Karunanidhi addresses a
PRESS CONFERENCE IN CHENNAI IN MAY2010. DAYANIDHI MARAN AND KANIMOZHI ARE BEHIND HIM.
upon very complex elements of a range of laws, corporate, criminal, telecom,” she says. But there is a certain mindlessness in the way laws are being applied—from bail to chargesheets. She recalls the Jain hawala case in the mid-1990s. “It was also big ticket corruption, with the who’s who of Indian politics involved in it. But nobody was denied bail. Nobody was punished just because they were rich and powerful.”
Big cases make bad law, they say. And Kanimozhi, or the array of issues that intersect her personal trajectory, can be understood only within the space of the trial that faces her. At a different time, she would have got a very different response from the courts. But not in these shrill times of sacred opinions and pronounced attitudes. Whether it’s hard luck, personal disaster or richly deserved comeuppance, her fate will hopefully be decided in tune with the rule of law. But the many trials she has already faced, even before the 2G trial could begin, leave an urgent message for politicians, lawmakers and com-