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Why shall CBI’s appeal in 2G case be given priority over pending matters: Advocate to HC

He further argued that allowing the application for early hearing shall be against the interest of justice, as the respondents shall not get adequate opportunity as the records run into lakhs of pages.

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New Delhi, Sep 21 : While the Delhi High Court on Monday was hearing an application seeking early hearing in the 2G spectrum case, the accused persons, including former Telecom Minister A. Raja, businessman Shahid Balwa and others, opposed the said application filed by the CBI and the ED.

When the matter was being heard by Justice Brijesh Sethi, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain informed the court that the matter is of public interest and since Justice Sethi is due to demit his office on November 30, the court may hear the matter expeditiously.

Responding to the arguments, the counsels appearing for the various accused persons opposed the plea moved by the agencies. Advocate Manu Sharma, appearing for A. Raja, argued that there was no reason to grant an out-of-turn, urgent hearing to the appeals moved by the CBI and the ED amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Advocates Vijay Aggarwal, Mudit Jain and Ashul Agarwal, representing Shahid Balwa and several others, too opposed the said petition and stated that the CBI has not explained as to why the appeal filed by them should be given precedence/preference over other appeals.

“Why is the appeal so important and be given this much priority when there are several pending matters wherein the accused persons are languishing in jail,” Aggarwal argued.

He further argued that allowing the application for early hearing shall be against the interest of justice, as the respondents shall not get adequate opportunity as the records run into lakhs of pages.

“However, to address the arguments, each person will not even get 0.89 day to argue his or her case as the concerned judge is scheduled to demit his office. Justice hurried is justice burried,” Aggarwal said.

The court will now hear the matter on Tuesday.

The probe agencies, both CBI and ED, had moved the court in March 2018 challenging the trial court’s order which had acquitted all the accused persons in the 2G spectrum case. In 2017, a special CBI court acquitted all the 18 accused, including A. Raja and K. Kanimozhi.

The scam came to light almost seven years ago when the Comptroller and Auditor General in a report held then Telecom Minister A. Raja responsible for causing the state exchequer a loss of Rs 1,76,379 crore by allocating 2G spectrum licences at throwaway prices.

However, the trial court found that the prosecution failed to prove the charges. This verdict, however, didn’t override the Supreme Court judgement or take away from the fact that the licences issued during 2G spectrum allocation were illegal.

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Karnataka recoveries shot up to 13,550; new cases dip

Higher discharges were reported from districts across the state, with 1,352 from Mysuru, 339 from Mandya and 314 from Davangere.

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Bengaluru, Oct 23 : Maintaining its upward trend, Covid recoveries shot up to 13,550 on a day, while new cases declined to 5,778 across Karnataka.

“With 13,550 patients discharged on Wednesday, recoveries soared to 6,84,835 till date, while 5,778 fresh cases took the state’s Covid tally to 7,88,551, including 92,927 active cases so far,” said the state’s health bulletin on Thursday.

The pandemic claimed 74 lives in the last 24 hours across the southern state, taking its death toll to 10,770, including 3,667 in Bengaluru, with 36 in the last 24 hours.

Discharges also increased to 7,683 on a day in Bengaluru, taking its recoveries to 2,56,267 till date, while 2,807 new cases increased its Covid tally to 3,18,366, including 58,431 active cases so far.

“The number of recoveries in the state outnumbered the number of new cases for the 8th consecutive day,” state health and medical education minister K. Sudhakar tweeted on Thursday.

Higher discharges were reported from districts across the state, with 1,352 from Mysuru, 339 from Mandya and 314 from Davangere.

Of the 940 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs), 371 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 67 in Ballari, 55 in Dharwad, 45 in Chamarajanagar and 44 in Hassan.

Out of 1,07,354 tests conducted in 155 labs across the state on Wednesday, 20,853 were through rapid antigen detection and 86,501 through RT-PCR method, which is over 80 per cent of the total tests.

“Positivity rate declined to 5.38 per cent and case fatality rate at 1.28 per cent,” the bulletin said.

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Thunderstorms likely at few places in Andhra’s Rayalaseema

The depression lay at a latitude of 18.7 degrees north and 87 degrees east longitude, about 180 km southeast of Paradip in Odisha, 350 km southeast of Sagar Islands in West Bengal and 490 km southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.

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Amaravati, Oct 22 : The Met Department has forecast thunderstorms with lightning at isolated places in Andhra Pradesh’s Rayalaseema on Friday.

Rayalaseema comprises the four districts of Kurnool, Anantapur, Kadapa and Chittor in southern Andhra Pradesh.

However, the Met Department did not predict any rainfall on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Meanwhile, the well-marked low pressure area over west central Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood has concentrated into a depression over northwest and adjoining west central region off the east coast.

The depression lay at a latitude of 18.7 degrees north and 87 degrees east longitude, about 180 km southeast of Paradip in Odisha, 350 km southeast of Sagar Islands in West Bengal and 490 km southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh.

“It is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move north northeastwards and cross West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coast as a deep depression between Sagar Islands and Khepupara on Friday afternoon,” said a Met official.

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DMK to protest as Guv seeks time to study students quota bill

Stalin, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, had written to Purohit on Wednesday to give his assent to the Bill.

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Chennai, Oct 22 : DMK President M.K. Stalin on Thursday said his party will hold a massive protest outside the Raj Bhavan on Saturday to demand Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit give his immediate assent to the bill for reservation to government school students in medical college admissions.

Stalin made the announcement after he received a reply to his letter in this regard from the Governor on Thursday.

In his letter, Purohit had said that he needs three to four weeks time to arrive at a decision on the Bill that provides 7.5 per cent horizontal reservation in medical college admissions to those who had studied in government schools.

“The same has also been informed to the delegation of Ministers who called on me recently,” he told Stalin.

Stalin, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, had written to Purohit on Wednesday to give his assent to the Bill.

Reacting to Purohit’s letter, Stalin, in a statement, said that a month has already passed since the Bill was passed and that another month to take a decision on it is to water down the Bill.

The Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Indian Medicine and Homeopathy on preferential basis to the students of the Government Schools Bill, 2020 providing 7.5 per cent reservation for government school students was passed by the Assembly on September 15.

Stalin also said the Group of Ministers who had met Purohit on the subject had held back from the media what the Governor had told them, while adding that Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had not responded to his suggestion to hold a joint protest to secure the state’s rights.

In this situation, Stalin said it is imperative on the part of the DMK to protest to seek that Purohit give his immediate assent to the reservation Bill while condemning the AIADMK government for not exerting pressure on the Governor on the matter.

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