Monday, December 21, 2009

Kasab's court case better than 3 Idiots

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

If you plan to catch up Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots this Christmas to entertain yourself, well you might just have a better option and the bonus is its comes absolutely free. Ajmal Kasab's is no less than a Bollywood entertainer. The main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case has denied all charges against him. He accused the Mumbai police of inflicted injuries on him in the custody after putting him under the influence of anaesthesia.

If India's 'national guest' for our most 'friendly nations' is to be believed he has never touched an AK-47 let alone kill people on 26/11. He also denied that he was present at the Chhatrapthi Shivaji Terminus or at the Cama Hospital during the Nov 2008 attacks. He said that he came to India with a valid passport and visa by Samjhauta express. He also said that Pakistan-born American terror suspect David Headley was among 4 FBI agents who questioned him.

Kasab's biggest joke that would even make Raju Shrivastav jump off his seat was that he had come to Mumbai to try his luck in Bollywood. Terrorist or not Kasab certainly has superb acting skills. The man who wanted to meet Amitabh Bachchan after his arrest surely can be nominated for the next Filmfare Award in the open category. The courtroom has become a stage for Kasab and people attending it, his audience.

But wait, the reason he is able to be an actor is because the Indian law permits him. Hasn't he made enough mockery of us in the past one year that we are still continuing with this joke. The death of their dear ones on 26/11 might not have hurt the family member of the victims as much as this mockery of a trial is hurting. What does India want to prove to the world with this trial? What message does it sent to the perpetrators of terror in India?

Now what does our judiciary do? Most probably they will give the benefit of doubt to Kasab to ensure that he is not being framed in the case. They might also pardon him on the lack of evidence. If he is given a death sentence an appeal for this will be made in the Higher Courts which will upheld it. A mercy petition for pardoning him will go to the President and it will rot at the Rashtrapati Bhawan like many others.

Wonder why ASI Tukaram Omble had sacrificed his life taking direct shots to capture the terrorist alive? Why should the security forces in the future risk their lives to capture terrorists alive? The criminal justice system is based on the 'Ram Raj' days where was we live in the time of 'Yam Raj.' Our criminal justice system seems to be too good to deliver justice. No wonder why people do not believe in approaching courts.


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