This is with regard to “Shailesh Gandhi files second appeal to get info about under-trials in Maharashtra prisons”. Shailesh Gandhi has hit the nucleus of the judicial deficiency which requires immediate reforms. I have witnessed the condition of some of the poor and helpless under-trials who come to court on remand but do not have anyone to guide them or represent them; nor are they are in a position to say anything and cannot even pay the bail amount. In one case, I have seen a poor father losing his mental balance and was screaming and crying in the court premises. The police and the public and all those in black coats standing outside the courts looking for customers were watching the scene. There is a need for judicial reforms. There is a need to strengthen the Advocates Act and there is a need for severe punishment for professional misconduct in advocacy.
Two changes in our long-term list
This is with regard to “Finance ministry withdraws its controversial diktat to levy processing fees on payment of credit card dues by cheque or cash” by Sucheta Dalal. Excellent work, Ms Dalal, Mr Basu and all at Moneylife.
Congrats to the Moneylife team for getting consumers the right they deserve. Certainly Reserve Bank of India (RBI) does not know what it is doing. Just recently, RBI insisted on a new format (CTS-2010) for cheques. So we would have had banks sitting with an inventory of pre-printed chequebooks and customers who would have paid for them but cannot use them because of the heavy charges.