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Old June 18th, 2011, 03:23 PM
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I completely agree. No one has a right to hold any government or a democratic process hostage by fasting unto death!


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Bombay high court: Let's stop hunger strikes, let there be democratic governance
Swati Deshpande , TNN | Jun 18, 2011, 04.06am IST

MUMBAI: "Let's stop these hunger strikes. Let there be some democratic governance in this country," said Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud of the Bombay high court on Friday.

The judge was reacting to a submission by activist Medha Patkar's lawyer that two special committees have been formed by the Maharashtra government to probe irregularities in some slum rehabilitation projects only after a hunger strike by activists and that they can't be stripped of their functions without reasons. Patkar had led the hunger-strike.

Coming within a few days of the country going through Baba Ramdev's fasting protest, the judge's statement immediately caught everyone's attention in court. But Patkar's counsel Mihir Desai quickly said, "This may be your view. I don't subscribe to it."

The issue in court was the state's "sudden flip-flop" as Desai called it. The state government on Friday informed the court that it was passing on to a high-powered committee the work originally referred to the two committees. The high powered committee was formed following a full-bench judgment of the HC in a bunch of petitions that had raised the issue of multiple problems associated with slum rehabilitation schemes including fraudulent list of eligible slumdwellers.

The state on May 28, 2011 issued two government resolutions (GRs) to form two committees comprising members of civil society. One panel was to look into the allegations of irregularities in the large Ganeshkrupa cooperative housing society scheme at Golibar slums in suburban Khar and to submit a report by June 15. The other panel was to submit a report by September 30 into complaints of irregularities in15 other slum rehabilitation schemes. However on June 9, the functioning of the first committee was stayed.

On Friday, the state's counsel, G W Mattos, submitted a statement by a housing department official that the state would issue a "corrigendum or order in two weeks". Desai questioned the state's decision to drop work from the two committees. "The state has not even filed an affidavit. How can the government do this flip-flop with no proper reasoning?" The bench of Justice Chandrachud and Justice AV Mohta recorded the state's statement and directed it to file it properly in writing by July 1 and adjourned it. The judge praised Patkar. He said, " Advocate Desai represents a very active social worker who has brought to the fore many important matters which the government might otherwise not consider."

The lawyer for another activist Simpreet Singh also questioned the state's move. Justice Chandrachud in his last order in the matter cast aspersions on appointment of a committee comprising activists who had participated in the agitation. The committees were headed by former high court judge Hosbet Suresh and one of them includes Simpreet Singh. Mattos also said that once land has been given to the developer after demolishing slums it was the developer's job to see it is not encroached again. Developer's counsel Janak Dwarkadas said that the government's decision had emboldened slum dwellers to rebuild razed hutments.

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I completely agree. No one has a right to hold any government or a democratic process hostage by fasting unto death!
The name itself says it all... Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud... he is a righteous victorious moon-f*cker
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I completely agree. No one has a right to hold any government or a democratic process hostage by fasting unto death!
Very True

Actually they should get elected under the Congress / UPA banner, so that it becomes easier to loot and boss over the rest....

Either fast unto death or loot until others die, makes no difference to a nation devoid of truthful leaders...
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