Sagarika “snorting heroine” Ghose’s interview with Mr Ram Jethmalani did not go well. That is an understatement. The interview was actually a horror show for her. One can see the reaction on her face. She seemed completely lost against a veteran legal warrior.
Here is the video of the interview where Mr Jethmalani flays the media for conducting its own trial and prejudicing the people at large against the defendant. He speaks of professional ethics and says it will be a sad day for the country if lawyers refuse to take up cases saying that the people “feel” that the defendant is guilty.
He is right. The media is overstepping its bounds. How would Ms Ghose feel if she herself finds herself in the dock for some reason and all the lawyers out there refuse to take up her case because the people “feel” that she is guilty and most probably the public feel that way because there has been a incessant media campaign led by her rival channels against her?
The concept of lawyers in the Judiciary is a good one. Not everyone can be a legal expert and everyone needs the services of a professional lawyer to negotiate the maze of the Judicial process.Now if some lawyers are bad, corrupt and lie and cheat to win their cases you can say a lot against the people who have donned the black coat but you cannot say that we don’t need lawyers at all or that professional lawyers should listen to their “conscience” and desist from taking up cases where the people “already know” that the accused person is guilty.
We are a democracy and not a mobocracy. We are a democracy because of the rule of the law. If there was no rule of the law we won’t be a democracy for very long. And this rule of the law entitles every Indian citizen to the “due process of the law” whenever he/she is accused of any wrongdoing. Even if the said person pulled the trigger in front of 1 million people and everyone “knows” that he did it.