The news of alleged tax evasion by Abhishek Manu Singhvi is highly disgraceful. His reported reply that all documents, including vouchers relating to income tax assessment, were eaten by termites in the office of his CA, is unconvincing and hollow. Is he suggesting this information is not stored in computers? Were the records of other clients of the same chartered accountant eaten by termites too? If the allegation of tax evasion is proved, his action should be met with appropriate punishment under the law.
— J.K. Mago
CBI vs prosecutor
This refers to the editorial, ‘Dithering investigator’ (IE, November 12). The CBI wishes to clarify that the stance of the agency has been consistent in the case of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd and the closure report was filed after a thorough investigation and the conclusion that no prosecutable evidence could be found against the accused. The first final report in the case recommending closure was filed in the special CBI court in August. At the instance and insistence of Special Public Prosecutor R.S. Cheema, a detailed closure report was filed again in October, wherein every detail and fact gathered during the investigation was outlined. The submission of the special public prosecutor that there is “prima facie” material against the “private parties’’ and “some government officials” in the aforesaid case is the opinion of the special prosecutor, who has been appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and, therefore, does not reflect the views of the CBI. Hence, to state that the CBI has taken a “U-turn” and that “presumably fresh evidence only came to light now, after two closure reports have already been filed”, is incorrect. The CBI would also like to clarify that the cases of Hindustan Zinc Ltd and the disinvestment of Laxmi Vilas Palace, which have been cited in the editorial, are being enquired into as cases of individual lapses regarding the undervaluation of Hindustan Zinc Ltd and Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel. The CBI reiterates that these cases are not looking into the policy decisions of the government regarding disinvestment, or the disinvestment of aforesaid HZL and Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel. The CBI, which is an anti-corruption body, is duty bound to investigate cases of corruption and criminality, no matter how old they are, as stipulated by the CrPC. Regarding the reference in the editorial to the “CBI director fraternising with powerful and influential accused at his residence”, the CBI would like to reiterate that the matter is sub judice and, therefore, any comment would not be appropriate.
— Kanchan Prasad
Chief information officer, CBI
It is shocking that The Indian Express has used a sexist expression in the Reuters story that Novak Djokovic defeated Stan Wawrinka easily at the ATP World Tennis Tour finals. The paper has used the bold headline, ‘Novak shows Stan who’s the man’ (IE, November 14).
In these days, to suggest that men are inherently superior to women is shocking and unacceptable. It would be in the fitness of things if
The Indian Express were to publish an apology as boldly as the news item. It may interest you to know that former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray’s coach is a woman, a former world-number-one champion tennis player. So much for this male chauvinistic attitude shown in your news item.
— Rajindar Sachar