Fine if CBI probes discoms
This refers to the report “Discom dues: AAP opposes CBI probe, seeks independent investigation” (August 20). The AAP government deserves people’s appreciation for having sought a CAG audit (during its maiden stint of just 49 days) of the three power discoms in the national capital which are responsible for procuring and distributing electricity in Delhi as per the agreements entered into by the Sheila Dixit government in 2002. As per the latest CAG report, which is doing rounds in the media, the discoms allegedly inflated dues from the consumers to around R8,000 crore besides committing other irregularities, including revenue suppression. However, one fails to see any rationale behind AAP’s opposition to a CBI investigation in the matter, doubting that the agency will deliver an independent probe simply because CBI comes under the Centre. Why so much distrust? Even the Supreme Court has relied on the agency in several cases concerning the national interest. In fact, our real purpose should be to let the cat out of the bag and to ensure the severest punishment for all those found guilty as per the law of the land. Still, the revelations made by the AAP’s Saurabh Bhardwaj regarding the role played by some of Congress party stalwarts during the related court proceedings, including A M Singhvi’s opposition to CAG audit in Delhi High Court, raises several eye brows. While no one can ever question lawyers’ (Singhvi is one) rights to represent any one on professional grounds, the circumstances here give out a signal to the people that the larger public interest could have been sacrificed by the likes of Singhvi. Let us now wait for the final CAG report in the matter which will soon clear all the air. Further, irrespective of whichever agency finally carries out the probe to unravel the truth, one earnestly hopes that the hapless consumers of Delhi get full justice at the end of the day. Needless to say, this probe should be done in a time-bound manner so that its usefulness is not lost sight of.
SK Gupta, Delhi
Modern outlook needed
Apropos of your edit “Gulf course”, it is great news that the UAE government has declared that it will gift land for a temple for Hindus in Abu Dhabi. This is a fitting instance that should be emulated by the so-called secular politicians and activists who keep provoking Indian Muslims whenever they get the opportunity, including in the case of the temple in Ayodhya. In fact, this matter can be settled amicably without any interference of the political parties and their ideologues. The religious leaders of both religions should consult the ordinary Muslim and Hindu and find a solution that is mutually acceptable. As prime minister Narendra Modi said in his address to the nation its 69th Independence Day, there is no place for casteism or communalism in our genuinely secular India. Otherwise, the vote-greedy politicians will always be on their toes to divide the Indians into Muslim and Hindus. By the way, I am fortunate to have few Muslim friends, from both the Sunni and Shia sects. They are genuinely secular and humanist in their outlook. This should be the outlook for every modern Indian, irrespective of his or her religion.
Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai
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