Former Chief Justice of India J S Verma is supporting an appeal as part of an initiative by eminent citizens against criminalisation of politics. On Friday,in a written appeal,he urged all political parties not to field tainted candidates in the coming Lok Sabha elections and to the general public not to vote law breakers to power.
Noting the grim prospects for the country when even political leaders of unquestionable probity appear to be unable or unwilling to stem the rot,the former CJI has written that it is imperative that the youth and citizens of the country rise against the twin scourge of corruption and criminalisation of politics and bring to a halt business as usual attitude of political parties.
Those who have conveyed support to Justice Vermas appeal include Justice V R Krishna Iyer,Ajit Bhattacharjea,G Parthasarathy,Shailaja Chandra,R Balasubramanian,Shyamal Ghosh,Bimal Jalan,Subir Raha,R D Mathur,N Vittal,Maj Gen J P Gupta (retd),Virendra Dayal,Aruna Roy, E Sreedharan,Syed Shahid Mahdi,Prof M G K Menon,Sarosh Ghandy,K L Thapar,B G Deshmukh,B G Verghese,General V P Malik (retd),Prabhat Kumar,Naresh Chandra and K K Jaiswal.
Not one political party,national or regional,has so far given salience to either of these issues in their political manifestos. Indeed,early announcements of candidates are replete with the names of those whom we generously call tainted. There is a clear disconnect between the yearning of the People of India for accountable governance and the manner in which the political process is being conducted, Justice Verma pointed out in his appeal.