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Inequality before the law in India

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 28, 2007


Robert Priddy, retired academic (Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Oslo) was the head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway –  see his Wikipedia reference.

His article Avoidance of the law in India gives links to BBC and other sources that illustrate how hard it often is, especially for those without great wealth and political clout, to obtain justice in India.

Quote from this Priddy article

“Sai Baba’s “supporters make much of the fact that he has not been brought before a court (he cannot be brought before any court but an Indian one as he always remains in India). No one who has any knowledge of Indian affairs should be surprised that the rich and influential in India can escape justice much more easily even than in the USA or Europe. Proof of this is put forward by India Resource Center, which contributes to advance the understanding of corporate accountability, human rights, labor rights, social and environmental justice issues. They have posted an article about the Noida murders (see New York Times reference below) which show indisputably that justice in India is a two-tier system and is also very inefficient”

A article of mine, Corrupt Indian Judges Stonewall Case Vs Sai Baba, shows something of this corruption so endemic in India.

There are, and always have been, some incredibly valiant fighters against the forces of evil in India. Her freedom fighters remain glorious examples for the rest of the world. She has millennia of great moral and spiritual exemplars – more than in perhaps any other country, one sees many of their images held aloft and worshipped wherever one travels in India. Sadly, as elsewhere, many successes by Indian police and judiciary to stand against corruption will forever go unheralded. A responsible media needs to investigate anticorruption, and non-corruption, as well as corruption – and hold high as excellent role-modeling (without blunting efforts to expose evils) the positive side, too. But then, of course, we need to address a key problem – good news stories can often founder. The extent to which this happens in any of our societies may be taken as some kind of index as to the state of their maturity.

Quotes from this article

“In 2001, the celebrated Indian advocate Kamini Jaiswal (who was a lawyer for the famous ‘Bandit Queen’ Phoolan Devi) attempted to mount, pro bono, a case against Sai Baba on behalf of a former Sai Baba devotee, Hari Sampath.

Jaiswal’s reason for applying for the case to be pled in the Supreme Court of India in New Delhi was precisely for the reason that Andhra Pradesh, Sai Baba’s state, is chockful of Sai Baba police and judges. Therefore, Judges G.B. Paitnaik’s and R.C. Lahoti’s repeated statements (see link below): “Go the Andhra Pradesh court”, and refusals to give reason for their adverse decision is reprehensible. I have shown the transcripted remarks to a Judge who has also been a top government legal advisor in a major Commonwealth country, who was appalled, as other lawyers and laity alike have been ….

…  Two other prominent Indian advocates Prashant Kumar and Gaurav Agarwal appeared along with Kamini Jaiswal. However, they were entirely thwarted by judges in the New Delhi Supreme Court – the Sai Baba-partial Judges Lahoti and Patnaik. There is a document which reveals instantly to any alert and unbiased reader what a ‘kangaroo court’ theirs was. This document’s provenance we can prove to competent and principled enquirers. A legal professional has transcripted the case, and part of this may be viewed”

My article Who In India Will Stand out Against Abuses? points to an encouraging groundswell against corruption in India and expresses the wish that it will come to dwell on corrupt gurus like Sathya Sai Baba.

Quote from this article

“According to reports by Sanjoy Majumdar, BBC New Delhi and Tim Sullivan of Associated Press, there have been some recent populist stirrings in India against corruption and its cover-up.  Not that there have not long been those Indians who have stood up valiantly against these. One may hope that the groundswell will come to include corrupt gurus”

See, too, my longer, more detailed article on this theme, Fighting Multi Billion Corruption Takes Longer


“Although we know too well that he has formidable protection from successive Indian governments, both State and Central, some of our personnel in India have sacrificially put themselves at considerable risk in raising the allegations with Indian authorities. The Sathya Sai Organization arms itself by aligning itself with the power-brokers of trade, finance and politics, both Indian and foreign, who ensure that the vast funds that pour to its Sathya Sai Central Trust are not affected. One of the foremost officials in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office asked Hon. Tony Colman, former MP for Putney to back off in regard to Sai Baba because the Blair government did not want to rock the boat with India”.

Further Reading

Police Ignore Serial Killings in Delhi Slum, Exposing Unequal Justice for India’s Poor
By Amelia Gentleman
New York Times
January 7, 2007

Record of Proceedings document of Hari Sampath’s 2001 case against Sai Baba in the Supreme Court of India, and further comments on this case scuppered by Judges G.B. Patnaik and R.C. Lahoti with the concurrence of then Chief Justice Dr A.S. Anand.

Satya Sai Baba and the Gold Control Act
by B. Premanand
Published by INDIAN CSICOP, Podanur 1986

Note: B. Premanand, of TV “Guru Buster’s” fame, and fellow Indian Rationalists, among other gutsy actions, tried but failed to expose Sathya Sai Baba in court. He too has reported physical attacks, and has told a number of us that his own son was murdered – the only material stolen being extremely compromising to Sathya Sai Baba. Sri Premanand has formed a Committee for Scientific Investigation into Claims of the Paranormal (CSICP). He mounted a court action in Sathya Sai Baba’s state of Andhra Pradesh, in which the High Court Judge Y.V.Anjaneyulu, a prominent Sai Baba devotee, ruled that the law requiring a license to produce gold does not apply to Sathya Sai Baba, who, he determined, materializes his gold from a divine realm. No surprise to the legally savvy in India, this judgement has the power to shock lawyers in more mature democratic legal systems. This 1986 case, which B. Premanand brought in the Andhra Pradesh High Court, exposed a close Sai Baba devotee judge’s violation of India’s secular legal system. Judge Anjaneyulu pronounced:

“An article or ornament materialized from air in a split second by the use of spiritual powers or otherwise cannot be said to be made, manufactured, prepared or processed within the meaning of section 11 of the Gold Control Act”

See also,

Wikipedia Reference for: B. Premanand

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4 Responses to “Inequality before the law in India”

  1. samsrirao said

    Yes. I fully concur with the views expressed above. There are different sets of application of rules by the Apex Court in India and no uniformity is seen.
    In case of Zahira Sheik of Best Bakery holocaust of Vadodara, the young girl had been imposed hefty penalty (which was later withdrawn) and one year imprisonment for perjury for changing her statements quite often in the Supreme Court of India.
    On the same analogy, deterrent punishment should have been given to one A. Sriramakrishna, State Bank of Hyderabad official for filing false affidavits under oath in both A.P. High Court and Delhi High Court and for taking a bumpy ride of two High Courts of the land to thwart and derail the administration of justice and also for obtaining “stays” from both High Courts in the same matter at the same time by the same person making a mockery of judicial system in the country. However, when the issue was raised before the Supreme Court of India on 25-01-07 SLP(c) No.2112 by the undersigned as a Petitioner-in-Person, the case was summarily rejected without going into the details. No other benefit was sought by the Petitioner except making a plea to uphold the dignity and honour of judiciary in India. For details of the case, Google website may be referred to with the caption ‘Inequality before law’. It is therefore very much clear that different yardsticks are followed in identical cases in the dispensation of justice in India. If we raise our voice against the injustice meted out, judiciary uses its lethal weapon viz; contempt of court proceedings to silence the critics., Delhi, India.

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