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I won’t return to India, says Vijay Mallya

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Under pressure to repay billion dollars owed to banks,Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is currently in the United Kingdom said that he is being victimised and won’t return to India.

Mallya owes a consortium of 17 public sector banks an amount close to Rs 9,000 crore and an intense debate is on in India how Vijay left India. Mallya replied to India by giving an email interview to the Sunday Guardian by saying that the way he is being discussed in Parliament and Indian TV channels  he feels that he already been branded as criminal in the country and therefore, it was not the right time for him to return.

On the loan defaults, mallya clarified that  “Banks gave him loans after evaluating all aspects and they know the risk involved.  Loan defaults are a business matter.  Our own business was flourishing, but plummeted suddenly. Don’t make me the villain. I have the best intentions and   I fear my words will be twisted like of others.”

Further added ,”I am not trying to run to evade law enforcement agencies but is on a personal visit.There was a lookout notice issued against me last year. But I didn’t ‘escape’. Why am I being portrayed as a criminal now?”.

Meanwhile, hundreds of unpaid employees of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in the recovery of their dues which was estimated to be around Rs 300 crore.

“On behalf of all the employees of erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines, we request you for your immediate intervention in helping us recover our hard earned dues,” the employees said in the letter sent to Prime Minister today.

Employees of Vijay Mallya’s now defunct Kingfisher Airlines are set to file a case in the Supreme Court in order to get their dues from the company.

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Modi, Rahul wish Manmohan Singh on his birthday

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New Delhi, Sep 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and several politicians wished former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his 86th birthday on Wednesday, praying for his long life and good health.

Modi tweeted: “Greetings to our former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh ji on his birthday. I pray for Dr Singh’s long life and good health.”

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: “Birthday greetings and good wishes to former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh ji. May he be blessed with good health and long life.”

Meanwhile, Gandhi extended his greetings to Manmohan Singh’s selfless service to the nation.

“Manmohan Singh ji’s birthday is an opportunity for us to appreciate and remember his many years of selfless service and dedication to the cause of nation building. I wish him a very happy birthday and good health and happiness always,” he tweeted.

Praying for Manmohan Singh’s long and healthy life, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “I wish a very happy 86th birthday to Dr Manmohan Singh, our former Prime Minister. A man of integrity, sobriety and humble nature. I pray for his long & healthy life.”

Born in Gah, now in Pakistan, on September 26, 1932, Manmohan Singh served as the Prime Minister of India between 2004 and 2014 heading the United Progressive Alliance government.

Manmohan Singh, the first Sikh in office, was also the first Prime Minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term. His political career began in 1991 when he was appointed as the country’s Finance Minister under the leadership of the then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao.

After obtaining his doctorate in economics from Oxford University, Manmohan Singh worked for the UN during 1966-69. Over the 70s and 80s, he held several key posts in the Government of India, such as Chief Economic Advisor (1972-76), Reserve Bank Governor (1982-85) and Planning Commission head (1985-87).

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Supreme Court allows live streaming of court proceedings

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New Delhi, Sep 26: The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the plea for live streaming of its proceedings.

Upholding a batch of petitions, a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the framing of rules to regulate the live streaming.

A pilot project will start with a telecast of proceedings of the Chief Justice Court.

Justice Khanwilkar, also speaking for Chief Justice Misra, pronounced the judgement. Justice Chandrachud pronounced a separate but concurring judgement.

It will help in people not relying on second-hand information, encourage legal education and put the system under the sunlight, he said.

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Supreme Court dismisses plea challenging appointment of Justice Gogoi as next CJI

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New Delhi, Sep 26: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition challenging the appointment of Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India.

The petition was filed by advocate RP Luthra seeking to quash the appointment.

On September 13, President Ram Nath Kovind had appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India.

He will assume office on October 3 after the retirement of the current Chief Justice, Justice Dipak Misra.

Justice Gogoi will have a term of 13 months 15 days.

He was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court in April, 2012.

Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He completed his practice in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters.

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