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Punjab and Haryana High court raps Siddhu over Comedy Show



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Chandigarh, May 11 : The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday observed that Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s appearance on a television comedy show has propriety issues but added that it is not clear if the high court had the jurisdiction to adjudge such a matter.

Taking up a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by lawyer-activist H.C. Arora, seeking directions to stop Sidhu from appearing on “The Kapil Sharma Show” on Sony TV, the high court division bench said it was still not convinced if it had the jurisdiction to give directions in the case.

In an oral observation, the bench said that a minister was not under the ambit of the code of conduct that was applicable on government servants.

Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda, who filed the reply of the Punjab government on Thursday on the issue, said the hearing had been adjourned till August 2.

Petitioner H.C. Arora told the media after the hearing that the high court had asked both sides (petitioner and the government) to satisfy it (high court) on the issue of its powers to adjudge the matter.

Cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu had drawn flak from some quarters for continuing his appearance on the comedy show even after becoming a Cabinet minister in Punjab in March this year.

Sidhu had defended his decision, saying that the show was his only source of income and that he was going only for one day in a week for its shooting in Mumbai.

Taking up another matter regarding conflict of interest of Punjab Cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh, the high court adjourned the matter.

A PIL filed against Gurjit Singh pointed out that he was the Power Minister in Punjab and also held a large number of shares of a private company which was supplying power to the government-run power supply corporation.

Gurjit Singh sworned in as a minister in the Congress government on March 16 this year, is an industrialist by profession, with business interests in sugar, power and liquor sectors.


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Rahul targets Prasad over pendency of cases in courts

Justice K M Joseph, overturned President’s rule in Uttarakhand in 2016. When his name was proposed for the Supreme Court, Modi ji s ego was hurt. Approval of over 100 judges, cleared for the Supreme Court and various High Courts are now on hold. #JudiciaryDemonetised(sic).



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Congress President Rahul Gandhi today hit out at Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad over huge pendency of cases in courts and shortage of judges, and charged him with “peddling fake news” instead.

His attack came after Prasad accused the Congress of hiring the services of controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica, accused of harvesting data stolen from Facebook, in previous elections.

The charge has been denied by the Congress, which instead accused the BJP of using the services of the firm.

Legal system collapsing under Pending Cases: Supreme Court 55,000+, High Court 37 Lakh+, Lower Courts 2.6 Crore+. Yet, a staggering 400 High Court and 6,000 Lower Court judges not appointed, while Law Minister preoccupied peddling fake news, Gandhi said on Twitter, using the hashtag JudiciaryDemonetised .

He also took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over delay in appointment of judges to the Supreme Court.

“Justice K M Joseph, overturned President’s rule in Uttarakhand in 2016. When his name was proposed for the Supreme Court, Modi ji s ego was hurt. Approval of over 100 judges, cleared for the Supreme Court and various High Courts are now on hold. #JudiciaryDemonetised(sic),” he said in another tweet.

The Congress and the BJP have been engaged in a slinging match between each other accusing the other of using the services of the controversial data firm.

The Facebook data scandal erupted after a whistleblower revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to Trump’s 2016 campaign, accessed personal data from 50 million users of the website without their knowledge, and might have kept that data even after the social media giant told the company to delete it.

Prasad recently insisted that the Congress has used the services of Cambridge Analytica and said several media reports about the opposition party using the services of the firm had appeared in October and November last year and it never denied those stories till the BJP raised the issue.

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Fadnavis ‘sold out’ Maharashtra’s interests on IFSC: Congress



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Mumbai, March 24: A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the Assembly that he would build an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) here, the Congress on Saturday termed it as “an absolute lie” and accused him of selling out the state’s interests.

“This is an absolute lie and the CM is simply fooling the people of Mumbai and Maharashtra. It is clearly impossible to build an IFSC in the Bandra Kurla Complex since a business hub of this magnitude requires an area of at least 50 hectares as stipulated by international norms,” Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam said.

Accusing Fadnavis of having “sold out” the state’s interests to further Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat concerns, he demanded to know whether there is such a huge space available in the BKC to set up a world-class IFSC.

“From the CM’s statement in the assembly, it appears he intends to build another World Trade Centre at best and pass it off as an IFSC… This is like taking the people of Mumbai for a ride,” he said.

Nirupam pointed out that it was under the erstwhile UPA Government that Mumbai was selected to set up the country’s first IFSC on the lines of New York, London, Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai or Tokyo.

However, this was shifted to Gujarat after the Bharatiya Janata Party assumed power in 2014, causing a huge potential loss of business to Mumbai.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also categorically stated in Parliament that the proposed IFSC will be developed only in Gujarat and the country cannot have multiple such centres.

“This is the truth and all that Fadnavis is speaking now is to mask the truth and comtradicting his own party’s finance minister,” Nirupam said.

It was during the UPA regime that a special panel of the World Bank in 2007 had submitted a report selected Mumbai as the IFSC’s site.

However soon after the Modi government came to power, the IFSC was moved to the neigbouring state as ‘Gujarat International Financial Tec-City’ (GIFT), to the detriment of Mumbai, Nirupam added.

In fact, on January 11 this year, Reserve Bank Of India Governor Urjit Patel celebrated the successful establishment of India’s first ever IFSC at the GIFT City, in Gandhinagar.

Terming it as the first such IFSC in the world to be launched after the 2008 global financial crisis, Patel said the RBI is working closely with all the stakeholders on diverse subjects for the development of the GIFT city.

In October, the Global Financial Centres Index 22 listed GIFT-IFSC at the 10th rank – ahead of Luxembourg, Seoul, Abu Dhabi, Toronto and Beijing – of the 15 IFSCs in the world, and growing at a rapid pace.
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Fodder Scam: Lalu Yadav gets 14 years of imprisonment under two sections, Rs 60 lakh fine imposed



Ranchi, March 24: The special CBI court has granted 14 years of imprisonment (7 years under IPC and 7 years under Prevention of Corruption Act) to RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in Dumka Treasury case, both to run consecutively. 

Imprisonment of 7 years each has been given under IPC & Prevention of Corruption Act, both to run concurrently. Total fine will be Rs. 60 lakh. Sentence of the previous case to also run concurrently, said Prabhat Kumar, RJD Chief’s lawyer.

Yadav was pronounced guilty, while Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra had been acquitted in the fourth Fodder Scam.

Judge Shivapal Singh on Monday delivered the verdict relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury.

The judgement, scheduled on March 15, was deferred four times.

Apart from the RJD Chief, former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and 29 people, including former IAS officers and some officials were also accused in the matter, of which 19 were convicted and 12 acquitted.

Prasad is already serving a jail term of 13.5 years in three fodder cases and lodged in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda jail.


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