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Tota case: Need for High Court to intervene

The suggestion made in the editorial 'Tota gets away lightly’ (May 8) that the High Court should reinvestigate the case regarding Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh is worth pursuing.

With Badals' disproportionate assets case in the background, one comes to the conclusion that the machinery meant to ensure dispensation of justice is acting the other way round and that the whole justice delivery system is being mocked at.

The High Court exercising its powers of superintendence ought to take notice of repeated aberrations in the conduct of the Vigilance Bureau and the Prosecution Department while dealing with cases of those in power in the state. The conduct of the investigating officer merits serious notice rather than strictures, particularly bearing in mind that he was granted repeated extensions by the government. We hope that the higher judiciary in Punjab will rise to the occasion by doing the needful.

S C CHABBA, Panchkula


The editorial Tota gets away lightly” has rightly said that the Tota Singh case raises the larger issue of freeing the Vigilance Bureau of government control and putting it under a strong independent Lokayukta or Lokpal. Unfortunately, there is no such office in Punjab in the name of Lokayukta or Lokpal since March 30, 2012 when the last incumbent Justice DS Dhaliwal (retd) was relieved of the charge after he completed his six-year  tenure.  

This has exposed the false claim of the Badal government that it is in favour of a strong Lokpal to check corruption among politicians. In recent years, the Lokpal has received about 400 complaints against state politicians, but majority of them are pending for want of investigations.  Since there is no Lokpal in the state, there is no judicial wing to receive complaints against politicians.

SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh

Divine merchants

Godmen and religious gurus like Nirmal Baba and Dinakaran Paul being exposed is the proverbial tip of an iceberg. The grim situation has built a strong aversion to self-styled godmen, astrologers, palmists, numerologists, sooth-sayers and other cognate persons and entities working in innumerable forms. These uncouth people perpetrate a very subtle, systemic, insidious design among unsuspecting, credulous, gullible and feeble-minded persons or those who are rapacious and desperate for worldly attainments.

The scourge is deep-seated and widespread. It calls for well-concerted and incessant endeavors from the rationalists. Superstition in any form and style is anathema to human dignity and existence.


Challan spree

Instead of going on a challan spree for black films on vehicles, Chandigarh police which has the logo "We Care For You" should have first launched a publicity campaign to educate the people on the new rule.

The specified time frame as ordered by the SC should have been mentioned and then violators should have been challaned. After the Supreme Court judgement regarding black film on the vehicles, the Chandigarh Police reportedly issued more than 500 challans in just 2 days. By pressing the panic button, the police has indirectly helped unscrupulous elements who are charging between Rs 300 to Rs 500 for removing black films from vehicles.



Black film on vehicles is different from tinted glass. Glass of vehicle having black films is not tinted because they are not manufactured as such. The car manufacturers use tinted glass that have light transmission VLT not less than 70% for front and rare and 50% for sides confirming to IS-25553-part2-1992 .A black film is pasted on the glass of manufactured vehicles which do not use tinted glass. Use of black film on vehicles gives immunity to violators in committing crime.


Nature vs Man

Of course, any man-made process cannot be more efficient than a process designed by nature (Pankaj Garg’s middle ‘The invincible’, May 7). To add to his natural designs, God has created man to convert this universe and the planet earth in to heaven by proper utilisation of natural resources through the application of mind.

In his pursuit of living a comfortable and luxurious life, man has pushed the limit and has disturbed the ecological balance of nature, thereby, creating an imbalance between himself and nature.

Er KK SOOD, Talwara

Sincerity guaranteed

If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went,” says an anonymous quote. A dog can express more with its eyes and waging of tail what his owner can with the tongue (Sona Sethi’s middle For the love of dog! May 8).

In the West, one comes across dog lovers alongwith their pets during morning and evening walks. To create an instant rapport with them, show interest in their pets, other than speaking about the weather. They would not only educate you about the breed and their traits, but also extend a warm hello the next time you meet them. I often ask them, why do you love and care so much for dogs? The answer invariably is “They are more human, reliable and faithful than homo sapiens”. Mark Twain wittingly said, “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between the dog and man”. 

BM SINGH, Amritsar



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