DMK MP Kanimozhi. Photo: HT

The court’s argument about the magnitude of the crime and the profile of the accused doesn’t cut much ice, and unless it can come up with a better one, the only explanation for its action can be a desire to pander to the entirely understandable public sentiment regarding crooked politicians, bureaucrats and corporate executives.

Then, if public sentiment were allowed to influence the process of justice in this country and, indeed, elsewhere, vigilantism and lynch mobs would become the order of the day.