Wednesday, September 24, 2014
LAND MARK SC JUDGEMENT –Subhash Chander Chabba
The honorable Supreme Court of India deserves kudos for having delivered a landmark judgement in Vijay Shankar Pandey versus Union of India and others wherein it has been authoritatively held that
“The constitution declares that India is a sovereign democratic republic. The requirement of such a republic is that every action of the state is to be informed with reason.State is not a hierarchy of regressively genuflecting coterie of bureaucracy.
The right of judicial remedies for redressal of either personal or public grievances is a constitutional right of the subjects (both citizens and non citizens ) of this country. Employees of State can not become members of a different and inferior class to whom such right is not available.”
Having spearheaded a crusade against corruption while standing in turbid waters of immorality while seving for over three decades in a premier PSU of State of Punjab,I also got two such show cause notices on grounds similar to those in charge sheet of Sh Vijay Shankar Pandey. My reply to these showcause notices was exactly on the lines and principles which have now been enunciated by the honorable Apex Court.I was awarded punishment of ‘warning’ in both the cases.This punishment was too small compared to the risks perceived by me while following this path of catching the bull of corruption by its horns and it did not deter me from following exposing the modern day dacoits who are pinching the pockets of poor masses without letting them have even an air of the naked loot. Conscientious employees amongst the otherwise spoilt lot can be of immense help in stopping this drift. These employees did not raise their voice for fear of adverse reprisals. The judgement of SC will go a long way to take away this imaginary fear factor and embolden them to raise their voice against wrongdoings apparent to them in their immediate surroundings.