Somebody stop him
While planning today’s Page One a decent spread inside, which is going to be all about – you guessed it –the death sentence for Ajmal Kasab, I was struck by a suggestion to do a story, and not a very flattering one, about the special prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikam.
Did you see Nikam showing the V sign as he left the court? I thought it was apt – after all he had managed to argue successfully for Kasab to be sent to the gallows for a crime that no Indian will forget in a long time. He had won the battle for India, didn’t he?
But c’mon, I was jeered, even a four year old with no knowledge of law would have succeeded in getting a death sentence for Kasab, and without trying. No court in the country could have given him anything else, not for a crime that the entire nation watched Live.
Yet, the special prosecutor is behaving as if he was a tremendous achievement to, one, win a Guilty judgment for Kasab and, two, get him the death penalty. It could not have happened without him, he wants the country to believe.
And hope you didn’t miss the two spiral books Nikam had done specially for the occasion. He posed with the first the day Kasab was pronounced guilty – the cover said: “Yes, he is guilty.” Very subtle. And it made the point who
made it possible, in case you missed the hysterical coverage. The second book was in arms when he walked towards a bank of cameras outside the court today for the sentencing. One hand held up the V sign and the other clutched the book, titled: “Death penalty.” Again very subtle, and again reminding people who was responsible.
Mr Nikam doesn’t believe in half-measures. And he could well become a national celebrity as a result.
But does he have to rub it in?