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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.


Rs 80,000 cr has come to BJP coffers in last five months, says Hazare



Guwahati, Dec 15: Noble social activist Anna Hazare on Friday hit out at the Narendra Modi-led central government saying, the country has topped the list of corrupt countries in Asia in the last three years of the NDA rule and Rs 80,000 crore has come to the coffers of the BJP in the past five months as donation.

Hazare, citing a Forbes Magazine article that quoted a Transparency International survey, said India tops the list of corrupt countries in Asia. “I am not claiming this but it being reported by Forbes Magazine after conducting a survey among the Asian countries,” he said, news agency IANS reported.

“I have been silent for the last three years. When a new government comes we must give them some time. So I remained silent, but now the time has come to speak against them. I am going to start another movement for a strong Jan Lokpal as well as for the farmers of the country from March 23 next year,” Hazare asserted.

Slamming the Centre, he revealed Rs 80,000 crore had come to the coffers of the NDA-led ruling party in the past five months as donation.

“The common people are still reeling under problems. The farmers of the country are suffering. Banks give loans to the farmers but slap interest as per their whims and fancies. The Reserve Bank of India must fix a rate of interest for all the farmers and banks should not be allowed to fix the interest for the benefit of the farmers.”

Flagging his concerns, he stated  “The farmers commit suicide as they fail to get good price for their crops to repay the loan. There is no MSP for their paddy”.

Hazare said he had written 32 letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the ltas three years but haven’t received  response to any of them from the PMO.

“I am going to involve everyone in the movement for a strong Jan Lokpal and farmers’ issues. I am going everywhere to speak to the people. We are ready to go to jail. But if they put us in jails we must ensure that every jail in the country should be filled by people,” he added.

“Earlier there was a provision which made it mandatory for the officers to declare their assets but the present government abolished it. While the companies were allowed to donate 7.5 per cent of their profit to political parties, now any amount can be donated to the political parties,” said Hazare while urging people to support the movement staring from March 23.


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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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