Today, activist G R Vora dispatched letters to 41 most empowered persons in the Indian judiciary, law ministry and law commission. We hope that they will read, understand and act upon these suggestions.
This letter-writing exercise was our way of wishing for a brighter 2012 for all our fellow-citizens. We firmly believe that our governance systems, including the judiciary, must improve and will improve. We believe that together, we can make a difference – especially for the common man whom Gandhiji called Daridra-Narayan.
Supported by 121 signatories from across India (a majority from Mumbai), this letter was drafted with many key inputs from Adv. Rasheed Qureshi of Supreme Court and Adv. Ameet Mehta of Bombay High Court.
Addressed to Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia with whom the buck stops, this letter was also copied to:
1. Chief Justices of 17 High Courts of India
2. Presidents of 17 Bar Associations of India
3. Union Minister for Law & Justice Salman Khurshid
4. Secretary of Law & Justice Dept., Govt. of India
5. Chairman and Secretary of the 19th Law Commission, New Delhi.
To enable non-English speakers to understand and discuss the issues involved in making judicial remedies available to the common man, the letter etc. was translated in Hindi and Marathi by activists Sumer Bais and Meenal Rege.
(As courier service was not available to Sikkim, it was sent by post. Receipts of letters sent to four Presidents of Bar Associations are also not included here.)
The cost of this entire project – about Rs 2000 — was borne by G R Vora. Of course, some of us will chip in with our contributions.
Thank you all for participating in this act of faith. God bless you all, God bless our beloved country. And wish you a marvelous New Year in service of the country. May 2012 be the year of change that we have been praying for, and working for.