Even God cannot save this country: Supreme Court

Even God cannot save this country: Supreme Court

"Even God will not be able to save this country," a fuming Supreme Court on
Tuesday said while slamming the government for its refusal to amend the law for
launching criminal prosecution against those who illegally occupy official
houses.

"We are fed up with this government," the apex court said, adding, "They don't
have the guts to differ with the opinion of the clerks."

"Even God will not be able to save this country. In India even if God comes
down, he cannot change our country. Our country's character has gone. We are
helpless," a bench of Justices B N Aggrawal and G S Singhvi said.

The apex court said PILs are being filed before it by people who are vexed with
the approach of the government on various issues.
"You complain about judicial activism when you are in power. When you are not in
power you come to us for remedy," the bench said.

The bench gave vent to its anger as Additional Solicitor General Amarender Saran
bluntly told the court that the Centre had decided not to amend Section 441 IPC
(criminal trespass) for prosecuting squatters of Government accommodation in the
country.

The government took the stance that the existing provisions provided under the
Public Premises Act was sufficient to evict those unlawfully occupying
government accommodation.

Moreover, it claimed that out of 99,100 government houses only 300-odd dwellings
were under unauthorised occupation for which had been made to evict them. But
this did not satisfy the apex court which said the Government does not have the
guts to take on the offenders.

August 5, 2008

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