Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Maharashta bomb case - an update ..

The TADA court is going with the verdict part of the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Even though I argued, and continue to argue, that the case should have been decided much earlier so as to depict justice having been done; a conviction even now is better than none. This is one of the most important cases in the history of terrorism in India, and the verdicts so far seem to portend that nothing untoward is happening in the case. The sentencing phase is still due, and the verdict on Sanjay Dutt is still to happen for some time more (something that most journalists are eager to cover).
However, this case does prove to be a benchmark. Based on successful conclusion of the case, there must be some deterrent value. Terrorists must realize that, no matter when they did the act, they will be caught, convicted and sentenced.
But, the incomplete part of the case really begs out for a proper conclusion - the presence in court of Dawood, Tiger Memom and their supporters in the Pakistani military establishment. No matter how much time has passed, this is a big missing point, and the case will never be successfully completed until these missing folks are brought to Indian justice. Such an event is necessary for the full circle of justice to happen. But, one does not have too much hope that such a thing will happen.

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posted by Ashish Agarwal @ 10:23 AM