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Where is the rule of law when a man can be shot down in a courtroom?

Delhi’s most wanted criminal, Gogi, was murdered last Friday while standing trial

Where is the rule of law when a man can be shot down in a courtroom?

Delhi’s most wanted criminal, Gogi, was murdered last Friday while standing trial

Where is the rule of law when a man can be shot down in a courtroom?

Delhi’s most wanted criminal, Gogi, was murdered last Friday while standing trial

Where is the rule of law when a man can be shot down in a courtroom?

Delhi’s most wanted criminal, Gogi, was murdered last Friday while standing trial

It sounds like the final scene of a TV crime drama: a notorious gangster is gunned down in court, his assassins disguised as lawyers.

On Friday 24th September, Jitender Maan, known as Gogi—Delhi’s most wanted criminal—appeared in court to stand trial. But before the trial had even begun, he was killed. Two men, dressed as lawyers, pulled out guns and shot him in full view of everyone present.

The two attackers were killed soon afterwards by the Delhi police.

Yet this is not about the lurid details of this bloody shoot-out. It is a question of why it was allowed to happen in the first place. Nowhere should be safer than a court of law. We have a justice system, based on reason and evidence, because our civilisation has moved far beyond the times when “justice” simply meant violence and the rule of the strongest. There could be no clearer sign that something has gone badly wrong.

A courtroom should protect everyone: even a gangster as notorious as Gogi. So why were basic security measures so shoddy that two men were able to enter with guns? No one realised that they were not lawyers, and had no right to be present. None of the security guards were aware of the armed gangsters in their midst.

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