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Group of former judges, retired civil servants defend Modi govt

Calling itself 'Concerned Citizens', the group said it does not believe the open letter to Modi by the Constitutional Conduct Group (CCG) -- the name of the association of former bureaucrats -- had "sincere motivations".

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: May 1, 2022 4:22:37 am
Pakistan, Narendra Modi, Kashmir, Modi, Indus Waters Treaty, Ayub Khan, India news, Indian express, Indian express news, current affairsThey said the letter was the group's way to let out its frustration against the public opinion which remains "solidly behind Modi” and cited BJP's recent election wins. (PTI Photo)

A number of retired judges, civil servants and military veterans Saturday questioned a recent open letter by a group of former bureaucrats on the “frenzy of hate” against minorities, describing it as an “anti-Modi government exercise” to shape public opinion and “grab international attention”.

In their letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the group, comprising eight former judges, 97 former bureaucrats and 92 retired officers of the armed forces, accused their peers of issuing “agenda-driven politicised statements”.

“Some of the problems that now agitate them are endemic in our country that has seen the Partition, jihadi terrorism and a warped interpretation of secularism. These retired civil servants should do some introspection about their own failure to address these ills they seek to combat now while out of office,” they observed.

Former Sikkim High Court chief justice Permod Kohli, former foreign secretaries Kanwal Sibal and Shashank, former R&AW chief Sanjeev Tripathi who had joined the BJP in 2014, former Maharashtra DGP Praveen Dixit, former Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi are some of the signatories to the letter.

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“This is a way for them to release their frustration that public opinion remains solidly behind Prime Minister Modi as recent state elections have shown. Their anger and anguish is not only empty virtue-signalling, they are actually fuelling the politics of hate that they seek to combat by attempting to engineer hate against the present government,” added the group that in the past had issued statements against political violence in West Bengal, and defended the government’s foreign policy.

On Saturday, they were responding to a letter issued last Tuesday in which a separate group of 108 former bureaucrats, under the banner of “Constitutional Conduct Group”, had expressed concern over the “frenzy of hate-filled destruction in the country where at the sacrificial altar are not just Muslims and members of the other minority communities but the Constitution itself”.

They had specifically mentioned the escalation of hate violence against the minority communities in BJP-ruled states.

Julio Ribeiro, Ravi Buddhiraja, V P Raja, Meeran Borwankar and Anna Dani were some of the bureaucrats from Maharashtra who are signatories to the letter.

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