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National Herald: Swamy seeks to submit ‘fresh list’ of witnesses




New Delhi, April 22: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday sought more time to submit a fresh list of witnesses in the National Herald case.

The fresh list includes M. L. Bohra and Bhupender Singh Huda, who have been named as accused in a similar matter in which an FIR has been filed by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate has already questioned them.

“I want to make an additional list of witnesses. There is another investigation going on about the land in question in my matter. ED has questioned Mr. Vohra and Mr. Hooda in the National Herald case. Seek time to argue the matter once I have filed the list of witnesses,” Swamy told the court.

However, the respondent said, “I strongly oppose this. He (Swamy) is now in history. We also want to be in history by cross examining him. Let him come into the witness box.”

Earlier also he (Swamy) said there are three probes here and there but they are not connected in any way to this case. Any development after 2014 is not relevant to this case. The only thing is that he doesn’t want to come in the witness box. Nothing else,” the respondent added.

Answering to which Swamy said, “If they are going to oppose then I should get an opportunity to oppose their opposition. Allow all the witnesses I’ve mentioned to be present. Allow me to argue.”

Earlier, all the accused in the case filed their reply in the court and opposed Swamy’s plea seeking summoning of witnesses.

Swamy’s counsel had submitted a list of witnesses and other evidences against the accused. The court had previously dismissed Swamy’s plea, seeking documents related to the case against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi along with other accused.

Swamy had earlier sought documents and ledger books maintained by the Congress and Associated Journals Limited (AJL). Swamy had filed an application in 2012, accusing Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others associated with the Congress of conspiring to cheat in a land deal.

In his complaint, Swamy had alleged that the Congress granted an interest-free loan of Rs. 90.25 crore to the AJL, owner of the National Herald newspaper, established by Jawaharlal Nehru, which was either not repaid or repaid in case, which was in violation of Section 269T of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

In August, the court issued notices to Sonia, Rahul and five others on Swamy’s application seeking presentation of certain documents from Associated Journals Pvt. Ltd (AJL) and Indian National Congress (INC) in connection with the National Herald case.



Anil Ambani Group sues Congress’ Singhvi for Rs 5,000 crore




Ahmedabad, Dec 15 : The Reliance Anil Ambani group has filed a Rs 5,000-crore ($ 780 million) defamation suit here against Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, accusing him of making “false, defamatory and libellous statements”.

The suit has been filed in the Gujarat High Court.

According to company sources, the Congress leader “made false, defamatory and libellous statements against the group. We have filed a Rs 5,000-crore suit for damages against him for making these false and defamatory statements”.

Singhvi had, on November 30, attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, contending that he was “fooling” people by saying the government had not waived loans of big defaulters.

Alleging that the government had written off Rs 1.88 lakh crore debt of wilful defaulters, he had said: “We all know that top 50 corporates owe Rs 8.35 lakh crore to banks and out of those, three top Gujarat-based companies — Reliance (Anil Ambani Group), Adani and Essar — owe Rs 3 lakh crore.”

He had charged that the Finance Minister, instead of declaring these liabilities as NPAs, was “trying to help the defaulter with further defence contracts like the Rafale deal”.

A Reliance Defence statement had earlier clarified the joint venture between Reliance Aerostructure Ltd and Dassault Aviation was a bilateral agreement between two private companies — and had nothing to do with the government.

The statement had added: “Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd will be only one of the key players in the discharge of offset obligations. Over 500 large, medium and small Indian companies will benefit from the offsets which are nothing but an export obligation for goods and services from India. Offsets referred to are spread over a period of nearly 10 years.”


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Union cabinet clears Triple Talaq Bill



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New Delhi, 15th December: Union government on Thursday(15th December) cleared the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, to make the practice of “instant” triple talaq an offence.

The draft bill was sent out to states earlier this month proposed that triple talaq be made a cognisable and non-bailable offence that would attract a jail term of three years.he practice of Triple Talaq as illegal

On August 22 the Supreme Court announced the practice of Triple Talaq as illegal.Now the bill will be introduced in both Upper and lower houses for approval in the winter session of Parliament.


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NGT bans plastic in Haridwar, Rishikesh to curb pollution in Ganga river




New Delhi, Dec 15: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday imposed a complete ban on the use, sale, manufacturing and storage of plastic items in the pilgrimage towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh located on the banks of river Ganga.

The green court ordered a fine of Rs 5,000 on those who will violate the rule. The ban includes plastic items such as polybags, items used for serving or packing food, plates cutlery and others.

Earlier, in July and December 2015 also, the tribunal also prohibit the usage of plastic. The bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had expressed displeasure at the pathetic state of affairs on the banks of the river Ganga and had reprimanded the civic authorities, news agency IANS reported.

Following this, then the green panel passed a numbers of orders to make the river pollution-free. However, the use of plastic items continued unabated.

The tribunal’s earlier directions were also motioned to make the Ganga pollution-free.


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