Communication minister J. P. Gupta has been sent to General prison in Dillibazar. The Supreme Court found Minister Gupta, February 21, 2012, guilty and made it known to all and sundry that no one engaged in corrupt practices will be spared. Good. Not bad.
However, the question is whether Gupta is alone in the state loot? Is he the single corrupt in this 12 point NOIDA nation? Don’t others of his status deserve same penal actions to which poor Gupta has been forced to? His compliance with the laws of the land is admirable.
Analysts understand better that not only Madhesi leaders but the Pahadiya rulers of the recent years were also a part of the state loot while remaining in the power corridors in various capacities. Lauda, Dhamija and North-West China airlines, Sudan scam and a host of others demand hearing from the Supreme Court.
Blaming Gupta only may invite Himalayan crisis, as we see to it in advance, thus what is needed is that all the corrupts, whether they belong to Madhesh or Pahad, be treated in a similar manner and that too without any delay. Or else the nation’s apex court which is now collecting accolades from the general population could soon invite wrath from a section of the Nepali society with the likelihood that the SC may lose its impartiality and credibility.
In saying so, analysts here were not favouring Minister Gupta but instead what they wish is to see an impartial behaviour from the apex court. If the SC is an impartial institution then the highest judicial institution must begin the hearing of those cases of corruption which, for some mysterious reasons, remain shelved for years at the SC and also at some lower courts.
Says Minister Gupta (his resignation has not yet been accepted by the Prime Minister officially) that he did not expect that he would be axed by the SC looking at the previous decision arrived at by the Special Court.
To recall, the Special Court had exonerated Minister Gupta.
Gupta tentatively concludes that Justice Sushila Karki, a political personality prior to becoming a judge, may have influenced his case in a negative manner and then suggests in an indirect manner that Judges must not be made who happens to have a political background.
Logic is there in Gupta’s utterances.
“I could have objected to her presence during my hearing, however, I saw in her a personality of a judge and expected that justice would be done in my case, however, that was not forthcoming.
“ I am not at all a Superman...What pains me during my jail stay is that I will not be able to serve my old father with the medicines that he needs on a regular basis and on time”, adds Gupta while talking to the Sourya daily dated February 24, 2012.
Heart touching statement indeed.
“ Justice Karki made a prejudiced decision against me while it was just a different decision made by Justice Karki in the case of Dr. Laxmi Narayan Pathak”, Gupta concludes.
Why only Gupta? Why not others? Is the question that has been boggling even the sharp brains of Kathmandu? Act fast or else it would be too late.