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RAILWAYS-Belling the Cat

case since our people desperately cling to the last to some straw of legal redress and restitution. But, has the judiciary always been a reliable and efficient arbitrator? As a note of caution, it may be recalled that in the past, the judiciary had not only taken an inordinately long lime in issuing effective orders in cases that involved prominent politicians, but had also reduced itself to a helpless spectator, even when it issued orders against accused politicians. The most recent example is that of the former Bihar chief minister Laloo Yadav. who is supposed to to be in prison under court orders, but is enjoying all the privileges of a special suite in a bungalow, with free access to all his cronies and special medical treatment to boot. It was only when his lawyers wanted to remove him to the more prestigious AlIMS hospital in New Delhi that the Patna High Court woke up and called for records and found out how Laloo Yadav had been spending his time as a prisoner. But even after this, will the judiciary which is expected to treat every accuscdon an equal looting-care to consider two options? One, can it order that Laloo Yadav be sent to the common jail where there may be ordinary prisoners who may be suffering from the same anginal ailment that Laloo Yadav is afflicted with, but do not get the special treatment that is being given to him? Two, can it issue instructions that the prisoners in the common jail be given the same medical facilities that Laloo Yadav and politicians accused of corruption and criminal acts enjoy today even under arrest?

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