Justice (retd) Ashok Ganguly on Saturday cited “reluctance on part of the police forces in carrying out their duties” as the reason behind the cases piling up at the courts, which, ultimately, he added, creates pressure on the judicial system.
Speaking at a press conference organised by members of the Save Democracy Forum, the former Supreme Court Judge, who is also the forum’s chairman, said, “Police don’t take complaints which forces people to go to the court. As a result, cases are piling up at the courts creating pressure on the judicial system. This would not happen if the police were free to do their duty,” indicating that political interference plays a role in their alleged inaction.
Ganguly then made his observation clear as he accused the ruling party and the administration of “destroying the democratic structure of the state”.
“One after the other incidents keep happening in the state which are violating democracy. When a complaint reaches the police station, they (officers) take action according to the political affiliation of the accused,” he said.
Also present at the conference was senior Congress leader Arunava Ghosh, a High Court lawyer, who cited a recent Supreme Court order which stated that the position of National Human Rights Commission’s chairman cannot remain vacant for long and needs to be filled up soon, a demand, the order stated, that should be put before the state government at the earliest.
Shortly after Ghosh brought up the issue, senior lawyer Bikas Bhattacharya added to it. “Ganguly as the previous NHRC chairman had to face a lot of insult because he dared to speak for justice. He was forced to step down and now the position is lying vacant because the state has not been able to find a person of their choice with the right qualification to fill the position,” he said.
The spectre of recent law and order incidents in the state would loom large when the forum takes out a rally on November 14 from College Square to Rani Rashmoni Road.
Former Naxalite leader Ashim Chatterjee, convenor of the forum, said they would demand that the state government must ensure peace, proper law and order, a corruption-free administration, free and fair elections and security for women, among other things, in the state.
Chatterjee, however, said that the rally will not target any particular party of person. “Everyone from the society have been urged to join the rally but without any political flag or slogan against any person in particular. There will only be placards stating our demands,” he said.