Controversial journalist Sagarika Ghose who had once spread falsehoods to whip up communal sentiments, routinely sees herself questioned on social media, with regards to her ‘unique viewpoints’.
Today was one such day when Sagarika while quoting a TOI blog claimed that oppressive jail sentences were meted out to fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad Yadav and that they were a violation of his fundamental human rights. She further questioned whether Lalu was being victimised for his anti-BJP stance:
The extraordinarily oppressive sentences handed out to @laluprasadrjd are a violation of fundamental human rights. Is LYP being punished for fodder scam or his massive anti-BJP rallies? https://t.co/cHAnmMkf3K
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) March 31, 2018
The article she quoted was incidentally co-written by senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi. There he sought to drive home the point that Lalu could well have been provided with a “concurrent” jail sentence in place of the “consecutive” one which has seen him getting sentenced to 14 years in jail by a CBI court in Ranchi. This verdict saw the judge giving two seven-year jail sentences to Lalu which will be served consecutively.
Without much extrapolation, the article in its concluding lines claimed that Lalu’s human and fundamental rights were egregiously violated, which was picked up by Sagarika in her tweet. By going a step further she also floated a conspiracy theory in her tweet by subtly questioning whether the BJP was behind such a sentencing.
People were less than amused by Sagarika’s tweet thereby making their objection clear:
When the corrupt is not going to Jail blame modi, when the corrupt goes to Jail call it oppressive. Also, Sagarika Ghose is a Moron don’t @ me. pic.twitter.com/7kI2w8dzpU
— अंकित जैन (@indiantweeter) March 31, 2018
In the next few months, we will learn that LPY was actually the LKY of Bihar, but Modiji stopped him from turning Sasaram into Singapore. pic.twitter.com/Bc3CUm6i06
— Aashish Chandorkar (@c_aashish) March 31, 2018
And then we wonder why India is not corruption free..Look how people started defending the biggest crook.
— नाम मे क्या रखा है (@rachittweet) March 31, 2018
The extraordinarily supportive behaviour handed out to LPY are a violation of the justice system in India. Is SG vying for the top pidi spot or just wants to support corruption ?! https://t.co/ta5CvAyEoJ
— MazelTov (@runjhunmehrotra) March 31, 2018
One user calmly pointed out the obvious typo in her tweet while questioning her intentions:
1. Are you accusing the judiciary of toeing the line of a political party?
2. It’s LPY, not LYP https://t.co/XCjAsZRqaC
— Rohit Agarwal (@ragarwal) March 31, 2018
This incident raises the question whether a narrative has already started getting built with regards to a possible rehabilitation of Lalu ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections so that votes could be canvassed with regards to the “inhuman treatment” meted out to him?