Being a student of Chartered Accountancy, the phrase that “Who will guard the Guards" ( Latin : Quis custodiet ipsos cutodes) is no new for me. It has often been a topic of discussion in ICAI ever since the Chartered Accountants profession started and has been one of the recent favorite pastime, thanks to the Satyam Saga.
Sadly, as Latin quotes always somehow fit every situation, this one does too; only this time I just twisted it a bit to sound appropriate to the topic of the day “Who will advocate for the Advocates?”. You got me right this one is a tribute to the heroic act of the Advocates in Chennai and the patience and judgment showed by Police on mauka- e - waardaat (*sarcasm*).
We have a country bestowing people with all rights, which if practiced can shift India to the first rank of Human Development index. Only one thing, shoot down the politicians, fill jails with the police, and now ban the advocates. I mean weren’t we enough tortured and used for the sake of politicians that we now have to live under the fear of Advocates burning the palace of Justice???
Dekh tere sansaar ki haalaat kya ho gayi bhagwaan
Kitna badal gaya insaan
These advocates downing the black coat, promising justice to the innocents, what they think? Do they think that just because they are the one who advocate for others, they have the right to throw rotten eggs inside the court room, set ablaze a Police station, disrupt the civic life, break the law, and be responsible for the shoot at sight order in the city??
And all these because they think it’s all right to support the organization which is accused of assassination of an Indian Prime Minister, which covers up the front page of TOI for killing innocents , which is being labeled as a terrorist organization and which is a disgrace to humanity? Ya, I am talking about LTTE. These moving memory cards of whole of the Indian Constitution, can’t they see that what they are doing is against IPC? Against country? Against Country people?
Not forgetting our wonderful Police, who frustrated and confused at Advocates’ reaction at the court, hit back by smashing vehicles parked inside the complex and threw teargas shells which caused even more of chaos and wrapped up one of the Judge who is now admitted in hospital. I agree that they were doing the duty but no sympathy for them here too, as they refused to get the lawyer arrested who was held responsible for starting all this, instead got all of them behind the bars.
After all this drama, who is suffering? It’s us, the common man, these lawyers and the police and the media ( ya media is responsible too, given that they never forget to divert our concentration from main issue to the more “sensationalized” one) they all will wash their hands at the end of the day. Police will say it had no other way than giving shoot at sight order (Has it really worked ??), media will say they were reporting the “truth” and come’ on you don’t throw 400 lawyers in jail just like that (provided u have those many jails).
Amidst all this we tend to forget that it’s the LTTE that’s gaining in the whole of the business. Whole of the security is directed against lawyers then who will secure us from foreign terrorist organization. Think a bit, stress your brain nerves, all 400 lawyers moving against law..There is something wrong..it’s just not common..not every day business. And now we will get busy in fighting “among” ourselves and forget that we have to fight “for” ourselves. This has been the case always. Let’s see if it makes some difference this time.
But yes my innocent mind is still wondering, if all the lawyers are under arrest then “who is going to advocate the Advocates”? ;) And above all who will judge the case :O??