How does it feel to be back with Aap Ki Kachehri 3?
It feels really good especially since the show was serving a huge social purpose and was being repeatedly asked for. Now I can say watch it!
What can the audience expect from the third season of the show?
Well, the same kind of clarity and same depth, but technologically it will be digital I believe.
Tell us something about your association with the show. Does it help you to connect with the common man and solve his problems in the most just and lawful manner?
I am very happy to be associated with Aap Ki Kachehri and it feels very fulfilling as it benefits everyone involved in the case. They are made to understand the situation through the eyes of the law and they are always assured of a fair trial.
What aspect of the show do you enjoy most?
When the parties concerned get the clarity about law, they give in and willingly resolve issues, not grudgingly. I love the power of law in providing justice and fairness. All it needs is understanding and fair application.
What would you say is the USP of the show?
Its clarity, hearing of both sides and resolution based on the tenets of law - based on ethics and social responsibility.
Any memorable cases/incidents from this season?
Oh there are too many. I would advise the team to make a DVD of these cases and send them to all the law schools. They will make for good training materials.
How would you rate yourself as a judge?
I can't be indulging in self-praise here, but can honestly say that I love delivering justice. (Even though at times they are energy guzzlers!).
Is it difficult to judge on a show and convey the significance of the judgment to the layman?
Not difficult in view of the preparation we do as a team. Besides, drawing from my years of participative policing is also very helpful. These factors help us in making the concerned parties fully aware of the situation and explain the final verdict.
Has there been an instance where you felt you should have given a different verdict?
No. Not even a single time. An adequate effort is made in each case to fully listen and understand the case, so that there is absolutely no room for error.
You are supporting Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption and the initiation of the Lokpal bill. What are some of the measures you think that should be implemented to fight corruption and make people in power more accountable?
I think it is very important that we should see through the drafting and implementation of this anti-corruption bill and then focus on electoral reform beginning with 'right to reject' - one in which we don't have to vote for the ‘devil’ or the ‘deep sea’. The 'right to reject' will lead to breakdown of monopolies and make way for capable individuals to take charge.
What can we expect from Dr. Kiran Bedi in the future?
I’ll leave that to destiny. But I pray to be of value to my country.
Do you enjoy watching television? Any favorite shows?
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