This punishment seems to be a smart idea--it punishes the criminal without giving him the benefit of being a "political martyr". The PM is politically doomed anyway--whether he quits or not. He has lost all his credibility---especially because he CLEARLY said in an interview to a foreign journalist in front of the camera, before the SC verdict, that he will certainly quit office if the SC court comes with a gulty verdict because "I will not be a member of the parliament in that case", he said. Had he quit right after the verdict, he would have collected some accolades for the his party--but God does not guide the inequitous!!!