The incident of Kanimozhi, daughter of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, going to jail is an extraordinary development. The arrest of former Union Minister A Raja and other corporate honchos makes it significantly clear that the CBI and the courts trying the 2G spectrum allocation case are not ready to give any leverage to the accused, but it must be remembered that this has been made possible only because the Supreme Court is closely monitoring the case on a day-to-day basis. Had the Apex Court not intervened in the case, it was quite certain that the vigilant action against Raja, Kanimozhi and other high profile personalities facing the heat would not have become a reality. In this context, it becomes pertinent to know why the Supreme Court was forced to take the monitoring of the case in its own hand. Had the Apex Court not taken strict action, Raja would have continued as the Telecom Minister and the Opposition voices would only been negated. There is no doubt that Raja quit because he was left with no other option. Had the Supreme Court not intervened, the Central government would have stood behind Raja in the name of coalition compulsions. It can well be understood that the DMK did not make a hue and cry over Kanimozhi’s arrest because it was booted out of power in Tamil Nadu. It is quite possible she might not have landed in jail had the DMK won in the recently concluded Assembly polls.

While the DMK has come out with a muted response to the arrest of Kanimozhi, the Congress is trying to take a neutral stand on the issue. But it’s an open secret that had the Supreme Court not intervened and the Assembly election results not gone in favour of Jayalalithaa, things would have been quite different. It is a matter of concern that action is taken against politicians, alleged to be involved in corrupt practices, only after intervention from higher judiciary. It’s unfortunate that in such cases investigative agencies do not conduct impartial probe unless the judiciary intervenes. It essentially happens in the cases involving the politicians and many times investigation against politicians is not initiated just because the Opposition parties are demanding for it. It can’t be denied that the arrest of Raja and Kanimozhi has sent a healthy message across the country, but it is inadequate because action against the corrupt as per the Rule of Law should not be an isolated incident. Similarly, ordering probe into the cases of corruption must not symbolize tokenism. The fact that investigation into the Hasan Ali money laundering case does not appear to be heading towards a logical conclusion despite the Apex Court taking a strict stand, it is quite clear that investigators conduct a fair inquiry only if probe into the high-profile cases is monitored by the Supreme Court.