Charge Sheet against Journalist Upendra Rai, by ED

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed a chargesheet in connection with its ongoing probe into a money laundering case against senior journalist Upendra Rai.

The ED informed the Patiala House court that Rai laundered over Rs 29.58 crore by adopting different modus operandi and was involved in “extortion of the huge amount from different companies and corporate houses”.

The agency alleged that Rai took “undue advantage of his connections with several government officials” to gain access to confidential information available with them about the penal proceedings being contemplated against various defaulters, at times in advance.

Owner of Printlines Media Group and formerly employed with Tehelka, Rai forced different companies to transfer money to his account through banking channels against the cash he supplied to those companies.

The court also directed the ED to hand over a copy of the charge sheet and other documents filed along with it to Rai, which was complied by the agency.

In its charge sheet filed through advocate A R Aditya on August 6, the agency said that Rai was a journalist who crafted leverage out of his access to government offices as a media person.

Delhi CM released, in case of giving false affidavit

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in a case of allegedly giving false information in an affidavit filed in the run up to 2013 assembly polls. In one complaint, it was alleged that Kejriwal presented an incorrect affidavit with his nomination papers in front of the Election Commission on November 16, 2013 to contest the 2013 Delhi Assembly election.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal discharged Kejriwal in the case saying “merely due to the fact that a person has other residential addresses apart from where he has enrolled himself as a voter, cannot be a ground to presume that he is not a resident of that place from where he registered as a voter”.

The ACMM said that a place of resident is a place where a person ordinarily resides and this may or may not be his permanent address.

Rajeev Gandhi killer’s cant be released: Centre to Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: The seven Rajeev Gandhi killers jailed in Tamil Nadu cannot be released, the Indian government told the Supreme Court today, asserting that the case involves the assassination of a former Prime Minister. The CBI, which investigated the case, has opposed the release of the seven convicts, the court was told.

The seven convicts had been in jail for 27 years. The convicts, Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Nalini Sriharan, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran, are serving life terms. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991 by a woman operative of the separatist Lankan Tamil outfit LTTE.

In 2014, then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa decided to release the convicts but the centre – the Congress-led government was in power challenged her decision. The Supreme Court then said the state could not take such a decision without the centre’s sanction, as the case was investigated by the CBI.

Tamil Nadu had been informed of the decision on April 18, the Centre told the court.

The government called the former prime minister’s killing “gruesome” and added that killers don’t deserve leniency.

Supreme Court directs Police, to take strict action against Kanwariya vandalism

NEW DELHI: Surpreme Court announced to take strict action by the police, against who are responsible for erupting violence and breaching laws after videos showcasing vehicles being vandalised by Kanwariyas across Northern states went viral on social media on Friday.

Earlier this week, various incidents of vandalism and unlawful activities by Kanwariyas were being reported from various parts of the country.

Attorney General KK Venugopal while drawing attention to the vandalism caused by the Kanwad yatris said, “Kanwariyas are overturning vehicles in Delhi. In India, there is a riot every week. Marathas in Bombay, SC/ST Agitation, a group even threatened to cut-off the nose of an actress during protests against Padmavat movie. It goes on and on. Police has not registered FIR.”

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, reiterated an earlier verdict, which stated that videography of every procession should have to be made.

Justice Chandrachud, who was the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court before his elevation to the apex court, referred to traffic congestion on the road between Varanasi and Allahabad during ‘kanwar yatra’, the annual pilgrimage in which Shiva devotees usually travel in groups.

“Half portion of the highway between Allahabad to Varanasi is blocked and it takes five hours to reach Allahabad from Varanasi,” the judge observed.

Fodder Scam: Jharkhand High Court, extended Lalu Prasad bail

Ranchi: Jharkhand High Court extends bail period of Lalu Prasad till Aug 20, Yadav was granted six weeks provisional bail for treatment in May, which was later extended by the High Court. He was in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail after being convicted in December 2017 in a fodder scam case.

Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh, has fixed August 17 for the final hearing on the pleas for further extending the bail period by three month. The full hearing on the petition could not take place as lawyers abstained from works owing to demise of one of their colleagues.

We have prayed for the extension of the bail period for three more months on medical grounds,” Prasad’s counsel Prabhat Kumar said.

On September 30, 2013, RJD Supremo was convicted in the first fodder scam case related to the Chaibasa Treasury. The court had on 19 March held the 69-year-old RJD chief guilty along with 18 others in connection with the case.

OCI, holders can also enjoy the exercise, of freedom of speech and equality: Delhi High Court

NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court has said that Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) appear to enjoy the fundamental rights of equality before law and freedom of speech and expression in the same way as any other Indian citizen does.

The court’s observation came while asking the Center to place before it the material based on which the OCI registration of a US-based Indian-origin doctor was canceled.

Under Article 14 (equality before law) and 19 (freedom of speech and expression) of the Constitution of India which are guaranteed to the citizen of India also appear to be extended to an OCI card holder,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru said.

Dr Christo Thomas Philip had challenged the cancellation of his OCI registration for alleged missionary activities in Bihar.

In terms of section 7B (1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, all rights other than those specified in sub-section (2) of the said section are available to an OCI card holder. Although, Article 16 of the Constitution of India is specified in Section 7B (2) of the Act, Articles 14 and 19 are not included.

Man jail for lying on oath before, Delhi High Court

NEW DELHI: Taking a serious view against a man for lying on oath, the Delhi High Court has sentenced him to jail for a month for contempt of court and said it will be a great public disaster if the fountain of justice is allowed to be poisoned by anyone giving false statements in a court of law.

Justice Manmohan said as the man had admittedly made false statements under oath, the court was of the view that it struck a blow at the rule of law and no court could ignore such a conduct, which had the tendency to shake public confidence in the judicial institutions because the very structure of an ordered life was put at stake.

The Delhi High Court has sentenced a defendant in a trademark infringement suit to one month’s simple imprisonment under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 for making false statements under oath. The court also imposed a fine of Rs. 2000 on the defendant.

Geeta Mittal, became first women CJ of Jammu And Kashmir, High Court

SRINAGAR: Justice Gita Mittal was sworn in as the on Saturday, becoming the first woman judge in the history of the court to occupy the post. She was administered the oath of office by Governor of Jammu and Kashmir at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.

In a historic appointment, government issued the notification in this regard on Friday. Along with the appointment of the Chief Justice, the Jammu And Kashmir has also got two judges, including a woman. Justice Mittal was till now the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

In a series of other appointments, Justice Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri, a judge of the Rajasthan HC, has been elevated as the chief justice of the Orissa HC.

The first lady Usha Vohra, former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, advisors to the Governor and serving and retired Judges of the Supreme Court and the J&K High Court were present on the occasion along with senior officials from the administration and the police.

Supreme Court, questioned Government over adultery law

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court questioned the Centre’s stand defending the adultery law and his submission that the penal provision on adultery was needed to save the sanctity of marriage, saying it does not appeal to common sense that a woman cannot prosecute her husband for adulterous relationship.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked how it preserved the “sanctity” when with the extra-marital affair becomes non-punishable if the woman’s husband stands by her. The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which reserved its verdict on a plea challenging Section 497 of the IPC.

Other judges on the bench are Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra.

The Chief Justice further said, “We are not questioning the legislature’s competence to make laws, but where is the ‘collective good’ in Section 497 of IPC?

Arguing on behalf of the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand said, “In India, marriage is a sacred institution, so any intrusion into that is something which should attract penal consequences.”

“Where is the sanctity of marriage when the husband can consent?” asked Justice R F Nariman. The bench said the law in question was only “targetting” married women and not the men who can have relationships with unmarried women.

National Herald case: Delhi High Court, rejects Congress President relief in reopening his tax assessment

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court, on Wednesday rejects to grant any relief to Congress president Rahul Gandhi in connection with the National Herald case. IT department had issued a reassessment notice to the Congress President for the Financial Year 2011-12 in March 2018. The IT department had alleged that Rahul Gandhi had wilfully not disclosed his directorship in Young India Pvt Ltd.

Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are major stakeholders in Young Indian, a private company limited by guarantee, which the Congress has said is a not-for-profit organisation.

A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and AK Chawla also refused to restrain the media from publishing the matter. The matter will next be heard on August 14.