Cleaning the rot

The judiciary, through judgments such as Lily Thomas v. Union of India, has tried to weed out corruption in politics and stop criminalisation (“Speed up trials of politicians, says SC”, Nov. 2). While the clean-up drive has been caught in time-consuming judicial probes, what has been lacking is political will. The Election Commission has been struggling to find an effective tool to curb the entries of tainted contestants. A lust for power and the moral turpitude of many contestants have led to this situation. Only an efficient judiciary can do the task now.

Devanand Vyas,


It is commendable that the Supreme Court is exerting pressure on the government to establish special courts to try criminal cases involving political persons. There are some criminals being elected as our representatives and there are also elected representatives who turn criminal. The common thread in both these cases is that the victim is the public. With wealth reaped from corruption, politicians have more than enough money to engage the best lawyers and sail smoothly all the way from the lower courts to the Supreme Court. Legal luminaries try all the tricks in their bag to ward off the final verdict. In some cases, when the final verdict arrives, only conviction and not sentencing is possible as the person is dead by then.

Matthew Adukanil,

Tirupattur, Vellore district

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