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Reports must vouch for accuracy

india Updated: Jan 08, 2010 21:33 IST
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Reports must vouch for accuracy
Through this letter I would like to voice my protest against the biased version of the report carried in this newspaper (CBI hands tied against judge, January 8). It is regretful that the HT correspondent did not care much about mentioning the basic facts. For instance, the fact that the decision to close the case on consideration of the report by the committee constituted by the Chief Justice of India and the CBI report was taken by the Collegium of Supreme Court, is conspicuous by its absence. Again, there is no reference to the opinion of the attorney general on the basis of which the government took the final decision.

The report is also factually incorrect in that it said that the CBI has evidence of forgery in the case of land purchase in Solan. There is neither any such finding by the committee constituted by the Chief Justice of India nor is there any such conclusion by the CBI. The correspondent again makes no reference to the Enquiry Report of the Government of Himachal Pradesh regarding the said purchase. The said report unequivocally concluded that there was no irregularity in purchase of the land by me. It further concluded that there was neither evasion of stamp duty nor was there any excess land, which was allowed for purchase.
Nirmal Yadav, via email

Our correspondent replies
Justice Nirmal Yadav was well aware that the HT tried to reach her at her residences in Chandigarh and Gurgaon on her landlines and mobile phone. In fact, her mobile phone was answered by her daughter who requested that the story be not carried. She, however, declined to issue a proper response to the story.

The fact that a three-judge committee set up by the CJI to inquire into the case indicted Justice Yadav and the Supreme Court collegium subsequently overruled the committee’s findings has already been elaborately reported by the HT (November 9). This particular fact, however, has no bearing on the January 8 news item which was on the CBI’s findings regarding the purchase of land in Himachal Pradesh (jointly by Justice Yadav and 17 others).

The story did not mention anything about her family. It only said signatures and addresses of some of the 18 purchasers of the land were allegedly forged. We stand by that fact. There may have been more facts that Justice Yadav may have wanted in the story but she chose not to share them with us before it was published, though there was enough opportunity to do so.

Australia needs to tackle racial attacks immediately

This has reference to the editorial
At your own peril in Oz (Our Take, January 7). The racial attacks on Indians in Australia have taken a serious turn with the killing of Nitin Garg and Ranjodh Singh. Australia’s stand on the issue seems rather casual after the Australian government dismissed it as an attack that can take place in any big city of the world. Such a statement smacks of arrogance and must not come from a responsible nation. The Indian government should press the Australian authorities to enact stringent laws to contain such barbaric racial attacks.
B.K. Deshpande, Nagpur

Pakistan still isn’t friendly
Rajmohan Gandhi’s article A merger of interests (January 2), radiates noble intentions, but one wonders whether they are practical and based on sound assessment. Having lived in Pakistan for a few years and following the Pakistani political scene closely, I feel Gandhi’s proposal that India must encourage Pakistanis who stand up against jihadists, is more a case of wishful thinking than anything else. India’s interference may not be viewed as cooperation by Pakistan. The writer’s assertion that 95 per cent of Pakistanis hate violent jihadists seems highly exaggerated with no evidence to prove that on the ground.
M. Ratan, Delhi