Political parties must stop welcoming gangsters into their fold: HC
“Someday these gangsters and criminals will become ‘Bhasmasur’ and make such a big dent on the country and its democratic system that cannot be fixed,” the Allahabad High Court said.
The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday expressed concern over political parties welcoming criminals into their folds and lining them up in elections and called for stopping this trend, saying these criminals will one day become “Bhasmasur” for the country.
A bench of Judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava made the observation while rejecting bail requests from suspended post officer Vinay Kumar Tiwari and Deputy Inspector KK Sharma from Choubeypur Police Station.
The two men were arrested for allegedly informing gangster Vikas Dubey of an impending police raid on his home in Bikru village in Kanpur on July 2 last year. Aware of the impending raid, Dubey’s accomplices ambushed the police team, killing eight of them, including a deputy SP rank officer.
“There is a disturbing trend that either political party welcomes gangsters and criminals involved in organized crime into the party and tries to support and protect them, painting and spreading an imaginary image of Robin des Bois ”, lamented Judge Srivastava.
Seeking to put an immediate end to this trend, he added: “They are given tickets to run for office and sometimes they win too. This trend must be stopped as soon as possible. Judge Shrivastava refused to bail out the two police officers, saying it was evident that the accused applicants had prior information regarding the police raid and that they had “obviously” revealed it to the gangster.
“All political parties should sit together and are required to decide that gangsters and criminals will be discouraged in politics and that no political party will give them tickets to elections,” Judge Srivastava said.
He also urged political parties to seize the opportunity to counter the criminalization of politics.
“The political parties must be up to the task and must be guided by keeping in mind that there can be no concept of ‘my criminal’ and ‘his criminal’ or ‘my man’ and ‘his man’, because a gangster is only a gangster, ”said Judge Shrivastava.
“Someday these gangsters and criminals will become ‘Bhasmasur’ and make such a big dent on the country and its democratic system that cannot be fixed,” the court said.
“There are police officers, perhaps very few in number, who show their loyalty more to these gangsters than to their department for reasons they know best,” the court observed.