If we believed in Zardari...
With reference to the report Kashmiri militants are terrorists, says Zardari (October 6), New Delhi has no moral right to agree with the new Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari. This is because India has time and again bowed before Kashmiri militants, who have openly declared a war against the Indian State. If the Indian government actually believes in what Zardari has said, then its response to the Kashmir situation would have been different.
Kamal Hak, via email
A one-sided defence
Suhel Seth in Eating the rich? (October 6) is right in questioning the silence of the judiciary regarding corruption in its own ranks. But in his attempt to portray Gopal and Sushil Ansal (Uphaar case) and Sanjeev Nanda (BMW case) as victims, he has forgotten that the former tried to tamper with court documents and the latter to bribe witnesses, all of which don’t make them candidates for our sympathy.
Ashish Athale, via email
Suhel Seth believes that the freedom and privileges of the rich are under attack from our judicial system. As for his defence of the Ansals in the Uphaar case, is he suggesting that it is okay to be negligent in old age so as to skip prison? Seth should remember that the Supreme Court is not managed by the Chief Justice to be held responsible for a tragedy occurring within its premises? If Seth is ever embroiled in a judicial dispute, will he then plead his case before the US Supreme Court for fear of being legally lynched by the Indian justice system?
Kamya Shahi, via email
KumKum Dasgupta’s article The Ansals, finally, get their fingers burnt (Chain Reaction, Sept. 12) obstructs the course of justice. The Supreme Court’s order cancelling the bail is not the final judgement on merits as the accused have the right to apply for bail if circumstances so warrant. Appeals of the Ansals and other accused against their conviction are still pending. The author has pronounced a verdict on Ansal brothers, which even the court has not. As regards the tampering of documents, there is another case pending before the trial court.
Lalit Bhasin, Delhi
President, Society of Indian Law Firms
Old whine in a new bottle
In his enthusiasm to defend Mamata Banerjee, Prem Shankar Jha (Whose brakes failed? (October 6) has been more than generous to the Trinamool leader. The 60s and 70s saw militant trade unionism force companies out of Bengal. Then the educational policies of the Left Front created a generation of unemployable youths. Now when Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is trying to make the state industry-friendly, we have leaders like Banerjee.
N Divakaran, via email
Congress on a sticky wicket
Apropos of Pankaj Vohra’s article When the poll bells toll (October 6), the Congress should not make the mistake of going in for early general elections. The party will find it difficult to defend itself on issues like price rise, crime, ethnic violence and terrorist attacks in the country.
RK Malhotra, Delhi