I disagree with the views expressed in the editorial “A case of double standards” (Oct. 26.) It goes without saying that equality is one of the cardinal principles of the rule of law, on which a democracy thrives. At the same time, it needs to be understood that the law is for society and its betterment. The ends of justice would not have been served better if Rajat Gupta had been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.
I believe that the sentencing is appropriate as it serves the purpose of deterrence and recognises the services of a talented philanthropist like Rajat Gupta.
The courts in the U.S. are humane and take into consideration all aspects before deciding on the quantum of a sentence. It is wrong to assume that the justice system in the U.S. applies different yardsticks for the rich and the poor. Rajat Gupta has not committed any heinous crime to deserve more punishment. Recently, a student from India was let out after a lesser sentence for abetting the suicide of a gay student. Many times, the accused undergo suspended sentences or do social service.
S. Sampath Kumar,
The judge sentencing Rajat Gupta on charges of supplying confidential information to Raj Rajaratnam remarked that the “… history of the world is full of examples of good men who did bad things.” How true! All the good work done over the years comes to naught with just one wrongdoing. This is a lesson for corporate executives that they need to be honest all the time, however tempting it might be to deviate.
The checks and balances in the U.S. system and the speed with which cases are handled are almost perfect. There was absolutely no pressure on the U.S. courts to arrive at a lesser verdict for Mr. Gupta just because a plea was made by Bill Gates, Kofi Annan and others. The verdict proves that laws should be implemented not only in letter but in the spirit of what is reasonable in a particular situation.
The sentencing of Rajat Gupta to two years in jail and a fine of $5 million, in spite of being proved guilty of most charges in what the FBI describes as the biggest insider trading case it has ever encountered, shows how the high and mighty get away after committing big crimes even in the so-called developed countries.
K.K. Vishal Kumar,