Supreme Court satisfied over EC action against politicians giving hate speeches

The Supreme Court Tuesday expressed satisfaction over Election Commission’s action against UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP supremo Mayawati and others for allegedly making hate speeches during poll campaign.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also refused to consider the plea of Mayawati challenging the EC’s 48-hr ban on the leader and asked her counsel to file a separate appeal against the poll panel’s order.

Taking note of the EC action, the court said it seems the EC has “woken up” and barred various politicians from poll campaigning for varying hours.

The bench also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna made it clear that no further order was required for now.

Following the SC rap for EC, the poll panel on Monday afternoon took action against Adityanath, Mayawati, Azam Khan and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi.

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by an NRI Yoga teacher based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), seeking a direction to the EC to take “strict action” against political parties if their spokespersons make remarks based on caste and religion in the media in the run up to general elections.

Mayawati justifies construction of statues in UP, tells SC they represent will of people

BSP supremo Mayawati Tuesday defended in the Supreme Court the construction of life-size statues of herself in Uttar Pradesh, saying they represent the “will of the people”.

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, in an affidavit filed in the apex court, said the memorials and statues of herself and other leaders were “intended to promote values and ideals of various sants, gurus, social reformers and leaders among the public and not intended to promote the symbol of BSP or to glorify” her.

Mayawati said in her affidavit that her statues came into being “as the will of the state legislature to represent the will of the people”.

She said funds for construction of the memorial and installation of statues were sanctioned through budgetary allocations after approval of the budget by the state legislature.

Mayawati also sought the dismissal of a plea, which alleged that pubic funds were misused in the construction of memorials and statues, saying it is politically motivated and a gross abuse of process of court of law.

On February 8, the apex court had said that the BSP chief should deposit public money used for erecting statues of herself and elephants, the party’s symbol, at public places in Uttar Pradesh to the state exchequer.

“Ms Mayawati, pay all the money back. We are of the view that Mayawati should reimburse all the money she spent.

“We are of the tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and party symbol to the state exchequer,” the bench had said.

The top court was hearing a petition filed in 2009 by an advocate who had alleged that about Rs 2,000 crore was used from the state budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10, when Mayawati was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, for stalling her statues and BSP’s symbol at different places.

It was contended that public money cannot be utilised for creating own statues and for propagating the political party.

On May 29, 2009 the court had issued show cause notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and Mayawati for using the public money for installing her statues and party’s symbol at parks in Lucknow and Noida, adjacent to the national capital.

During the pendency of the PIL, the apex court on February 22, 2010, had asked the Election Commission to examine the plea for removal of installation of these symbols from public places during the 2012 assembly polls.

The EC on January 7, 2012 had ordered that statues of Mayawati and elephants be covered during the state Assembly election.

The poll panel had said the measure was taken with the idea that no one should get political mileage.

When the the apex court in 2009 had decided to entertain the PIL, it had noted in its order the grievance of the petitioner that “hundreds of crores of public money” is being spent by the Uttar Pradesh government for “personal glorification” by erecting statues particularly of leaders who were in power.

It had also noted the petitioner’s claim that the cost on installation of 60 elephant statues was Rs 52.20 crore which was not only wastage of public money but also contrary to circulars issued by the Election Commission.

It was alleged that the Uttar Pradesh Department of Culture has almost spent 90 per cent of its budget for erecting these statues.

The PIL had alleged that the activity was being carried out as a state policy, which is arbitrary and violative Article 14 of the Constitution.

The apex court had also noted the submission that “the huge public funds which are otherwise meant for improving the condition of millions of people living below the poverty line cannot be legitimately diverted for erecting statues and parks”.

Non-bailable warrant against Dayashankar

Non-bailable warrant against Dayashankar
Non-bailable warrant against Dayashankar

A local court today issued a non-bailable warrant against suspended BJP leader Dayashankar Singh on the application of the district police over his derogatory remarks against BSP supremo Mayawati.

“The district police had approached the local court for NBW against Dayashankar. It has been issued today,” IG Law and Order Hariram Sharma told reporters here.

When asked about Dayashankar’s wife Swati’s request to lodge FIR under POCSO Act against BSP leaders for derogatory comments against her daughter, the officer said, “The CD of the protest was demanded from the district administration. We have got the CD. After its analysis appropriate action will be taken.”

An FIR was lodged against the BJP leader on July 19 by the BSP under the SC/ST Act for his derogatory comments against Mayawati.

The complaint, which was lodged by national secretary of BSP Mewalal Gautam, alleged Singh’s remarks in Mau on July 19 had hurt the feelings of BSP workers and the Dalit community across the country and that they were aimed at provoking them.

Referring to Singh’s comments being telecast on national TV channels, he had said they were so derogatory they could not be mentioned in the complaint and therefore a CD of the same was being submitted.

On July 22, Swati had lodged an FIR against Mayawati, BSP state unit president Ram Achal Rajbhar, national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui and national secretary Mevalal, besides unknown workers, for their derogatory remarks while they protested against Dayashankar’s comments.

The FIR was filed under IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc), 504 (insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman).

(Source : PTI)

DA case:SC asks Mayawati to file reply on plea for FIR

mayawatiThe Supreme Court on Tuesday granted three weeks time to BSP supremo Mayawati to file her reply on a plea seeking direction to CBI to lodge fresh FIR in a disproportionate assets (DA) case against her.

A bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha adjourned the case for five weeks and also allowed the petitioner to file rejoinder on Mayawati’s reply.

The apex court had on January 17 agreed to hear the PIL filed by a Uttar Pradesh resident Kamlesh Verma seeking registration of a case against the former Chief Minister.

Eighteen months after quashing a disproportionate assets (DA) case against BSP chief Mayawati on a technical ground, the Supreme Court had questioned why CBI had not filed a fresh FIR in the case. It had said that CBI should have got proper advice on registration of a fresh case against her after the apex court quashed the FIR and had issued notice to the agency and Mayawati on Verma’s plea.

By its July 2012 verdict, the court had quashed a nine- year-long DA case against Mayawati on the ground that the agency proceeded against her without properly understanding its 2003 orders which were confined to the Taj Corridor case relating to release of Rs 17 crore by UP government allegedly without sanction.

Thereafter, in May 2013, while reserving its decision on a plea seeking review of its July 2012 judgment, the apex court had clarified that its earlier verdict has not taken away CBI’s power to proceed against her in a separate DA case.

Senior advocate Shanti Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, contended that sufficient evidence has already been collected by CBI during its probe and a charge sheet had been drawn against Mayawati.

“The situation is that despite there being credible evidence having been collected against her indicating her disproportionate assets, she is moving scot free because after collection of evidence and preparation of charge sheet, this Court has found that the investigation was without the authority of law,” the petition said.

“The inaction of the CBI in registering a fresh FIR against her after taking due sanction under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act despite there being credible evidence having been collected against her of having disproportionate assets is clearly arbitrary and hence, violative of the Constitution,” it said.

(Source:PTI)

Akhilesh Yadav: Game of name changing continues

It seems that Uttar Pradesh is not going to do development in future but will do development in changing names of cities, changing names of programmes initiated by Mayawati. Since the coming of Akhilesh Yadav we often hear maladministration news from Uttar Pradesh this is perhaps because of his total attention is diverted towards changing names of cities.

 We all have been hoping from this young Turk that he will change UP, UP will now get rid from rule of older people, a fresh air of development will move in UP, he will supply young blood in the veins of people which is sleeping till date but in opposite to our hopes he is following footsteps of old people.

 Mayawati who named 8 cities of Uttar Pradesh in the name of Dalit heroes to inspire dalits has been changed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to their older names.The decision in this regard was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

 While Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar, formerly known as Amethi, will now be known as Gauriganj, Rambai Nagar will be called Kanpur dehat.The names of Bheem Nagar, Prabuddha Nagar and Pancheel Nagar have been changed to Bahjoi, Shamli and Hapur respectively, they said.Similarly names of Kanshiram Nagar, Mahamaya Nagar and JP Nagar have been changed to Kasganj, Hathras and Amroha respectively.

 The Cabinet also restored the name of King George’s Medical University (KGMU), which was changed to Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University in the BSP regime.

 SP changing names of districts with ‘ill will’: Mayawati

 BSP supremo Mayawati today accused ruling SP of changing “with an ill will” the nomenclatures of districts named after saints, gurus and dalit icons during her regime.

 “New districts were created during BSP regime and named after dalit and OBC icons so that they always remain a source of inspiration for the society,” the former Chief Minister said here in a statement.

 “But the present SP government has unnecessarily changed names of the districts with new ones that do not have any serious meaning. It is an insult to icons and to the society, and history will never forgive it,” she said.

 Mayawati said though reports of change in the names of districts were appearing in the media, she did not believe that the SP government would work “with an ill will” and go to the extent of insulting dalit and OBC icons.

  “The decision of the SP government is very painful and condemnable. I think that (by doing so) SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his Chief Minister son Akhilesh have got their names written in black letters in the pages of history,” Mayawati said.

 “My government never changed the name of any district, instead it created a new district and gave it an inspirational name,” she added.

Corruption cases continue to haunt Mayawati

Mayawati,Bahajun Samaj Party(BSP) supremo and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP) may have got relief in the disproportionate assets (DA) case from the Supreme Court but corruption cases will continue to chase her.

While the 2003 Taj Heritage Corridor Scam is still pending in the Allahabad high court, her name is also being taken in the anomalies in construction of dalit memorials in the state during her rule and in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam. Significantly, the DA case had come out during investigation for Taj Heritage Corridor case. Though DA case has been quashed, the next hearing of the Taj Heritage Corridor scam is scheduled before a bench of Justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and SC Chaurasia on July 10.

 In 2002, the Supreme Court had ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the Taj Heritage Corridor case on a petition. She was accused of swindling Rs 17 crore that was meant to develop and upgrade the area and tourist facilities near the Taj Mahal. The project was then cancelled for environmental reasons.

 In 2003, while investigating the Taj case, the CBI filed the DA case against her. She was accused of misusing her term as the chief minister for personal gain. Mayawati took plea that they money she has was ‘gift’ and ‘donations’ from party workers. The investigations in Taj corridor case also continued. The CBI filed a chargesheet against Mayawati, her close aide and former minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, former principal secretary of environment RK Sharma and former environment secretary Rajendra Prasad under IPC sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 before a special CBI court in 2007. Bureaucrat PL Punia, who was close to Mayawati in 2003, was also named by the CBI but he turned approver and after retirement from the services joined Congress and won Lok Sabha election from Barabanki in 2009. The CBI court denied to admit the chargesheet against Mayawati because then UP governor TV Rajeswar, appointed by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, refused permission to the CBI to prosecute Mayawati, saying that there wasn’t enough evidence. The CBI approached Supreme Court against governor’s decision but its plea was rejected. The case was closed but in 2009 a fresh public interest litigation was filed in the Allahabad high court seeking prosecution of bigwigs allegedly involved in the scam.

 The CBI is also looking for legal remedies in the DA case. The Supreme Court, in its verdict on Friday, said that the CBI exceeded its jurisdiction in filing a DA case against BSP supremo as in 2003 it was instructed to go ahead only with the Taj case. However, the CBI says that the apex court on October 25, 2004 had delinked the two cases and asked the agency to proceed with the investigations.

 Now using the 2004 order, the CBI may file a review petition. The agency is also probing the role of BSP chief in over Rs 5000 crore NRHM scam in the state during her rule.

 On the other hand, the SP government in UP is contemplating to refer the multi-crore scam in implementation of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in the state to the CBI. SP leader and urban development minister Azam Khan has written to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav that JNNURM scam is bigger than NRHM scam and requires a thorough probe by the CBI. The complaints of anomalies in construction of dalit memorials in Lucknow and Noida during the BSP rule has already been referred to the Lokayukta by the SP government. Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has asked UP government to refer CBI inquiry into the scam in implemenation of MNERGA. A petition has been filed by a retired judge in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad high court seeking probe into all the alleged scams reported during Maya rule. They include Rs 300 crore dalit memorial scam, Noida land scam, Rs 1200 crore scam in sale of 21 government sugar mills, scam in appointment of 72,000 government teachers and scams in excise and mining departments among others.