Just a week after a brilliant exposé on justice, law and judgement that encouraged people to improve their legal knowledge and exposure, here comes a case that proves why people in general have little faith in equal law enforcement for every citizen, irrespective of status. At the risk of being ascribed to the ‘profane’ – a category of people who have vague or no knowledge of the law –, a reaction is inevitable to the judgement rendered in a recent case.
Yet another big fish gets away from the judicial net and judging by people’s reactions and commentaries on the web, at least, nothing less, or more, was expected. What does that say about the faith people have in the country’s systems ? The population has come to expect with a sense of helplessness that nothing will come out of enquiries that might potentially put high-ranking people on the trial stands, that if the enquiry does lead to a hearing, the person will unexpectedly fall ill, thus requiring immediate transfer to a medical facility. If by chance, a hearing leads to a trial, the outcome will be as has been witnessed yesterday.
Let’s give the person the benefit of the doubt ; a person cannot fake such illness. Let’s have faith on the medical experts who have been assessing him since last July. Three experts concur that he is unfit for trial with a myriad of complications making him a vegetable, fair enough. Foreigners are brought in to assess so many things in our country, their reports might not be acted upon, but their help is still solicited, they are brought in to run certain institutions and their expertise is then crushed as soon as they do not conform. Maybe it’s time for the judicial system to have its own panel of foreign medical experts too who can shed new light on the reasons why sudden illnesses, vegetative states and such medical conditions grip high ranking people as soon as they are to face the court.
Coming to the actual case, what happens to the millions that have been involved in the ‘alleged’ frauds ? Cautiousness is ‘de mise’ since nothing can be proved against the poor sick person with so many problems ranging from the cognitive to the coronary. It seems even a sin to accuse such a vulnerable person of any misdeeds. Would the case then be put in the archives drawer and be forgotten ?
On the one hand, the next generation is being encouraged to be inspired by Martin Luther King and become more engaged to eradicate social ills, and on the other, such social injustice, as there does not seem to be any other term to qualify this event, being flung in our faces. We have learnt recently that judgement delivered does not necessarily mean justice done ; this case is a perfect illustration of that statement.