The law in India has generally been kind to influential and rich criminals. Several past instances suggest that they are easily able to use their clout and wealth to give a new twist to court hearings and verdicts. Evidence is all that counts in courts, but it is not something that cannot be manipulated.
Sanjay Singh, Ameeta Kulkarni, Suresh Kalmadi, Kanimozhi and Raja are just a few who had faced charges ranging from murder to corruption. Some have managed to escape court sentences and some have cases pending against them but still are living a life of guilt-free affluence.
I am not certain if former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu can be added to that list. Suffice it to say that he was convicted of murder in 2006. It was the result of a road rage incident involving him. He managed to have it overturned in the Supreme Court the next year.
Now he has formed his own political front in Punjab and may contest the elections there over the next few months. Who knows, he may even become the Chief Minister of Punjab!
G Joslin Vethakumar