Last Wednesday, an extraordinary public interest lawsuit was filed in this city’s highest court. It charged that the government had lagged in its constitutional duty to protect its citizens’ right to life, and it pressed the state to modernize and upgrade its security forces.
By Somini Sengupta
The New York Times
The lawsuit was striking mainly for the people behind it: investment bankers, corporate lawyers and representatives of some of India’s largest companies, which have their headquarters here in the country’s financial capital, also known as Bombay. The Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the city’s largest business association, joined as a petitioner. It was the first time it had lent its name to litigation in the public interest.
Activists denounce terrorism at a protest rally in New Delhi on December 6. Indian police resumed interrogations on Sunday of two men arrested on suspicion of helping militants carry out the Mumbai attacks, which have stoked tensions with neighbouring Pakistan.(AFP/Manpreet Romana)