The Supreme Court’s verdict on the Panama case may have left many with mixed feelings but the 549-page-long judgment chose a rather interesting way to begin its judgment on corruption allegations against the Sharif family — a reference to Mario Puzo’s novel, The Godfather which also went on to become Hollywood’s most famous modern classic.
“The popular 1969 novel “The Godfather” by Mario Puzo recounted the violent tale of a Mafia family and the epigraph selected by the author was fascinating,” the judgement read, leading readers to an epigraph at the beginning of the novel.
“Behind every great fortune there is a crime – Balzac”
The judgment goes on to explain how the epigraph was inspired by a sentence authoured by Honore de Balzac. The original quote: “The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out because it was properly executed.”
The court then observed how it was ‘ironical’ and a sheer coincidence that the present case revolves around the very sentence attributed to Balzac. We don’t know what to make of the reference but it definitely caught the attention of people on Twitter. Here are some reactions:
Judge to Kulbhushan : Any last wish?
Kulbhushan: Want to hear the Panama Judgement before i die.
— Godfather IV (@godfatheriv) April 11, 2017
The panama judgment starts from Godfather "behind every great fortune there is a crime".
— Tahir Imran Mian ✈ (@TahirImran) April 20, 2017
Panama Judgement starts with the reference of popular 1969 Novel "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo about violent tale of a mafia family
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) April 20, 2017
In Godfather, Michael also said, "Only don't tell me Nawaz Sharif is innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry."
— Altaf B. (@AltafBe) April 20, 2017
Surprised. #PanamaCase Judgement quotes 1969 Novel "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo about violent tale of a criminal mafia family,
& then JIT?
— Ayaz Latif Palijo (@AyazLatifPalijo) April 20, 2017
— Jane Bradley (@jane__bradley) April 20, 2017
In a 3-2 judgement, the bench noted that at present there was ‘insufficient’ evidence to remove Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The JIT has been given two months to complete the probe into the premier and his sons Hussain and Hasan, all of whom have also been directed to appear before the JIT. The investigators will also have to present bi-weekly reports to a special bench of the Supreme Court.