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Justice for Vikram: father seeks SM Krishna’s help

Former Indian Navy Captain Dr Buddhi Kota Subbarao,who is fighting a lone legal battle to help his son Vikram Buddhi convicted for posting an anti-Bush remark...

Written by Mustafa Plumber | Mumbai |
August 25, 2009 3:14:44 am

Former Indian Navy Captain Dr Buddhi Kota Subbarao,who is fighting a lone legal battle to help his son Vikram Buddhi convicted for posting an anti-Bush remark on the Internet in the US,has now written to External Affairs Minister S M Krishna seeking his help.

In his letter to S M Krishna,Subbarao said,“It has been my consistent submission to the Indian Government that the quest is for justice and mercy. The rule of law is ignored while dealing with Indians who entered the United States legally and resided there as law abiding citizens. Therefore,they are entitled to protection.”

Subbarao was sent to Mumbai on August 8. During his stay in the US,he had appealed to many senior officials in the US department of Justice and even President Barack Obama seeking justice for his son. However,according to him,no official has given him a positive reply till now.

Vikram,who went to study applied mathematics at the Purdue University,was arrested in April 2006 and charged on 11 counts. He was found guilty for the offence but his sentencing has been getting postponed since 2007.

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The letter alleged that the Purdue university’s computer system has a record of being hacked for several times and narrated how Vikram had initially been given a clean chit. The letter also stated the jury trial against Vikram was unfair since the sentencing is still pending. Vikram has been languishing in jail and cannot even appeal against the conviction,it said. Speaking to Newsline,Subbarrao said,“I expect a positive response from the officials to help me save my son from the unfair practices of the US.”

Fighting against the irregularities in the system is not new for Subbarao,who was arrested on May 30,1988,for trying to smuggle secret documents under the Official Secrets Act and the Atomic Energy Act. Subbarao himself had argued the case as no lawyer could explain the technical aspects of the case. After a long legal battle in October 1991,the Bombay High Court acquitted him. Then he formally studied law.

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