The public support for Katju and Dutt has received interesting remarks from public figures. The Tormentor of Common Man’s ears, Digvijaya Singh said, “This is amazing support. This clearly shows that people love Congress leaders like Late Mr. Sunil Dutt and are extending support to Mr. Katju. Mr. Katju is more pro-Congress than Congress itself.” Mani Shankar Aiyar remarked, “All the states where Rahul Baba has toured are demanding pardon for Dutt. This shows that people in these states love Rahul.”
In the international arena too, some countries have let their opinions be known. The Italian Foreign Ministry has declared, “We are looking forward to Katju taking up the case of our marines as well. Since Dutt has suffered a lot and can thus be pardoned, our marines have also suffered living in a third world nation, and should be pardoned.” On being asked what India can do to restore the well-being of the two marines, the Italian spokesperson quipped, “Maybe they can act in a Bollywood remake of Malèna co-starring your Madam. And then surely, as Bollywood actors, they will automatically deserve pardon.”
Some severe criticism came from the belligerent neighbourhood of Pakistan whose Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said, “Dutt had weapons on him for self defence, and should be pardoned. Doesn’t this justify our claim also, that Kasab and others had weapons for self defence when they landed in India, and hence deserved to be acquitted!”
Out of the blue, Javed Miandad issued a statement on behalf of his relative Dawood Ibrahim. The infamous Don wants to return to India in the hope of justice from Justice Katju, and seeks absolution on the following grounds:
1) I have already undergone years of rigorous imprisonment at a pigeonhole in Karachi.
2) I have been married several times and have many children who are training day and night in Afghanistan camps. They can be better looked after from India.
3) I have suffered by living in Pakistan, a bankrupt, failed state with abject poverty.
4) I have to ask for permission from ISI every time I wish to visit Dubai or a nearby food joint or movie theatre.
5) I have been denied the chance to get the first-hand experience of exotic belly dancers that my ISI seniors and others enjoy.
On these grounds, I humbly request the Chairman of the mythical Pardon Council of India, Mr. Katju to take up my case.