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Who Will Speak up for Maaysha, Sudha Bharadwaj's Daughter?

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Nobody is going to speak up for Maaysha as her link to the Indian political class is, at best, tenuous. Maaysha who? She is the 21-year-old daughter of Sudha Bharadwaj, who was among the five human rights activists and lawyers arrested on August 28 in connection with the violence at Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018. After weeks of house arrest, they were, barring one, packed off to jail.

For the next two weeks, Maaysha cried and cried for her mother, into the pillow and before the mirror in the bathroom. It was as if she was asking, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the saddest of them all?” For the present, though, Maaysha hopes she will get to celebrate her birthday on February 21 with her mother.

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Maaysha’s best bet is to bank upon providence.

That is because her mother does not belong to the class of banking honchos who have been named in the CBI’s FIR in the ICICI bank case. As is well known, the case pertains to former MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak and Videocon Group’s Venugopal Dhoot colluding to allegedly cheat the ICICI bank of Rs 1,730 crore. Apart from them, the FIR also named some of the bigwigs of the banking sector.

It prompted Union minister Arun Jaitley to write a blog, dubbing it as an instance of “investigative adventurism”. He went on to explain:

Investigative adventurism involves casting the net too wide including people with no mens rea or even having an intention to commit an offence, relying on presumptions and surmises with no legally admissible evidence.

A day after........

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