Monday, June 08, 2009

Let Us Not Give/Pass A Judgment On The SNC-Lavalin Case, As Yet!

(The intention of this post in no way to support Pinarayi Vijayan or others accused in the SNC-Lavalin Case but to question the trend in the media (both print and visual) and the common man to pass judgment on the cases involving politicians even before the various courts in the country give its final judgment.)

Kerala Governor R.S Gavai gave permission to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute CPI(M) State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan in the SNC-Lavalin case involving certain charges of corruption. Now it is going to be a bitter fight in the various courts before a final verdict comes out in this case.

The court is going to look into this case soon. But the media (both print and visual) and people opposing Pinarayi have already passed their judgment – corruption has occurred and Pinarayi is the culprit. It has been a feast for the last few days for the media to bring more and more spicy stories in this case and it will continue till Pinarayi resigns from the post of CPI(M) state secretary. Why are the media and people jumping to the conclusion that they are guilty even before the court gave its verdict? It is said that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Why is this not applicable to cases involving politicians?

We don’t learn from previous mistakes also. Take the case of Bofors Gun deal. Based on a CIG report the then opposition parties made an allegation against Rajiv Gandhi and his government that he got kickbacks in the Bofors Gun deal. The media started the role of investigator and judge and passed the verdict that Rajiv Gandhi was corrupt. The majority of the people in India believed these stories and voted him and his government out of power in 1989. After few years the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to Rajiv Gandhi. He was not alive to hear that verdict though. Did any media that carried pages and pages of allegation against Rajiv Gandhi openly apologize for their action? I don’t think so.

Another case that comes to my mind – ISRO espionage case, that happened in Kerala in early 1990’s. I remember reading in all the prominent newspapers including Mathurbhoomi, Manorama, Kerala Kaumudi colorful stories (some were even good to be a C blue film) describing how the prominent scientists from ISRO slept with the two ladies from Maldives and in return sold sensational information to them. The stories were narrated such that who ever reads it will believe it. The incident was such a political hot cake that it resulted in the resignation of then Chief Minister of Kerala, K Karunakaran. The intention of the media was a war against Karunakaran and they succeeded when he resigned.

But have these people who brought out the stories thought about the lives of those prominent scientists against whom they were alleging all kinds of crap? These allegations destroyed the lives of few scientists and families. The media who acted as judges in this case made us believe that spying has in fact occurred. After few years the various courts of the land came to the conclusion that no spying had ever occurred and all the stories going around were pigments of imagination of someone. Did any news media that claims to have a social obligation ever apologize for publishing all these stories? Did the media that did irresponsible journalism get punished for it?

I don’t know much about the merits of the SNC-Lavalin case. I know Pinarayi Vijayan and few officials of Kerala Electricity Board are involved. The prey for the media is now Pinarayi Vijayan like Rajiv Gandhi in Bofors Case or K Karunakaran in ISRO espionage case. Media will write all kinds of stories to fill in their pages and increase circulation and in that process force common man to make judgments based on newspaper reports. I believe this should stop. If a verdict is passed based on the findings of the media then why do we need various courts of law? Let us always keep this in mind, “a person is innocent until proven guilty”.

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10 Comments:

Blogger absolute_void(); said...

speaking sense with wrong examples!

:)

June 08, 2009 5:42 AM  
Blogger Nikhil Narayanan said...

Correction
Maldives, not Mauritius

-Nikhil

June 08, 2009 8:58 AM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

True...

Let the truth prevail..

June 08, 2009 10:06 AM  
Blogger അങ്കിള്‍ said...

Dear Brijesh,
There is a factual error in the first sentance of this blog post.

Governor's consent is in respect of Pinarai Vinjayan only. The case of others was not referred to the Governor.

Govt. have already passed orders refusing consent to prosecute the other two Govt. Officials on the advice of the Adv.General. In view of the present orders of the Governor, the Govt. may think of revising their earlier orders.

June 08, 2009 10:47 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Nikhil/Ankil,
Thanks for pointing the errors. Corrected.

June 09, 2009 1:09 AM  
Blogger Bejoy said...

There are very few newspapers now. Most of them are dailies which thrive on spice and sensation and can be purchased by anyone.

June 09, 2009 6:38 AM  
Blogger Babumohanan said...

If we have to believe the media reports then by this time Vijan is a millionaire. Does the media has any evidence to show whether his life style reflect that? I also do not know how the media is getting the reports that is sent by CBI to Governor? It looks like that everybody speaks to media first before they sent anything with regard to Lavlin case.

June 09, 2009 8:22 AM  
Blogger jpk said...

I just wanted to add a point here. The communist leaders never take money to their houses. If they make any illegal money, it will go to the party alone and will not be used for their own purposes. But whatever, Pinarayi is not guilty until he is proven guilty. But I still don't understand why the marxists are worried about facing the court. They should face the court with courage and come back stronger to the people.

June 09, 2009 5:10 PM  
Blogger Babumohanan said...

Please take a look at this link. http://www.etalkindia.com/indian_politics_news_discussion/rti_actnow_ask_for_income_tax_return_details_for_political_parties-t1953.0.html
So it is easy to find whether the party received the fund or not. Why make a story , let us get documentary evidence.

June 10, 2009 1:01 AM  
Blogger Babumohanan said...

CBI has submitted its charges against Pinarayi in Court. As I could see there are 2 major charges.

1,) Pinarayi has favoured Lavlin. He has done so because they said they will asssit in establishing Malabar Cancer Center (MCC) an autonomous body under Government of Kerala as a Charitable Society under Department of Power.

2.) He has failed to get a Binding contract from SNC for establishing MCC

From my view point the second charge is very weak since a SNC has never said that it will not fund MCC. The Contract was allowed to expire in 2001 under then UDF govt. See the link
http://www.snc-lavalin.com/kerala.php?lang=en

CBI has not said that Pinarayi or any other individuals has made money from this deal. This story was created by Media.

June 12, 2009 9:42 AM  

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