Court allows Shashi Tharoor to travel abroad in Sunanda Pushkar case

New Delhi: A Delhi court today grands permission to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, accused in a case related to his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death in a luxury hotel, to travel abroad.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal allowed Tharoor’s application seeking permission for eight visits to five countries, including the US, Canada and Germany, till December.
The court placed several conditions on Tharoor, while noting that there was nothing on record to suggest that he may flee justice.

“He (Tharoor) has cooperated with the investigation. He had appeared before court on the first date in pursuance of the summons issued to him. There is nothing on record to presume that he may flee justice,” it said.

The court directed the Congress MP to furnish a fixed deposit of Rs 2 lakh, which will be refunded after his return.
It asked him to inform the investigating officer and the court about the travel details and his arrival in the country.
The court also directed him not to tamper with the evidence or influence the witnesses.

Abhishek Verma records evidence

Businessman Abhishek Verma recorded his statement in a court here in a cheating and defamation case filed by him against his former partner based in the US.

Verma, an accused in the naval war room leak case and other corruption and forgery cases, filed the complaint against his former partner and US-based lawyer C. Edmonds Allen and former Indian partner Arjun Arora June 4.

Later, he failed to record his evidence as he was arrested in a graft case June 8.

Verma told court that “in the year 2008, Allen in connivance with Arora hatched a criminal conspiracy” to earn wrongful gain from him and extort money.

Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover took cognizance of Verma’s private complaint June 4.

Verma alleged that Arora and Allen cheated him of nearly Rs.55 crore (over $9 million) in 2008.

The Central Bureau of Investigation June 8 arrested Verma in a separate corruption case.

However, despite being granted bail in this case, Verma remains in jail since he is also an accused in a case under Official Secrets Act for allegedly passing on sensitive defence documents.

Verma and his wife are accused in various cases dealing with corruption and forgery. Verma is also an accused in the 2006 naval war room leak case, in which classified documents were leaked from the directorate of naval operations.



Apple patent case: Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned in US

A US judge on Friday granted Apple’s request for a pre-trial injunction against the sale of Samsung Electronics’s Galaxy Nexus Phone.

This is the Apple’ second legal victory against Samsung in a week.
 These giants are waging legal war in several countries, accusing each other of patent violations as they vie for supremacy in a fast-growing market for mobile devices.

Friday’s decision, by US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose,Califfornia , comes days after she also slapped a pre-trial ban on sales ofSamsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, a tablet computer that runs on Google’s Android and goes toe-to-toe with the iPad.

Apple has waged an international patent war since 2010 as it seeks to limit the growth of Google’s Android system, the world’s most-used mobile operating platform.

Opponents of Apple say it is using patents too aggressively in a bid to stamp out competition.

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet reiterated her previous statement, accusing Samsung of copying the look and feel of its products. Samsung was not immediately available for comment.

As a condition of the injunction, Apple was ordered to post a bond of more than $95 million, to secure payment of damages sustained by Samsung should the injunction be deemed a wrongful decision later. The order shall become effective upon posting of the bond.

The case in US District Court, Northern District of California, is Apple vs Samsung Electronics et al, 12-00630.

India, US can learn from constitutional experience: Moily

The Indian constitution is flexible and vulnerable to Supreme Court action, union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said, adding that India and the US can learn from each other’s experiences.

He was speaking at a panel discussion on ‘Indian Constitution and the United States Bill of Rights’ here Wednesday.

‘This vulnerability of the (Indian) constitution is an issue, is a concern and is a problem,’ Moily said at the discussion, organised ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama to India.

Former attorney general Soli J. Sorabjee, former Indian ambassador to US Abid Hussain, Deputy Chief of the US Mission Donald Lu and several diplomats and constitutional experts participated in the discussion, organised by the Indo-American Friendship Association.

Moily said the constitution was not a legality-based document but more a document reflecting the social rights and concerns through the fundamental rights.

He said the constitution had drawn insight and influence from various constitutions, including the US statute, but the basic idealism of the constitution was drawn from the ‘idea of India – a 5000-year-old civilisational idea.’

In the march of time, Indian constitution will have to learn much from US experience and vice versa, he said.

Abid Hussain said that under the guidance of Jawaharlal Nehru, India opted for a modernist constitution.

The debates of the constitutional assembly is an excellent record of varied discourse where the three different streams – Hindutva, pluralist and modernist – were discussed threadbare, he added.

Donald Lu said that the human rights part of the US constitution evolved late through the Bill of Rights.

The American pro-independence slogan of ‘no taxation without representation’ and the evolution of the Indian freedom struggle had a lot of things in common, Lu added.