Tuesday, December 01, 2009

IIPM News - Special home at Jantar Mantar

Shahid Jeelani has a special home at Jantar Mantar. Ask anybody about Jeelani’s abode and he’ll direct you towards a car. One can easily see his belongings peeping out of the car that is parked here.

Shahid Jeelani is no pauper. A resident of the posh Meera Colony in Jodhpur, Jeelani owns 300 acres of land. But his quest for justice has made him come to Jantar Mantar. An ICWA by profession, Jeelani alleges that his in-laws killed his wife and usurped his properties worth crores. His in-laws, in cohort with the police, allegedly implicated him in his wife’s murder and threw him in jail in 1996. But he kept on writing petitions after petitions to the President asking for justice. He was lucky enough that his voice was heard and on the President’s insistence, his case was transferred to a special court. The court later found him not guilty. He is now waging a battle to bring his wife’s killers to book.

He has once even attempted suicide in front of Jodhpur High Court. He has continued to seek the President’s intervention since then. “In the last four years, I have spent most of my days at Jantar Mantar. Whenever there is some order from Rashtrapati Bhawan, I carry it to Jodhpur. When it is stopped, I come back to Jantar Mantar,” he says.

Jeelani has had a brief tryst with bureaucracy too. He even managed to clear Preliminary and Mains exams of the Civil Services entrance. However, being an inmate, he was not allowed to take interview. “I was freed later but I would have been an IAS if it had not happened at the first place,” rues Jeelani. Now he asks government to give him the regular salary of an IAS officer and a beacon-fitted car.

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Source :
IIPM Editorial, 2009

An IIPM and Professor Arindam Chaudhuri (Renowned Management Guru and Economist) Initiative

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