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Jharkhand’s former Chief secretary convicted in fodder scam



Sajal Chakraborty
Former Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sajal Chakraborty, Photo Credit Twitter

Ranchi, Nov 14: Former Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sajal Chakraborty was convicted in a fodder scam case on Tuesday by a Special CBI court here and remanded in judicial custody, a lawyer said.

The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on November 21.

Sajal Chakraborty was convicted in the multi-million dollar Animal Husbandry Department case, popularly known as fodder scam case, related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37 crore from the Chaibasa treasury, the lawyer said.

The senior Indian Administrative Service officer was the Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum (Chaibasa) at that time but did nothing to prevent the fraudulent withdrawal of money, the prosecution had said.

He was also accused of accepting a laptop from fodder suppliers to remain silent over the fraudulent withdrawals from the treasury.

Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad appeared in CBI courts in Ranchi in two cases on Tuesday. He got his statement recorded in one case.



Economist Surjit Bhalla resigns from PM Modi’s Economic Advisory Council



Surjit Bhalla
Surjit Bhalla , Image Credit: Twitter/Brookings Institution

New Delhi, Dec 11: Economist Surjit Bhalla on Tuesday resigned from PMEAC (Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister). 

This comes a day after Urjit Patel stepped down as the Reserve Bank of India Governor.

The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister is headed by Niti Aayog member Bibek Debroy. Economists Rathin Roy, Ashima Goyal and Shamika Ravi are other part-time members.


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Why Mallya’s extradition order a victory, asks Rahul

The verdict came six days after British national and middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, Christian Michael, was extradited to India from Dubai.



Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Dec 11 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday questioned the BJP-led government for terming the ruling of a British court to extradite fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya to India as a “great day” and said there was no major victory as he had “stolen” Rs 9,000 crore.

“Why is that a major victory, why are they taking it as a major victory? The question here is the following: the farmers of this country are committing suicide daily, they do not have access to the Indian banking system. Vijay Mallya stole Rs 9,000 crore,” Gandhi replied to a question when asked that BJP government is claiming victory over the decision of the UK court allowing Mallya’s extradition.

He was addressing the media at Parliament House Annexe after an all-party meeting.

“Nirav Modi has stolen Rs 35,000 crore with his friend Mehul Choksi, who are close to the Prime Minister and the list goes on. So, it is not question of Vijay Mallya being extradited, it is the question of the Indian banking system being handed over to Modi’s friends…it’s called crony capitalism,” Gandhi added.

Gandhi’s remarks came after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley welcomed the UK court’s judgement, calling it a “great day for India”.

The Westminster Magistrates’ Court in the UK on Monday gave its ruling following a prolonged litigation involving Mallya, who fled India in March 2016, that he must be extradited to India where he is accused of committing bank frauds amounting to Rs 9,000 crore.

The verdict came six days after British national and middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, Christian Michael, was extradited to India from Dubai.

Mallya has, however, repeatedly denied fleeing India and said he was ready to pay back the money he owed to Indian banks.

Proceedings are on before the Mumbai Special Court against Mallya under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.

Late in 2017, India filed extradition proceedings against Mallya which he has contested. He is currently on bail in London.

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Founding fathers envisaged Ram Rajya, Modi govt working for it: Amit Shah



New Delhi, Dec 10 :Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Monday said the founding fathers of the nation had envisaged to establish a “Ram Rajya” and the Narendra Modi government is working to make it possible.

“One of the stated goals set by the Constituent Assembly for the newly established Republic of India was to have ‘Kalyan Rajya’,” Shah said at the release of the book “Narendra Modi: Creative Disruptor” penned by R. Balashankar.

“Some people translate ‘Kalyan Rajya’ as ‘welfare state’. But if you go through the debates in the Constituent Assembly, you will find the word Kalyan Rajya has not been used in the sense of a welfare state. In fact, the word has been used as an alternative to ‘Ram Rajya’ in order to avoid this word at that time,” Shah said.

Stating that a “yugantkari parivartan” (epoch-making change) has come ever since Modi became the Prime Minister, Shah said the Indian politics was suffering from festering wounds of “casteism, dynastic rule and appeasement”.

“This is the first non-Congress government that has got full majority and has ended that era. The mandate has been given to not run the government but to change the nation. And we are doing that,” he added.

Shah said the Modi government also ended several dilemmas that plagued the earlier governments, such as “if the government would work for farmers or industrialists, if it would work for the villages or the cities or it would work for the poor or the rich”.

“Our government ended these dilemmas. It brought unprecedented reforms but it did not lose the sight of Kalyan Rajya,” Shah said.

Taking a dig at the Congress governments, the BJP President said the Modi government stayed away from populist measures and took tough decisions in the interest of the country.

He also accused the Congress Prime Ministers of doing “injustice” to national security by “overstating” that India was a peace-loving country, for the sake of building “personal image” (that of a peacenik).

In an apparent jibe at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Shah said: “You may be an economist. We respect that. But the country is being more efficiently run by a ‘chaiwala’ (tea vendor, an allusion to Modi).”

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