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But if the parties won?an OBC-caste census is eminently feasible.he would surely have taken appropriate decision and would not have allowed the matter to linger for a period of more than one year. This is an astonishing character certificate to the prime minister But it islegallybeside the point How could anyone determine what someone else would without a doubt have done in the future A supposition about characternot a consideration of official responsibilityis the ground for exoneration But what makes this logic utterly specious are the facts in the second 2G order cancelling licences The court indicts A Raja for not following the PMs advice But it does not follow through on the implication of its own reasoning In this instancethe PM and the EGOM knew exactly that a wrong policy was being pursued and did not act on it So much for the assurance that the prime minister would without a doubt have acted if only he knew There is an old joke that if you refute yourselfit does not count as a refutation The court seems to be following a similar logic The prime minister advised the ministerbut he did not do anything to stop the policy from taking effect In the first judgmentthe PM is exonerated because he did not knowbut would have acted if he had known In the secondhe knew but merely urged Raja to do something else His knowledgewhich should have signalled at least that he was capable of failing to actis used as evidence for exoneration There are two things odd about this: firstthe presumption that the prime minister could not possibly abdicate his responsibility One ought not to prejudge the matter; as one ought not to prejudge anyones guilt till the full facts are out But the way the judgments are writtenit comes across as if the prime ministersimply by virtue of who he iscould not have been guilty of any omission This is an amazing personification of an office Although it is a different type of caseeven Judge Sainis order on P Chidambaram has this quality It does not contest the fact that Chidambaram knew and concurred with the policy It findscontrary to the spirit of the Supreme Courtthat the policy decisions were per se not illegal or arbitrary Much is being made of the fact that in the context of a criminal proceedingone ought to make a distinction between possible criminal liability and possible moral or political responsibility But this distinction is beside the point The court was not being asked whether to judge Chidambaram was guilty It was being merely asked whether there were grounds for further investigation Given the courts own pointed description of how much Chidambaram knew about the policyand how he was in a position to stop itthe refusal to further look into the matter comes across as not consistent with its own logic The standard of proof requiredeven to merely inquire furtherwould beby definitionimpossible to meet To reiterate: nothing in this argument implies that the PM or Chidambaram did anything wrong It merely points out that the reasoning behind the refusal to even inquire furtherseems less than convincing But the fundamental institutional mistake in this case seems to be to do away with any idea of ministerial responsibility or cabinet responsibility In the first casePMO officials are chided for not placing the full facts and legal issues before the PM It is an interesting legal questionwhether this should constitute grounds for appropriate investigation and action against those bureaucrats Did they and there seem to be many of them merely make a mistakeor was it by design But surely ministerial responsibility enters in somewhere in the picture Or is every official in the hierarchy now entitled to get off the hook because they were not fully appraised It is true that the petition had not itself specifically alleged any wrongdoing by the prime minister But the court pulls up the government for serious constitutional arbitrariness in the 2G decision It could have taken the view that there was nothing illegal about the policy But having thumpingly indicted the policythe court fails to ask any probing questions of all those in a position to stop it Having drawn a mighty sword on behalf of accountabilitythe court then lets it fall entirely on bureaucratscorporates and Raja alone Given that it pulls up TRAIRaja and civil servantsit is a bit surprising that it does not show the slightest interest in the core question: Given that the PM himself seemed to know that a wrong policy was being acted upongiven that an empowered group of ministers could have stopped itwhy did they not act In a parliamentary system of governmentis there absolutely no conception of collective responsibility left Is the prime ministers office simply like that of a private citizens all he can do is write a letter The court seems to be rewriting the principles of parliamentary democracy: a minister is not responsible for actions taken in his department The cabinet is not responsibleeven when it has full knowledge and empowered the decisions taken by one of the ministers This can potentially have huge governance implicationsbecause key actors are not being held responsible for decisions But it is hard to fathom the revolutionary character of what the court has enunciated At least Judge Sainis order is premised on saying no wrong was done in the policy But the Supreme Courthaving said that the policy was arbitrarygoes on to imply that ministers have no responsibility for fundamental decisions of their departmentas in the sanction to prosecute case The cabinet has no collective responsibility for any policy decisions Never has there been such subtle subversion of the basic principles of a parliamentary government Consistency may be the virtue of small minds But it is also a vital attribute of the rule of law Whatever be the truth of the matterthe courts reasoning is internally full of tensionsand inconsistent with the basic norms of accountable governance in a parliamentary democracy This is what makes these ordersperhaps unintentionallymore political than might appear on first reading of the high-minded principles the court so eloquently and bravely enunciated What message will this send out One lesson to all bureaucrats is: the concept of ministerial responsibility is dead You are on your own The other is that the order of proof requiredmerely to to ask questions of ministersis impossible to meet Perhaps we need not worry about this Given who they aretheywithout a doubtact out of virtue Raja must be wondering if people can be exonerated for who they arecan they also be so convicted The tragedy of Indian democracy is that the connection between the authority of and principle in a range of institutions remains tenuous The writer is presidentCentre for Policy ResearchDelhi(Concluded) For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Paris | Published: August 20 2017 5:26 pm Sakshi Malik would be hoping to do one better when she takes on the mat on Thursday in the women’s wrestling competition (Source: File) Top News With their eyes firmly trained on winning medals Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik and Asian champion Bajrang Punia will spearhead the Indian challenge at the World Wrestling Championships starting here tomorrow All eyes would be on Rio Games bronze-winner in 58kg Sakshi who bagged a silver medal at the Asian Championship in May after climbing up a division to 60kg category Having qualified in the same category for this championships Sakshi would be hoping to do one better when she takes on the mat on Thursday in the women’s wrestling competition Vinesh Phogat another silver medallist at the Asian Championship will also fancy her chances in women’s 48kg Although Vinesh had won the Asian Championship silver in 55kg after making a comeback from an injury she had suffered during the Rio Games the 22-year-old is back in her preferred 48kg category Besides Vinesh none of the other Phogat sisters are part of the World Championship as two of the most famous — Geeta and Babita — didn’t even participate in the trials while the younger ones — Ritu and Sangeeta — failed to qualify Meanwhile in men’s freestyle bronze medallist of the 2013 Budapest edition Bajrang would be eyeing a gold this time around with his confidence high after finishing on top of the podium at the Asian Championship Bajrang who had bagged a bronze at Budapest in 60kg freestyle has now climbed up a division to 65kg However he looked pretty comfortable in his new weight division as he fought Asia’s best wrestlers in this category a few months ago to emerge victorious Although he ensured a berth at the World Championship just about 10 days ago Bajrang proved far superior when he thrashed Rahul Mann 10-0 at a special selection trial held here on August 12 Earlier Mann had emerged the winner in 65kg during the selection trials held in Sonepat last month but Bajrang submitted an application to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) communicating his inability to take part in the trials due to viral fever and requesting that the final trials in his weight category be held after his recovery However when Bajrang recovered Mann suffered a minor neck injury and the trial could not be held Subsequently on the request of the chief coach Jagminder Singh both the wrestlers travelled to France and the final trial took place before the tournament Besides Bajrang India will pin hopes on Olympian Sandeep Tomar in 57kg as he has performed consistently in the last couple of years A medal at the World Championship is something that Sandeep would want to see against his name Among other freestyle wrestlers Amit Dhankar (70kg) Praveen Rana (74kg) and Satywart Kadiyan (97kg) who will be conferred with the Arjuna Award after this championships are also expected to bring in laurels for the country The Greco-Roman contest will take place on the first two days of the competition and India will be fielding an eight-member team Although Greco-Roman has not been India’s strong point the country would be hoping for a couple of them to spring a surprise or two Squad: Men’s Freestyle: Sandeep Tomar (57kg) Harphool (61kg) Bajrang Punia (65kg) Amit Dhankar (70kg) Praveen Rana (74kg) Deepak (86kg) Satywart Kadiyan (97kg) Sumit (125kg) Women’s wrestling: Vinesh Phogat (48kg) Sheetal (53kg) Lalita (55kg) Pooja Dhanda (58kg) Sakshi Malik (60kg) Shilpi (63kg) Navjot Kaur (69kg) Pooja (75kg) Greco-Roman: Gyanender (59kg) Ravinder (66kg) Yogesh (71kg) Gurpreet Singh (75kg) Harpreet Singh (80kg) Ravinder Khatri (85kg) Hardeep (98kg) Naveen (130kg) For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top Newsnic. uses expletives and indulges in flirtations.

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