TAMIL NADU

CBI raids

Sir, — I refer to the raid by the Central Bureau of Investigation on the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati's residences (Oct. 9). The CBI has been used by parties in power for political gain.

When Ms. Mayawati was heading the BJP-BSP coalition, why did the CBI not question her about her amassing wealth? While it is nobody's case that Ms. Mayawati is above the law, it is the misuse of the CBI that is worrying.

Salauddin Ahmed,

Murshidabad, West Bengal

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Sir, — The Taj Heritage corridor project is a blot on the political life of Ms. Mayawati. She must cooperate with the CBI and get herself exonerated if she is as innocent as she claims. By describing the action against her as an anti-Dalit ploy, Ms. Mayawati is squandering the good faith reposed in her leadership by the people of Uttar Pradesh.

K.M.G. Vivekanandam,

Madurai, T.N.

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Sir, — Ms. Mayawati has claimed that the CBI is acting under pressure — evident from the fact that it lodged an FIR against her the day elections to four State Assemblies were announced (Oct. 8). There seems to be substance in her claim considering that the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Ajit Jogi, was also chargesheeted in a case involving forgery on Oct. 7.

Arun Kulshreshtha,

New Delhi

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Sir, — Why should Atal Bihari Vajpayee be saddened by Ms. Mayawati's allegation that the CBI is being misused (Oct.9)? Unless the Government declares the agency an independent autonomous body, such allegations and counter-allegations will continue.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee,

Faridabad

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Sir, — While Mr. Jogi claims that the CBI chargesheet against him is politically motivated, Ms. Mayawati says she is a victim of anti-Dalit politics. Both are dividing the people on the basis of caste and want to gain political mileage.

A.P.V.S. Naga Mohan,

Kazipet, A.P.