New Delhi, Nov 21: There could be riots said the Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur while referring to the long queues outside banks and ATMs following the government's decision to render the Rs 500 and 1,000 notes useless.
Many felt that the statement made by the Chief Justice of India
was a harsh one.
The big question is do queues always lead to riots.
For starters there are scores of litigants queuing outside the courts to ensure that justice is delivered in time. It is no secret that pendency in the judiciary has been a problem for several years and complaints about the slow speed at which justice is delivered is nothing new.
In fact there are 5 crore who visit the courts everyday in search of justice. Waiting in queues at the movies, ration shops, temples, passport offices hospitals etc is nothing new in India.
Litagants queue up outside courts too:
Go to any city court and one would find scores of litigants along with their lawyers waiting patiently outside the courts.
After waiting an entire day the litigant returns as his case is adjourned. There are litigants who do this for years and every single day queue up outside courts and yet we have not heard about riots.
There long queues outside temples every day and we have not heard of riots. People wait outside passport offices and ration shops and yet there have not been riots. People wait outside food stalls and there have been no riots.
Let us date back to a 1996 judgment of the Supreme Court in the A S Narayana Deekshitulu case. While speaking about the glory of the Tirupati Tirumala temple, the court had said," it had regained its resplendent glory with immense faith and devotion the people have in Lord Venkateswaraswamy who visit daily in lakhs, wait in queue for a day for darshan for a few seconds."
In 1998, the court in the Ram Lubhaya Bagga case said that it is the duty of the state to secure the health of its citizens. It said that in order to make health care meaningful the same must be within the reach of the people and hence the waiting lists or queues must be reduced.