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National Herald hearing Live:Sonia, Rahul Gandhi to appear before court



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Armed with ample defence, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi are set to appear in a Delhi court in the National Herald case on Saturday.But before Gandhis’ apperance in court, a notice issued  in Lucknow-based newspapers announcing an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) on January 21, 2016.

The Gandhis and five others — Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vohra, Oscar Fernandes, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd will appear before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen Singh on December 19 at 3 pm in response to summons issued against them on a complaint by BJP’s Subramanian Swamy against them for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in taking control of the now-defunct National Herald newspaper.

AJL Managing Director Motilal Vora (one of the seven summoned by the Delhi court), proposes to seek the approval of 762 shareholders for turning AJL into a Section 8 company under the Companies Act, 2013.The meeting, the notice said, will be held at 1, Bisheshwar Nath Road, Kaiserbagh, Lucknow.

“As such, the Board has decided to take necessary steps to convert the company into a not-for-profit Section 8 company under the Companies Act, 2013. To effectuate this object and purpose, notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of Members of The Associated Journal Limited will be held on Thursday, 21st January, 2016,” the notice stated.

Saturday is going to be a day of high political developments as  Gandhis’ lawyers are present in the court  with bail bonds.The Patiala House court complex has been converted into a virtual fortress with the deployment of 500 to 700 SPG (Special Protection Group), Delhi police and CRPF personnel in view of security concerns.

It is quite evident that  Sonia Gandhi, Motilal Vora, Suman Dubey and Oscar Fernandes will be applying for bail. But Rahul Gandhi may not opt for bail like former prime Minister Indira Gandhi was arrested on 4th October 1977 in connection with an alleged financial scam called “the jeep scam” in which  companies were pressurized for  giving 104 jeeps for campaigning.

Massive Show of strength by Congress

All Congress MPs  will assemble at the Congress Headquarters at 1 pm and party leaders Kapil Sibal or Abhishek Manu Singhvi will brief at the court premises.

Victims of the dirty tricks of Modi government

A combative Sonia and Rahul Gandhi  had accused the Modi government of pursuing “political vendetta” against them in the National Herald case while the party alleged that such cases are being pushed as the BJP wanted a “Congress-free” India.Sonia said “I am the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi and I am not afraid of anything”.


The more Congres will suppress us the more Congress will rise,says Ghulam Nabi Azad
We have full faith in judiciary,says Ghulam Nabi Azad
We have faith in judiciary, all legal options including bail are available:Abhishek Manu Singhvi
Subramanium Swamy is being rewarded with Govt accomodation for his actions,says Congress
Politics of revenge is being pursued by Modi govt: Surjewala
Sachin Pilot is leading the protest in Jaipur
Congress workers protest in Nagpur

12:37 : “My full support to my mother-in-law and brother-in-law. Politics of vendetta and desperate malicious attempts of defamation, will not be believed: Robert Vadra
12:36 : Robert Vadra writes on Facebook supporting mother-in-law and brother-in-law.
12:35 : Congress members have not been asked to come to the offices but they have come to support their top leaders
12:34 : Robert Vadra and Priyanka Gandhi likely to be present at Patiala house court
12:33 : Congress does not want any ‘tamasha’ ,says leader RPN Singh
12:32 : Rahul Gandhi reaches 10 Janpath
12:32 : Protests by Congress leaders in some parts of the Delhi, Bhopal and Mumbai

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14:30 : Ahmed Pated, Kapil Sibal & Abhishek Singhvi reach court

14:30 : Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at Patiala House Court

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14:38 : Dr.Manmohan Singh,Priyanka Gandhi Vadra,Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge reach court

14:48 : Congress President Sonia and Rahul Gandhi reach Patiala House

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14:50 : Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi enter Patiala House Court

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14:55 : Lawyers inside Patiala House Court raise slogans in support of Gandhis #NationalHerald 

14:55 : Kapil Sibal starts argument #NationalHerald 

14:59 : FLASH: Bail granted to Gandhis #NationalHerald 

15:01 : Bail for Gandhis: Bail granted on Rs50 thousand personal bond and one surety each

15:09 : Kapil Sibal speaks to media after hearing
“One application was moved on behalf of all accused. Court was kind enough to grant bail and put no condition except for surety. Dr Swamy argued to put conditions on bail but judge didn’t agree,” he said.


15:09 : Abhishek Manu Singhvi speaks to media after hearing

“Unfortunate that Swamy asked for restrictions”
“It is quite sad that Mr Swamy said that there should be restriction on travel. Court didn’t agree. Except for Sam Pitroda, everyone was granted bail. He could not come due to health conditions. He was granted exemption,” said Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

“All this hype and hoopla was unnecessary through the press. Dr Swamy insisted for passport conditions which was totally unnecessary for those who are deep rooted in our society,” he said.


Office of profit case: Delhi HC sets aside disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs




New Delhi, March 23: In a massive relief for Arvind Kejriwal government, the Delhi high court on Friday restored membership of 20 disqualified AAP MLAs who were disqualified by the Election commission of India in connection with the office of profit case.

After delivery the judgement, the Court referred the case back to the poll panel citing the disqualification of AAP MLAs was bad in law.

In its verdict, the court said “the violation of oral hearing norms by EC and failure to communicate that  Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat after recusing had rejoined proceedings were the reasons to quash the January 19 order”.

The MLAs who had been engaged in the battle were Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar and Nitin Tyagi.

On January 19, the election commission sent its recommendation to the President for his assent to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi party MLAs for holding ‘office of profit’.

Following this, President Ram Nath Kovind disqualified 20 AAP MLAs for holding Office of Profit.

The poll panel was referring to the fact the MLAs had been appointed parliamentary secretaries to ministers in the Delhi government in March 2015.

Challenging EC’s recommendation, then AAP MLAs approached the Delhi High Court.


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INX Media case: Delhi High Court grants bail to Karti Chidambaram



New Delhi, March 23: The High Court on Friday granted bail to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media case. 

Earlier, the court had reserved order on the bail plea of Karti Chidambaram on March 16 after hearing arguments from prosecution as well as defence counsel.

Karti Chidambaram’s advocate had told the court that his client has been co-operative during the investigation.

Countering his claim, the Central Bureau of Investigation contended that he did not co-operate and has tried to influence witnesses in the case. However, the probe agency did not reveal the name of witnesses.

The special court March 12 sent Karti Chidambaram to judicial custody till March 24.

Karti Chidambaram was held in February for allegedly taking money to facilitate Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media in 2007 when his father was the Finance Minister.


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Anna attacks Modi government on Lokpal, agrarian crisis



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Anna Hazare begins fast for LokPal

New Delhi, March 23: Launching a fresh anti-corruption agitation with an indefinite fast here on Friday, social activist Anna Hazare said his efforts to communicate with the Modi government on issues of Lokpal and agrarian distress had yielded no result.

“I have written 43 letters to the Modi government in the last four years but did not get any reply,” he said soon after he began his hunger strike at the sprawling Ramlila Maidan here after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

“The farmers in the country are in distress as they are not getting remunerative prices and the government is not acting to ensure fair prices.”

Hazare has been pressing for setting up Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states to probe corruption cases, bring in new electoral reforms and implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee report to address the agrarian crisis in the country.

He said he would hold discussions with the government during the agitation but his indefinite hunger strike, called ‘Satyagraha’, would continue “till the government comes out with a concrete action plan”.

The activist, who held a major agitation in 2011 against corruption catching the imagination of Indians, said Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and some ministers from Maharashtra met him on Thursday and gave certain assurances.

“But I said I don’t trust you. How many promises you have fulfilled so far? Nothing. So come with concrete action plan,” he said in his address to thousands of supporters gathered at the iconic ground in the heart of Delhi.

Hazare said the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), which decides prices for 23 crops, should be made autonomous for fair price fixation.

Currently, the Central government controls CACP and cuts the fair price rates suggested by states by 30-35 per cent, he said.

“I will prefer dying for the nation than by heart attack,” said the 80-year-old activist, whose 2011 agitation gave birth to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) now ruling in Delhi.

The agitation also contributed to the Congress-led UPA losing the 2014 general elections that brought the BJP to power at the Centre.

Last month, Hazare accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not being interested in the appointment of the Lokpal at the Centre.

The veteran activist said Modi was “never serious about Lokpal”.

The reason behind the delay, he said, in the appointment of a Lokpal was because the Prime Minister was afraid that once this became a reality, his office as well as that of his cabinet members would also come under its purview.


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