Apropos of the editorial “Educated panchayats” (FE, December 12 ), the Supreme Court’s verdict upholding the constitutional validity of the Haryana Panchyati Raj ( Amendment) Act 2015 paves the way to the government to look for implementing norms with regard to the minimum educational qualification required for contesting elections from Panchayat to Parliament. The political parties need to perceive the verdict in its right earnest and look for supporting the government to implement the minimum educational qualification criteria for contesting elections. It is indeed essential to have people’s representatives who are adequately educated to effectively represent the needs of the masses in the law making houses. While minimum educational qualifications are prescribed for various jobs, why it is not applicable to the people’s representatives? Highly qualified bureaucrats are being directed by ministers who mayn’t even have primary education. This is not only paradoxical but also not favourable for good governance. At a time, when the country needs competent governments, and legislative houses to uphold the values of democracy, this verdict of the Supreme Court is of great significance and, as such, the nation must look for bringing in the necessary legislation to implement the minimum educational qualification needed for contestants to contest the elections.
Salman verdict shocking
The Mumbai police, whose inefficient probe let Salman Khan off, expressed shock after the Bombay High Court acquitted the actor of all charges in the Bandra hit-and-run case that dragged on for 13 years. Most policemen associated with the case, however, refused to speak on-record, fearing contempt of court. They said that it is strange that the trial court found several things in order with the police investigation, but the HC did not appreciate any of that. The investigation was correct and the proof of it lies in the fact that Khan was convicted in the trial court. “The larger issue is what happens to the family of the victim and the man who died. If the high court feels that Khan was not driving, then the man who had later owned up should have been convicted, or a re-investigation should have been ordered,” a policeman said, requesting anonymity. Meanwhile, former assistant commissioner of police Kishan Shengal, who was also the investigating officer in the hit-and-run case, said that he was shocked at the verdict and was expecting that the HC might reduce Salman’s sentence, but still hold him guilty.
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