Sparrows in the era of inkjets, faxes and email

PRITAM SENGUPTA writes from New Delhi: Despite our claims to democracy—with equality thrown in for good measure—are there different strokes for different folks? And is Sanjay Dutt a good example of it?

His father Sunil Dutt‘s reputation is no doubt solid and beyond reproach. But Sanjay’s own troubled, dope-laden youth and his rehabilitation; his mother Nargis Dutt‘s long battle with cancer, his wife Richa‘s demise from it, and, in the end, the Munnabhai films all have lent an element of surreality to the life of the 48-year-old Bombay blasts’ convict.

In some, he evokes anger.

In many, he evokes sympathy, even pity, for all that he has gone through.

Even if you belong to the latter community, should he have been given a month-long bail because he is ‘yet’ to receive the copy of the judgment of Justice P.D. Kode?

In these days of sophisticated communication, how long does it take for a judgment copy to be composed, printed, faxed, emailed or couriered? Does it take more than a month? Have all the other convicts both, TADA/non-TADA, in the Bombay blasts’ case experienced similar delays in receiving their judgment copies, and thus availed of bail?

Why does law in the Sanjay Dutt case still appear to be onesided?

And why does it seem that there are different strokes for different folks?

How is “Sanju Baba” now visiting Vaishnodevi Temple with an official J&K car with police escort? And how are Justice Kode, the public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam, and even Supreme Court ‘silent’ on the subject?

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