Intellectuals seek highest security for Subramanian Swamy

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Chennai, Feb 15 (PTI) A group of intellectuals,including former Chief Justice of Madras High Court T SArunachalam and former CVC N Vittal, have written to PrimeMinister Manmohan Singh seeking steps to provide "highestsecurity" to Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy.

Maintaining that Swamy''s efforts had led to "effectiveinvestigation" and judicial action in many cases ofcorruption, they said he was facing threat in Tamil Nadu.

"As the state (Tamil Nadu) is getting ready forAssembly elections, some political activists have indulged inburning Swamy''s effigies in many places. Some had madethreatening remarks against him," the letter said.

Recalling the attack on Swamy by some persons inside acourt and before judges in 2009, they said that his office inMadurai was also ransacked in 2008 by anti-social elements.

He was also in the forefront of the fight against thedemolition of Ramasethu as part of Sethusamudram project,government take over of Chidambaram Nataraja temple and alsopetitioned the governor seeking sanction to prosecuteKarunanidhi in a land scam, they said.

"As a politician, Swamy has an impeccable record andbeen admired by reputed universities world over as a professorof economics," they said and appealed to the prime minister totake "immediate steps to provide the highest security" to him.

The other signatories included former Union secretaryB S Raghavan, former state government secretaries V Sankaranand V Sundaram, retired Navy and Army officers and senior RSSand VHP leaders from the state.

A copy of the letter was also sent to Union HomeMinister P Chidambaram and senior BJP leader L K Advani. PTISA RC

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