31 October, 2020

A Stickler For Principle

Justice V.B. Gupta, handling the hawala case, has no patience with corrupt politicians or officials

A Stickler For Principle

More VIPs have trooped through the court of Additional Sessions Judge Vidya Bhushan Gupta than any other, from the late kisan leader Charan Singh and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang to economic offenders like Harshad Mehta, MS Shoes promoter Pawan Sachdeva, former Planning Commission member V. Krishnamurthy and Maruti Udyog's Managing Director R.C. Bhargava. And more recently, the entire gamut of hawala scam-tainted politicians.

One reason, perhaps, why the judge of the special CBI court makes it a point to stress that the rule of law "should be applied equally to everyone". In the hawala case, he pulled up the CBI for following "a policy of pick and choose in arresting one set of accused and not arresting the other set of accused. Said he: "It is not that our country has two sets of law, one for highly-placed public servants and the other for ordinary citizens".

Ironically, he has not been able to practice this avowed commitment to uniformity in applying the law, say lawyers at Delhi's Tis Hazari district courts. They point out that while...



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