The puddle could be as large as the country’s highest administrative body or as tiny as the down-the-lane, gossipmongers’ AGM. Then there are mudslingers and the victims whose list ranges from the persons in the higher echelons to celebrities.
Not every time a politician assassinates one of his fellow men’s character does it look humourous on the television screen. Yet, taking into account the dangerous impunity anonymity could grant, anyone who waves his/her dirty hands out in the open could even be called innocent.
The shameful incident reported on Tuesday where a bundle of scurrilous pamphlets containing pictures of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, former National Savings Bank Chairman Pradeep Kariyawasam and Judicial Services Commission Secretary Manjula Thilakaratne were found at the entrance of the Supreme Courts, screams aloud that blobs of mud have finally reached the temple of justice.
These pamphlets, as the report revealed, were printed in Sinhala and carried material slandering the characters and private and public lives of Ms. Bandaranayake, Mr. Thilakeratne and Mr.Kariyawasam.
As any other reprehensible act that comes to the world fatherless, these pamphlets did not have an author.
Given the nature of the content, anonymity is hardly surprising!
Lately, the courts of law have been subject to many whirlwinds of power. Yet, the Supreme Court has been the sole institution where people sought solace at the hands of various forms of injustice. It acted the guardian in times of misery, though not as showy as some would declare their ownership and authority over people. Hence, places of such importance do not deserve to be strewn with pamphlets, tarnishing the image of the very person who sits on its highest chair.
Thus, the need of the hour is to capture the faceless persons who had the audacity to leave such material at the Supreme Courts complex and unveil immediately the individuals who led them to commit the deplorable act. The delay in netting the perpetrators would unavoidably lead to believe that lethargy in such quarters is a way of approving and protecting them. Finger-pointing has already begun; lack of action thereof would only confirm the doubts. After all, one does not need sniffer-dog instincts to trace the pawmarks. Whether they are right or wrong is another matter.
In fact, it is the job of the government and the law enforcement authorities to prove them otherwise without making this a sequel to the museum robbery.
One cannot easily forget that, this is a crazy world where people seem to be assaulting, abducting and assassinating themselves for no reason. Therefore under no circumstance should it be that the very victims of this tragedy fall into the category of culprits for the convenience of a few.
After all, it cannot be that a printing machine in some remote corner, cooked up the content, printed and released the tidbits to the wind—all by itself!