I would begin by saying that as far as I know, the story I am
presenting here is a completely fallacious and imagined one. All its
characters are also fictitious. I don’t even think that such illegal
acts can actually be done in real life. And this has certainly nothing to do with me in any manner.
The problem is that this story repeatedly comes in my dreams and it haunts me all the time I am trying to sleep. The only remedy
that I can think of to save my life and my peace of mind is to narrate
the story before everyone so that it no longer remains confined only to
my dreams and I get rid of its constant haunting.
Once upon a
time, there was a man. He was also an officer. As luck would have it, he
also was a police officer. He was a bit independent minded and was not
servile in his nature. As a result he often refused to toe the line
dictated by others. This often brought him in conflict with his senior
This officer was posted somewhere. Here also the same
thing happened. This made the senior officer unhappy with him and he
started having grudge with this officer. There must have been bad luck
lurching somewhere around because at the same time, he somehow developed
friction with his immediate subordinate. Interestingly, both the senior
and the junior officer had excellent relations with each other.
The senior officer was asked to conduct an enquiry in a given matter.
He immediately got in unison with the subordinate officer and framed a
false but thick and genuine looking report indicting this officer with
extremely serious criminal charges. This report declared this officer as
being involved in a very serious crime.
The story was
sensational and the report quite thick. It was immediately lapped by
newspaper reporters and many news items got published making a complete
villain out of this officer.
When the news appeared in many
prominent newspapers, the Lord also got concerned. The Lord entrusted
this enquiry to a pretty senior officer. Since our officer was truly
innocent he was found so in the independent enquiry conducted by this
senior officer of the Lord. He declared through his enquiry report that
this officer was not guilty in any manner.
This officer, whom
others had tried to frame with very serious charges was equally
stubborn. He was not happy by being declared innocent and not-guilty.
He also started demanding suitable action against all those officers who
tried to frame him on false charges in a false case.
been pursuing his case for years though no one seems to be listening to
him and his story. Everyone is advising him to forget the episode as a
bad dream and to look forward instead of getting fixated in time and
space. But this officer says that he would go on pursuing the matter as
long as he can.
While all this was still going on, this
officer decided that he would present his truth before the common
masses. He searched his rule books and found that in his service, there
is a provision of speaking out his facts through media after having
taken the due permission of his Lord. The rule was that he needed to
apply to his Lord to grant him permission to speak out and if there was
no response from the Lord till a specified period, then it would be
presumed that such a permission had actually been granted by the Lord.
The officer sought permission from his Lord. The Lord did not care to
respond. The stipulated period passed off. The officer, thinking and
presuming that now he that the right to interact with the media, called
the media persons for interaction.
Suddenly his Lords
developed cold feet. They started thinking of the repercussions of this
Press interaction. In a hurried manner, they disused the fact among
themselves and made a decision that the officer would not be permitted
to interact with the media. No reasons were provided for this decision,
only an order of this nature was dispatched.
It is month’s
since this happened. Till date there has been no further progress in
this matter. The officer has been writing incessantly, praying with
folded arms to clarify the situation. He has been repeatedly saying that
when the stipulated time period had passed, the Lord did not have a
legal right to stop him from any Press interaction. He has been yelling
at the top of his voice that he was been incorrectly and illegally
gagged. He quotes various legal provisions including the Constitutional
Articles related with freedom of expression but the Lord seems least
bothered about these trivialities. In all certainty, the Lord regards
himself as the law unto itself.
Thus the position today is
that the Lord is sitting there relaxed, considers himself the law of the
land personified. He also knows that the person struggling before him
is nothing more than a mere servant. And he very well knows the limits
of status and power that servants wield. To the Lord whatever he says is
the only truth, whether being true or false, legal or illegal,
constitutional or unconstitutional.
The only problem is this
case is that the concerned officer is also very belligerent and
foolhardy. He has the bad habit of quoting rules and regulations. He is
also willing to face any adversities in his self-declared path of
justice. Despite knowing that his Lord will feel bad about these acts,
he still keeps harping over the same issue again and again.
This tug of war has been going for years. Prima facie is seems that what
the officer says is legally correct because as per law, an officer
seems to suo motu get the sanction to speak through media, the moment
the requisite prescribed period after date of submission of the request
is over. But then it is well known that the Lord is the ultimate king
and he always considers himself above all laws. He is neither giving the
officer permission to speak out nor is he stating any position to him.
He is as relaxed as ever, while the officer is moving from pillar to
post- feeling agitated and perturbed.
It needs to be seen what
course of events will this war between authority and legality will take
further. But what is of real concern to me is the incessant persistence
of this dream sequence that comes again and again in my sleep and is
making my life miserable. I only hope, I am able to exorcise this ghost
sooner so as to get fine and tranquil sleep.
Would be great if my friends, by responding to this story, assist me in getting back my sleep.