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Taslima episode exposes Left’s doublespeak

Taslima Nasreen says, “Nothing happens to M.F. Husain while everybody is after her life”. She need not be surprised. Husain faces Hindu communalists who can only bark but not bite. On the other hand, she is facing Muslim fanatics who not only bark but also bite.

Husain is shrewd that his freedom of expression has never touched the icons of Islam while Taslima faces the usual ire of Muslims for just highlighting the atrocities committed on Hindu minorities in the wake of the Babri demolition for which Hindus of Bangladesh were not even remotely associated. 

The shameless capitulation of the torchbearers of secularism and human rights — the opportunist Leftists of West Bengal — clearly shows that they will bow down for the sake of Muslim vote.

UDITA AGRAWAL, New Delhi


 

II

The editorial, “Oh, Kolkata!” (Nov 22) aptly highlights the national interest. It just goes to prove the utter misgovernance by the political leadership. From Rizwan’s death to Nandigram and now Kolkata violence leads to the conclusion that bad governance and anarchy are prevalent in West Bengal.

The Chief Minister should have resigned and sorted out the law and order when the Governor declared a “war-like situation” in Nandigram. The spill-over of violence in Kolkata, though on different issues, is of national concern.

Capt MALVINDER SINGH,
Chandigarh

III

Taslima Nasreen, in her books, has always condemned the animal-like treatment meted out to some Muslim women by some husbands. Most Muslim women are forced to use the burqa and are not allowed to go to  schools and colleges except learning Koran in home. In Saudi Arabia, women can’t show their face expect to their fathers and husbands. To treat them as slaves, the Koran has put maximum restrictions on them.

It is pathetic that some Islamic fundamentalists in Kolkata have forced Taslima to leave the city. Democracy and freedom of speech are a myth in India. The West Bengal government, fearing losing the Muslim vote, finally sent her out of the state.

TUNEER BANERJEE, Kolkata

Revengeful CBI

In his article, “Innocence indicted, CBI style” (Nov 17), A.J. Philip has narrated the case of Benny who was victimised by the CBI. There are many such victims. I hope journalists like him and newspapers like The Tribune will highlight the cases of such people who are victimised by a revengeful bureaucracy or the police.

NIRBHAI SINGH, Bholewal (Ludhiana)

II

The CBI officer concerned should be dismissed from service forthwith for the mental torture and harassment of Benny who should also be adequately compensated. The recruitment rules should be reviewed to attract only those with unimpeachable integrity and character to the country’s premier investigating agency.

RIKHI DASS THAKUR, Palbhu (Hamirpur)

 

Objective probe

This refers to the editorial, “Murder most foul: CBI can’t let Moninder go scot free” (Sept 17), in which the CBI has been castigated for having a “soft corner towards Moninder” to “bail him out”.

It may be recalled that 18 women and children had disappeared from Nithari village in 2005-06 and the CBI took over the investigation of all these cases on January 11, 2007. It carried out a painstaking and meticulous investigation, harnessing modern scientific and forensic techniques involving the experts of AIIMS, New Delhi, CDFD, Hyderabad, and various other forensic science laboratories.

The accused, Surendra Koli,also voluntarily made a confessional statement before the Metropolitan Magistrate, Delhi, regarding his involvement in the cases under reference. The CBI filed chargesheets against Surendra Koli and Moninder under appropriate sections of law on the basis of evidence on record.

The CBI carried out an objective and professional investigation in these exceptional set of cases of necrophilia and necrophegia, uninfluenced by the media hype. Initially, the trial court framed charges against Surendra Koli and Moninder as per the chargesheet filed by the CBI.

However, subsequently, based on the deposition of Nand Lal, the trial court framed additional charges of abduction, rape and murder of Payal against Moninder under section 216 Cr PC as per which the trial court can frame additional charges at any stage of trial before the pronouncement of judgement, if in its view any additional evidence comes on record.

The court appears to have done so solely on the basis of deposition of Nand Lal where in he has claimed that Moninder while in the custody of the UP Police had confessed to the murder of Payal etc. As the matter is sub judice, it would not be proper for the CBI to comment on it. Suffice to say that Nand Lal’s deposition is still incomplete and the process of trial is continuing. The CBI will assist the court in arriving at a just and fair conclusion.

From the above, it would appear that your editorial has seemingly pre-judged the issue. The insinuation regarding the integrity of the CBI in your editorial is unjustified and uncalled for.

S.K. SHARMA, Director of Prosecution, Central Bureau of Investigation, New Delhi

 






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