SRINAGAR: Corruption corrupts the core human values and denudes a human being of humanistic ideals by transforming him into a monster, the JK high court has said.
“It is a slow speed tsunami, which slowly but gradually destroys not only the basic human values of truth, justice and honesty but also the democratic institutions created for protecting and preserving these great human values,” a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and B S Walia observed in a judgment recently, holding that State Accountability Commission can initiate suo-moto proceedings into instances of corruption involving politicians including the Chief Minister.
It said that the people, who hold the high or low offices of trust, by dabbling in corrupt practices, subject large section of population to untold miseries by denying them the basic necessities required for their bare survival.
“The effect of practicing corruption by some people, deprive others of their right to have food, shelter and opportunity of leading life as human beings,” the court said, observing that the creator has provided unbounded material resources, which are sufficient to enable every individual human being to live his life with dignity and honor.
“But, alas, unfortunately the insatiable greed of a few amongst us have disturbed the equilibrium of the society,” the bench, warning that the changes, effected by the evil human endeavor on the natural equilibrium, will have catastrophic impact on the societies.
“Corruption begets injustice and human history bears witness to the fact that all unjust societies, howsoever powerful they were, got destroyed.”
In a democratic society governed by rule of law, the court said, providing clean administration is ‘sine quo non’—(indispensable) — for the moral, material and spiritual development of an individual.
“For running its affairs, a democratic society makes laws, which are more or less in consonance with the natural laws and creates institutions for giving effect to such laws,” the bench said, underlining that no virtue is absolute not even freedom.
“As is said and is a known fact that when in the womb of mother, the foetus remains tied to the umbilical cord and when born, a human being remains tied by societal norms,” the court said.
It said that every person, who holds important position of trust, has to make huge sacrifices at his personal and family life to earn respect of the society.
“…in order to achieve higher goals of life and for over all benefit of the society, Socrates drank cup of hemlock, Christ had to bear the cross and Mahatma Gandhi fell to the bullets of assassin,” the court added.