Bail and not jail is an accepted legal tenet in civilized countries. So its reiteration by Union law minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday can be considered quite harmless. Just?that?it isn’t.
Khurshid earlier said that locking businessmen in jail could harm the country’s investment prospects. The apex court on Wednesday termed it “disturbing”. It is.
Businesses world over want to work in political environments where they are not subject to illegal demands. And of late, the businessmen who are behind bars have been involved in unsavoury deals. While their guilt is yet to be determined, the danger that they may influence witnesses or tamper with evidence is quite real. It’s shameful that ministers are more concerned about the liberty of those accused of corruption and less about bringing them to book. The judiciary needs to send a stern message to existing and potential offenders. The executive is not interested in that.