case relating to grant of foreign investment clearance to INX Media.
Judges of the SC and HCs take little time to discern merits of commoners’ anticipatory bail petitions. Strangely, when such pre-arrest bail pleas are filed by VIPs, renowned lawyers weave legal complexities, allege violation of right to life and liberty while accusing probe agencies of wreaking political vendetta.
Judicial treatment to anticipatory bail plea of Chidambaram is a classic example of this. A Delhi HC judge heard arguments for anticipatory bail for days and reserved judgment in January while protecting Chidambaram from arrest. He took six months to analyse the arguments and rule that Chidambaram did not deserve protection from arrest.
Senior lawyers moved the SC immediately. It was mentioned for urgent hearing before the CJI, who through court officials suggested mentioning before Justice N V Ramana the next day.
On August 21 morning, Justice