Even with Tirupati deity as PM, no development without law-order

Bengaluru, April 2nd , 2018: Even with the deity of the Tirupati temple as prime minister, India cannot develop unless its central and state governments enforce law and order, ex-Karnataka DGP Shankar Bidari said Saturday.

At IndiaToday's Karnataka Panchayat 2018, Bidari joined Home Guard IGP D Roopa andGlobal Concerns India director Brinda Adige for a chat about the state of lawenforcement in the southern state, which elects a new assembly in May.

Bidarilamented what he called a "collapsed" Indian criminal justice system,and appealed to the "powers that be, regardless of the party" toprotect the innocent and bring the guilty to book without fear or favour.

"Unfortunatelyduring the last few decades, all the governments are harping on development,development, development. When hundreds of thousands of crores are beingsiphoned off from (the) public exchequer, and the culprits are goingunpunished, when hundreds of thousands of crores are being misappropriated,misapplied, and daylight looting of the treasury is taking place all over thecountry, there is no punishment for anybody," he observed.

"Unlessand until you arrange for the enforement of the law, without fear and favour,unless and until you ensure that the culprits are punished within a reasonableperiod of two years, unless and until you ensure that the righteous persons aregiven protection, no development can take place in this country."

Bidari'smessage came shortly after he mentioned the high number of police commissionersBengaluru has had in the last five years, and the recent acquittal of theaccused in the Mangaluru pub attack case.


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