Need For Constitutional Framework to Indict CVC
It has been reported that there is no constitutional framework wherein the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) can himself be proceeded against for corruption. A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court to set up a mechanism for this. Such a procedure is more than a necessity, as the present incumbent in the CVC’s post, K V Chowdhary, took charge of his appointment only after having been cleared of some cases of corruption that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was investigating against him. Even now, there are allegations against him of having closed some vigilance cases dubiously.
S KAMAT, Alto St Cruz
Traffic Sentinel Scheme May Die A Natural Death
It must be said that there has been a strong disapproval from the general public, especially the two-wheeler riders, to the traffic sentinel scheme. There have been several attacks on traffic sentinels. It is pertinent to note that it is not just the affected person who attacks the traffic sentinel but rather a large crowd gathers in no time and starts bashing the traffic sentinel. God forbid, such an attack by a mob could even end in fatality. No one would want to risk one’s life in order to “save” the life of a two-wheeler rider by reporting for not wearing a helmet. It is also not worth suffering injuries and even risking one’s life in order to earn some money, which the traffic sentinel is paid. The police cannot be expected to be present at the spot to provide protection every time a traffic sentinel is being attacked by a crowd. Due to this resistance to the traffic sentinel scheme, the scheme could die a “slow and natural death”. In the past couple of days several people have been booked by the cops for helmetless riding. This only goes to show that with a strong willpower, the police can be effective even without the traffic sentinels.
ADELMO FERNANDES, Vasco