Hai, Bhagwan!

Appears the once stalwart Justice Bhagwandas has a new bhagwan and that bhawan is none other than Zardari.

Remember Justice Bhagwandas had been working for the supreme court heading the judicial commission investigating oil and gas prices. The commission had found glaring faults in the mechanism and reported that the oil companies had been given a free hand to bilk consumers and made huge profits (one refinery alone saw it’s profits go up more than 4,331%) . In fact it was on the basis of that report that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry defined it as  “A massive embezzlement of billions of rupees in price fixing mechanisms for petroleum products in local markets since 1999 by the beneficiaries, oil companies, OGRA as well as the Federal Government has been detected“.

(Of course nothing has been done to implement the recommendations of Bhagwandas Commission by the government.)

That an attempt to buy Bhagwandas was ‘on’ became apparent a few days back when Justice Bhagwandas himself revealed offers were being made to have him appointed Chairman, Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC). Though he said he had not rejected the offer, he did point out to those offering him the job that he was barred from accepting any position as per constitution (clause 2 of Article 207 of the Constitution placed a bar on retired Supreme Court and high court judges to accept an office of profit till the expiration of two years from their retirement, and Justice Bhagwandas would not complete that term until Dec 14, 2009, as he himself stated.)

Now imagine my surprise when I opened the paper today and saw this headline glaring at me on the front page:

Bhagwandas appointed FPSC chief

Yes, Bhagwandas — excuse me for not using the title ‘Justice’ — has accepted the job and as his first act visited the Presidency Mandir to get the ashirwat of Bhuwan Zardari.  Yes, we are still weeks away from Dec 14, 2009 so wonder what happened to that ‘clause 2 of Article 207 of the Constitution’?

Also note that the position of the chief of FPSC is today a neutered one, thanks to Bhagwan Zardari and Devi Gilani, so Bhagwandas will just be a figurehead, giving an aura of legitimacy to appointments that will not be based on merit but will be strictly ‘political promotions’.

I am just surprised Bhagwandas sold so cheaply.

Side note: Regarding that Bank of Punjab case, CJ Iftikhar is certainly appearing compromised and letting crooks off the hook. More on that soon….


2 Responses to “Hai, Bhagwan!”

  1. 1 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org November 26, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Thanks for the Report.

    Even at this late stage, almost at the brink, if a courageous people were to put up a fight, the outcome would not be scripted.

    I often rehearse Patrick Henry’s speech, specifically for the following rhetoric, which, alas, has merely become words on a theatrical stage rather in the boiling blood of men and women as they, as we, spectate our nation looted from within, and destroyed by the barbarians at the gate:

    I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!

    They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger?

    Will it be the next week, or the next year?

    Will it be when we are totally disarmed, …

    Shall we gather strength but irresolution and inaction?

    Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

    Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.

    Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone.

    There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.

    The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. ‘

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

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