27 September, 2020

Taking His Own Course

The nemesis of many influential and lawless Americans, Preet Bharara writes about his absolute fealty to justice with passionate conviction

Taking His Own Course
outlookindia.com
2019-05-03T10:59:47+05:30

India-born Preet Bharara first shot into fame in 2009 when, within months of taking over as US Attorney for the New York Southern District, he decided to prosecute Raj Rajaratnam, the man­­ager of a seven-billion-dollar hedge fund, on securities-fraud cha­rges. In a press conference, Bharara claimed he had unearthed the biggest insider trading fraud in US history, which would serve as a “wake-up call for Wall Street”. In following years, Bharara prosecuted an impressive list of America’s powerful, till he was summarily fired by Donald Trump in 2017. He decided to wear his dismissal as a badge of honour, turn to academics and write the memoirs of his tenure as US Attorney to tell people how, for eight years, he was “doing justice”.

Bharara divides his book into four parts and, like an enthusiastic prosecutor, titles each of them on the various stages of a criminal case. Running into 323 pages, they are ‘Inquiry’, ‘Accu­sation’, ‘Judgment’ and ‘Punishment’. Each begins with an...

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