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Not Truthful

This is with reference to the commentary, “Police Violence in the Madras High Court” by V Krishna Ananth (EPW, 28 February 2009). Ananth states that I had come to the Madras High Court when I had “no specific business in the court that day” making out that I had come looking for trouble. This is an outrageous departure from the truth that Ananth has been propagating in other media outlets as well. I had, in fact, come to court because my name was listed in the Court Cause List of that day (17 February) for hearing of my Application for being made a party in a Writ Appeal matter. This fact was also so recorded in the subsequent Division Bench Order of Justices Mishra and Chandru that describes the egg-throwing, sloganshouting, vulgar and shameful acts by a bunch of Naxalites, Dravida Kazhagam, and Dalit Panthers-affiliated, pro-LTTE advocates. The Justice Sri Krishna Committee set up by the Supreme Court probing the high court violent incidents also says the same thing. Yet Ananth continues propagating this blatant untruth. But the EPW, a scholarly journal, should not be misused by him.

Subramanian Swamy

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