So what happened to these cases?

Posted: April 17, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Public memory is short.

Wait it out, and things will be fine.

People will forget. And you will roam the streets comfortably.

These would be words of advise to high profile “criminals” from their lawyers??

So while Raju is still in jai, and so is Abu Salem and Kasab, whatever happened to some of these biggies??

1. Rahul Mahajan – drug abuse, death of Pramod Mahajan’s secretary, in a government bungalow in Delhi?? Rahul serenades women on TV, goes to Big Boss, and what not. All is well, it seems..

2. Sanjay Dutt – destroyed an AK 47, in the midst of Mumbai riots. Phone calls were intercepted. Connections to mafia don established. So what happens? Spent some time in jail. Now Munnabhai entertains the world, remarries, has twins. All is well.

3. Bhupen Dalal, Ketan Parikh, Bharat Shah – high profile names. Did they come out on bail, or were they acquitted? Are they playing the markets all over again? All is well??

4. MAK Pataudi (and also Nawab Junior) – caught red handed, killing protected wild life, in hunting case. Should have spent many years in jail. But the wife protests against Anna Hazare’s “blackmail” and the son continues to do films, while courting the beautiful Kareena. Ah.. all is well again!

5. Salman Khan – knocked over a street dweller and some black bucks too. But he’s the Dabbang, who’s now trying his hand at Being Human. Again, All is clearly well..

Of course, the Kasliwal beta got freed officially. After a heinous crime. I wonder how he will join the dinner table with the patriarchs of the family, with everyone else knowing that he molested an old woman?!!

And likewise, dear old Italian friend, Mr Quatrocchi is free as a bird. Not that he was much constrained anytime that I know of!

So what will be the fate of Mr. Kalmadi, the Commonwealth man? Or the Raja of telecom? Of course, not to speak of the man behind him, or his big fat family?? The Balwa and the Goenka and the Chandra of the space…? And of course, the one with the grandfather of all scams, valuewise, Hasan Ali himself??

Will they too just wait out for some time, let the heat die down, and then walk out on bail, on some technical ground, and then let public memory fade away??

Feel really pathetic about the law of our land, when I think about all these.

What are your thoughts? Remember others that are roaming the streets like this??

  1. Roshan says:

    True. The population want continuous masala. Who wants to follow-up? Sad state of affairs.

    • Sanjay Mehta says:

      You are right, it is a sad state of affairs.
      But if we remember, we don’t like it, and we protest.
      We should not forget.. not follow the next scam, the next drama, but rather, track them all.. to their logical end!

  2. zafar says:

    Not to forget, the Godfather of all scams His Highness (and Holiness) Mr Sharad Pawar. Think of a scam and you’ll find he is involved in one or other way

    • Sanjay Mehta says:

      Interesting you mention him. Normally untouchable, is he going through just that little bit of agony, in spite of being the Godfather.
      A lot of his cronies are in deep shit.. !

  3. Sanjay Arora says:

    I can see a visible change in public attitude and tolerance Sanjay. We are a large country and to mobilize public outcry is that much more difficult. The recent Anna Hazare incident has shown us people will move if pushed beyond a point. It comes upon social leaders (those in civil society and not necessarily politics) to keep pushing at it and let the fires be burning. We must ensure these issues don’t die down. Citizen Journalism is another good thing to come of such events in recent times. I think if we allow change to evolve, it surely will, albeit slowly. It takes a while for elephants to dance. But it also takes a lot more to stop a moving mountain. I am hoping public conscious one day, sooner than later, assumes the latter form.

    • Sanjay Mehta says:

      I like the attitude, Sanjay.
      Too many intellectual conversations around corruption and Anna Hazare movement, were seeped in a sense of resignation and helplessness.
      I agree that we need to keep trying and have hope. And sometimes, out of the blue, circumstances will contrive to make change even when you thought that there was no hope. Like this Anna Hazare movement, that came from nowhere, almost.. !

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