Coal Scam: Special Court frames additional chargesheet against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal

NEW DELHI: A special court on Friday framed an additional charge of abetment of bribery against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal in a case pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block.

A special Central Bureau of Investigation court too had ordered framing of an additional abetment charge on July 14.

Special judge Bharat Parashar framed the charges against the accused after Jindal said he was pleading not guilty and claimed trial.

However, the charge under section 12 (punishment for abetment of offences defined in section 7 (public servant taking gratification) or 11 (public servant obtaining valuable thing, without consideration from person concerned in proceeding or business transacted by such public servant)) of Prevention of Corruption Act was not framed then.

The case pertains to allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand. Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached fresh assets worth ₹101 crore of a Maharashtra-based firm in connection with its money laundering probe in the coal scam case, the agency said.

Vyapam Scam: Special court rejects bail plea of Ex chairman of private collage

MADHYA PRADESH: On Friday, Special Court here rejected Bail plea of a Former Chairman of a Private medical college in a Money-Laundering case linked to the alleged vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

Case against Bhandari was registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Special Judge Samaresh Singh remanded accused Vinod Bhandari to judicial custody.

Bhandari was booked on charges of colluding with Madhya Pradesh government officers and the exam mafia responsible for committing irregularities in holding the entrance exams for graduate and post-graduate medical courses during 2012 and 2013, the ED official said.

Bhandari was the Chairman of Indore-based Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences and Medical College (SAIMS) . The agency official said Bhandari was accused of buying properties worth Rs 7 crore with the black money earned in the process.

Bhandari allegedly collected a huge amount, selected ineligible candidates after the entrance examination and granted them admission in his college, the ED alleged.

Supreme Court, asks Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, to take appropriate steps to clear garbage

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi to make a collaborative effort with the help of civil society and resident welfare associations to clear Delhi of its garbage.

A three-judge Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur turned to the LG after, in a previous hearing, voicing its exasperation at how garbage is dumped outside the homes of underprivileged families. Justice Lokur had even challenged authorities to dump rubbish outside the Raj Niwas, the official residence of the LG.

Earlier The office of LG and Delhi government told a bench comprising justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta that municipal corporations have the responsibility to deal with the issue of solid waste management. “This is nothing but passing on the buck,” an anguished bench said. The bench also termed as “utopian” the ‘state policy on solid waste management strategy’ which has been framed by the LG office and observed that perhaps it would be impossible to implement as the East Delhi Municipal Corporation and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation don’t have funds to carry out their day-to-day affairs.

Easy to criticise but difficult to transform an institute: CJI Deepak Misra

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has called for constructive steps to improve institutions. CJI Dipak Misra was addressing Supreme Court Bar Association on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day in New Delhi.

To criticise, attack and destroy the system is quite easy. What is difficult and challenging is to transform it into a performing one. For this, one has to transcend one’s personal ambitions or grievances and rather constructive steps need to be taken with positive mindset of reforms…with rationality, maturity, responsibility and composure,” Justice Misra said.

Incidentally, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the most senior judge after the CJI, while delivering the Third Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture on ‘The Vision of Justice’ in New Delhi on July 12, had said noisy judges and independent journalists are democracy’s first line of defence and a revolution, not mere reform, is needed to keep the institution of the judiciary responsive to the changes in society.

HC seeks Centre’s reply on Tytler’s plea against seizing of passport

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court sought response of the Centre on a plea by Congress leader Jagdish Tytler challenging an order of the passport authority impounding his passport for allegedly furnishing false details to them.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru took on record the submission of Additional Solicitor General Maninder Acharya that Tytler is at liberty to apply afresh for passport and his application will be considered uninfluenced from previous proceedings.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on March 6 next year. Tytler, in his plea, claimed that the passport officer has passed the impounding order, for allegedly furnishing false details for renewal of his travel document, in a “most highhanded and arbitrary manner”.

The order was passed by the regional passport officer on March 28, which was challenged before the appellate authority. The latter dismissed the appeal, after which the Congress leader approached the High Court.

Madras High Court fumes over unchecked, corruption in Chennai corporation

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court made strong observations over ‘rampant’ corruption in the city corporation and said people were unable to get any document without bribing officials.

A petition filed by H Lakshmi came up for hearing , said “in every transaction in the corporation, people are absolutely frustrated and the corrupt activities of the officials are rampant and the people are unable to get necessary approvals, certificates and documents from the Corporation without paying bribe to these officials.”

Additional Advocate General Manishankar who appeared on behalf of the commissioner, that the civic body was initiating all steps to eradicate irregularities and illegalities in respect of the constructions and other related offences.

Justice SM Subramaniam rejected the the submission and directed Corporation Commissioner to file a report explaining the nexus, collusion and corrupt activities largely found between the officials of corporation, police, local politicians, electricity board authorities and metro board authorities.

Gowaris should be included in ST Community: Bombay High Court

MUMBAI: The Nagpur bench of Bombay Excessive court docket delivered the decision on petitions searching for the standing of Scheduled Tribe.

Adim Gowari Samaj Vikas Mandal and some others had moved the Nagpur bench of high court, seeking the status of Scheduled Tribe.

The bench, comprising Justice R Ok Deshpande and Justice Arun Upadhye, delivered the decision on petitions searching for the standing of Scheduled Tribe.

It also trashed government resolutions (GR) — in 1985 declaring Gond-Gowaris as tribals and Gowaris as non-tribals; a 1995 GR declaring the Gowaris as Special Backward Class (SBC) that is eligible for two per cent quota and a 2011 central government notification declaring Gowaris as OBCs.

Petitioners’ lawyers Narayan Phadnis and Ram Parsodkar argued that classification made by the government was wrong.

The Gowari community consists of cattle herders who were referred as the Gond-Gowari in 1916 and described as a small hybrid caste formed by an alliance between the Gonds and Gowaris. They have been listed as the subgroup of the  Gond in the Government of India list for ST.

Creamy layer cannot be applied to deny benefits of quota in pramotion, Centre to Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: A court verdict of 2006 had held that the ‘creamy layer’ concept cannot be applied to SC/ST persons for promotions in government jobs. The apex court had on July 11 refused to pass any interim order against its 2006 verdict and said that a five-judge bench would first see whether it needs to be examined by a seven-judge bench or not.

Attorney General KK Venugopal had said that the stigma and imprint of backwardness and caste remains with SC/ST community for centuries even if some of them have come up.

The AG’s statement was in response to the Supreme Court’s question whether affluent people among SC/ST can be denied quota benefits in promotion by applying creamy layer principle?

Even a well-off person of SC/ST community cannot marry from a higher caste. The fact that some persons have become affluent does not take away the imprint of caste and backwardness,” he said.

Somnath Bharti, informs court about matrimonial dispute settled with wife

New Delhi: AAP MLA Somnath Bharti being taken into custody after he surrendered at the Dwarka North Police Station in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist (PTI9_28_2015_000378A)

NEW DELHI:  The Delhi High Court was today informed that AAP MLA Somnath Bharti and his wife have settled the matrimonial dispute between them through mediation. The court listed the matter for further hearing on March 7 next year and stayed the proceedings in the trial court. Former AAP leader urged before court to remove the crimnal case against him which were londged by his wife his wife Lipika Mitra, Justice R K Gauba asked him to wait for some time so that his spouse and two minor children were comfortably settled in the house with him.

Senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Mr Bharti, told the court that the AAP leader and his wife had participated in the mediation and they have settled their dispute.

He said they wanted to live together peacefully along with their children. The AAP leader was arrested in the wee hours of September 29, 2015 after the Supreme Court had ordered him to surrender.

Madhya Pradesh High court, grant death sentence to, man raped and killed 4 years old girl

JABALPUR: The Madhya Pradesh High Court has upheld a lower court’s order awarding death sentence to a man for raping and killing a four-year-old girl, observing that “humanity is more in danger in the hands of persons like the convict”.

Describing the offence as an act of “extreme depravity” and taking note of the rise in crimes against minor girls, the court said in such cases, an extreme punishment would deter other criminals.

A division bench of HC Chief Justice Hemant Gupta and justice Vijay Kumar Shukla observed while dismissing the appeal filed by the convict, Vinod, alias Rahul Choutha. He had raped and killed the girl on May 13, 2017. The victim’s body was found two days later.

Shahdol District and Sessions Judge RK Singh had sentenced Chouhtha to death on February 28 this year.

The court said it had the social responsibility to make the citizens of the country know that law could not come to the rescue of such a person on the basis of humanity.

The appellant was a young unmarried boy, aged 22 years at the time of commission of the offence, but he breached the trust of a girl child of four years when he tempted her by offering biscuits to accompany him to meet her father,” the court said.