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Sinha should step down till he is cleared by the apex court.


Updated: September 10, 2014 12:25:42 am

This refers to the editorial, ‘Do the right thing’ (IE, September 9). CBI director Ranjit Sinha is alleged to have met the accused in the 2G case and other high-profile corruption cases being investigated by the agency. This is unbecoming of the head of the country’s premier investigating agency and raises questions about its credibility and integrity. Not only has the Supreme Court taken the allegations seriously, it has also said that if they are proved to be true, it would quash all the decisions taken by the CBI director during the pendency of the relevant cases. Sinha should step down till he is cleared by the apex court.
—  M.C. Joshi
Lucknow

CBI chief Ranjit Sinha’s response to reports of him meeting influential people accused in high-profile cases was not correct (‘Will keep door open, let’s see what govt can do: CBI chief’, IE, September 5). Is he not challenging the government? He should have ensured that he was beyond any suspicion. And now his defence does not sound credible. One wonders how the new dispensation will view his indiscretions, which are too serious and too numerous to ignore.
—  Yash P. Verma
Pune

Stormy weather
The floods in Jammu and Kashmir have not only extracted a heavy toll in terms of life and property, but also cut communication lines, which has further hampered rescue work (‘J&K phone shutdown magnifies flood damage’, IE, September 9). These floods, so soon after the Uttarakhand deluge, demonstrate that no lessons were learnt from that disaster. Something is seriously wrong with our weather-monitoring systems. Perhaps our monitoring technology, which would warn of such disasters beforehand, has not been upgraded. The Meteorological Department must reveal whether it is using the latest hydrometeorological model, which would forecast the time of occurrence, distribution and severity of approaching weather events. Both the electronic and print media must also work towards more detailed weather reporting.
— B.N. Anand
Mohali

Trial and error
The Supreme Court order that undertrials who have been held for more than half their maximum prospective jail terms be released could be a major judicial reform (‘SC: Release undertrials who have served half their jail terms’, IE, September 5). The government and the judiciary must answer the question whether arrests are the only way to bring people to justice. A personal bond by an undertrial would be valid in most cases. When we see politicians charged with graft roaming free, it does make us wonder if there are two kinds of justice, one for the powerful and the other for the rest. There is a pressing need for criminal cases to be decided on speedily.
— C. Koshy John
Pune

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