Why we shouldn’t even think of pardoning Sanjay Dutt?

Much ado about nothing. These are the only four words that one can possibly think of to describe what is occupying the media when it comes to the verdict passed by the Honorable Supreme Court on the 21 March 2013, upholding the conviction of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.

Whether it is news articles, opinions, newspaper columns, online articles, TV debates, citizen journalism , or the pardoning petitions being filed, all are revolving around the question – “Should Sanjay Dutt be pardoned?” However, I have pre-question to that – “Why should we even think of pardoning Sanjay Dutt?”
Is it not enough that he was given a fair trial, evidence was found against him and the court convicted him and his appeals went all the way to the Supreme Court which also upheld his conviction?Now, after the trial and the verdict being upheld by the highest court of India, if we talk of pardoning such a criminal, then why do we have the judicial system in India in the first place, wasting billions of rupees of the public exchequer?

Can’t we have a system wherein a person is punished based on his/her popularity and on factors as to whether he/she is a good family person or not, a good father/mother, husband/wife and carries a reputation or not. Worst, let every person have his own fan club and the strength and influence of the fan club will decide whether a person should ultimately be punished for crimes committed and proven beyond doubt or not?

Does my proposal sound ridiculously stupid? Well, that’s exactly the kind of feeling that one gets as we witness the drama that unfolds in the society around Dutt’s conviction. The whole issue of pardoning a hardened criminal like Dutt and setting aside his conviction despite evidences being found against him and various eminent personalities like ex-Judge Markandey Katju, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari, MP Jaya Bachchan and many others in the brigade sound extremely ridiculously stupid.

And it is disheartening to see that a society comprising otherwise intellectual individuals witnesses it dumbfounded and only talks about criticizing the campaign-de-pardon of Sanju Baba (as he is fondly called) at coffee tables and tea joints.

As if ridiculous stupidity had its limits, the arguments being given in favor of the pardon are laughable at best and despicable at worst.

1. If Dutt was an innocent kid at the age of 33, when he committed those crimes, then why do we have 18 years as juvenile age limit? Why not 34?

2. If Dutt has a family to support, then all such convicts who have family must be granted pardon, why double standards?

3. If his sister and Congress MP, Priya Dutt can talk of having harsh anti-male laws to incarcerate innocent men as under-trials, merely because a woman complains against those men, then why not her thrice convicted brother?

4. If we can even consider the fact that whether we can pardon Dutt or not even after he is convicted thrice, then why don’t we first acquit all such men who are still trapped in false and vexatious matrimonial litigations filed by greedy and manipulative wives without trial or evidence?

5. What type of example are we trying to set here by wasting our time debating whether we should pardon a thrice convicted criminal found guilty of offence corroborated by clinching evidence beyond doubt while the country is losing one innocent married man every 8.5 minutes leaving behind a family to be supported?

6. If Kanhimozhi cannot be even granted bail as an under-trial with the argument that she has a family, why are we using the same argument to pardon a thrice convicted criminal?

7. If ex-judges and sitting ministers talk of pardoning convicted criminals merely because they are popular, why do such judges and ministers have problems when movies expose their misdeeds, ill-conceived conspiracies and scams on the screen?

8. What kind of judicial independence are we talking of and why do we keep on upholding the sanctity of the judicial system of India when journalists, reporters and people with half-baked knowledge of law are shouting about setting aside a judgment passed after due deliberation, weighing of evidence and conducting a fair trial?

9.  Why are we so uncomfortable seeing our reel-life heroes as real-life villains and embrace truth?

10.  Did we apply the same logic/argument/emotions for other convicts, under-trials and arrested people who are just ordinary citizens, devoid of any fan club, popularity or public fame to back with?

These and many other questions must be answered before we can even think of pardoning Dutt. And till the time we don’t solve these questions, let Dutt go to jail and serve his sentence. Life will be much easier with an example set rather than a debate won.

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4 thoughts on “Why we shouldn’t even think of pardoning Sanjay Dutt?

  1. Please send me your e-mail ID. I want to send you details about one murder accused who has been absconding without even facing the trial. It’s all because they are rich. Sadly, I am not getting the proper response even from the local Police.

  2. It not about that he is guilty or not . IT is about reform and also he face the trial for 20 year where he was found not guilty of terrorist act now doubt that he guilt of arm act but he was false prosecutions in TADA

    the whole judiciary system should not base for punishing and revenge mind set it .Should be reformer this will only make society better

    A negative thinking society will never be good weather that negative has legal sanctions or not
    negative will negative effect only
    crime cant be stop by harsh punishment or by strict law only good moral can only do
    and good morals con only be on base positivity
    I am not favoring sunjay dutt but how ever are eligible should be pardon

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