Don is done with the courts, while his master is only out on bail.
Somnath Bharti’s dog has been exonerated of charges filed by the troubled AAPster’s wife, in which she had alleged that she was incisively targeted by the canine, at the behest of his master. Correctly believing that replicability is the essence of the scientific method, a Delhi court asked Bharti to bark commands to his dog, such as, “Don, bite!” When he was soundly ignored, the court dismissed the charges of Lipika Mitra, Bharti’s wife, and honourably discharged the dog from custody.
While the evidence may have legal standing, logically speaking, all that the court established is that Don is a disobedient animal. Stronger proof for this conclusion would have been elicited if the court had asked Bharti to issue contrary orders, such as, “Don, don’t bite!” If Don had disobediently leapt for the seat of the opposing counsel’s pants, the case would have taken an interesting turn. It is a common strategy for parents to con their children into doing things they don’t like by proscribing those very things, and in some respects, dogs are rather like small children.
On the other hand, Don’s behaviour could reflect his current opinion of his master, rather than his unwillingness to assume the role of biological weapon in the past. It may be recalled that when Bharti was denied anticipatory bail by the Delhi High
Court and went underground, he had left Don’s cardiac medication in his locked cabin, and his vet had declared that he would die if he was denied his pills. Withdrawal of life-saving medication is not behaviour calculated to endear. It is guaranteed to estrange even man’s best friend. But in that case, shouldn’t Don have tried to embarrass his master by biting to order?