Justice Sharad Bobde, one of the judges of the Supreme Court of India who hails originally from Nagpur, is leaving this night for New York to participate in a high level CTCED – Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate – conference scheduled to be held on March 10th, 11th and 12th at United Nations in New York.
He will be the only Judge representing India.
The Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) was established by Security Council resolution 1373 (2001), which was adopted unanimously on 28 September 2001 in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States.
The Committee, comprising all 15 Security Council members, was tasked with monitoring implementation of resolution 1373 (2001), which requested countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities at home, in their regions and around the world, including taking steps to:
- Criminalize the financing of terrorism
- Freeze without delay any funds related to persons involved in acts of terrorism
- Deny all forms of financial support for terrorist groups
- Suppress the provision of safe haven, sustenance or support for terrorists
- Share information with other governments on any groups practicing or planning terrorist acts
- Cooperate with other governments in the investigation, detection, arrest, extradition and prosecution of those involved in such acts; and
- Criminalize active and passive assistance for terrorism in domestic law and bring violators to justice.
With the attacks on selected US targets such as the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, on September 11th 2011, the world woke up suddenly to the fact that terror attacks could happen anywhere, anytime in any part of the world.
UN had been deliberating on Counter terrorism already, but till then it had been mostly about terrorist activities like hijacking of international commercial aeroplanes and how to combat that by having strict international laws. 11/9 changed all that.
As a result of the attention focused on countering terrorism since the events of 11 September 2001 and the adoption of Security Council resolution 1373 (2001), which calls on States to become parties to these international instruments, the rate of adherence has increased: some two-thirds of UN Member States have either ratified or acceded to at least 10 of the16 instruments, and there is no longer any country that has neither signed nor become a party to at least one of them.
Speaking exclusively to Nagpur Today Associate Editor Justice Sharad Bobde opined that he hoped such deliberations will finally lead to making the world a safer place for everyone.
Asked why he was selected to attend this very important conference, Justice Bobde said modestly that it was the Chief Justice of India’s decision.
He may not state it but it is obvious that Justice Bobde is thought of very highly in Delhi and wherever he has been before, like his brief stint as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur High Court or in Mumbai or Goa.
We are proud of this Nagpurian who studied in the Law College at Nagpur and began his practice also in the Nagpur bench of the Mumbai High Court.