Keep him in jail for life, then?

Of the many WTF elements gleaned from media reports of bail proceedings in the Delhi High Court, this one takes the cake:

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta said that similar slogans were raised in Jadavpur University after JNU. If Kanhaiya is granted bail then such incidents will get a boost.

Seriously — how did this gentleman become a lawyer — much less Narendra Modi’s favored lawyer?

Also from the court proceedings:

  • “Do you have video evidence that Kanhaiya was raising anti-national slogans?” asked the court at which police denied of having any video in this regard. 

  • “When your policemen were present there in the campus in civil dress why don’t they take cognizance when anti-national slogans were raised? Why did not they video record it?” asked the court.

  • The Delhi police also say that a JNU official has testified that Kanhaiya called upon cancellation of the programme and further said the programme will continue despite the cancellation of the permission.

 

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10 thoughts on “Keep him in jail for life, then?

  1. I remember reading that you were not a fan of Arundhati Roy, correct me if I am wrong. Have you changed your mind being more more tolerant to her ?

    • I am not a “fan” of anyone. Except maybe Shakespeare, and Steinbeck, some writers like that. I didn’t like God of Small Things and have said so; I also found some of her impossibly long cover pieces in Outlook magazine both naive and self-indulgent, and said so too. That hasn’t changed. IF she — or anyone else for that matter — does or writes something I like, I’ll say that — and that *still* doesn’t mean I have “changed my opinion”. In any case, mate, what has Arundhati Roy got to do with this post?

      • Ah, that way. I understand. The thing is, defense of speech has nothing to do with whether I agree or not, no? I disagree with several things Roy has written or spoken — but I have never questioned her right to speak as she did. And equally, when — I remember this one piece she wrote about Naxals — her writing was borderline “seditious” and she was being slammed, I suggested that she needed to be countered, not vilified or shut down.

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