Concerned over the pendency of corruption cases, the Chief Justice of India (CJI) has written letters to all High Courts of the states ordering setting up of fast track courts (FTCs) for expediting such cases. This order should be implemented quickly so that it acts as a deterrent to corrupt elements. In this era of corruption many cases have been pending in various courts for several years due to their slow execution. The common man very well knows how the powerful and the mighty confront the Judiciary and go scot free. Even after being put behind the bars these corrupt elements soon get bail. They don’t have an iota of remorse on their faces. A befitting example to this is A Raja who was given a rousing welcome in his constituency. Though some of the corrupt names are under the clutches of the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) but no one can assure that they will be punished.

Action is taken against such people only when there is media hype and the person allegedly involved in the offence becomes an embarrassment for his party. Andhra Pradesh MP Jagan Mohan Reddy is the best example of this. Till the time he worked according to the Centre and the state government no action was initiated against him regarding corruption but the moment he floated his own party he came under the scanner and several cases were registered. The CBI, ED and the Income Tax Department have together registered nearly 70 cases against him. Why didn’t the investigating agencies act when he was a trusted ally of the UPA? Now after the order of the Chief Justice it is to be seen how the High Courts work towards expediting such cases. The government too has to come forward in this cause as setting up of FTCs without the Centre’s help won’t be possible. The government has to realize that corruption can be checked only when fair and speedy trial is done and the guilty are punished.