The editorial "Stop this witch-hunt" (June 23) has appropriately conveyed that the priority hospitals and doctors is to save lives rather than medico-legal formalities. Such cases can lead to medical indifference and reluctance to act in medico-legal cases. Investigation then will be rendered futile. Isn't a living person more useful for investigating a crime?

U. Muralikrishna,
Visakhapatnam, A.P.

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The editorial should make saner counsel prevail on the Delhi police. Instead of approaching the case with sympathy and appreciating the Apollo Hospital for its admirable service in the Rahul Mahajan episode, they have widened their ambit to destroy the young offender. They should confine themselves to the single offence of drug use.

K. Panchapagesan,
Wollaton, Nottingham

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Seldom does one come across such forthright views conveying the indignation one feels over an act. The Delhi police should undertake a course correction and concentrate on the core issue. While this kind of investigation is uncalled for, it is also necessary to find out whether it has been launched at someone's behest.

R. Vasudevan,
Chennai

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We are witnessing a scenario in which the media declares people guilty after trial. No one has paused to ask the police how they woke up to the grim reality of cocaine, heroin, and other assorted drugs being sold without any hindrance only after the Rahul Mahajan incident.

J.S. Acharya,
Hyderabad

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The inability to distinguish between drug peddling and drug use betrays the police department's lack of judgment. Digressing from the core issue will only make the case complicated leading to erroneous conclusions and wastage of time and resources.

P. Pavan Adarsh,
Chennai

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The witch-hunt should be stopped immediately to boost the morale of the medical profession, which saved a precious life at a time of distress.

K. Sukumar,
Chennai

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Rahul Mahajan deserves sympathy, but very little. It is wrong to presume that he took drugs under severe emotional stress. One does not suddenly use a drug like cocaine or heroin. There are several people who undergo extreme emotional stress. They recover without resorting to drugs.

C.R. Ephraim,
Chennai