Our proposals create awareness: says Bengal rights panel

Even if all its recommendations may not have been acted upon, the West Bengal Human Rights Commission has been successful in generating public awareness and public criticism, its chairperson said here Monday.

“The commission is a recommendatory body and its recommendations are not binding (on the government). Although normally they are accepted, even if they are not, they have an effect on society, on the conscience of people, which is important,” the commission’s chairperson Asok Kumar Ganguly said here.

The former Supreme Court judge said the commission, through its recommendations, has been able to make people aware of their rights.

“We act suo motu or upon complaints and make important recommendations which create public awareness. Our recommendations have created an atmosphere of public criticism, making people debate. People are now aware of their rights which, for us, is a success,” said Ganguly.

Addressing during the foundation day celebrations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India here, Ganguly urged budding accountants to imbibe professional ethics and insulate themselves from vices which may deter them from discharging their professional obligations.

(Source: IANS)

Contempt notice to Rajnigandha maker for using plastic pouches

The Supreme Court Wednesday issued a contempt notice to the Dharampal Satyapal Group of Companies — manufacturers of chewing tobaco Rajnigandha and Tulsi — for marketing their product in plastic pouches in violation of court orders of December 2010.

An apex court bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and Asok Kumar Ganguly issued notice to the company’s managing director, Rajiv Kumar, on an application filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation , drawing the court’s attention to the violation of its order.

The court said plastic pouches should not be used in any form and restrained the company from marketing its already manufactured produce, which was dated April 2011.

The ban on marketing of chewing tobacco in plastic pouches came into effect on March 31, 2011.

Apex court to hear plea seeking CBI probe into Batcha’s death

The Supreme Court will Thursday hear an application seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the death of Sadiq Batcha , who had been questioned by the investigating agency in the 2G spectrum scam.

An apex court bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and Asok Kumar Ganguly said it would hear the matter after lunch. This was after senior counsel Prashant Bhushan told the court that he was ready with the application seeking a CBI probe into Batcha’s suicide.

However, Bhushan said he would wait as Tamil Nadu government has indicated its willingness to ask the CBI to probe Batcha’s suicide.

Bhushan said this in the beginning of the hearing of a petition by Subramanian Swamy seeking cancellation of 2G licences to a telecom operator. Swamy has alleged that these licenses were given in violation of then prevailing rules and the failure of telecom operators in meeting their roll out obligations.

Batcha, a close associate of former union communications minister A. Raja, was found hanging in his home Wednesday. He was the founder of Green Home Promoters, a real estate company.

The Green House Promoters, started with an equity base of Rs.1 lakh in 2004, grew to over a Rs.600 crore revenue company within a short time – an aspect under the CBI scanner.

The CBI questioned him four times between Jan 29 and Feb 24 to know where the huge amounts of money generated in the spectrum saga went.