Despite the propensity of most politicians, including Yeddyurappa, to fall critically ill within minutes of stepping into jails, the only one who will be celebrating Diwali at home is Amar Singh.
The best-friend-turned-arch-enemy of Mulayam Singh, the former Samajwadi Party strongman got into a soup in the 2008 cash-for-votes scam. His newfound friend, the Congress, promptly washed its hands of him. Ironically enough, his bail conditions include two sureties for which he will have to raise cash of Rs 2 crore.
Maran Exchange Programme
There are so many levels to this.
First, Dayanidhi Maran jumped out of his ministry after his brother's paper published a Stalin vs. Azhagiri survey that had the latter's supporters attacking the newspaper office and killing staff. The vacated ministry seat eventually went to Raja.
Then, came the allegation from former Aircel owner Sivasankaran that Dayanidhi Maran had forced him to sell his stake to Maxis, when Maran was Telecom Minister.
Finally, newspapers flashed reports of a personal telephone exchange within Dayanidhi Maran's house, complete with 323 lines, that is believed to have been used by his brother's television network, Sun.
Four years after the complaint was received, the CBI is scrutinising documents from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), detailing the allocation of the high-capacity telecom lines.
And while the Maran brothers made the CBI sleuths cool their heels outside their home for half an hour, ahead of a raid, they're still outside Tihar.
Image: Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh leaves after being questioned by the Delhi Police Crime Branch in New Delhi on July 22, 2011.