oppn parties Threatening or Killing Witnesses is Becoming the Norm

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  • Three persons lynched in Bihar after being accused of cattle theft
  • Delhi police seize a consignment of 1500 kgs of heroin and busts a cartel of Afghanistan-Pakistan narcotics dealers with links to the Taliban
  • Supreme Court gives 9 more months to complete the Babri Masjid demolition case trial
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  • Stock markets bleed for the second day. Sensex crashes 560 points
  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
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  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
Even after indicating that the trust vote will be held today (he said he cannot delay as he had to face the world), the Karnataka Speaker adjourns the assembly until Monday. Voting is likely to take place on Monday
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Threatening or Killing Witnesses is Becoming the Norm

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
When a self styled ‘guru’ like Asharam falls from his pedestal, it not only disillusions a lot of his ‘disciples’ but it is also financially devastating for a huge number of people who get linked to the scam being run and run mini empires perpetuating the myth â€" either with permission or without. If Asharam goes, so does their business â€" of selling books, videos and arranging salvation through a personal meeting. Make no mistake, this is a multi billion industry in India where ‘gurus’ bloom in every alley of every town worth its name.

The Asharam myth had assumed gigantic proportions in recent times. With lecture tours in all metros, where the ‘devotees’ fell over each other to hear his every word and contributed to his cause, Asharam managed to create a very high profile and unaccounted wealth running into crores of rupees. There are many people who have a vested interest in ensuring that Asharam comes out clean of all the charges levied against him and resumes helping them in making more money. Minders of his various trusts, independently or in collusion with other likeminded individuals, could be behind the spate of attacks on witnesses in the case against him.

But the idea must have necessarily come from the deaths and attacks happening in the Vyapam case. As in all else, the politico-bureaucratic establishment in India shows the way to ordinary folks on how to manage things when distressed/accused or arraigned. The similarity in the way witnesses are being threatened, attacked and eliminated is too stark to be ignored. Asharam backers are emboldened by the fact that since nothing is being done to the attackers in the Vyapam case; nothing will be done in their case too.

Since justice is dependent on law, facts and evidence, the ends of justice can never be met if witnesses are compromised â€" by whatever means. In a poor country like India, money is the first bait. But when acts of violence are perpetuated against those who cannot be bought, the administration cannot remain a mute witness. If the administration is doing something about it, it is too little and too late. It should gear up to stop the violence and fast track the case to crush the Asharam myth forever.