On April 5 this year I used my Canara Bank ATM card to withdraw money from the State Bank of Saurashtra at Sidhartha Extension Branch, New Delhi at around 4 p.m.. I requested for Rs. 3400 thrice but each time no money came out from the machine. A little later when I checked my balance at another ATM, to my shock I found that Rs.10,200 had been debited from my account, even though I did not receive any money at all.

Since then, more than a month has passed, I have been seeking clarification and a refund from the bank, but there is no response.

I have repeatedly talked with the SBI and Canara Bank branch managers and even through their helplines but it is of no avail. With the number of such complaints on the rise, could the bankers be running a racket? The best course would be to get the Department of Economic Offences to investigate into these cases. I urge the banks yet again to look into my complaint or I would be compelled to approach the police and file a fresh complaint with their Economic Offences Cell.

Md. Alam,

S 79/67 IG Camp, 3, Next to Sidhartha Extension Pocket C, New Delhi.

Judicial reforms

Being a member of legal fraternity, I fully endorse the Government’s latest initiative to bring in certain remarkable and women-friendly amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code especially dealing with rape laws, but at the same time I would also like to state that merely incorporating amendments in a piecemeal manner would not be sufficient to overhaul the criminal justice machinery of our system.

The CrPC has been amended twice in the last couple of years but most vital provisions such as plea bargaining, setting up an independent directorate of prosecution, making grant of anticipatory bail stricter have almost been non-starter owing to hue and cry raised by Bar panels.

There are also certain issues which call for urgent redressal like cases relating to non-registration of FIR by errant policemen, even in cognizable offences like rape, murder owing to various reasons. Then there is most crucial aspect of providing adequate security to witnesses of heinous crimes which still has not been considered by the Government.

The shortage of subordinate judges, not to mention women judges, remains acute despite the apex court’s severe reprimand. The provision of audio and video means of testimony would be a dead letter one unless the subordinate courts are equipped with the state-of-the-art technology. The police machinery, which was supposed to get a fillip by the historic Supreme Court verdict on police reforms, is still embedded in its colonial relic owing to lackadaisical attitude of the powers-that-be.

First of all, it is the police ideology which needs to be changed. In my view, the whole system of criminal justice machinery needs to be rejuvenated as per contemporary needs and challenges, if we have to reap the fruits of amendments in real sense.

Hemant Kumar,

414, Sector 7 Urban Estate, Ambala City, Haryana.

Royal assets

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Arjun Singh on being reminded about his ancestors getting monarchy of Churhat as the prize to kill Indian freedom-fighters for the erstwhile British rulers, had said that one cannot choose his parents. But if he is really ashamed of the sinful acts of his ancestors, he can at least disown all his royal assets and properties inherited from them and transfer them to the Government as national property.

Madhu Agrawal,

1775, Kucha Lattushah, Dariba, Delhi.

Why test English?

In the Common Admission Test for admission to premier B-schools instead of asking questions on financial subjects such as Insurance, Banking, Economics, Accounting, more stress is given on English language which is a hard nut to crack for an aspirant except for extraordinary students having good command over the language. The extracted paragraph in the paper is from a novel which is of high standard and difficult to understand. I fail to comprehend the need for setting such tough English standard for CAT candidates rather than asking Economics, Accounting, Banking, Insurance questions as the degree to be awarded is Master of Business Administration.

S. Roy Chowdhury,

S/23, Kabir Colony, BHU, Varanasi-221005.

Save Maharashtra

Even though there is a consensus among people that whatever is happening in Maharashtra is not right, the State administration and its police machinery are lax in taking corrective measures. This is causing discontent among the general public.

MNS is trying to come into the limelight and project an image of ‘true saviour of Maharastrians’. This is forcing poor North Indians, earning their livelihood there, to leave Maharastra. It’s high time the Central and State Governments or the Supreme Court take some stern measures to protect the Fundamental Right of the citizens. It’s also time to rise above political gains and work towards the larger goal of overall social welfare of the citizens.

Tarun Shree,

304, Sector-15 Panchkula, Haryana-134113.