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Supreme Court to consider in-chamber review pleas on AGR verdict

Telecom firms are supposed to pay Rs 92,000 crore in dues by January 23 following the court order in October last year.

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New Delhi, Jan 15 : The Supreme Court will on Thursday take up in-chambers the petitions seeking review of its verdict on the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR), which allowed Centre’s plea to recover Rs 92,000 crore from telecom companies.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising Justices S.A. Nazeer and M.R. Shah will consider the review petitions of the telecom operators, though, Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel had sought an open court hearing on their pleas.

The review petitions were mentioned before Justice Arun Mishra after the court reopened after vacations. Justice Mishra had said he would speak with the Chief Justice S.A. Bobde on the matter.

In the in-chamber review, the petitions are circulated among the judges on the bench and there is no lawyer to argue the matter.

Telecom firms are supposed to pay Rs 92,000 crore in dues by January 23 following the court order in October last year.

The Supreme Court had ordered telecom firms, including Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Vodafone Idea Ltd., to pay the government as much as Rs 92,000 crore ($13 billion) in dues, which include penalties and interest.

In the verdict, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had said telcom companies will have to shell out the dues. The Department of Telecom’s (DoT) total demand is estimated around Rs 92,000 crore.

“We allow the appeals of the DoT… The gross revenue will prevail as defined as gross revenue”, said the court citing no further exercise should take place in connection with the re-calculations regarding the dues.

The top court specified that there should not be any further litigation on the matter. The apex court also passed a separate order on the specific time frame for the telecom companies to pay their dues.

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Delhi violence: Situation out of control, security forces helpless

But even after the Delhi Police deployed more than 30 companies, the situation could not be controlled.

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New Delhi, Feb 25 : After the death of ‘innocent’ Delhi Police Head Constable Ratan Lal, the senior officers have now swung into action. But on Saturday and Sunday, when the conspiracy was being hatched in the most sensitive area of northeast Delhi, these same officers were enjoying their weekend.

After the day-long violence and five deaths, which included the Head Constable, on Monday, the Home Minister called a meeting at night. Thereafter, the senior police officials tried to lead from the front on Tuesday morning.

Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik visited the violence affected areas late on Monday night.

On Tuesday morning, senior officers including Special Commissioner of Police Satish Golcha, Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar and the DCPs of all the districts deployed their forces in the violence hit areas to control the situation. However, before these officers swung into action, seven people had already died and around 90 had been injured.

But even after the Delhi Police deployed more than 30 companies, the situation could not be controlled.

At the Ghaziabad-Seemapuri border around 3,000 people clashed, with the paramilitary forces and policemen trying to control the situation.

According to an eyewitness: “The situation is still tense here till now (Tuesday 4 p.m.). Stone pelting and firing are taking place interminably. The maximum number of incidents of violence, arson and firing were reported from Maujpur, Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Kabir Nagar and nearby areas”.

(Sanjeev Kumar Singh Chauhan can be reached at [email protected])

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Plea in SC claims Kapil Mishra incited violence

The apex court is also slated to hear on Wednesday two separate petitions seeking removal of protesters from Shaheen Bagh. This plea has been tagged with this matter.

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Kapil Mishra in Jaffrabad

New Delhi, Feb 25 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea filed by Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and others seeking registration of FIRs in connection with the spurt in violence in Delhi over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The plea also cited BJP leader Kapil Mishra’s tweet and held him responsible for inciting and orchestrating the violence.

This application was mentioned for urgent hearing before a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph. The bench agreed to hear the matter on Wednesday.

The plea was filed by advocate Mehmood Pracha on behalf of Habibullah and Azad. “On the night of February 23, a member of the party in power at the Centre, Kapil Mishra, who is known for making speeches to instigate crowds into violence and vandalism, carried out a pro-CAA rally next to the Maujpur-Babarpur Metro Station, which is 2 kms away from the peaceful protest that was going on at Jaffrabad”, said the plea, blaming Mishra for the violence citing media reports.

The apex court is also slated to hear on Wednesday two separate petitions seeking removal of protesters from Shaheen Bagh. This plea has been tagged with this matter.

The plea said Mishra initially gathered his supporters and started raising violence-inciting slogans. Then, in an orchestrated move, he left the place after having incited the crowd, “after which violence erupted in Jaffrabad and the peaceful protesters were forced to run for safety.”

The plea also contended that persons hurt in the attack on the night of February 23 had filed complaints with the police, but no action has been taken by the police against these perpetrators. The plea claimed unrest has escalated throughout the day with horrific incidents of violence and arson.

“As per various reports, anti-social elements from the surrounding villages of UP have entered Delhi in buses and trucks and have been attacking the residents of Delhi and the peaceful protesters. The police are refusing to register any FIRs against the attackers”, said the plea.

The plea said that open threats have given to the women protesters at Shaheen Bagh claiming they will meet the same fate as that meted out to peaceful women protesters at Jaffrabad and Chandbagh.

The plea said Mishra incited violence and social activist Bahadur Abbas Naqvi have also sought direction to authorities to ensure safety of women sitting in protest against the CAA at Shaheen Bagh and other places in the national capital.

The plea urged the apex court to provide adequate security for safety of the women at Shaheen Bagh and other places in Delhi.

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Police fire to disperse crowd after protesters target riot vehicle

Rioters used stones, sticks and country-made firearms as pro- and anti-CAA demonstrators clashed.

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Jaffrabad CAA Clash

New Delhi, Feb 25 : Police on Tuesday fired in the air after the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters pelted stones on police vehicles in northeast Delhi.

The situation in the area remained tense since morning as number of shops were gutted in the fire Monday’s violence.

The firing by the police started after the anti-CAA protesters pelted stones on Vajra riot vehicles.

The police first fired tear gas shells to disperse the heavy crowd protesting near the Jaffrabad metro station.

But when they saw that the situation was going out of control they opened fire in the air.

The police had already made adequate security arrangements in the area following Monday’s violence with the paramilitary and Rapid action Force (RAF).

The police chased the protesters away from the Jaffrabad metro premises.

Around 70-80 rounds of bullets were fired by the police to disperse the heavy crowd.

On Monday, there were reports of violence and arson from the areas as Delhi Police confirmed that seven people, including a police head constable, had died in the rioting that has continued sporadically across several localities since Saturday.

Rioters used stones, sticks and country-made firearms as pro- and anti-CAA demonstrators clashed.

The number of injured persons is also piling up at the GTB hospital in northeast Delhi.

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