READ THE SUICIDE NOTE WHICH COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE JUDICIAL CRISIS

If one was being parochial one would have only said that Kalikho Pul’s Suicide Note is one the most important literary sources to understand politics and governance in the North East of India (relevant parochial sections highlighted in green in the english translation). But this Suicide note is also a key public document which lifted the tattered veil of judicial incorruptibility and Congress corruption(highlighted in pink in the english translation). Today when 4 senior most judges have broken ranks to point at the rot in the judicial system under the present CJI Mr. Dipak Misra, it is important to revisit the suicide note, for here was the fuse which finally ignited the firework. But first, do read the valiant CAMPAIGN FOR JUDICIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND REFORMS (CJAR) introduction to the 60 page suicide note of Mr. Kalikho Pul and do contribute to their crowdfunding campaign to fund their work to make the Judiciary corruption free.

Kalikho Pul was the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh who was unseated on account of a judgment of the Supreme Court , which quashed the imposition of Presidents Rule in Arunachal Pradesh and restored status quo ante. He committed suiccide on 9th August 2016. Immediately after his suicide a 60 page suicide note/diary was discovered. This note was signed on every page by Kalikho Pul and the last page is dated 08th August 2016 , the day on which he committed suicide.

The contents of this 60 page note with redactions of some of the names contained in it, have been published by various media outlets in the country. They contain very serious allegations of corruption especially in the highest judiciary of India. Though it is not necessary that all the allegations contained in the note even those which are made from his personal knowledge are factually correct, yet a suicide note is treated like a dying declaration and needs to be taken very seriously. The former Governor of Arunachal Mr. Raj Khowa has repeatedly said that the allegations are very serious and need thorough investigation preferably by the CBI. In our view too the allegations contained in the note are indeed very serious and merit an in-depth investigation, so that the rumours and speculations which are swirling around are finally put to rest.

Unfortunately the publication of the note with redacted names have fuelled further speculation about the names which are contained in the note. We are therefore publishing the entire note (without any redactions) so that the true facts about the contents of the note are brought before the people which is essential in public interest. The contents of the note do raise serious questions about corruption in the judiciary and judicial accountability and independence. It is surprising that despite the strong recommendation of the former Governor of Arunachal, the government did not take steps to have the matter investigated by an impartial body. In our view it would not be appropriate for such a sensitive matter to be investigated by an investigative agency under the control of the government. We therefore feel that this needs to be investigated by a SIT setup by a committee/bench of 5 senior most judges who are not mentioned in the suicide note.

The contents of this note (and its translation) are therefore reproduced below”.

IN THE TRANSLATION LOOK OUT FOR  GREEN HIGHLIGHT FOR LOCAL ARUNACHAL COLOUR  AND  PINK FOR NATIONAL JUDICIAL COLOUR 

ORIGINAL NOTE IN HINDI

TRANSLATION BY CJAC

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