I was going to write a few words about the Sanjay Dutt conviction but then I read these three writers and couldn’t agree more with them so I thought I’d link instead. For the record, I agree with the sentencing handed out by Justice Kode and I don’t know what everybody around Sanjay was smoking that they thought he’d get off with probation. I guess Bombay is no L.A.Kamla Bhatt writes about “what has been described as stunning and surprising news”:
The court and the judges through this legal and tough sentence have clearly not treated Sanjay as a celebrity. Instead, as the news media is reporting Sanjay was treated as an equal in the eyes of the court, and that his celebrity status was not considered. I wonder how this news will go down with the film fraternity and the film industry wallahs?
Not well if all reports are true. Obviously, everybody knew all along that Sanjay wasn’t a terrorist. If you thought otherwise then I think you’re majorly paranoid. However, buying arms from underworld dons isn’t exactly proper conduct – in fact illegal arms trafficking, which is what it was even if you disagree with the scope of that term, is a serious offense. And Sanjay obviously realized that given the haste with which he tried to get rid of the cache. Which merely landed his friends in jail.
Let this be a lesson to you, kids. Don’t buy illegal weaponry, especially from the mafia, be more careful of the company you keep and for heaven’s sake if you have a dumb friend, don’t descend to his level. Friendship requires a lot of things from you – idiocy isn’t one of them. This is the voice of experience speaking.
Taking all that into consideration, I can’t disagree with Sakshi’s summation:
[W]hen you think about the number people dead & those traumatized by the 1993 Bomb Blasts, 11 convicts handed with Death Penalties and others sentenced to Life Imprisonment – with just couple of years in prison (minus the 16 months off the 6 years), Dutt seems to have walked off very lightly.
But now that the big show is drawing to a close (even as Sanjay’s lawyers prepare to file an appeal in the Supreme Court) Rajen Nair brings up a very pertinent point:
Let equal and fair justice be meted out to people of the minority community. Those accused in the Mumbai riots must be brought to book. The political workers of the right wing parties who had orchrested the riots and indicted in the Srikrishna commission must be punishment at any cost. In fact one of the politicians while was going about inciting riots in the western suburbs of Mumbai was caught red handed carrying weapons like guns in his jeep by the patrolling party. The modus operandi of this party was to raise the bogey of fear in common people by spreading false rumors that people belonging to minority community had plans to attack them. Then members of this party would go round to people offering their protection and in return ask monetary favor.
Is anybody listening?