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Delhi Court grants bail to Karti Chidambram’s Chartered Accountant

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New Delhi, March 13: The Chartered Accountant of Karti Chidambaram, S Bhaskararaman has been granted bail in connection with INX media case by a Delhi court on Tuesday.  

Justice Sunil Rana granted bail to Bhaskararaman, who was held by the Enforcement Directorate on February 16 in the national capital.

While granting the relief to Chidambaram’s CA asked him to furnish a bail bond of 2 lakh and a surety of like amount.

The court also directed Bhaskararaman to cooperate in the probe and asked him not leave the country without its permission.

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Parliament Winter Session: Both houses adjourned for the day

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Both the houses adjourned till December 17 after the opposition as well as the treasury benches’ members created a ruckus on Rafale fighter jet deal issue among others.

Soon after the House met the Congress, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and other opposition members trooped near Speaker’s podium and started sloganeering.

The Congress members were demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe while the AIADMK members were protesting on the Cauvery water dispute. The TDP members were demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

Amid the protest, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: “Now that the Supreme Court’s decision on Rafale has come. The Congress should tender apologies for misleading the country.”

Tomar’s statement followed a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s decision to junk four petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets in a fly-away condition from Dassault Aviation.

Gogoi said it “sees no reason to intervene” in the defence deal as there was “nothing questionable” in the decision-making process and the bench was not competent to go into the question of pricing and the choice of offset partner by Rafale manufacturer Dassault.

Soon after that the BJP members started sloganeering demanding apologies from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

As the din continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till 12 p.m.

 

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Kerala High Court grants conditional bail to Rehana Fathima

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Two women forced to return from Sabarimala temple

Pathanamthitta, Dec 14: The Kerala High Court today granted conditional bail to Rehana Fathima, the activist and suspended BSNL employee who was arrested on charges of allegedly hurting religious sentiment.

Fathima, who had tried to enter the Sabarimala Temple, was held by the Pathanamthitta Police on November 27.

She was arrested for hurting religious sentiment through a Facebook post.

The activist faces charges under Sec 153 (A) of IPC.

The 31-year-old BSNL engineer was unsuccessful in her bid to enter the Lord Ayyappa shrine after the head priest threatened to lock the temple door if she entered it.

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Supreme Court dismisses petitions against Rafale deal

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New Delhi, Dec 14: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the 36 Rafale fighter jets deal. 

“We are satisfied that there is no occasion to doubt the process. A country can’t afford to be underprepared. Not correct for the Court to sit as an appellant authority and scrutinise all aspects”, the apex court stated”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it ” ‘there is no reason for interference in the choice of offset partner and perception of individuals can’t be the basis for roving inquiry in sensitive issue of defence procurement”.

“we can’t compel the government to purchase 126 aircraft and its not proper for the court to examine each aspect of this case. It isn’t a job of court to compare pricing details”, it added.

The central government had defended the deal while admitting that there was “no sovereign guarantee from France, but there is a letter of comfort…”

The petitions seeking the probe were filed by Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, advocates M.L.Sharma and Vineet Dhanda, and AAP lawmaker in Parliament Sanjay Singh.

Reacting to the verdict, Bhushan one of the petitioners said: “In our opinion, the Supreme Court judgement is totally wrong, the campaign will certainly not drop and we will decide if we will file a review petition”.

Meanwhile,  TMC leader Saugata Roy told media that “the Supreme Court said what it thinks was right but the political parties demand a JPC probe into”.

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