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india Updated: Oct 11, 2011 23:32 IST

The cat's out of the bag but Modi seems the cat that got the cream

1. With reference to the editorial It's a matter of perception (Our Take, October 10), Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's case is indeed a litmus test for chief minister Narendra Modi, who should take it as an opportunity to reinvent his image. Bhatt's alleged tainted past, which his critics feel could go against him, cannot take away his constitutional rights. Taking on a chief minister is not child's play. There must be some truth to Bhatt's submission, which holds Modi responsible for the post-2002 riots violence.
Bal Govind, Noida

2. The fact that the Sanjiv Bhatt case has set the cat among the pigeons in Gujarat shows that Bhatt's statements can't be dismissed outright. The Gujarat government cannot use the state's economic development as an excuse to exonerate the chief minister. The fact that Bhatt's wife is being forced to write to the Union home minister requesting the safety of her husband, who she feels is being implicated for telling the truth and is being mentally and physically tortured, is shameful for the Modi government.
SA Ahmed, via email

A very public theft

The government's decision to amend the Indian Penal Code to make provisions to check corruption in the private sector is welcome (Pvt sector bribes to be criminalised, October 10). However, the UPA government must set its own house in order first. While it's important to check corruption in the private sector, catching and punishing errant public officials is more important, as they siphon off taxpayers' money.
TN Misra, via email