Talk about Judicial Activism

Suddenly, BBC Urdu has started featuring more stories on judicial activism in other countries, namely India. This story is interesting in that it addresses responsible campaigning, “fake gun battles” which is something I’d never heard of and leadership culpability. Also, it’s about Nirdender Modi, which is always a la-a-augh.

You’re thinking of Lalu Prasad Yadav. He’s a different kind of laugh.

India’s supreme court has sought clarification from a politician over remarks he made during an election meeting in western Gujarat…

Media reports suggested that Mr Modi had “justified” the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a Muslim civilian…

In March, the Gujarat police admitted – at a hearing of the Supreme Court – that Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a Muslim civilian, was killed in a staged gun-battle…

They are alleged to have attempted to cover up the killing by claiming he belonged to an Islamic militant group.

Mr Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government then admitted that the missing wife of Mr Sheikh, Kausar Bi, was also killed and her body was burnt…

The supreme court has asked Mr Modi to reply by end of January.
It rejected his contention that the remarks on Mr Sheikh were “political”, and he was reacting to election speeches made by the opposition.

Read the whole thing here. It’s quite the story – secular country, no religious campaigning, but Hindu nationalist says killing an innocent Muslim is justified, but then the SC takes notice of it and says explain yourself.

This is the kind of thing that was happening before November 3, 2007. And should be happening now.

Instead, the LHC Chief took notice of the people sitting outside a Justice’s house, who was about to be evicted because he didn’t take the oath, and told the police to arrest them. They were subsequently brought before anti-terrorism court. The SAC went on a hunger strike and through a concatenation of circumstances, Musharraf asked for all “but the gravest” cases against students, civil society members and professors to be withdrawn.

Lawyers are protesting today. Every Thursday, apparently, until the judiciary is restored.

Stumble it!

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#1 Annabell on 12.15.07 at 9:14 pm

WOMAN! Rumor has it that the “emergency rule” is over. What say you, my token Pakistani-in-Pakistan friend?

Also, I had really good Indian food tonight for dinner and I feel like I should come up with some sort of terribly offensive racist joke about India and Pakistan and “at least your neighbors know how to cook,” but I’m on lots of Vicodin, so that’s the best I can do right now, so I guess today I’ll have the migraine and you can be the wise-ass, and maybe next time we’ll switch (not that I’m wishing the migraine on you, but I know you’re already One of the Afflicted).

Sweet baby Jesus I’m rambling. I think it’s bed time.

Spaghetti Monster be with you.

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