Rocky road: Seizing passport has nothing to do with justice

They caught Rocky three days after he killed Aditya Sachdev in cold blood. Rocky has admitted to the murder; so we are told. Nitish Kumar has also told the nation that justice will be done. Lalu Prasad Yadav has condemned the shooting and said it will not be tolerated. No jungle raj, he said and if he had not condemned it, what other options are available? So all that bad-mouthing was for nothing. They are all doing the right thing. Rocky baba was only fifteen kilometres away but they tracked him down and that is good sleuthing. We would all be very happy with the way things are going in this high profile highhanded height of political arrogance in which a life was snuffed out if it wasn’t for two factors that wriggle wormlike in the mind.


If Rocky has confessed, why do the police need one month to write up a charge-sheet? Where is this such a steep hill to climb. Get the blighter a lawyer, read him his rights and charge him with murder. Instead they are going to check up where he got his gun license from and freeze his passport so he doesn’t do a Vijay Mallya.

Does it make any damn difference where he got the license from or whether the gun was licensed or not? Then again where is Rocky going? Isn’t he under arrest, in jail, behind bars, facing charges, so what’s with this passport thing and why is it such a violent priority. I mean here is a 30-year-old man with an armoury at home whose daddy has just been arrested and remanded to 14 days custody for reasons we do not quite know but Dad is a poster child for violence in the past and post sonny boy’s arrest the first major step is to block his passport.

Rocky Yadav. Image courtesy News18.

Rocky Yadav. Image courtesy News18.

That means he can fly to Delhi or Mumbai or Pune once he gets bail. You need to ask why he shoots people, not worry about him going abroad unless he isn’t staying locked up. Okay, may that is the system and we don’t want him using his clout to attempt a jailbreak and fly off to Venezuela; while the mother, now ex-MLC is working the political machine and reassuring us that the law will be withheld and the truth will come out, Rocky is a guest of the government of which his mother is an integral part.

We all know what that means. Rocky will have a change of heart in this one month period, a revelation that his confession was coerced and he never killed anybody.

So the police have to look for a killer. By now, Rocky will, like Lady Macbeth, have washed the gun powder residue off his hands and wrist so there will be nothing to tie him to the fired weapon.

While Aditya’s friends have borne witness to the events which unfolded the security people are saying nothing. You’d think that by now the men in uniform who were with him would have sung like canaries unless they have been told to shut up. And another thing I would love to know — how did they locate Rocky? What assurances were given and by whom before Rocky on the run became Rocky the Rueful and let himself be caught.


Handle him with kid gloves. Bring him in gently and let him have a cell to himself, he has had a tough time.

Tomorrow he will be quoted as being abjectly sorry and remorseful for what happened. Against that background by next week the frightened and intimidated four friends of the dead Aditya will go underground and discover they have to be several hundred miles away on urgent business.

Watch how it unfolds and finally gets stuck, a stalemate in which the judge will be given skinny shreds of insufficient evidence to hold Rocky and he will ride again.


Published Date: May 10, 2016 08:06 pm | Updated Date: May 10, 2016 08:06 pm



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