Formal Letter Writing ICSE 1995

A newspaper has published an inaccurate account of a theft in your house. This Formal Letter was asked in ICSE 1995 board exam. You can find Previous Year Formal Letter Writing asked in ICSE board exams.

Formal Letter Writing ICSE 1995

A124, Nehru Apartments
Gomti Nagar
15th October, 1995

The Editor
The Daily
M.G. Road
New Delhi-110001


Subject : Inaccurate account of a theft in my house by your newspaper

I was deeply pained to read the press report in your paper captioned ‘Thieves loot black money’ that appeared on the 11th of October edition. The news report filed by your correspondent is not only incorrect, but also malicious and far from the truth. There are various glaring anomalies in the report, that I.would like to bring to your kind notice.

The serious allegation of black money amounting to Rs. ten lakh is a travesty of the truth. The exact loss reported in the FIR No. 194 lodged with the police was Rs. 10,000 only, while valuables amounting to Rs. one lakh had been stolen. Moreover, being a service employee, I have been a regular Income Tax payee. There is therefore no question of my having access to black money as mentioned in the report.

Besides this, there are other anomalies, like making the case of an ordinary theft look like a dacoity. This is indeed sensationalising an incident which is highly erroneous and misleading.

That fateful night I was sleeping in the bedroom, on the first floor of my house when the burglars scaling the boundary wall broke open the window of my study to enter the house.They ransacked the study and drawing room, and decamped with some cash and valuables as stated above. I discovered the theft early next morning. There was no scuffle and gunshots as stated in your paper. The report is highly malevolent, with intent to harm my reputation and has caused me grievous mental agony. A paper of your repute ought to avoid such misleading and malicious reporting based on mere hearsay.

I would request you to kindly publish a correction, stating the above facts, so that the harm, inadvertently done by your paper, is set right.

Thanking you!

Yours faithfully,
Sharad Saxena


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