Supreme Court quash suspension order of DK SP and two others

Mangaluru: Supreme Court nullified the earlier order of high court of suspending DK SP Dr. Sharanappa, station house officer Babu Gowda and circle inspector Lingappa Poojary.

The high court on July 30, 2014 in its order has suspended the above said officers relating to a construction of a temple in Ujire.

Shashikala Shetty of Beltangady taluk had filed a criminal petition in the high court alleging that Mahesh Shetty Timarody had built a temple on a land belonging to her. In its judgement, the court had also ordered the suspension of the three police personnel.

On Sep 26, SP Sharanappa and circle police inspector filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court, which on the same day ordered a stay on the HC judgement. After a proper hearing, on Nov 24, the SC issued its judgement, revealed the SP at media meet on Monday.

The SC has said that the HC order did not conform to CrPC 482 and was issued without giving a chance of hearing for the suspended officials. The court also appreciated the steps taken by the SP. He also informed that the first part of the HC order was being adhered to. As for the enquiry against Mahesh Shetty Timarody, the city commissioner of police would pursue the matter.

IPL spot-fixing case: Disqualify Chennai Super Kings (CSK) without further inquiry, Supreme Court tells BCCI

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to disqualify Chennai Super Kings (CSK) without further enquiry on Thursday.

The apex court, during its hearing of Justice Mukul Mudgal panel report, also demanded to know the exact shareholding pattern of India Cements in the ownership of Chennai-based IPL team.

The hearing on Justice Mukul Mudgal panel report on Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal was resumed on Thursday.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that N. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s role in IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal seemed like “insider trading” and agreed to hear a plea for making public the names of cricketers, who were mentioned in the Justice Mudgal Committee report.

On Monday, the apex court said, “Can’t make a distinction between BCCI and Indian Premier League (IPL). IPL is a by product of BCCI.”

“Some people who are in BCCI now own a team. It has become a mutual benefit society. Ownership of team raises conflict of interest. BCCI chief has to run the show but you have a team which raises questions. Can BCCI president own a team? How far is this fair?”

The apex court also slammed N Srinivasan after he expressed his desire to resume his duties as the chief of Board of Control for Cricket in India, saying, “Please do not go by the report that you (N Srinivasan) are not involved in the betting and spot-fixing and scuttling the probe. Despite all this your official is involved, which will affect you.”

 “Don’t presume anything,” the bench said, adding, “You are contesting the election by saying that you are not involved, but somebody close to you is involved.”

“One of the employees (Gurunath Meiyappan) of your team was involved in betting. You have to reply because it will affect the position and the dignity of the BCCI president’s position. The benefit of doubt should go to the game and not an individual,” the bench said.


Kambla-Famous sports of coastal region of Karnataka is banned by apex court

Mangaluru: Supreme Court of India has passed an order to ban the famous sports of coastal region of Karnataka `Kambla’ (Buffaloe race). Udupi administration has been told to follow the order of the apex court. The animal welfare organisation had filed a rit in the court against Kambla. The court also banned some other sports which include animal participation.

The district administration had sought permission for Kambla which will be held from November 15 to March 28 next year. Ban from Supreme Court has made Kambla lovers sad. Kambla is a famous traditional sports of coastal region especially in Udupi and Mangaluru. The animal welfare organisation had accused that animals are beaten up in the Kambla to win the race. But the Kambla lovers always denied the accusation.



Supreme Court to hear Mudgal panel report on IPL-6 scandal today

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New Delhi: The day most Indian cricket fans were waiting for in trepidation is finally here as the Supreme Court on Monday takes up for hearing the final report filed by the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee on the involvement of sidelined BCCI President N. Srinivasan and 12 capped India players in betting and spot-fixing during IPL 2013.

What hangs in balance is the fate of Srinivasan (will he get a clean chit and return to the helm of BCCI affairs?), cricketers including captain M.S. Dhoni who is also believed to have been questioned, the future of IPL teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), Srinivasan's son-in-law and former CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, and RR co-owner Raj Kundra.

Raju Ramachandran, the senior lawyer representing the Mudgal panel, had on November 3 filed the report in a sealed cover and a bench headed by Justice T.S. Thakur said confidentiality shall be maintained till the court takes up the report.

Justice A.K. Patnaik, who appointed the Mudgal panel in October 2013 and made several tough observations against BCCI and Srinivasan after the preliminary findings, retired on June 2 and the stand of the new bench headed by Justice Thakur will be keenly observed.

Justice Mudgal, who expressed satisfaction with the panel's work, refused to divulge anything about the content of the report saying "the court has demanded confidentiality. It is up to the Supreme Court whether it finds our work satisfactory. We complied with the order. Now the court will decide the course of action."

The panel had in its preliminary report in February this year put Srinivasan's role and the conflict of interest aspect under close scrutiny, indicted Meiyappan and pointed fingers at the role of 12 "prominent names in cricket" including capped Indian players, following which the court ordered the committee to conduct a deeper investigation.

However, according to sources close to the panel, the final report has put the spotlight on Meiyappan and CSK's role in the whole scandal. Also RR's coowner Kundra and his supposed involvement and Arun Pandey-owned Rhiti Sports' functioning have also come under the scanner.

The panel has also suggested some steps which it thinks will curb the menace of spot-fixing and match-fixing. "Firstly the emphasis is on CSK and Meiyappan. It is no secret that CSK also tried to hide Meiyappan's involvement, and that could prompt the sternest punishment. Next in line is Kundra and his whole role in the fiasco. It could lead to Rajasthan Royals also suffering, but maybe not as much as CSK," the source told MAIL TODAY.

"The committee has also decided to suggest ways to prevent such occurrences. Also on the radar is Rhiti's business model. But one has to realise that these are all suggestions and the final verdict lies with the Supreme Court," the source added.

The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) has confirmed that the voices of Meiyappan and actor Vindoo Dara Singh matched with those in the tapped telephonic conversation in which they were discussing betting. This is likely to add to the troubles for both of them. The apex court in May asked Srinivasan to keep away from all BCCI affairs till the probe was over and he is cleared. The court had appointed former Test cricketer Shivlal Yadav as the working president of the Board.


Know someone with black money? Tell these to Special Investigation Team

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New delhi: Anyone who has specific and definite information on black money can share it with Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team going into the issue that can crack down on those stashing money abroad and at home.

The SIT, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice M B Shah, will open a channel of communication shortly through which the public can use to share "definite" information and vital inputs about black money including foreign bank accounts.

The SIT, which also has former apex court judge Justice Arijit Pasayat as vice-chairman, has said such a step was aimed at detecting and prosecuting all direct or indirect instances of illegal generation of funds and evasion of government taxes.

"We will be issuing a public advertisement in this regard very soon...may be within a week's time. Members of the public can write to the SIT through the Internet and send to it to the official email id which will be publicised or send it by post to the secretariat of the panel," Justice Pasayat said.

He, however, said that any information sent to the SIT should be "definite and specific" about the reported black money instance. "The public can share with us the name, address, bank details or any other such vital information which can be verified and acted upon. Once we receive it, the agencies on the panel, according to the requirements of the respective case, will be asked to look into it," he said.

Justice Pasayat said the exercise is meant to bring the public closer to the SIT which has the mandate to deal with the problem of unaccounted money and to initiate legal action against the offenders, both in India and abroad.

Public could give specific information, even preferring anonymity. "But if the information is vague then it will be futile to act on such a thing as it will involve a lot of efforts by the agencies on this panel -- whether it is the Income Tax department, the CBI or the Central Excise department," the SIT Vice-Chairman said.

"We wouldn't want speculative information. We can assure the country that a good information on any type of black money instance will be acted upon," Justice Pasayat said. Meanwhile, sources said the modalities on launching the portal will be framed soon. It would be akin to a similar effort which was launched by the government in June 2011 when the Finance Ministry had launched a black money email feedback service for the public to share ideas in this regard.

The 2011 initiative, in which an email id [email protected] was launched, was meant to invite ideas and suggestions from the public to tighten the mechanism and rules in the country to check black money.

This time the SIT is keen only on actionable information which will be taken to logical and legal conclusion. Its results will also be disclosed to the public as and when the legal process against an offender comes to a close, the sources said.

They said the SIT secretariat has already been given the required staff by the finance ministry to perform clerical and data analysis tasks. The SIT has recently got a list of 627 accounts of Indians in the HSBC bank, Geneva, from the Supreme Court which has asked it submit a latest status report in this regard by this month-end or early December.

With the specific agenda of thrashing out issues and ensure coordination, the government on Friday appointed outgoing CBDT Chairman K V Chowdary as an Advisor to this high-powered panel which has the heads of 11 different agencies and departments on it.



SC says will wait as it's a positive move to form a government in Delhi

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing on the government formation in Delhi to November 11 saying that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has made positive moves in this regard.The apex court said, "It appears that the Lieutenant Governor has made positive moves in exploring the possibility of government formation in Delhi."

The court is following the wait and watch formula and said that there are times when even a party with lesser numbers is able to form a government. "There could be a minority government with an outside support of a political outfit. Let us wait for sometime," said the court. On Wednesday, the Lieutenant Governor has issued a statement that he would explore all possibilities of installing a popular government with the leaders of all political parties over the next few days.

On Tuesday, President Pranab Mukherjee had approved the Lieutenant Governor's plan to invite the single largest party to form the government in the national capital. The Bharatiya Janata Party with 29 MLAs is the single largest party and is short of seven seats to be able to form the government.

The Supreme Court had hit out at the Narendra Modi government for failing to resolve the stalemate over the government formation in Delhi. Delhi has been under the President's rule since February after the Arvind Kejriwal government resigned which will end in another three months.


Delhi Lt governor BJP agent, says Kejriwal

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New Delhi: Describing Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung as a 'BJP agent', Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday sought an all-party meet to decide the government formation in the national capital. 'LG (lieutenant governor) says he will call all-party meeting in 'next few days'? Why next few days? To seek adjournment in SC (Supreme Court) tomorrow (Thursday)?' the former Delhi chief minister asked in a tweet.

 His reaction came after Jung said Wednesday that he would explore options on government formation in the next few days. Kejriwal said: 'We demand that the LG should call all-party meeting today (Wednesday) itself, take final decision by evening and inform the Supreme Court tomorrow (Thursday) accordingly.' While talking to a television news channel, Kejriwal called Jung an 'agent of BJP' and accused him of delaying the process of government formation in Delhi.

 'We are a democracy, there should be elected government. The LG should try to have an elected government at earliest.' 'On BJP's instruction, he is delaying. Earlier, he said he would call BJP and now he is saying he will invite all-party. They basically want to surpass the SC hearing,' he said. The Supreme Court Tuesday rapped the BJP-led central government over the tactics to delay government formation in the national capital, which has been under the President's Rule since Feb 17.


He will explore possibilities of a new government in Delhi says Governor

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New Delhi: The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Dr. Najeeb Jung has issued a statement that he would explore all possibilities of installing a popular government with the leaders of all political parties over the next few days. President Pranab Mukherjee has approved it and the Supreme Court also severely criticized the Centre for the stalemate in Delhi.

LG's statement said "In view of the President's approval to explore the possibility of installing a popular government in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the Lt. Governor (Najeeb Jung) would be exploring the possibilities with the leaders of all political parties over the next few days."

The Aam Aadmi Party which ruled Delhi for just 49 days is favouring fresh elections

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