sympathy with the corrupt only encourages corruption. Corruption has increased in this country by leaps and bounds as only a few people take courage to make complaints. Some even after making complaint turn hostile by becoming themselves corrupt. Thus only a trickle comes in open. The sentence awarded by the court must reflect enormity of the situation faced by the society. It is not related to the amount of bribe received, but to the dishonesty of the person receiving the bribe in temple of justice, with the help of a tout. The Ahlmad in this case was corrupt to the extent that he needed a tout to help him in such deals, who was the partner of 50%. The appellants deserve no leniency. Both the appeals are hereby dismissed”

Here is the judgment:

http://courtnic.nic.in/dhcorder/dhcqrydisp_J.asp?pn=1060&yr=2007

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The family of the writer was tortured by the Indian Police in an attempt to extort over a $100,000 by holding them in custody for over a week. The police, in cahoots with the magistrate and the PP, did this due to the ridiculous allegations made in a 498A case by his embittered ex-wife. She filed the case years after he and his family had last seen her. Thousands of 498A cases are filed each year in India by women seeking to wreak vengeance on their husbands and in-laws. Enormous sums are extorted from intimidated families implicated in these cases by corrupt Indian police officers and elements of the Indian judiciary. The author and his family haven't bribed any public official nor have they given in to the extortion. This blog aims to raise awareness of due process in India. The content of this blog constitutes, opinions, observations, and publicly available documents. The intent is not to slander or defame anyone or any institution and is the manifestation of the author's right to freedom of expression – with all the protections this right guarantees.

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