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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Jail or Parliament- Where should law-violators be? 17 March, 2014
The Constitution of India paved way for the Legislature to frame laws with a view to delivering a prosperous and peaceful state. The Union Governments acted fairly to enrich the country with distinctive laws that can safeguard the interests of public at large. The Code of Civil Procedure and the Code of Criminal Procedure are a part of this module.

The supreme law-making body is expected to comprise of people with vision, aptitude, and above all integrity. The irony is that approximately 30 percent of the constituents of the 15th Lok Sabha were those accused of acute violations of law- forgery, theft, murder, and much more. Is the nation, which promises to be the most developed state 10 years down the line, anticipating reforms from such members of the Parliament? We have seen cash floating in the House with MPs accused of accepting bribe to withdraw support; severe cases of corruption; charges of rapes; and allegations of encouraging communal riots. What else are we waiting for? While three wings have been bearing on their shoulders the accountability to put across a state that treats all citizens alike and punishes the ones who hinder peace and sovereignty, not much has been delivered. The Judiciary has repeatedly made constructive attempts to uphold the dignity of the Parliament; however the Legislature and the Executive wings have been supportive to law-breakers.

With unanimous approach, the members of Parliament have trimmed down the principles laid down by the Judiciary; and the Executive wing on the other hand cannot be expected to do much as it is dependant on the Legislative body. Misuse of investigating agencies, elimination of charges against those involved in communal violence, and extended support to hardcore criminals have been the steps undertaken recently by the Union as well as distinctive State Governments. Misuse of power is easy and evasion is much easier. Let’s talk about the solutions now. Voters have immense power to curb the influence and presence of law-breakers in the Parliament. Awareness and partition from self-centered perquisites would definitely bring in the much-awaited reforms. Why are we voting for those who have been charged with grave offences and can surely commit more with our support? Have we been tempted towards policies and packages for our particular community/ caste? YES. Remember, the leaders who have been the key drawbacks in the development and growth of the nation, have been backed by the support of society. To welcome change, cast your vote, however restrain from voting for your caste in view of materialistic perks. Let simplicity and commitment win the race in the upcoming polls.

Extensive works shall be undertaken by the political parties, of which the most important is to nominate reliable candidates. Why despite of distinct evidences, candidates are being nominated for elections? Shouldn’t the constitution of political parties be drafted in such a manner so as to shut every door for these leaders? What should then be the criteria of selection? Education teaches morality, if not completely, to some extent. Why shouldn’t a questionnaire be prepared and responses gathered from prospective candidates? Educational background, social achievements, vision, and the goals after being selected should be asked. People with lesser academic knowledge can surely be given a chance by paying heed to past social works undertaken. The parties must make their selection criteria transparent, which will also assure that the chosen ones receive admirable response from the public during polls. Post winning, the Government must convince people with their hard work, and not through benefits showered on particular class/ religion of voters. MPs that are charged with incidences of breaking the law of the state must be delivered with a Show Cause notice as to why their membership should not be terminated. Productive measures shall be resorted to with a view to upholding the dignity of the House.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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