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DDCA scam: Kirti Azad seeks PM Narendra Modi’s intervention

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A day after his suspension, defiant Azad maintained that his fight was only against ‘corruption’ in the DDCA and not against any individual.

Member of Parliament Kirti Azad, who was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over his tirade against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in connection with irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), on Thursday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervene into the matter. He said he would seek a court-monitored probe into the alleged DDCA irregularities. Speaking to reporters here, Azad said he would file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in his personal capacity on the DDCA issue, and warned that people ‘will be in trouble’. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after his suspension, defiant Azad maintained that his fight was only against ‘corruption’ in the DDCA and not against any individual. He asked for ‘specific reasons’ for the disciplinary action against him by the party. Azad earlier said he would respond to the suspension notice today with the help of party leader Subramanian Swamy. “Have received notice, will respond to it. Subramanian Swamy has told me that he will help me in drafting reply to the notice,” Azad told the media here.Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has confirmed that he would assist Azad in replying to the notice. “I confirm this that I will assist Kirti Azad on the draft notice from the party. I know him since when he was a boy. I was a good friend of his father. Further, I will say he is still member of BJP. I have every right to assist him. I don’t think party should lose such a honest person like him,? swamy told ANI. The BJP had yesterday suspended its Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad.

DDCA row: Subramanian Swamy raises questions over Kirti Azad’s suspension from BJP

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Azad has sought intervention of the ‘margdarshak mandal’, comprising Advani, Joshi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which was formed by BJP president Amit Shah after he took over the party reins

Subramanian Swamy

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday appeared to question the party’s decision to suspend Kirti Azad for attacking Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the DDCA row, asking whether cricket fell within the purview of party discipline.”Kirti issues are 1 — is cricket affair within the purview of party discipline. 2 — due to SC case on BCCI, is party decision amenable in court,” Swamy said on twitter. His tweet came as BJP veterans L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha went into a huddle over developments in the party in the wake of Azad’s suspension.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Azad has sought intervention of the ‘margdarshak mandal’, comprising Advani, Joshi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which was formed by BJP president Amit Shah after he took over the party reins. The four leaders, who had virtually revolted against the Modi-Shah team after BJP’s drubbing in Bihar Assembly election last month, are learnt to have discussed the situation arising out of Azad’s suspension.Cracking the whip, BJP had on Wednesday suspended its MP, who has been leading a campaign against Jaitley on alleged corruption in DDCA, charging him with indulging in anti-party activities and accusing him of “colluding” with Congress and AAP to bring it into “disrepute”.

DDCA row: BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar, Yashwant Sinha meet

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Sources said Advani drove down to Joshi’s residence and Shanta Kumar and Sinha joined them at noon for a meeting that lasted about an hour.

BJP patriarch LK Advani

BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha, who have been vocal against party leadership, on Thursday went into a huddle over developments in the party in the wake of MP Kirti Azad’s suspension after he attacked Arun Jaitley over DDCA issue.Azad has sought intervention of the ‘margdarshak mandal’, comprising Advani, Joshi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which was formed by BJP president Amit Shah after he took over the party reins.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: DDCA row: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to help suspended MP Kirti AzadSources said Advani drove down to Joshi’s residence and Shanta Kumar and Sinha joined them at noon for a meeting that lasted about an hour. The four leaders, who had virtually revolted against the Modi-Shah team after BJP’s drubbing in Bihar Assembly election last month, are learnt to have discussed the situation arising out of Azad’s suspension.Related Read: DDCA row: Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi over Kirti Azad’s suspension, wants probeThey had made a strong public statement after the Bihar poll debacle, saying the party has been “emasculated” in the last one year and was being “forced to kow-tow to a handful”.Cracking the whip on Wednesday, BJP suspended Azad, who has been leading a campaign against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on alleged corruption in DDCA, charging him with anti-party activities and accusing him of “colluding” with Congress and AAP to bring it into “disrepute”.The action of the BJP Parliamentary Board to suspend him from the party’s primary membership with immediate effect came three days after his press conference attacking Jaitley and subsequent acts of defiance both inside and outside Parliament.

DDCA row: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to help suspended MP Kirti Azad

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Making an emotional appeal, Swamy said that “I don’t think the party should lose an honest person like Azad”.

Subramanian Swamy and Kirti Azad

Controversial BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has said that he will help suspended party member Kirti Azad draft a reply to notice from the saffron party.According to ANI, Swamy seemingly backed Azad, saying that he was well within his rights to help the beleagured former cricketer and that the latter was still a member of BJP.Making an emotional appeal, Swamy said that “I don’t think the party should lose an honest person like Azad”.Speaking to the media on his suspension following allegations against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the DDCA scam, Azad said, “I have received the (BJP) notice. I will respond to it. (But) I want to know if I have been suspended because I raised my voice against corruption in the DDCA.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I have also spoken out against a lot of other corruption cases in the BCCI,” Azad said.Related Read: DDCA row: Kirti Azad suspended by BJP, defiant MP threatens to make ‘more revelations'”I am an MP, I raised some concerns and I have been suspended. But I demand that in 3 months the DDCA matter should be solved. I would want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into this and tell me what my fault is. I want specific answers,” said the former cricketer.”If speaking the truth is a crime, I will keep committing this crime. I also hope that the BJP’s Margdarshak Mandal looks into this,” Azad concluded.

Government defends house allotment to Subramanian? Swamy

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According to the UD Ministry list, those provided government houses on security grounds include Priyanka Gandhi who was allotted 35, Lodi Estate in February 1997

Subramanian Swamy

Defending the Modi government’s decision to allot a bungalow to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, the Urban Development Ministry on Sunday said houses had been to non-MPs for security reasons even in the past.”Government bungalows have been allotted to even non-MPs in the past on grounds of security,” a senior UD Ministry official said. According to the UD Ministry list, those provided government houses on security grounds include Priyanka Gandhi who was allotted 35, Lodi Estate in February 1997. Former Punjab police chief KPS Gill was allotted 11, Talkatora Road in April 1996, while ex-Youth Congress chief MS Bitta was allotted 14, Talkatora Road in June 1996.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was given house at 3, GRG Road, in December 2006 which he vacated in 2015. According to the list, Ashwini Kumar, Editor, Punjab Keshri was allotted a government accomodation in June 1998. Buta Singh was allotted 11-A, Teen Murti Marg in February 2006 on security ground.Ashwini Kumar vacated government accommodation in 2012 and Tytler in 2015, while all others are still occupying the bungalows allotted to them. Congress had alleged that Swamy was given Z category security and allotted a government bungalow on grounds of security despite not being an MP or hailing from a troubled border state as “reward” for suing top Congress leadership including party chief Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul in the National Herald case.”He is not facing any threat from any terrorist organisation….The bungalow was given as an award for dragging the Congress leadership to court,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had said.

Asaram moves fresh bail plea citing health grounds

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The 74-year-old has been denied relief on six occasions earlier.

Self-styled “godman” Asaram, who is in jail for the last two years, has moved a fresh application in a court here seeking bail on the ground of old age and ill health in a rape case lodged against him.The 74-year-old has been denied relief on six occasions earlier. He was sent to jail in August, 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old schoolgirl. The move has come a day after Asaram got relief from the High Court, which allowed the defence to not only have access to the original documents pertaining to the age of the victim teenage girl but examination of the concerned witnesses also. The bail application will be taken up by the court for hearing on December 21.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the sources, BJP leader Subramanian Swami may appear in the court for the second time as a pleader to take up Asaram’s bail plea. The ground for bail, like previous applications, is again the old age and ill health, victim’s counsel Pramod Verma said. “Besides this, he has also mentioned in the application that the trial of the case was nearing completion with the last prosecution witness, the Investigation Officer of the case, being examined,” said Verma.He said that while moving the bail plea, the counsels for Asaram also cited heart attack to Asaram’s wife to judge Manoj Kumar Vyas. On Friday, the High Court, while allowing a Criminal Miscellaneous Petition by one of the co-accused in the case, Sharat Chandra, had ordered the trial court to summon the original documents pertaining to the age of the victim girl and has entitled the defence to prove these documents by examining the witnesses concerned.Earlier, three bail petitions of Asaram were turned down by lower court. Apart from the lower courts, he had twice unsuccessfully approached the High Court and was also denied relief by the Supreme Court.

Nirbhaya’s parents detained, later released for protesting juvenile’s release; ‘shocked’ CM Kejriwal intervenes

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Nirbhaya’s parents were protesting outside the remand home against the release of the juvenile convict.

File photo of Nirbhaya’s parents.

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December 16 gangrape victim’s parents and scores of other activists were detained by Delhi police on Saturday for protesting outside the remand home. They were released a few hours later. The juvenile convict in the case is scheduled to be released tomorrow from the correction home and Nirbhaya’s parents were protesting against it.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday tweeted that this action by Delhi police is unacceptable and that he has spoken to the Chief Secretary of Delhi to talk to the Police commissioner and get them released.The juvenile convict on Saturday was shifted from the remand home to an undisclosed location amid concerns that there was threat to his life, and several agencies are keeping an eye on the matter, said a highly-placed source.Brushing aside the public outcry against his release, Delhi High court on Friday had said BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking stay on the release of juvenile convict cannot be allowed as the statutory and existing law was coming in its way.Nirbhaya’s parents have expressed disappointment in the Delhi HC’s judgement and said that justice was not meted out to them.”Crime has won and we have lost (jurm jeet gaya, hum haar gaye). Although we haven’t seen him, nor met him, but despite all our efforts, a criminal will walk free,” said a dejected Asha Devi, mother of the victim on Friday.The mother, who waited for the order alongwith her husband Badri Singh Pandey, in the court, said, “Despite all our efforts for three years, our government and our courts have released a criminal. The assurance we were given was that we will get justice but that has not been delivered. We are very disappointed,” she had said about the order of the Bench which also directed the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) to interact with the convict, his parents and concerned officials of Department of Women and Child Development regarding his “rehabilitation and social mainstreaming”.Delhi government has said it had submitted a rehabilitation plan for the juvenile convict in December 16 gangrape case. The government said that as per the plan, a one-time financial grant of Rs 10,000 will be given to the youth and a sewing machine will be arranged for him so that he can rent a tailor shop.The convict, who is now 21, is to release on December 20 after his three years stay in the observation home as part of the sentence for the offence of rape.(With Agency Inputs)

#SoniaRahulHazirHo: Twitter has a field day as Congress leaders get bail

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Some of the tweets on the National Herald scam, that has pushed the #SoniaRahulHazirHo tag to the top.

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi
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As of Saturday morning, the newest trend on Twitter was what has been leaving the Lok Sabha in a turmoil, turning it to an arena of blame game over the past few days. #SoniaRahulHazirHo is the top trend on Twitter. The case filed by Subramanian Swamy against the President and Vice-President of Congress, on the National Herald scam, has left a string of controversies with mudslinging from all ends.Here are some of the tweets that have attracted our attention:

National Herald Case: Sonia, Rahul may seek bail

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The Congress President and Vice President have been summoned by the trial court on a private criminal complaint of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy of conspiracy, cheating, breach of trust and misappropriation of property .

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi

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Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi could seek bail when they appear before a magistrate on Saturday in the National Herald case with the Congress today insisting that they were open to all legal remedies and options.”We are open to availing all legal remedies and options including bail” said party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala ahead of the two top leaders appearing before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen in the Patiala House courts tomorrow. The Congress President and Vice President have been summoned by the trial court on a private criminal complaint of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy of conspiracy, cheating, breach of trust and misappropriation of property.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Surjewala said the Congress leadership does not want the court process to be interfered with or influenced in any manner and so the party has asked workers not to come to the court. Partymen claim that the Congress wants it to be a low key affair. AICC has dismissed reports that the Congress has called its state leaders to Delhi when the Gandhis will appear before the court The party has been maintaining so far that a decision would be taken in accordance with what advice the lawyers will give.Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, who is representing the Gandhis, said “Unnecessary hype over a routine procedure need not be created by the media. We are proceeding in every manner in accordance with law.”Singhvi, who is also party spokesman, said “We have been scrupulously avoiding all hype or hoopla about this as fas as courts are concerned.” Party General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed said the Congress would politically fight the Narendra Modi government on the issue as it was a “vendetta”.Congress MPs have been asked to gather at the party headquarters tomorrow ahead of the appearance of the Gandhis in the court as a measure of solidarity. “The Modi government cannot suppress Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi or the Congress party from continuing to raise the voice of the people,” Surjewala said adding the government was on a “malicious witch hunt” against all political opponents including the Congress leadership.

National Herald case: ‘Naturally’, I will appear in court tomorrow, says Sonia Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday confirmed that she will appear in court tomorrow in connection with the hearing of the National Herald case. Replying to media, she said, “Naturally”.The National Herald newspaper was closely associated with India’s freedom struggle and the Indian National Congress till 2008. In January 2008, discussions about its closure began. On 1 April 2008, the paper’s editorial announced that it was temporarily suspending operations. Before its closure, the paper was being run by Associated Journals Limited (AJL).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader Subramanian Swamy filed the case in a local court in 2012. The trial court then issued summons to the two leaders among others in June 2014, but they approached the Delhi High Court seeking a stay. On Monday this week, the high court refused to stay the summons, and asked all of the accused to appear for a hearing on December 19. The accused face allegations that they illegally acquired property worth Rs. 5,000 crore belonging to the National Herald newspaper.Meanwhile, hitting out at the Congress Party for stalling parliament procedures, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the former was stalling the development works for their own personal interests.”We are still hopeful that the Rajya Sabha will function. It is true that there has been lot of loss; there are many important Bills which are being stalled without any reason. The Congress is hampering development work for its private interest,” Naqvi told ANI.

Air India engineer’s: Early report points to ‘human error’, failure in following standard operating procedure

The accident, as expected, has left a deep impact on the aviation industry, which can be gauged from an internal e-mail sent by Pradeep Singh Rawat, maintenance manager, Indigo, which was leaked.

Ravi Subramanian

A preliminary investigation into the death of an Air India maintenance engineer, after getting sucked into a departing plane’s engine fans here on Wednesday night, has allegedly blamed possible lapse on part of the pilot and ground staff in following the standard operating procedure (SOP) behind the ‘human error’. The accident, as expected, has left a deep impact on the aviation industry, which can be gauged from an internal e-mail sent by Pradeep Singh Rawat, maintenance manager, Indigo, which was leaked. Rawat, who gathered preliminary information about the accident from the colleagues of the deceased, has brought out four grey areas. The most important being that “no chocks were placed after the push back” and “no clearance signal taken from the engineer before taxing out the plane towards the runway”. The mail also blamed human factors like ‘lack of patience’ and ‘hurrying’, apart from lack of proper coordination between the pilot and ground staff.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Drawing the sequence of events, Rawat says that flight AI 319 parked on bay 28L was pushing back for departure to Hyderabad. After push back the technician instructed the helper to remove the tow bar. The helper (ET Shinde) removed the tow bar and in all this time the technician was facing the tow truck with his back towards the engine. “In the mean time, Captain Sharma got the taxi clearance from ATC and the same was informed to him by the co-pilot. The technician was still on headset and with his back facing the engines. With no chocks placed, the aircraft started moving and sucked the technician in. The helper witness to the incident immediately sat down and got saved.” Two engineers attached with Air India, whom dna spoke to, said it is also likely that the victim may have not heard the start of engine. “It is likely that since the flight was already late, the pilots and ground staff may have been in a hurry,” pointed out an engineer on condition of anonymity. In a related development, officials from Sahar police station, who have so far registered a case of accidental death, recorded statement of atleast three witnesses who were present at the scene of mishap. The pilots who have been grounded until the completion of investigation were also subjected to alcohol test, which has come negative. “We have also asked for the CCTV clippings,” said a police officer. A team of aviation regulator and Harpreet Singh, executive director and chief of flight safety, Corporate Safety and Emergency Response at Air India are also believed to have recorded the statement of pilots and others. The aircraft communication and surveillance system is also being studied, the sources said.

Air India pilot, co-pilot grounded after its staffer died by getting sucked into aircraft’s engine

The rare mishap had occurred during push back for departure when the co-pilot of Mumbai-Hyderabad flight 619 allegedly mistook a signal for starting the engine and Subramanian, who was standing close, got sucked into it at bay 28 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji airport around 8.40 pm.

In a freak accident, an Air India technician (inset) Ravi Subramanian died after he got sucked into the live engine of an A-319 aircraft at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Wednesday evening.

The pilot and co-pilot of an Air India plane involved in Wednesday night’s freak accident at the Mumbai airport where a technician died after getting sucked into the engine have been grounded even as the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau launched a probe.Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani, who rushed to Mumbai on Thursday morning for an on-the-spot inquiry, said, “initially it seems that there was some communication gap.” He, however, refused to go into the details of what could have possibly caused the mishap described as a “serious accident.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rare mishap had occurred during push back for departure when the co-pilot of Mumbai-Hyderabad flight 619 allegedly mistook a signal for starting the engine and Subramanian, who was standing close, got sucked into it at bay 28 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji airport around 8.40 pm. The pilot and the co-pilot of the Airbus A320 plane have been derostered after the mishap, a senior Air India official said.Lohani announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh and a job in the airline to a family member of service engineer Ravi Subramanian.”This is a serious accident and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has taken up the probe,” a senior civil aviation ministry official said.AAIB, a dedicated entity to investigate accidents, functions under the Civil Aviation Ministry. Manned by employees from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the bureau was carved out of DGCA in 2012.An aircraft parked in a bay cannot reverse on its own and has to be pulled by a tow vehicle. It was during the push back that the engine of the plane got started, violently pulling into its innards Subramanian, who was standing dangerously close. His body was so badly mutiliated it could not be sent for post mortem examination.”We have lost a family member. An ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh has been given to the family. We have also offered a job to the family of the victim,” Lohani told reporters in Mumbai.Earlier in the day, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said a three-member committee led by Lohani and top officials of DGCA had rushed to Mumbai.”It is very sad. We have lost a young engineer. A committee has been set up to investigate the incident and it has already started the probe,” Sharma said in Delhi.He, however, refused to elaborate further, saying that “it will be too premature to comment until the findings of the probe are out”.

National Herald case: Now, Subramanian Swamy wants AFSPA imposed in New Delhi

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Swamy announced on Twitter saying, “Today I am going to ask the PM to declare New Delhi district as disturbed and impose AFSPA for an orderly court proceeding in Patiala House.”

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday wrote to PM Narendra Modi asking him to impose AFSPA in New Delhi with regards to the National Herald case proceedings on December 19, 2015. Swamy announced on Twitter saying, “Today I am going to ask the PM to declare New Delhi district as disturbed and impose AFSPA for an orderly court proceeding in Patiala House.”

Cricket is Arun Jaitley’s ‘private duty’, says Subramanian Swamy

Following a demand from the Congress for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to resign for his alleged role in a scam involving the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said cricket is Jaitley’s private not public duty.

Following a demand from the Congress for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to resign for his alleged role in a scam involving the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said cricket is Jaitley’s private not public duty.”It is a contempt of LS/RS for opposition to raise AJ’s DDCA alleged corruption in the two Houses since cricket is his private not public duty,” Swamy said in a tweet.Swamy further stressed on the fact that the issue is Jaitley’s personal matter and the party or the government has got nothing to do with it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Cricket is a not a part of our party. Only Jaitley can give answer on that. We do not need to intervene in this. Even Jaitley did not ask for support from us. I think it will be wrong to bring this issue up in Parliament. There’s a decorum and it should not be crossed,” he said.”How can they ask for resignation in the Parliament? They can demand for probe on it. Many a time, Kirti Azad has given statement on this. Jaitley should answer on this, we should not intervene in this. If they want his resignation, they can take to the roads and demand it. But there is no point asking for his resignation in the Parliament,” he added.The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has rejected the allegations of irregularities against Arun Jaitley, and said that such charges were absolutely rubbish.”Some allegations have been raised against the DDCA and it needs clarification as everyone is stating their point. First thing is allegation of irregularities on stadium construction. Stadium is made of Rs. 141 crores,” DDCA working president Chetan Chauhan told the press conference.Reacting to demands by the Congress Party and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for his resignation, Jaitley said he could answer specific issue, but he could not answer “vague allegation” without any basis.”If they tell me what is the specific issue, I can answer it, but I can’t answer vague allegation without any basis,” he said.Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken, said “The DDCA irregularity is a very serious matter, and thus, serious examination should be done and serious action should be taken. The DDCA issue should not be diluted, and should not be marred into political controversy as grave irregularities have been committed.”Demanding Jaitley’s resignation, he said, “As long as Mr. Jaitley is the Finance Minister, and is the minister in-charge of corporate law affairs, how can you expect a fair trial to take place under his finance ministership?”Demanding his “resignation for a fair and impartial probe”, AAP Core Committee member Sanjay Singh told repoters: “Tomorrow (on Thursday), the AAP will divulge details of the DDCA irregularities, which will enable you to draw a complete picture of irregularities.”

Congress plans grand show on eve of Rahul-Sonia appearance in court

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The Congress sources said it would be a show of strength to express solidarity with the party leadership and register protest against senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy’s attempts to implicate its leaders with the charge of usurping properties of the defunct newspaper National Herald in Delhi and eight other cities.

Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders after submitting a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee demanding removal of Arunachal governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa

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The Congress is planning a grand show on Saturday, when Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi and five other leaders are appearing before a magistrate’s court here in the National Herald case. They party has summoned all its chief ministers, state party presidents and MPs to the AICC headquarters at 24 Akbar Road here on Saturday for a likely march along with leaders to the Patiala Courts.The Congress sources said it would be a show of strength to express solidarity with the party leadership and register protest against senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy’s attempts to implicate its leaders with the charge of usurping properties of the defunct newspaper National Herald in Delhi and eight other cities.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a strategy, Rahul has decided not to offer bail or sign a security bond as he prefers to be sent to judicial custody. Though, earlier it was decided that Sonia will file for a bail bond because of her fragile health along with 86-year old treasurer Motilal Vora, party sources said, Congress president may also opt for jail to secure a sympathy for ‘victimisation by the ruling BJP and the Modi government’. They said Sonia and Rahul were taking a cue from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi whose political fortunes resurrected following her arrest in 1977 after losing the elections.

Nirbhaya rape case: Actions that have been taken towards women safety since then

The case garnered a lot of attention and became synonymous with women’s rights for safety in this country as well as outside.

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The 2012 Delhi gang rape or the Nirbhaya rape case brought forth a lot of issues right from the power of youth who unanimously stood up for a cause, to the security of women in the democratic country which boasts of being a female nation.The case garnered a lot of attention and became synonymous with women’s rights for safety in this country as well as outside. However, after all these years, were these issues addressed as they should have been?Our newspapers, today, still show the ongoing discussion and divided opinion on the release of juvenile convict or about Parliament contemplating on criminalising marital rape. However, does a country with a female population of 624 million, feel safe as instances of sexual exploitation make news every morning?<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three years down the line, let us see if things seemed to have changed for better or for worse after the horrifying night of December 16:Positive changes that have been made:The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 which was initially an ordinance promulgated by Pranab Mukherjee on April 3, 2013, after this incident was passed and made into a legislation by the Parliament in March 2013. This legislation was formed after reviewing 80,000 recommendations that were received after wide consultations and research by the Justice Verma Committee. Several crimes like stalking, voyeurism were clearly specified and included in the list of new crimes in this legislation. Acid violence and disrobing, a common crime in India, was further elaborated on with respect to the punishment that should be given to the convict.
Under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, the age of consent was increased from 16 to 18.
In order to ensure that victims are not hesitant in filing a complaint, the security blanket that protected public servants and police officers has been removed.
Stalking, voyeurism and sexual harassment, which were one considered gender neutral, were changed to offence committed on women.
The law also states that in case of repeated offence of rape or in case where victim has been led to a comatose stage, death penalty can be pronounced on convict. Whereas, there is also an increase in jail term. (Unlike what happened in Aruna Shanbaug case.)
Changes that have not been made yet:
The Juvenile Justice Act which deals with punishment for juveniles accused of heinous crimes is still pending in Parliament.
Marital rape is still legal in the country.
While Ram Singh, a convict, died while he was being tried, the other four Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Thakur were given death sentence by fast track court, which was upheld by Delhi Court, but the Supreme Court has stayed their death sentence.
Juvenile, who was said to be the most brutal, has served his detention period of three years, may be released on December 20, and Women and child development (WCD) may grant him a rehabilitation grant of Rs. 10,000. However, Subramanian Swamy, a BJP leader has filed a PIL, seeking a stay on his release.

Maneka Gandhi puts onus on Rajya Sabha, asks it to clear Bill on Nirbhaya

Putting the onus on the Rajya Sabha to clear the bill on mandatory registration of offenders, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Monday said it is important to bring a juvenile within the ambit of law.

Putting the onus on the Rajya Sabha to clear the bill on mandatory registration of offenders, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Monday said it is important to bring a juvenile within the ambit of law.”I wish the Rajya Sabha would allow me to pass this Act, at least it would give relief. They should be kept under watch. At the moment, you are not even allowing me to pass a bill. We are all stuck,” Gandhi told the media here.”We have seen for the last two years and the act is stuck in the Rajya Sabha, saying that nowadays it is important to bring 16- year old also within the ambit of law, and to give them the belief that if they commit heinous crimes, they will be taken to task,” she added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She further pointed out that she would be meeting the Home Minister this evening to say that some safeguards should be put into place.Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy said that he was hopeful about the courts handing down an order to prevent the release of the juvenile involved in the December 2012 gang rape case in outer Delhi.The victim’s father also said that the juvenile convict must not be freed as he might be a ‘threat to society’.”It is not about being a juvenile or an adult, but about crime. The crime he has committed and after he is released it will definitely affect the youth in the country. He is a threat to the society. I believe that he should not be released anyhow. The person who can sit inside jail and learn to be a jihadi, what will he do outside,” asked the victim’s father.Earlier in the day, the Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments with the Congress Party insisting on the dismissal of the SAD-led government in Punjab for its inability in maintaining law and order.

Nirbhaya case: Centre seeks extension of juvenile’s stay

The ASG told the court that it has several “concerns” regarding the plan made by the management committee (MC), set up as per the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Rules.

The Centre on Monday asked Delhi High Court to extend the observation home stay of the juvenile convict in December 16, 2012 gangrape case who is scheduled to be released on Sunday, saying several mandatory aspects were missing from the post-release rehabilitation plan which needed to be considered before setting him free.After hearing the brief arguments and perusing the post-release plan which was submitted by the central government, the court reserved its verdict on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s PIL seeking stay on the juvenile’s release.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>No mention of mental health status and follow-up were among the concerns listed by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain while appearing for the Centre. He sought an extension of the juvenile’s stay till the time all the missing aspects in the post-release plan are taken into account.Swamy told a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath that though the juvenile’s term may have ended, but the court can “circumscribe” his movements.The ASG told the court that it has several “concerns” regarding the plan made by the management committee (MC), set up as per the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Rules.He said the committee’s plan does not mention the mental health status of the juvenile, which is a mandatory requirement under the rules.He said the mental health aspect was missing from the report of the person who counselled the juvenile.The ASG also said that the plan does not mention anything regarding the juvenile’s willingness to continue in the societal mainstream.He said that no follow-up action has been contemplated in the MC’s report and this aspect was “completely missing”.He told the bench that as per records, the juvenile is set to be released on December 20 this year and not tomorrow and sought that his stay be extended till the time the MC takes into account all the missing aspects in its post-release plan.The court, thereafter, said it now shall go through the MC’s plan and the Intelligence Bureau’s report, which was placed in a sealed cover, and will pass an order.It also wondered whether it can curtail the liberty of a person.

Nirbhaya rape case: Juvenile accused will be a threat to society, says victim’s parents

The convict, then aged under 18, is said to have inflicted maximum injury on the 23-year-old paramedical student, who died 13 days later, triggering a massive public outrage.

Juvenile accused in Nirbhaya rape case will walk out of remand home on December 15.
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With less than two days to go for the release of the juvenile convict in the December 16 gang rape case, the victim’s parents on Sunday feared that he might be a “threat to society” and demanded that his mental condition be assessed before setting him free.The convict, then aged under 18, is said to have inflicted maximum injury on the 23-year-old paramedical student, who died 13 days later, triggering a massive public outrage.”We demand that he should not be allowed to walk free as he is a threat to the society. There is a need to assess his mental condition before releasing him, so that he does not attack some other girl, like he had killed our daughter,” the father of the victim said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Juvenile Justice Board had on August 31, 2013 sent the juvenile to a remand home for three years. He will walk out of the home on December 15. Amid media reports that the juvenile has written to the Home Ministry that he should not be placed under a watch of an NGO after being released, the girl’s father said, “It will be as good as setting him free. He should not be released at all.If at all released, his face should be shown to the world.” The Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas also expressed concern over the issue saying, “as far as the Nirbhaya case accused is concerned, with just days to go for his release, I can only say that he will pose a danger to the society as he will be living among us.””No one has seen his face and now one doesn’t know who would be his next victim,” he said.The Delhi High Court had on Friday sought the response from the Centre on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea that the juvenile convict be not released till it is “demonstrably assured” that he has reformed himself and was not a menace to the society. The high court had issued notice to the Ministry of Law, Ministry of Home Affairs and the juvenile through the JJ Board, and is likely to hear the matter tomorrow.Amid apprehension raised by the victim’s parents, the Home Ministry is contemplating to ask the juvenile convict to sign a legal bond affirming good behaviour after his release. The bond as per Section 107 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) will act as security for keeping the peace after his release from the juvenile remand home, a senior ministry official had said.Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had recently emphasised on the need to keep a “close watch” on him (juvenile) following his impending release. The juvenile, arrested for rape and murder of the victim, was tried under the Juvenile Justice Act.The victim, who was brutally assaulted by six persons, including the juvenile, in a moving bus in south Delhi, had succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital plunging the country into grief.

National Herald case: India not a ‘Banana Republic’ where media decide guilt or innocence, says Arun Jaitley

The Congress has alleged that there is political vendetta behind the National Herald Case.
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Lambasting Congress president Sonia Gandhi for leaving it to the media to judge whether the trial court’s summons to her and her son Rahul in the National Herald case was a ‘political vendetta’, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said India is not a banana republic where the media of Parliament will decide the guilt or innocence.”It’s only the court that will decide guilt or innocence. The private complaint is before the court, and it’s irrelevant to find who the complainant is and what his motives are,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Under the Indian law, if any citizen comes to know of a violation of law it’s his duty to inform the court or the investigative agencies. Any citizen can set the process of criminal law into motion, which the complainant in that case has set. Therefore, they have to go the court, face the court and answer the court,” he said.Earlier, Sonia Gandhi had said: “I’m daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi. I’m not scared of anything. Why should I be scared?”Criticising the Opposition for disrupting the parliamentary proceedings, Jaitley said, “Nobody enjoys immunity from the court proceedings in India and, therefore, they have to face the trial. They have a remedy to either challenge them further or go to the trial court. But how does Parliament feature in this?””Parliament, normally, doesn’t decide the guilt or innocence; this is to be determined by the court. To tell the media you decide whether it is vendetta or not; the media doesn’t decide the guilt or innocence; it is the court which do. You can’t use it for a collateral purpose to disrupt the parliamentary proceedings. And if the Congress party is so keen that this issue come up in Parliament, I am here, and now, challenging them,” he said, asking the Opposition to decide whether they want a debate in Parliament on the pattern of debates on corruption charges against a member.Elaborating upon the case, Jaitley, who is also a distinguished lawyer, said: “There is a court proceeding and the substance of the court proceedings a political party, i.e. the Congress Party, has collected funds for the political purpose. For that purpose, a political party gets a tax exemption. By a series of transactions, those funds have been transferred to a trust, and then to a company, which is closely held. That company today is owner of a real estate and getting large amount of wealth, which is certainly not for a political purpose. So, funds collected for a political purpose are being used for commercial activities.””The tax exemption was for a political purpose, and thus, a private complaint has been filed. The government doesn’t come into the private complaint at all. The court deemed it necessary to summon the accused. They have challenged the summons in the high court and the high court dismissed their petitions, saying a prima facie case has been made out, go and face trial,” the Finance Minister concluded.On 26 June, a trial court had issued summons to the Congress leaders on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s complaint. Swamy has complained about ‘cheating’ and ‘breach of trusts’ in the acquisition of Associated Journals Limited, the publisher of National Herald, by a company called Young Indian Limited, in which the Gandhis reportedly hold shares.Justice Sunil Gaur of the Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the Gandhis’ pleas, which means they will have to appear before the trial court in the case.Following which, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is also a renowned advocate, said: “We intend to not only challenge it on all legal recourses available at the appropriate forum which I am not going into detail as the matter is sub judice and we intend to seek a continuation of the exemption and stay, which has been continued for over a year when the matter was pending in the high court.”On the same day, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy filed a caveat before the Supreme Court (SC), urging the apex court not to pass any order without hearing him.When asked would he oppose the bail petition, the BJP leader said he would be. “Among the accused two are foreigners, but not having foreign passports, which is a big question. Sam Pitroda is a US citizen, who can run away anytime. Therefore, they should not be granted bail until the trial is finished.”Apart from the Gandhis, the court also dismissed the pleas of Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, family friend Suman Dubey and party leader Oscar Fernandes, who had moved the high court for a quashing of summons to them by a trial court.

National Herald Case: Sonia Gandhi, Rahul to appear in Delhi court on December 19; Congress chief hints at political vendetta

“We told the court that the accused are extremely keen, ready and willing to appear before magistrate at the earliest possible date. Earliest possible date was given on our request. On December 19, all accused barring one who’s in US will certainly be present at 3 pm” Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and others were on Tuesday directed to appear in person on December 19 by a Delhi court which allowed their plea seeking exemption from personal appearance for the day in the National Herald case.Senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harin Raval and Ramesh Gupta appeared for the Gandhis and other accused and moved separate pleas seeking exemption from personal apperance for their clients for today only.The Delhi High Court had earlier rejected their pleas for quashing the summons against them and made scathing observations on their “questionable conduct” regarding how they took control of the publication.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We told the court that the accused are extremely keen, ready and willing to appear before magistrate at the earliest possible date. Earliest possible date was given on our request. On December 19, all accused barring one who’s in US will certainly be present at 3 pm” Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.Singhvi termed the case political vendetta at its worst. “The ruling party (BJP) is using proxy litigation to target Congress leaders.”Earlier, when asked whether it is a political vendetta, Sonia had said, “I leave it on you to judge. I am daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi. I am not scared of anything. Why should I be scared.””This has been filed directly by a BJP member, both the party he belongs to and himself have a long history of political and personal antagonism. We believe that the case has absolutely no legs to stand upon and we shall fight it within the confines of the law at every forum available to us and exercise every remedy available to us,” Singhvi told ANI.Justice Sunil Gaur had on Monday turned down their plea for exemption from personal appearance in the case in the trial court on Tuesday.Along with the Gandhis, five other accused–Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vohra, Oscar Fernandez, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd–had challenged the summons issued to them by a trial court on a complaint by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy against them for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in taking control of the now-defunct daily.The court had said that the Congress leaders need to explain what was the need to assign the “huge debt of Rs 90 crores” when this loan could have been repaid by AJL from its “sizeable assets” of Rs 2000 crore.Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court to pre-empt any ex-parte order on appeals likely to be filed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul.

National Herald Case: BJP’s ‘sponsored lies’ will be defeated in courts, says Congress

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that these were attempts by “incredulous agents of BJP” and re-assured the party’s resolve to continue to champion peoples’ voice.
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Congress on Monday dubbed as “vendetta politics” the National Herald case against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and said that “sponsored lies” will be defeated in courts.”No attempts to malign the leadership of the Congress through such doctored cases will deter our resolve to continue to oppose the anti-people policies of Modi government,” party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters, dismissing the Delhi High Court decision as a “setback” to the party. He said that these were attempts by “incredulous agents of BJP” and re-assured the party’s resolve to continue to champion peoples’ voice.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are quite sure that truth will even finally prevail in this case,” he said, alleging that Subramanian Swamy had filed a “completely mischievous and false” private complaint as part of “BJP’s vendetta politics”.”We will not be deterred, we will not be cowed down, we will not back down in front of any provocation by false cases, by political vendetta and by low-level insinuation that BJP and its incredulous agents continue to do,” he said.Contrary to what many believe, Congress does not view it as a “set-back” but rather as an ongoing judicial process, he said, adding in the long course of its political journey, the party and its leadership have faced many challenges and dealt them with conviction of truth as also with a firm resolve.Declaring that Congress has full faith in the judicial process, he said “based on the legal advice, we shall move an appropriate forum” against the judgment of the Delhi High Court.”We also want to say that truth shall finally win and sponsored lies will be defeated both in peoples’ court as also through the majesty of the process of Law and Constitution,” he added.AICC has already declared that the High Court order dismissing pleas against summons issued to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi will be challenged in the Supreme Court tomorrow. It claimed “several legal deficiencies” in the verdict.Speaking separately, party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi, who is the senior advocate representing the Congress Vice President, said the decision had come as a surprise as there was no prior intimation that the verdict would come today and they were intimated on telephone that it was being delivered today.

With no word from Congress, government to go ahead with GST and other bills

While at the 45-minute long meeting on November 27 at the PM’s official 7-Race Course residence, the government did agree to review its position, Sonia Gandhi told Modi that she would discuss the proposal internally within her party.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi with former prime minister Manmohan Singh at a function in New Delhi on Saturday
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With no response from the Congress, even a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the the PM’s residence, the government has decided to go ahead with key reform legislations, preparing for an imminent showdown, with the main Opposition in Parliament next week. Among other proposed legislations, the government has listed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, officially known as The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 and also the Real Estate bill for consideration and passage.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> While at the 45-minute long meeting on November 27 at the PM’s official 7-Race Course residence, the government did agree to review its position, Sonia Gandhi told Modi that she would discuss the proposal internally within her party. Since then she has left for the United States for a medical check-up and nobody in the party is now ready to bite the bullet. The government is also planning to pass six bills in the Lok Sabha and seven in the Rajya Sabha next week, beginning Monday. Government sources say, they were still awaiting a response from the Congress in the light of economic advisor Arvind Subramanian’s recommendations that offer more-feasible economic solutions to address the main Opposition’s concern to resolve the long-standing political deadlock. “We cannot wait endlessly and hope Congress puts its point of view before the House during the debate,” said a government source. It is highly crucial for the Modi government not to miss the April 1 deadline for GST rollout, which means the bill has to be passed in the current session itself, to include its cascading effects in the budget preparations, which have already kicked off in North Block and across state capitals. The Business Advisory Committee of the Rajya Sabha has allotted a time of four hours for the GST Bill and two hours for the Real Estate Bill. The Select Committees of the House have already submitted their reports on these two bills which are pending for further consideration and passing by the Rajya Sabha. The legislative agenda of Lok Sabha includes consideration and passage of the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salary and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill 2015, the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, The Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill 2015, the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill 2015, and the Industries (Regulation and Development) Amendment Bill 2015. The non-legislative business which could be taken up in Lok Sabha next week includes a discussion on drought situation in the country, price rise and India’s relations with neighbouring countries. Arvind Subramanian’s recommendations on the GST were seen as an outcome of a meeting between the PM and the top Congress leaders and were held to resolve the deadlock to help it get passed in Parliament’s winter session itself. His panel decided to provide a range for the GST rate for various products and services: from 12 per cent to 40 per cent (the higher rate being applicable for select products such as luxury cars or tobacco products etc). However, the key revenue neutral rate suggested by the CEA panel stood at 15-15.5 per cent. The standard rate for GST stood at 17-18 per cent, the rate at which most products would likely be taxed. It also accepted a key Congress demand to do away with a proposal to levy a 1 per cent inter-state tax on transfer of goods. Congress is, however, refusing to budge . “Unless this, the barrier of 16-18 per cent is not removed and there is an independent authority. We are not going to accept it. The BJP wants the GST which is anti-people,” said Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Pramod Tiwari. “Our leader Rahul Gandhi has made it very clear that we are not going to accept GST which is anti-people, anti-traders and anti-common man,” he added. Another trigger has come from a statement of Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy proposing to levy an additional 2 per cent cess on income tax to garner funds for skill development. Congress leaders say, if approved, this cess, would be a part of the basket of 27 different kinds of cess and surcharges. Other than that, the Congress is already unhappy with the 0.5 per cent Swachh Bharat cess that came into effect from 15 November this year. There is also disquiet for not including petroleum products in the GST. Petrol that costs Rs60.48 per litre in Delhi can drop to just Rs30.35 a litre if the 18 per cent GST rate is implemented. The government has kept the petroleum, alcohol and tobacco products outside the purview of GST as the states do not want to lose them as hefty money earners, yielding most of the tax revenue. The way the Congress forced the government’s hand not to allow manufacturing states like Gujarat to levy 1 per cent additional tax besides the national GST, pressure is bound to build on the government in Parliament not to exclude any item from the GST. Since the production cost of petrol today is Rs23.77 per litre while the petrol pumps get commission of Rs2.26 per litre, the GST at 18 per cent works out to Rs4.32, making the selling price of petrol as Rs30.35 per litre. Its inflated price of Rs60.48 per litre in Delhi is because of the central excise of Rs19.06 plus the state’s levy of sales tax or VAT of Rs12.10. The central and state taxes together account for Rs31.16 per litre while it would be just Rs4.32 if brought under GST. The Modi government has, however, steadily raised taxes on petrol and diesel to increase revenue collections as the excise duty on petrol was Rs9.48 per litre in April 2014 and has been hiked five times to rise to Rs19.06 per litre. The industry doubts if the government would be prepared to forgo the revenue by agreeing to bring petrol and other petroleum products under GST.

Supreme Court dismisses PIL on probe into Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea seeking a direction to CBI to register a case against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for allegedly declaring himself as a British national before company law authorities there.

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Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy dismissed the PIL filed by lawyer M L Sharma, saying PILs cannot be centered around individuals. The bench questioned the “authenticity of the document” attached with the PIL and the manner in which the papers were procured. “Can we start making roving inquiries,” the bench asked while turning the petition as “frivolous”.

The court also questioned the petitioner about the authenticity of the documents he had placed before the court.

Earlier the apex court had refused urgent hearing on a plea filed by lawyer M L Sharma.

Recently, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has alleged that the Congress Vice President has claimed himself to be a British national before the authorities in connection with incorporation of a firm.

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Supreme Court dismisses PIL on Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship row

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking a direction to CBI to register a case against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for allegedly declaring himself as a British national before company law authorities there.

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The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking a direction to CBI to register a case against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for allegedly declaring himself as a British national before company law authorities there.A bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy questioned the “authenticity of the document” attached with the PIL and the manner in which the papers were procured.”Can we start making roving inquiries,” the bench asked while turning the petition as “frivolous”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier the apex court had refused urgent hearing on a plea filed by lawyer M L Sharma.Recently, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has alleged that the Congress Vice President has claimed himself to be a British national before the authorities in connection with incorporation of a firm.

Supreme Court to hear Subramanian Swamy’s plea on Ram Sethu on November 26

The Sethusamudram shipping channel project has been facing protests from some political parties, environmentalists and several Hindu religious groups.
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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on Thursday BJP leader Subramanian ​Swamy’s plea to withdraw his 2009 petition against the Sethusamudram project, following a recent decision of the Centre that the mythological bridge Rama Sethu would not be dismantled.”List it for hearing on Thursday. We will hear it provided all parties agree,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Amitava Roy said when Swamy mentioned the matter for urgent listing. Swamy said his prayer for scrapping of the project stands satisfied after the Centre took a decision and hence, he wanted to withdraw his plea.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sethusamudram shipping channel project has been facing protests from some political parties, environmentalists and several Hindu religious groups. The mythological Ram Sethu is a continuous stretch of limestone shoals that runs from Pamban Island near Rameshwaram in South India to Mannar Island off the northern coast of Sri Lanka.Under the Sethusamudram project, a 83-km-long deep water channel would have been created linking Mannar with Palk Strait by extensive dredging and removal of the limestone shoals which constitute the Sethu.

NDA govt targetting Nehru-Gandhi family to weaken Congress: Ahmed Patel

The political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi also said the results of local bodies’ polls in Gujarat scheduled to be held on November 29 will bring a downfall of the ruling BJP in Gujarat.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday alleged that the NDA government was indulging in revenge politics and targetting the Nehru-Gandhi family with a view to weaken Congress. “The NDA government is indulging in revenge politics to weaken the Congress. The throwing of muck is not just happening now, since the Independence they have been doing this against the Nehru-Gandhi family. They know that to weaken Congress they have to target and weaken the Nehru-Gandhi family,” Patel said in reply to a question over BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s recent charges against Rahul Gandhi. “All the allegations are baseless and Rahul Gandhiji has given an apt reply,” Patel added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi also said the results of local bodies’ polls in Gujarat scheduled to be held on November 29 will bring a downfall of the ruling BJP in Gujarat. The Rajya Sabha MP is here to campaign for his party ahead of local polls that are being fought amid the Patel quota agitation. Congress hopes to make a mark in the elections riding on the Patel quota agitation. The Congress leader campaigned in Danilimbda ward for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation elections which are going to be held tomorrow. “The result of the local bodies polls will bring the downfall of BJP in Gujarat. This polls will have a definite impact on the 2017 (Gujarat Assembly) elections,” Patel told reporters here. “I am hopeful that Congress will do very well in the local bodies polls,” he said.According to him, BJP’s claim of ‘Gujarat model’ has failed in Bihar and common people are facing inflation and unemployment. “The debt on the Gujarat government is Rs 1.75 lakh crore and they have to take loan to pay the interest. The growth rate of the state is around seven per cent, which earlier during Congress government used to be around 15 per cent. This tells the state of economy of Gujarat,” Patel alleged Voting for the municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar will take place tomorrow, while that for 31 district panchayats, 230 taluka panchayats and 56 municipalities will take place on November 29.

Subramanian Swamy wants Rahul Gandhi stripped off Indian citizenship

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday alleged that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had declared himself a British citizen and floated a private company in London. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swamy has demanded that steps be taken to strip Gandhi of his Indian citizenship.The Congress dismissed the allegations as ‘silly’ saying nobody took Swamy’s statements seriously.Swamy, who held a press conference, circulated documents allegedly extracted from the company, Backops Ltd. “No member of Indian Parliament can incorporate a company abroad without prior permission under the existing laws and without declaring the same in his nomination form as a candidate for election to Parliament,” he said in the letter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also said he would write to the Lok Sabha speaker for constitution of a special committee or refer the matter to the Ethics Committee to strip him of membership of the House. However, Swamy, who did not hold the press conference at the BJP office, made it clear that he was not speaking on behalf of the party.Congress spokespersons Ajay Maken said, “It has been the habit of Subramanian Swamy to make silly statements in order to try and seek some publicity whenever he is sidelined. Nobody takes his statements seriously.”

Subramanian Swamy hits out at Dalai Lama for his ‘majority of Hindus believe in peace’ comment

The people of Bihar in the recent Assembly polls have proved that a large section of the Hindu community still believes in peace and amity,”

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BJP leader Subramanian Swamy hit out at the Dalai Lama for his remarks about the Bihar Elections result. Swamy claimed that his statements were uncalled for The Tibetan spiritual leader had said that the Bihar Results showed that a majority of Hindus believed in peace and amity. He said: “India has a long tradition of peace and amity. The people of Bihar in the recent Assembly polls have proved that a large section of the Hindu community still believes in peace and amity,” <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is because of this amity that India is known worldwide as a country of religious tolerance. All religions and individuals are given equal respect here. Religious tolerance not only means respecting all religions but also the people. Buddhism too started in this nation and because of this, India is the guru and all Buddhists are students,” he said.Asked about terrorism, the Tibetan spiritual leader said, “First we must create an atmosphere of peace and it should be initiated from one’s own home. Encouraging religious tolerance is the need of the hour and should be done through schools and universities.”

Netaji lived in several parts of UP from 1950s to 1980s, claims book

London: A book released in the UK has claimed that an unseen holy man who lived in several parts of Uttar Pradesh from 1950s to 1980s was in fact Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in disguise.

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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Reuters

The book – What Happened to Netaji? – by former journalist Anuj Dhar details three prominent theories of Bose’s death before zeroing in on what has come to be known as the Faizabad angle to the Bose mystery.

“A source with a direct access to a highest-level contact in the government told me, strictly on the condition of anonymity, that the Prime Minister of India had in his possession an ultra secret file which held the key to unravelling the Bose mystery,” Dhar said.

That file, according to the author who has investigated this matter for 15 years, contains an admission that the holy man “Bhagwanji” of Faizabad was indeed Bose and that the government maintained contact with him.

“Emissaries, including UP state and central ministers, and intelligence operatives would be sent to him to pay courtesies, seek his advice on various matters and keep an eye on him,” Dhar writes.

The book claims that negative DNA tests concerning the teeth belonging to Bhagwanji were result of fudging by the authorities.

It also dismissed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s claim that Netaji was killed in the erstwhile USSR, maintaining that Soviet Union had actually granted asylum to Netaji.

Going into the reasons why Bhagwanji did not surface, Dhar writes that “it is an entangled issue involving interrelated conundrums, for which there are no quick and simple answers”.

He has quoted Bhagwanji saying that his emergence was “not in India’s interest”.

What Happened to Netaji was released at India Club in central London in the presence of the former Mayor of Harrow, Mrinal Choudhury and president of the Netaji Subhas Foundation UK Suhas Khale.

Meeting long-pending demands, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last month that the government will start unveiling the secret files related to Bose from 23 January next year, raising hopes about solving the seven-decade-old mystery about his disappearance.

Modi said that “there is no need to strangle history” as he met Bose’s family members and told them that he would also urge foreign governments to declassify files on Bose available with them by writing to them and personally taking it up with their leaders, beginning with Russia in December.

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New book claims Netaji lived in disguise in Uttar Pradesh

The book claims that negative DNA tests concerning the teeth belonging to Bhagwanji were result of fudging by the authorities.
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A book released in the UK has claimed that an unseen holy man who lived in several parts of Uttar Pradesh from 1950s to 1980s was in fact Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in disguise.The book – ‘What Happened to Netaji?’ – by former journalist Anuj Dhar details three prominent theories of Bose’s death before zeroing in on what has come to be known as the Faizabad angle to the Bose mystery.”A source with a direct access to a highest-level contact in the government told me, strictly on the condition of anonymity, that the Prime Minister of India had in his possession an ultra secret file which held the key to unravelling the Bose mystery,” Dhar said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>That file, according to the author who has investigated this matter for 15 years, contains an admission that the holy man “Bhagwanji” of Faizabad was indeed Bose and that the government maintained contact with him.”Emissaries, including UP state and central ministers, and intelligence operatives would be sent to him to pay courtesies, seek his advice on various matters and keep an eye on him,” Dhar writes.The book claims that negative DNA tests concerning the teeth belonging to Bhagwanji were result of fudging by the authorities. It also dismissed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s claim that Netaji was killed in the erstwhile USSR, maintaining that Soviet Union had actually granted asylum to Netaji.Going into the reasons why Bhagwanji did not surface, Dhar writes that “it is an entangled issue involving interrelated conundrums, for which there are no quick and simple answers”. He has quoted Bhagwanji saying that his emergence was “not in India’s interest”.’What Happened to Netaji’ was released at India Club in central London in the presence of the former Mayor of Harrow, Mrinal Choudhury and president of the Netaji Subhas Foundation UK Suhas Khale.Meeting long-pending demands, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last month that the government will start unveiling the secret files related to Bose from January 23 next year, raising hopes about solving the seven-decade-old mystery about his disappearance. Modi said that “there is no need to strangle history” as he met Bose’s family members and told them that he would also urge foreign governments to declassify files on Bose available with them by writing to them and personally taking it up with their leaders, beginning with Russia in December.

Govt against Swamy’s plea for ending provision on hate speech

New Delhi: The Centre has sought in the Supreme Court the dismissal of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea challenging the constitutional validity of penal provisions on speeches and writings that could cause enmity and hatred among communities.

“That the challenge of the constitutionality of section 153A of the IPC on the ground that it violates the guarantee of the freedom of speech and expression must be rejected because the section seeks to punish only (a) such acts which have the tendency to promote enmity or hatred between different classes (b) such as which are prejudicial to the maintenance of the harmony between different classes and which have tendency to disturb public tranquillity.

Subramanian Swamy. Reuters

Subramanian Swamy. Reuters

“These acts are clearly calculated to disturb public order and show the limitation imposed by section 153A are in the interest of public order. Article 19(2) would, therefore, save section 153A as being within the scope of permissible legislative restriction on the fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19 (1)(a),” said the affidavit filed by an Under Secretary in the Home Ministry.

The affidavit has also referred to a book written by the BJP leader.

“The petitioner has written a book named Terrorism in India where he has made hate speeches against the community of India. The book-its theme, its language, innuendos, similes it employs and the moral of its story, if any–in order to ascertain whether the offending passages read in the context of the book as a whole fall within the mischief of section 153A.

“The book (is) to be considered in all its aspect as it contains matter which “promotes feelings of enmity and hatred between Hindus and Muslims in India.” Therefore, the petitioner has violated the sections of IPC,” the MHA said in its affidavit.

Swamy, who is facing a court case in Karimganj in Assam for allegedly delivering an inflammatory address at Kaziranga University, sought relief from the apex court in the case.

He also challenged the constitutional validity of Section 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code.

Earlier, on 21 May, a judge of the apex court had recused from hearing his plea challenging the validity of some penal provisions relating to “hate speech”.

The apex court was hearing Swamy’s plea against the order of an Assam trial court issuing an NBW against him for failing to appear before it on 19 March in a case of alleged hate speech.

The NBW was issued on June 1 by a court in Karimganj on a complaint accusing him of allegedly delivering an inflammatory address on 15 March at Kaziranga University.

The Karimganj court had ordered that the arrest warrant be complied with on or before June 30. Proceedings in the case have been stayed in the Assam court.

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Centre in a fix whether to set December 16 gangrape convict free or not

The home ministry is in a fix what to do with Mohammad amid reports that he has turned a radical Islamic hardliner during his stay in the rehabilitation centre where he was indoctrinated by one Abid, a juvenile Kashmiri militant.

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The Union home ministry will call a meeting of top officials soon to take a decision on whether to release or not the juvenile convict of the December 16 2012 gang-rape case. The home ministry is in a fix what to do with the juvenile convict amid reports that he has turned a radical Islamic hardliner during his stay in the rehabilitation centre where he was indoctrinated by one Abid, a juvenile Kashmiri militant. The juvenile convict’s three-year term in the rehabilitation centre is coming to an end on December 16 and as per law he is to be set free after completion of the term. The decision will be taken by the Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi in consultation with secretary internal security Ashok Prasad and director Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The home ministry decided to take up the matter after the PMO taking cognisance of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s letter regarding the juvenile convict’s alleged radicalisation asked the ministry to take a view. Swamy, in his letter to PM Modi, said that before the juvenile convict is set free, a proper investigation should be done to find out the truth if he has become a terrorist…If true, this convict will be a menace to society. According to an IB report, the juvenile convict, most savage of the rapists, came in contact with Kashmiri juvenile Abid, accused of Delhi high court blast case and both had been sharing the same cell at the juvenile home for the last seven or eight months.

National Herald case: Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi want case to be transferred

The case was marked to Justice P S Teji for hearing after the roaster was changed earlier this month. The court had asked them to advance the arguments and fixed the matter for October 15.
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday moved the Delhi High court seeking the transfer of hearing in the national herald case to the judge who had earlier heard the arguments in the matter at length.In their applications, Sonia, Rahul and five others said that Justice Sunil Gaur has heard the matter on several dates, so this case be remanded back to him.The case was marked to Justice P S Teji for hearing after the roaster was changed earlier this month. The court had asked them to advance the arguments and fixed the matter for October 15.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Sonia, on October 10 had told Justice Teji that it would be better if the case is sent back to the previous bench. The court, however, was not inclined to entertain Sibal’s oral request and had said that as the matter has been marked to him now he will hear the matter further.The contention was made during hearing of a bunch of pleas, filed by the Gandhis and five others, challenging the summons issued against them on a complaint by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy alleging cheating and breach of trust in the acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) by Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YIL), in which the accused party leaders are shareholders.The trial court had on June 26 last year summoned Sonia, Rahul, Congress treasurer Moti Lal Vora, General Secretary Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda to appear before it on August 7, 2014 on the complaint by Swamy.The Congress leaders had, thereafter, on July 30, 2014 moved the high court which had stayed the summons on August 6 last year. On December 15, 2014, the court had stayed the summons till the final disposal of the petitions.

Anti-Emergency movement gave the inspiration to fight repression, says PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday termed the Emergency, imposed in 1975, as the biggest blow to democracy and said its memories should be kept alive to draw lessons to further fortify the democratic framework and values in the country.

“Emergency was the biggest blow to democracy. The kind of crisis that hit the country during that period had tempered the Indian democracy which came out stronger. I am grateful to those who struggled and fought against it. …

“Emergency should be remembered not to brood over what had happened then, but to strenghten our resolve to fortify and further strengthen the democratic values and framework in our country,” Modi said at the programme ‘Loktantra Ke Prahari’ where he also felicitated many of those who fought against Emergency and went to jail in 1975-76.

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Paying glowing tributes to the Loknayak on his 113th birth anniversary at the function, he said Narayan was “an institution, and a role model” and “a new political generation was born during the Emergency that was fully dedicated to democratic values, inspired by JP.”

“The biggest message that came out of the anti-Emergency struggle was the inspiration to fight repression. So many people in politics today owe their initial days to those days of Emergency, JP Movement, Navnirman Movement … they gave birth to a new kind of politics in the nation,” the Prime Minister said.

Observing that the struggle by Jayaprakash Narayan for democracy should be taken as a benchmark, he said his speeches reflected the “deep anguish” of the people who suffered during Emergency. “Even though he was a soft-spoken man, his speeches were like the boiling lava.”

Earlier, the Prime Minister also visited the residences of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former NDA Convenor George Fernandes who had played a significant role in the fight for democracy in those days.

Among those who were felicitated at the function were veteran BJP leader L K Advani, Shiromani Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal, four Governors — Kalyan Singh, O P Kohli, Balram Dass Tandon and Valubhai Vala, former Deputy Speaker Kariya Munda, besides BJP leaders V K Malhotra, Jaywantiben Mehta and Subramanian Swamy.

NCP leader D P Tripathi, journalists Virender Kapoor and K Vikram Rao, Prof Ramji Singh, Kameshwar Paswan and Arif Baig
were also honoured by Modi.

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Return of Sahitya Akademi award not a first, Nayantara Sahgal bitterly opposed the Emergency too

Several books indicate Nayantara Sahgal was one of the most bitter opponents of Emergency imposed by her cousin Indira Gandhi.

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Nayantara Sahgal, niece of Jawaharlal Nehru, has returned her Sahitya Akademi award over the Dadri lynching case alleging that ‘Hindutva ideology’ was ruining the name of Hindus in the nation.”The prevailing situation of the country is very pathetic. The Hindutva ideology which is going on in the country right now is ruining the name of the Hindus and as a Hindu myself, I am very hurt,” Sahgal said. She has been particularly critical about Narendra Modi’s silence over the entire issue where a Muslim man was killed by a raucous Hindu mob for allegedly consuming beef. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sahgal has been widely attacked on Twitter by the right-wing supporters for being silent during many errors of omission and commission during the Congress regime. But as several books indicate, Nayantara Sahgal was one of the most bitter opponents of Emergency imposed by her cousin Indira Gandhi. Sahgal’s appointment as ambassador to Italy was cancelled by Indira Gandhi shortly after she returned to power. 24 Akbar Road: A Short History of the People behind the Fall and Rise of the Congress, a book written by veteran leader Rasheed Kidwai shares some interesting facets about the Sahgal’s protests during the heady days of Emergency. According to Nayantara, her activities were closely monitored and her telephone was tapped. She was asked to show her book A situation in New Delhi to the censor board for permission but she refused to do so. Later, in A Voice for Freedom, Sahgal eloquently wrote that she felt sick seeing so many admired, veteran leaders in jail alongside other political workers.There were apprehensions that Sahgal may be arrested under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act during Emergency but that never happened, though a close Indira aide, then West Bengal CM Sidhartha Shankar Ray, reportedly threatened to do so. A rather interesting anecdote shared in KIdwai’s book suggests that Sahgal was so frustrated with Congress that she found the right wing Jan- Sangh a worthy alternative. The book quotes Sahgal telling Subramanian Swamy, “People need to know that the Jan Sangh does not have three horns and a tail”. From that comment to now, not only has Indian politics undergone a tectonic shift, so has Nayantara Sahgal’s opinion on right-wing forces.

Somnath Bharti surrenders at last after giving cops a tough time

Police personnel wait for the arrival of AAP MLA Somnath Bharti to suurender at the Dwarka North Police Station in New Delhi on Monday.

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AAP legislator Somnath Bharti surrendered before the investigating agency late Monday night after playing a cat and mice game with the Delhi police for nearly a week. The otherwise forlorn Dwarka locality had remained abuzz all day with cops, media personnel and other inquisitive locals, as they all the controversial Leader to arrive any moment. Police officials on duty said they were not sure if Bharti will surrender. For, Despite a Supreme Court order and his counsel’s promise that he would actually do so by 6.30 pm on Monday, Bharti’s lawyer, in a letter to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on the same day, has specifically mentioned that Bharti is travelling, and “not available in Delhi. He is willing to make himself available for further interrogation on Tuesday onwards”.Bharti, against whom a case of attempt to murder and domestic violence was filed by Delhi on his wife Lipika Mitra’s complaint, was directed to surrender after his anticipatory bail was rejected by both High court and Apex Court. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We want him to surrender before appropriate jurisdiction of the police by this evening. We don’t intend to pass any further order,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu had said on Monday.Rejecting his counsel senior advocate Gopal Subramanian’s prayer to grant time till tomorrow, the court said,“As a responsible citizen what should have been your conduct after both trial court and high court rejected your plea (anticipatory bail plea).”While Subramaniam submitted that the whole incident was an outcome of the matrimonial dispute, the bench said it was not concerned with the issue at this stage. “You went for anticipatory bail before the trial court, you did not succeed. You went before the high court, you did not succeed. What is your duty as a responsible citizen,” the bench said and ädded “first you surrender, then we will see whether the matter should be referred to mediation centre. We want family dispute to be sorted out but we can’t be saying that we will be protecting an absconder.””We will find out from his wife whether she is ready to sit for mediation. We want families to live together. We don’t want disruption in family life,” the bench also said.After court’s observation, his counsel assured the court that his client will surrender before the police by 6.30pm.Ever since a trial court issued an NBW against Bharti, the Delhi police has spent dozens of sleepless nights trying to nab him. Party members have also stopped supporting him, with Kejriwal publicly asking him to surrender in a tweet. There were widespread speculations about him taking refuge in Agra, but there was no confirmation. Bharti, however, had chosen to remain elusive till Monday keeping his location a mystery. “I have never seen so many people here. I came here after I saw so many cameras,” said Aarti a class 12 student of Kendriya Vidyalaya. Police, however, did not share Aarti’s excitement. “It’s been a hard day for us. Even though we don’t anticipate trouble but seniors officials directed is to be alert in case Mr Bharti is accompanied by his supporters,” an officer said. Chandan, a tea-seller was perhaps one of the few people who would not complain much about today’s happenings. ” I have made quite a sale today, ” he told dna.“On the other hand, Bharti’s lawyer’s letter to Kejriwal stated that Bharti is ‘avoiding’ arrest, but not ‘evading’ arrest, and that he is exhausting all legal options which is perfectly his right before surrendering to ‘distinctly partisan and biased investigating agency’.“Which sane person deliberately puts his head in the mouth of a hungry lion ?”the letter stated, also seeking a time with Kejriwal for a meeting to “advance the objectives of a lawful and fair investigation while protecting the interests of my client.””I was not running away from law..I was only availing legal remedies available in Constitution. Since supreme court has asked me to surrender, I m complying the order,” said Bharti just before surrendering.

dna Must Reads for afternoon: From Bihar polls to JNU students, professors being tagged ‘Naxals’ by Subramanian Swamy

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1. Bihar Polls: BJP MP RK Singh slams party, alleges tickets being sold to criminalsFormer Union Home Secretary and BJP MP RK Singh has dropped a bombshell, accusing the Bihar unit of the party of taking money for distributing tickets. Read more here.2. Sikhs, Patels protest against PM Modi outside UN headquarters<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of Sikhs and the Patidar community supporters have demonstrated outside the UN headquarters in New York, coinciding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Sustainable Development at a special UN summit. Read more here.3. Modi agrees to Indian American couple’s request, will write to Obama about Diwali stampPrime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to a request to write to USPresident Barack Obama on issuing of postage stamp on Diwali by the US Postal service, an individual behind the years long campaign has said. Read more here.4. Prohibition of Child Marriage Act applies to Muslims too: Gujarat High CourtGujarat High Court has ruled thatProhibition of Child Marriage Act will also apply to a Muslim person, adding that those who didn’t allow change in the Muslim Personal Law have done a great disservice to the community. Read more here. 5. Subramanian Swamy dubs JNU students, professors as ‘naxals’Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leaderSubramanian Swamy has made another controversial remark by calling the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and professors “naxalites.” Read more here.

Subramanian Swamy is non-committal about being JNU VC, but is he ineligible anyway?

News outlets and social media have been abuzz of late over reports that BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is being considered for appointment to the post of vice-chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi.

Swamy has reacted to the reports, saying that there is no question of him considering taking up the job unless he is allowed to ‘rusticate anti-national students.’

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In strongly-worded remarks, Swamy has also tweeted that the institute needs an ‘Anti-Narcotics Bureau’ office and called for the arrest of ‘Naxals’ and jehadis’ in the university.

However, it turns out that the controversial politician is not eligible for the post under the present law in the first place.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Act, 1966, under which the institution was set up, lays down an age limit of 70 years for the post of Vice Chancellor.

Section 3(4) of the Second Schedule to the Act says, “The Vice-Chancellor shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office or until he attains the age of seventy years, whichever is earlier, and shall, on the expiration of his term of office be ineligible for reappointment to
that office.”

Swamy, however, is 76-years-old right now.

The BJP leader has courted controversy on several over provocative remarks. He has been reported as saying that all Indians are ‘scientifically’ Hindus (see The Times of India report here), homosexuality is a ‘genetic disorder‘ and that non-Hindus should be allowed to vote only if they declare that their ancestors were Hindus.

Subsequently, Harvard University had removed two courses taught by Swamy, describing his views as ‘reprehensible.’

These were his tweets this morning after reports said that he was in the running for the post of JNU VC:

dna Must read at 6 pm: India’s offical Oscar entry, latest on 7/11 Mumbai blasts and more

Here are 5 top stories on dnaindia.com at 6 pm.

The following quick read will take you through stories that are making news right now. ​1) BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to be next vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University?HRD Ministry is believed to have offered the post of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice chancellor to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, but he has put some conditions before accepting the coveted post. Read more on the story here. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) Priest arrested for making threat calls to Karnataka Sahitya after it chooses KS Bhagwan for awardA man working as a hostel warden and priest has been arrested at Hubballi in north Karnataka for allegedly making threat calls to Karnataka Sahitya Academy for choosing rationalist free-thinker and writer KS Bhagwan for annual Honorary Awards for Lifetime Achievement for 2013. Read the full story here.3) Marathi film ‘Court’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2016Marathi film Court on Wednesday was selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars next year. The film was declared the winner of the National Award for Best Feature Film in March this year. ​ Read it here. 4) 7/11 Mumbai blast case: Prosecution demands death sentence for eight convicts, life for four othersOn Tuesday, the defence lawyers, winding up their arguments on the quantum of punishment, had pleaded that none of the convicts be given the death because according to the prosecution’s own case they were mere foot-soldiers and not the masterminds. Related read: All you need to know about 2006 Mumbai train blasts case5) ‘Badaliye Sarkar, Badaliye Bihar’ to be BJP’s Bihar poll slogan​Ahead of the Bihar polls, BJP has come up with a poll slogan– ‘Badaliye Sarkar, Badaliye Bihar’. For the General Elections in 2013, NDA’s popular slogan was ‘Iss Baar Modi Sarkar’. ​ Read the full report here.

BJP backs Mahesh Sharma’s remark against night out, says ‘wild binging’ should be avoided

Backing Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma’s remark against night outs, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said that wild binging is unacceptable for both women and men as the Indian culture suggests people to be early risers.

Backing Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma’s remark against night outs, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said that wild binging is unacceptable for both women and men as the Indian culture suggests people to be early risers.What Mahesh Sharma is saying correctly is that there is a difference between modernisation and westernisation. This whole idea of night out for women is against the culture, but even for men it is against our culture, Swamy told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Our culture says you should wake up at 4 am in the morning. If you are going to have a night out, how can you wake up at 4 am he asked.Blaming the media for twisting Sharma’s words, Swamy said that he has been right.Westernisation has not made the society in America or Europe happy. In fact, they all are coming here to our swamy jis ashrams to learn how to be happy, he said.Swamy further added, We should have a simpler life rather than these binges of wildness during weekends. We should modernise but we should not westernise.Sharma sparked off a controversy by saying that girls’ wanting a night out is unacceptable in India.He later justified himself by blaming the media for distorting his statement.

Subramanian Swamy backs Mahesh Sharma, says people should avoid wild binging on weekends

“Mahesh Sharma’s statement is correct. There is a difference between westernisation and modernisation. Westernisation has not made the society in America happy, in fact, they all are coming here to Swamy ji’s Ashram to learn how to be happy,” he said.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday backed Mahesh Sharma’s statement that girls going out late at night is unacceptable and is not a part of Indian culture, and added that our culture says people should wake up at four in the morning.”Mahesh Sharma’s statement is correct. There is a difference between westernisation and modernisation. Westernisation has not made the society in America happy, in fact, they all are coming here to Swamy ji’s Ashram to learn how to be happy,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We should have a very simple life rather than binges of wildness during weekends,”Swamy said. Sharma had earlier stroked a controversy by saying that girls wanting a night out is unacceptable in India. “Girls wanting a night out may be all right elsewhere, but it is not a part of Indian culture,” Sharma told a private TV channel on Friday.

India wasting too much time on Pakistan, says Subramanian Swamy

Let them do whatever they are doing and we should not put our attention on it, he added.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said India is wasting too much time on Pakistan, even as the two Director Generals of the border troops began a meeting in Delhi.We are wasting too much of time on Pakistan. Two policemen meeting, how is that of any national importance. They (Pakistan) are screaming so that we reply and they can get a status of equality, Swamy told ANI.Let them do whatever they are doing and we should not put our attention on it, he added.The DG-level talks between India?s Border Security Forces (BSF) and Pakistan’s Rangers (PR) is scheduled to take place here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF Director General D.K. Pathak will meet Pakistan Rangers chief Major General Umar Farooq Burki to discuss border related issues between the two forces.

India won’t declare war, but if Pakistan wants it, we are ready: Subramanian Swamy

Pakistan troops indulged in unprovoked firing on Poonch late last night, using 82 mm mortars and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG). The Border Security Force (BSF) said that its personnel has responded to this firing from across the border appropriately.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that India would never want to declare a war against Pakistan, but if the latter desired it, the former is ready for it. Swamy was responding to the latest ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch District.”Pakistan has no power. It is frustrated and weak. Their civilian government is useless. It’s a dummy government. If the military wants a war, we are ready, but we are not going to declare a war,” Swamy told ANI. “We have always been a country which has never gone to war with anybody, unless the war is forced on us,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan troops indulged in unprovoked firing on Poonch late last night, using 82 mm mortars and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG). The Border Security Force (BSF) said that its personnel has responded to this firing from across the border appropriately.

SC reserves verdict on Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi, Subramanian Swamy’s pleas challenging penal defamation laws

Petitions included pleas of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Petitions included pleas of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging constitutional validity of penal laws on defamation on the ground that they are “outmoded” and inconsistent with the right to freedom of speech and expression. A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant heard the petitions which included pleas of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for almost 18 days.Besides senior lawyers, representing several political leaders and Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, the bench also heard extensively two amicus curiae — K Parasaran and T R Andhyarujina– on the issue. The pleas had sought setting aside of sections 499 and 500 of the IPC and suggested that there is a need to decriminalise penal provision for offence of defamation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pitching for their retention in the statute book, the Centre had strongly batted for the laws on grounds including that they have stood the test of time. Alternatively, it had sought the petitions be sent to a larger constitution bench. Rohatgi had said that setting aside the penal defamation laws would lead to “anarchy” and no “orderly society” can have a situation where everybody can say anything against anybody. “Does the freedom of speech and expression necessarily mean that one can say anything about anybody? Can any orderly society have this kind of behavioural norms? “If yes, then you will have nothing but the anarchy,” Rohatgi had told the court. “There is no great point in striking down the penal provisions…nobody can be allowed to damage the reputation of others by saying something defamatory,” he had said. Earlier, Kejriwal had told the court that there was a need to decriminalise the penal provision for offence of defamation as there have been “inevitable abuse” of the colonial law which needs to be re-examined rigorously. Toeing identical line adopted by BJP’s Subramanian Swamy and Congress’ Rahul Gandhi who have also challenged the constitutional validity of sections 499 and 500 of the IPC, the Aam Aadmi Party leader told the bench that there are several grounds to scrap them as the two provisions are violative of fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19(1)(a)(g) and 21 of the Constitution.Swamy and Gandhi have been charged with criminal defamation under sections 499 and 500 of the IPC for their political speeches made in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra respectively, while Kejriwal is facing cases under the same provisions lodged by BJP’s Nitin Gadkari and others. Like Swamy and Gandhi, he suggested that the penal provisions conceived in the British era are now “outmoded” and Earlier, Kejriwal had told the court that there was a need to decriminalise the penal provision for offence of defamation as there have been “inevitable abuse” of the colonial law which needs to be re-examined rigorously.Toeing identical line adopted by BJP’s Subramanian Swamy and Congress’ Rahul Gandhi who have also challenged the constitutional validity of sections 499 and 500 of the IPC, the Aam Aadmi Party leader told the bench that there are several grounds to scrap them as the two provisions are violative of fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19(1)(a)(g) and 21 of the Constitution.Swamy and Gandhi have been charged with criminal defamation under sections 499 and 500 of the IPC for their political speeches made in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra respectively, while Kejriwal is facing cases under the same provisions lodged by BJP’s Nitin Gadkari and others. Like Swamy and Gandhi, he suggested that the penal provisions conceived in the British era are now “outmoded” and “over protective” of public servants and inconsistent with democratic discourse

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is a strategist who loves challenges, say former schoolmates

Entrepreneur Murugavel Selvam, who was Pichai’s senior in school, recalls, “We all knew him to be a shy but hardworking boy. Pichai’s dad was also an engineer. He hails from middle class background. I think he learnt a lot from his father.”

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The biggest news of the day is Sundar Pichai being appointed as CEO of Google, one of the top technology companies in the world. Sundar Pichai did his schooling in Chennai and his alma mater Vanavani Matriculation Higher Secondary School couldn’t be prouder of him.During the school assembly at Vanavani today, the proud principal Kaveri Padmanabhan shared Sundar Pichai’s stellar achievement with the students. “We are absolutely proud of what Sundar Pichai, a Vanavanian, has achieved,” says an elated Padmanabhan. “It is indeed very inspiring for all our students,” she added. Now, Vanavani hopes that Pichai will make a visit at some point to the school, which will be another proud moment for them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Entrepreneur Murugavel Selvam, who was Pichai’s senior in school, recalls, “We all knew him to be a shy but hardworking boy. Pichai’s dad was also an engineer. He hails from middle class background. I think he learnt a lot from his father.”Vanavani Matriculation Higher Secondary School notice board congratulating Sundar Pichai.Another schoolmate of his, Pattu Subramanian, head of logistics at the BMW plant in Chennai, says, “I remember him as ever-smiling, quiet and mostly bookish. He seemed to be focused on his career. Since Vanavani is in the IIT campus, the goal for most students was to end up in one of the IITs and we always thought he would go to IIT. Those into computers would try for Kanpur or Kharagpur and Pichai got into Kharagpur.”As for Pichai’s rise to the top as CEO of Google, Selvam says that they have been diligently following his career graph. “Pichai has had a meteoric rise and it makes us all very proud. It’s very inspiring as well. I’m sure the staff and students of our school are elated!” he says.Morning assembly at Vanavani where announcement of the news was made on Tuesday morning. Subramanian also had the opportunity to meet Pichai several years later at Wharton while attending a business program. “I met Sundar subsequently at Wharton where he was doing his MBA. He was a lot more open, lively and social. I guess college had contributed to this change. But even then I never thought he’d scale such heights!”Currently, Google is facing a lot of challenges and his schoolmates state that Pichai loves challenges. “He’s a clear strategist. That’s what I saw of him at Wharton. Knowing what little I do about him, he will address the challenges first,” says Subramanian.

SC allows for repair and provision of other facilities at makeshift Ram Lalla Temple in Ayodhya

The court has ordered that the entire excercise needs to be undertaken by District Collector of Faizabad under the supervision of two independent observers.

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In a relief for pilgrims, Supreme Court on Monday decided to allow allows repairing of covers and providing other facilities at makeshift Ram Lalla Temple at the disputed sight in Ayodha. The court has ordered that the entire excercise needs to be undertaken by District Collector of Faizabad under the supervision of two independent observers.In March, SC had asked the Centre to consider the facilities feasible in the present scenario that could be provided to pilgrims at ‘Ram Janam Bhoomi’ site near the disputed structure at Ayodhya. Supreme Court asked the Centre to file its response within four weeks after taking note of the basic minimum facilities that have been sought for pilgrims in an application filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP leader submitted that pilgrims, who are devotees of Lord Rama, are deprived of even basic facilities like drinking water and toilets and face difficulty due to inadequate arrangement made by both the Centre and Uttar Pradesh Government.Swamy had said the status quo order passed by the apex court in 1996 was limited to prohibit building of any structure at the disputed site. In his application, he has sought an order from the apex court to “ameliorate the lot of millions of Hindu pilgrims who make the pilgrimage to the site of the ‘Ram Janam Bhoomi’ at Ayodhya, to have a ‘darshan’ and perform ‘pooja’ in honour of ‘Sri Ram Lalla Virajman’.”With PTI inputs

Court directs Subramanian Swamy to appear before it for Twitter post about Jayalalithaa

A court in Chennai on Saturday directed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to appear before it on September 25 for twitting “malicious content” in his twitter account regarding the health condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Subramanian Swamy

A court in Chennai on Saturday directed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to appear before it on September 25 for twitting “malicious content” in his twitter account regarding the health condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.On July 20, City Public Prosecutor M L Jegan had filed a petition against the content of the twitter before Principal Sessions Court on behalf of the Chief Minister.In the petition, Jegan submitted that Swamy had published “malicious contents” in his twitter account handle @Swamy39 on July 13 regarding the health of the Chief Minister.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This was published with an intention to harm the reputation of the Chief Minister, Jegan had submitted.

TSR Subramanian report on green laws should not be adopted: House panel

The high-level committee’s functioning and its recommendations had copped severe criticism from civil society and environmental experts alike and thus, the parliamentary panel examined it in detail.

The TSR Subramanian committee report, that has outlined revision of key environmental laws, should be junked as it would result in an unacceptable dilution of existing legal and policy meant to protect environment, a parliamentary panel report on environment and forest said. The TSR Subramanian led high-level committee was constituted in August last year by ministry of environment, forests and climate change to suggest recommendations for overhauling six key environmental laws.The high-level committee’s functioning and its recommendations had copped severe criticism from civil society and environmental experts alike and thus, the parliamentary panel examined it in detail. After speaking to over 43 stakeholders and experts, the panel concluded that the “government…may consider appointing another committee by following established procedures and comprising of acclaimed experts in the field” to look at environmental policy afresh.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It added, “(the committee) should be given enough time to enter into comprehensive consultations with all stakeholders so that the recommendations are credit worthy and well considered which is not the case with the recommendations of high level committee under review.” Majority of depositions before the parliamentary panel were critical of the committee, the panel noted, and they highlighted that the high-level committee did not hold enough and adequate public hearings to elicit public views. Further, only select groups were invited in he meetings, organized in a few metropolitan cities and among smaller cities only in Mangalore, environmentalists and stakeholders were invited to a meeting, the report said.The high-level committee also delved into legislations and issues that were beyond their stated mandate, the panel noted from stakeholders. In their final report, the TSR Subramanian committee gave recommendations on the Forest Rights Act, 2006, and the National Green Tribunal. Environmental lawyer Ritwick Dutta of Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment told the panel, “The HLC knew that these are the two laws which have worked and which are the hope for environmental movement that have given a new voice and a new right to the forest dwellers while the National Green Tribunal is dealing with more than 5,000 cases.”The report concludes by asking that the three months allotted to the high level Committee for reviewing the six environmental Acts was too short and that there was no cogent reason for hurrying through with the report without comprehensive, meaningful and wider consultations with all stakeholders.

Quashing defamation laws will lead to ‘anarchy’: Centre to Supreme Court

Arguing against a batch of petitions, including the one filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Rohatgi told a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant that penal laws have stood the test of time and should not be set aside.
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Setting aside the penal defamation laws would lead to “anarchy” and no “orderly society” can have a situation where everybody can say anything against anybody, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday, pitching for its retention in the statute book.”Does the freedom of speech and expression necessarily mean that one can say anything about anybody? Can any orderly society have this kind of behavioural norms? “If yes, then you will have nothing but the anarchy,” Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arguing against a batch of petitions, including the one filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Rohatgi told a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant that penal laws have stood the test of time and should not be set aside.”There is no great point in striking down the penal provisions…nobody can be allowed to damage the reputation of others by saying something defamatory,” he said.The Attorney General also gave several examples such as live-in relationship of any celebrity couple to drive home the point that common people have no right to make adverse comments about the private relationship of persons who happen to be even public figures.”Being in live-in relationship is not a crime and with changing time it has become a norm accepted by society,” the bench said and asked the AG whether exposing a public figure’s live-in relationship would amount to defamation.The Attorney General said that public should not look into the personal life of a public figure.”Then how is public concerned and what business they have to make adverse comments about it,” Rohatgi said and also referred to the club-going habit of a judge who was found dead in a bathroom. It cannot and should not be a matter of public debate, he said.Dealing with the freedom of speech and expression, he said , “It is also a case of checks and balances” where reputation of persons has to be safeguarded while allowing the public to exercise the right.Rohatgi dealt with the legal process and said initiation of defamation complaints is also a “punishment for the complainant as he will have to have his evidence recorded. It is not that he will not have to go to courts.”There is onus on complainant to prove the case. There is big torturous process for the complainant also.”

SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali now has a religion and it is decidedly Hindu

Bajrangi Bhaijaan could divide the Hindutva trolls like never before. Signs of the impending trouble are hidden in Twitter tamasha around Baahubali.

‘#Baahubali is the answer to all anti-Hindu Bollywood crooks. That is why the media don’t cover it. It is the best ever & based on Hindu epic!’ exults @pragnik (Narendra Modi follows the handle) with the kind of triumphalism that will make Kalakeya’s roar in the film sound like a pet’s purr.

Marcus Antonius prescribes the “pure Hindu film” to every Hindu with family, especially kids.

Some want the ‘Hindu’ film to be tax-free. Why should the benefit go only to anti-Hindu films? they wonder. Others see in the box-office collection of SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster a victory in the perennial Us v/s Them battle, lesson for ‘moron’ leftists, Aadarsh Liberals and people like Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani who apparently insult Hindu gods.

So, Baahubali now has a religion. It is decidedly Hindu and a slayer of its opponents.

Here are a few of the many tweets that are hailing the ‘Hindu’ film Baahubali.

The Twitter trickle isn’t a trend yet. But wait till somebody like Subramanian Swamy wakes up to the potential of the blockbuster as the ‘national film’ of the imaginary kingdom of Hindutva.

For the Hindutva trolls, Baahubali is indeed an opportunity blessed by none other Shiva himself (as another Twitter bhakt claims to justify its monster success). It’s cast, producer, director, technicians, music director (look, Ma, No Khan) gives them an opportunity to beat the Hindutva drum.

For a species immortalised by Chetan Bhagat as bhakts who are sexually frustrated, linguistically challenged and have deep-seated shame about being Hindu/Hindi speaking, this is a rare chance to get back by proclaiming the greatness of its religion and epics.

Never mind the fact that art has no religion and the artist’s only dharma is to rise above biases, bigotry in the pursuit of creativity. Never mind the fact that every culture and religion has benefitted from stellar contributions from people of all faith, following and geography. Would ‘O Duniya Ke Rakhwale‘ and ‘Man Tarpat Hari Darshan Ko Aaj‘ have been masterpieces without Mohammad Rafi and Naushad? Was the Taj Mahal made only by Muslim astisans?

Prabhas in Baahubali. Screengrab from YouTube trailer.Prabhas in Baahubali. Screengrab from YouTube trailer.

Prabhas in Baahubali. Screengrab from YouTube trailer.

And never mind the fact that Baahubali is a work of fiction and just borrows from the Indian mythology, just as it does from the story of Moses and the works of non-Indians like JRR Tolkein, Peter Jackson and James Cameron.

Baahubali has been influenced by artists and art across the world and only a blind ‘bhakt’ would insult it by apportioning the film on religious lines. To claim the collective work of a generation of writers and writers as their own is the defining credo of a plagiarist — and many a Hindutva cheerleader has been accused of intellectual theft — and of someone who is an intellectually inferior. Baahubali and its team doesn’t deserve such moral and cultural debasing.

The Hindutva trolls, it seems, are still in a sulk because of the success of PK. They haven’t yet come to terms with the fact that the film was a mammoth hit, in spite of their ill-informed rants, misguided protests and mis-directed poster-burning. PK was an epic smackdown of superstition and rigid beliefs that are the bane of every religion. It is still a mystery why only the Hindutva brigade took it personally. Perhaps, Baahubali’s success has given them an opportunity to soothe their battered ego.

But dividing cinema on religious lines is fraught with danger. Up next for release is a film starring Salman Khan and directed by Kabir Khan. What if it succeeds on the box-office tomorrow and shatters Baahubali’s record?

I have a sneaking suspicion that the Hindutva trolls have already thought of a valid explanation: It is all because of the blessings of Bajrangbali!

Do not put SIT on black money under any Ministry: Subramanian Swamy to PM Modi

In a letter to Modi, he said the Special Investigation Team should not be made to function under any ministry as its work involves several ministries including Finance, Home, Defence, Corporate Affairs and External Affairs.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in ensuring that the SIT on black money is not put under any ministry and has an independent existence.In a letter to Modi, he said the Special Investigation Team should not be made to function under any ministry as its work involves several ministries including Finance, Home, Defence, Corporate Affairs and External Affairs. “I seek your urgent intervention to see that the SIT on black money is not structurally under any ministry but has an independent existence,” Swamy said in the letter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said if at all, the SIT is “embedded in any Ministry, it will be best if it is made part of the Department of Personnel which is under your charge”. He also rued that the SIT has not been given any office yet and that it was operating from two rooms in a hotel in central Delhi. The Supreme Court-appointed SIT has been probing various black money cases.

Private sector finds cause on International Yoga Day

Several companies are running workshops for employees today, stressing yoga’s health benefits.

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It isn’t just the government and its organisations that are leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to make International Yoga Day a success – the private sector in India too has taken up the cause with an enthusiasm that is quite unprecedented. Several companies such as Tata Power, Orange, Vodafone, HDFC Bank, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, KPMG, Tech Mahindra, Reliance Fresh, Ashok Leyland, Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank and SEBI Financial Regulators are running workshops for employees today, stressing yoga’s health benefits.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Several have announced promotional activities and are offering freebies to consumers – in the beauty Lakme Salon is offering a 20% off on organic services, while VLCC conducting a free hour-long yoga session at its centres across India.Even Ola, the mobile-based taxi service, has jumped on to the bandwagon – it has a competition whose winner can win a free ride to a yoga centre. Says Anand Subramanian, director of marketing communications, Ola, “We have partnered with some of the best studios in ten cities to help introduce Yoga among users of the Ola app.” Many have chosen to launch new, yoga-centric products – sports wear brand Reebok is out with a range of clothes and accessories for enthusiasts, and so has e-tailer Snapdeal, throwing in week-long discounts to mark the day.In an innovative gesture, airline operator Spice Jet has got Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Foundation to teach simple yogic practices to passengers on board its flights. Clearly, yoga is a huge trend that the corporates are just waking up to. A study conducted by industry body ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce of India) earlier this year, found that that around 14.3 million people in the India practised yoga in 2013, whereas the numbers in 2001 was just 6.3 million. Globally, there are anywhere between 200 to 250 million practitioners of yoga, who constitute a large market. According to statistics compiled in the US, the revenues from yoga in the country were $6.85 billion and would grow to $8.74 in 2017. Indian entrepreneurs have largely failed to take advantage of the global yoga boom – most, cheap PVC mats are made in China, and specialised yoga apparel are Western. But now Bangalore startup, Proyog, is launching a global “Make in India” yoga wear brand. Co-founder and Product Head, Malika Baruah asserts, “Yoga wear across the globe has been largely sportswear in disguise. We have taken extensive research with yoga teachers and textile engineers and over two years to develop the fabrics and twelve styles of garments.” India might reap other benefits, too. The ASSOCHAM study estimated that the demand for yoga trainers would grow by 30-35 per cent in the next couple of years, and that yoga tourism would become a growing source of income. Yoga’s popularity among celebrities makes teaching yoga a lucrative profession, with earnings between Rs 400 to Rs 1,500 per hour, the study said.

Sexual assault case: Verdict on Asaram Bapu’s bail plea reserved for Saturday

Jodhpur: Additional District and Sessions judge Manoj Kumar Vyas on Friday reserved for Saturday an order on the bail plea of self-proclaimed godman Asaram in a case of alleged sexual assault on a minor.

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. PTISelf-styled godman Asaram Bapu. PTI

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. PTI

The bail plea of Asaram, languishing in Jodhpur jail since September 2013, was taken up by BJP leader Subramanian Swami before the court.

Arguments on the matter continued for about an hour on Friday, after which the court reserved the verdict for 20 June.

Swami was scheduled to visit Jodhpur on 26 May. But the matter was adjourned six times due to his unavailability.

“I have done my best and hope that he will be granted bail,” Swami said, adding that he would approach the high court in case of denial of bail.

He said that Asaram had been “falsely implicated” by anti-religious powers and the entire case was based on circumstantial evidence.

Asaram was arrested from his ashram at Indore in Madhya Pradesh and brought to Jodhpur on 1 September, 2013. He is lodged in the Jodhpur Central Jail since 2 September, 2013.

A 16-year-old girl had lodged a police complaint accusing Asaram of sexually assaulting her at his ashram near Jodhpur.

In her complaint, she alleged that Asaram’s aides sent her to his Jodhpur ashram on the pretext that she was under the influence of an “evil spirit” and he could perform an exorcism.

Asaram’s bail applications have been rejected by the Rajasthan high court and the Supreme Court earlier.

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Vasundhara Raje is ‘Jhansi ki Rani’, will sail through Lalitgate, says Subramanian Swamy

r. Responding to questions on why no party leader has so far issued any statement in the Chief Minister’s support like in the case of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is also facing allegations pertaining to Lalit Modi, the leader said, “I know her (Raje). She is capable of protecting herself very well.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday extended his support to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who is embroiled in the Lalitgate row, calling her ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ and “capable of sailing through any controversy on her own”.”Raje is Jhansi ki Rani, who has the capability to protect herself from any odd and if the need arises, I would help her,” he said, while comparing the minister to the popular freedom fighter. Responding to questions on why no party leader has so far issued any statement in the Chief Minister’s support like in the case of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is also facing allegations pertaining to Lalit Modi, the leader said, “I know her (Raje). She is capable of protecting herself very well.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She does not need the support of any party cadre. “What Raje did was just a small favour to an old friend on humanitarian ground, which was not a crime,” he said. When questioned about allegations on Jhalawar MP and Raje’s son Dushyant Singh for illegal transactions, wherein an amount of over Rs 11 crores was allegedly transferred to the account of Niyant Heritage Hotels Pvt Ltd owned by him, Swami challenged Congress to take a legal route and face the court.”If Dushynat has done anything wrong, why did the Congress not go to the court against him and prove that he was guilty?” he asked. Swami was here to appear in the court to plead on the bail application of Asaram Bapu, jailed in a sexual assault case.

Not enough being done to bring black money back: Subramanian Swamy

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said he had written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting ways to bring the black money back, and the present measures were not enough.

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said he had written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting ways to bring the black money back, and the present measures were not enough.”I have written a letter to the Prime Minister on how we can bring it back. But our Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) is a lawyer who says this is not right or that is not right,” Swamy said, speaking at an event organised by the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Whatever should have been done by now has not been done. But it will be done soon, because Prime Minister Modi’s patience has some limits, and today he spoke on the issue. I have trust,” he said.”Whatever is happening at present, it will not serve the purpose. The latest bill on black money is only a tax evasion punishment bill…. This bill is necessary but there is no reason to think that only this bill will do everything.Whatever is being done in Parliament will not get the black money back,” he said.He said there were four ways of getting the black money back. The first was to get a letter rogatory from local court to a court in foreign country, which can then ask the bank there to investigate the account.But if the foreign bank does not cooperate, Swamy suggested that we must adopt “German and French” way, using the intelligence agency to “trap” top officials of the bank and bribe him to reveal details of shady accounts.India can also use “American way”, by coercing the local representatives of foreign banks into revealing the details by booking them under espionage laws, he said.”Narendrabhai can do that. Hold them, push them in the jail, they will give the names,” Swamy said. The fourth way, he said, was to “pass a law that the 70 banks, where the black money of any Indian citizens is kept, has to be declared nationalised and we can demand the black money from it and as per a UN resolution they will have to give us back,” he said.

Remember the Ikhwan? Manohar Parrikar’s ‘kanta se kanta nikalna’ approach to terrorism is a terrible idea

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is known to speak freely on most issues but on Friday had to quickly clarify on what seemed to be an endorsement of using terrorists to fight terror.

Speaking at the Manthan conclave organised by Aaj Tak, the defence minister said that he was in favour of “kante se kanta nikalna” (removing a thorn with a thorn) approach to tackle terrorism. His response came to a question asking how the government would react if a repeat of Mumbai attacks or a Parliament attack takes place.

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“We have to neutralise terrorists through terrorists only. Why can’t we do it? We should do it. Why does my soldier have to do it?” he said.

Wisely expecting outrage, he later sought to tone down the statement in an interview with the Times of India saying that he was in favour of targeted strikes based on intelligence and not covert operations undertaken by civilians or militia.

“Every case is handled firmly with clear-cut intelligence for targeted kills, ensuring minimal if any collateral damage,” Parrikar said in the interview.

While the normally outspoken Defence Minister may have performed a quick u-turn, one can only hope that it isn’t purely rhetorical. Past experiences of using a ‘kanta se kanta nikalta approach’  on the ground may have yielded returns but at a very high cost and the past lessons come from none other than Kashmir itself.

Security forces in the past deployed surrendered terrorists in the 1990s who were called Ikhwans locally. A Human Rights Watch report in 1996 revealed that these armed groups were allowed to operate with almost complete impunity. The results were disastrous, as the report noted:

“The extrajudicial killings, abductions and assaults committed by these groups against suspected militants are instead described as resulting from ‘intergroup rivalries.’  But civilians have also been their victims, and the militia groups have singled out journalists, human rights activists and medical workers for attack.”

The report also pointed to how it had also sparked disputes between different security forces, and the various parallel operations resulted in ‘disappearances’ and sparked widespread outrage across the state which was already angry about security forces excesses.

Even the security establishment were reportedly not averse to using the militia as a force to settle personal scores. Like this report in Asia Times in which an army official admitted to using the Ikhwan to intimidate people who had filed ‘baseless complaints and cases’ against his men.

“This is a dirty war. The enemy is not fighting according to civilized rules of armed conflict. The surrendered militants were willing and able to give as dirtily as they got from their erstwhile comrades,” he was quoted as saying.

A Frontline piece noted how these state-sponsored ‘terrorists’ even entered politics as political turmoil persisted in the state:

“Intelligence assets overnight became political leaders. But, there was a serious problem. The absence of a clear structure of control over the Ikhwan, and the fitful financial support for its operations, meant that indiscipline and corruption were rife.”

Many of them later reportedly continued to work with the state police even after official sanction for the militia was revoked.

There’s also the problem of reprisals from militants. Top Ikhwan leaders were targeted by terror groups years after they had left operations. As this report in the National documented in 2010, former members of the militias were often targeted by terror groups for their role in aiding security forces and at the time as per official figures about 3,000 of them had been killed either in action or assassinated by former comrades.

Other such movements in which civilians were used to take on insurgency movements like Salwa Judum to tackle Naxals have also had similar results.

Despite meeting with operational success for some time, such tactics often alienate the local population and inflict far more collateral damage than was ever planned or claimed. The use-and-throw of such milita by security forces often does avoid the loss of security personnel’s lives, but the long-term effects are much worse than ever intended.

Parrikar for now has thankfully publicly backtracked on the use of covert operations using civilians or other terror groups. But it remains to be seen as to whether the u-turn was genuine or whether his original words are a better reflection of the government’s thinking. Let’s hope it is not the latter.

Jayalalithaa has ‘earned’ right to be elected as chief minister again: Subramanian Swamy

Jayalalithaa was on Monday acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in the disproportionate assets case against her.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa has ‘earned’ the right to be elected as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister again after the Karnataka High Court acquitted her in the disproportionate assets (DA) case. “It’s not an unusual thing. When you are in a democratic system, then such twists and turns are expected. We can’t do much about it because delays are done by the accused. She (Jayalalithaa) has now earned the right to be sworn as the chief minister again,” said Swamy, the original complainant in the case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
Jayalalithaa was on Monday acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in the disproportionate assets case against her. The verdict came on the appeal filed by Jayalalithaa and three others, including her aide Sasikala in the case. Monday’s judicial outcome is a major setback to the opposition DMK and is expected to swing political fortunes in favour of the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, which goes to assembly polls in about a year. A trial court had on September 27 last year verdict sentenced Jayalalithaa and three others to four years in jail and imposed a hefty fine of Rs. 100 crore on her and Rs. 10 crore each on three others. Meanwhile, massive celebrations have broken out across Tamil Nadu following the verdict. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam along with his Cabinet colleagues and senior AIADMK leaders joined the celebrations outside Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence in Chennai. The AIADMK cadres raised slogans in support of ‘Amma’, distributed sweets and burst crackers.

Modinomics faces trial by fire as friends turn foes

Former Law minister and Supreme Court lawyer Jethmalani, who had described Modi as “fiscally honest”, has now occupied the chief critic’s slot.

Arun Shourie, Jethmalani & Subramanian Swamy
Sudhir Shetty
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They are known in Delhi’s socio-media circuits for the ammunition power they hold while unleashing a tirade against the political glitterati. After aggressively backing Narendra Modi in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, Ram Jethmalani, Arun Shourie and Subramanian Swamy seem to have turned into his government’s chief tormentors, just as it is nearing its first anniversary.Former Law minister and Supreme Court lawyer Jethmalani, who had described Modi as “fiscally honest”, has now occupied the chief critic’s slot.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Jethmalani advertised his battle against the Modi government on the black money issue, another former minister in the Vajpayee regime, Arun Shourie, unleashed a tirade against the Modi regime. While the two friends-turned-foes – Jethmalani and Shourie – are no longer members of the BJP, the third hypercritical voice has been that of Subramanian Swamy, who is a party leader and member of its national executive.Shourie, who like the other two leaders had backed Modi’s candidature for the Prime Ministership saying he was a decisive leader, was even more scathing in his attack than Jethmalani and Swamy, saying Modinomics was directionless. He even resonated the anti-BJP line when he said the ‘trimurti’ of Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and finance minister Arun Jaitley were running the party.It was Shourie’s fierce diatribe that gave ammunition to the Opposition to attack the Prime Minister and forced the government and BJP to return fire.”He has confirmed, after LK Advani… that the Modi government is about unilateralism, autocracy and subjugation of institutional mechanism of governance at the hands of a chosen few. This government is run by those who believe in autocracy,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala was quoted by ANI as saying.Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman questioned the timing and motive of Shourie’s remarks. “I am upset that a scholar who has always based his writings on research has faulted his own argument by calling growth rate figure as hyperbole… He has commented without respect for facts,” she said.BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh dismissed Shourie’s outburst saying it “can be best explained as career nationalism”.His party colleague GVL Narasimha Rao dubbed the tirade against the government as ‘divergent views’. “The critics of the government want a pro-big business governance, but the Prime Minister is in favour of people-centric governance while ensuring industrial growth through policy changes,” he said.Shourie’s castigation came within days of Jethmalani, who was expelled from the BJP in 2013, putting out an advertisement asking finance minister Arun Jaitley a set of 12 questions on bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks. Two days later, Jethmalani criticised the new law replacing the collegium system of appointing judges, alleging the government was politicising and compromising judicial independence.Known for his provocative statements in praise and criticism, Swamy had last year said Modi had ‘Brahminical gunas’ in response to Opposition attack on his brand of politics. Less than a year later, he started questioning his government on its approach towards bringing back black money, the Rafale deal and the black money Bill. Swamy, who last year in an interview had said that being a member of the BJP he cannot file a PIL against the govenrment, recently threatened to challenge the Prime Minister’s commitment to buy the French combat aircraft.Swamy, who had merged his Janata Party with the BJP ahead of the general elections, has now floated ‘Virat Hindustan Sangam’ with the aim of advocating Hindutva issues. His latest battle against the government is on the Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of Tax) or black money Bill, which is expected to come up in Parliament next week. According to him, the Bill was “incomplete” as far as bringing back black money was concerned.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy launches Hindutva outfit

The outfit will empower the youth to articulate the “values” of Hindutva, like scrapping of Article 370, Uniform Civil Code, Ram temple and beef ban.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today announced the formation of an organisation that would push for Hindutva issues like securing the disputed Ram Mandir area for building a temple by persuading Muslims to accept an alternative site.The outfit Virat Hindustan Sangam will empower the youth to articulate the “values” of Hindutva, like scrapping of Article 370, Uniform Civil Code, Ram temple and beef ban, he told a press conference.Indicating that the new body will also act as a pressure group on the ruling BJP, he said it would provide a list of candidates to the party for consideration and work closely with the Sangh parivar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked what will be his priority issue, he said it would be construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. “We will take up from January 1, 2016 the Ram temple issue. I will want the government to follow the Saudi Arabian example of offering the Waqf Board a site across the Saryu river for building a mosque…and leave the Ram temple premises completely for temple.”We hope to complete it by the end of 2016 because of our activism both in courts and in terms of pushing the government,” he said, adding that he would have finished most of his legal work in the Supreme Court by then.He also batted for scrapping of Article 370, an issue put on the back burner, saying it is in the party’s manifesto and it would have to do it by 2019 when next Lok Sabha election is scheduled. His organisation, he said, will be open to Hindus or those Muslims and other Indians who acknowledge their Hindu ancestry.

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