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Jaswant Singh questions denial of bail to Raja, Kanimozhi

Posted by on July 2, 2011 0 Comment

The lone rangers in the BJP appear to be completely unmindful of the party’s line and its priorities. Jaswant Singh , who recently returned to the BJP, on Friday questioned the judiciary’s wisdom in denying bail to 2G spectrum scandal accused Kanimozhi and A Raja as well as others found to be having a finger in the till.

In an interview to a private TV channel, Singh said that bail can’t be denied while the trial in the case was still on. He further said that putting the accused in jail was affecting investments in India.

“I personally feel… I am not a jurist/lawyer either by training or by preference. There are too many lawyers in Parliament. I feel that if somebody has been charged and that charge is not of a heinous nature like robbery, murder or any such thing and when trial is on, then that somebody should not be kept in the prison because you can’t permanently deny bail. Bail by itself is a citizen’s right unless he is charged with such a crime that it must not be permitted,” Singh said.

Singh also seem to be in agreement with his political peers who believe that speaking about the scams would hust India’s image and its appeal as an investment destination. “I think the prime minister refers to it. As cynicism spreads, investment would dry up. I do believe investment would dry up; internal as well as FDI,” Singh said. Of course, Singh gave a disclaimer — that he was speaking as and individual and that he was not speaking for his party. But he quickly added that he did not think that the BJP was in favour of keeping leaders like Kanimozhi permanently in the jail.

“The BJP has said that punish the guilty,” he said. Economic Times

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