Karunanidhi ad­dresses a

PRESS CON­FER­ENCE IN CHEN­NAI IN MAY2010. DAYANIDHI MARAN AND KAN­I­MOZHI ARE BE­HIND HIM.

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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-

R S KU­MAR

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