Justice Prevailed, But Not Sustained

justice.jpgS Manjunath, Sales Manager with the Indian Oil Corporation, was killed after he detected irregularities at a petrol pump in Lakhimpur Kheri district of UP, in November 2005. The district court convicted all the eight accused in the case and justice was provided.

This case was also going the way Priyadarshini Mattoo and Jessica Lal case went, with witnesses turning hostile, but the campaign of the IIM-L (Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow) alumni, NGOs, S Manjunath Trust, the media and students made sure that justice prevailed.

Satyendra Dubey, the Project Manager of the Golden Quadrilateral in Gaya, like Manjunath, was murdered after he raised the issue of corruption and reported the ‘great loot of public money’ in the road project.

These two men represented Generation X – a generation, which is highly educated, talented, dedicated and committed to the country’s future – a generation that is resilient and voicing rebellion.

Justice might have prevailed but has it really?

What about the issues for which these two men died? They are still unattended. The mafia still operates and is functional in Gaya and the same is the case with petrol pump mafia, who are still milking profit out of petrol and diesel.

The conviction of guilty is just a palliative and problem will be solved only when action are taken against the main culprits who stand behind the scene.

As the author Shiv Khera, in one of his books, says, “We cannot be party to a state, which expects a citizen to be a martyr if he wishes to counter dishonesty. The best tribute can be a whistle blower’s act. Most people are badly hurt by the corruption in our country. This is the time for them, along with various bodies and associations, to get together and initiate a movement for a more honest society and good governance.”

Unless and until justice to the commitment and patriotism of S Manjunath and Satyendra Dubey is not done, everything else is just a sham. It is time for us to demand ‘real’ justice.

Rishabh Srivastava

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