New Delhi: Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has approached the Delhi High Court seeking bail in a money laundering case related to alleged illegal phone tapping and snooping of national stock exchange (NSE) employees. Besides, he has also filed a separate petition seeking quashing of the FIR lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for the alleged offences of cheating, criminal breach of trust by a public servant, and cheating under the Indian Penal Code, under various provisions of the Information Technology Act, Indian Telegraph Act, and Prevention of Corruption Act. Both the petitions have been listed for hearing on August 16 before Justice Jasmeet Singh. Pandey has challenged a trial court’s August 4 order by which his bail plea was dismissed in the money laundering case. The trial court had said the material available prima face showed he was actively involved in the execution of recording and … [Read more...] about NSE Phone Tapping Case: Ex-Mumbai Police Commissioner Pandey Moves Delhi HC for Bail
The story so far: The Monsoon Session of Parliament ended four days ahead of schedule after both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned sine die on August 8. The ninth session of the Lok Sabha and 257th session of the Rajya Sabha were the second worst in terms of functioning in the 17th Lok Sabha so far. This is also the seventh consecutive time in this Lok Sabha when a session has been cut short ahead of the scheduled date Also Read Hindi names in Bills should be translated to Tamil, English, other languages, says AIADMK MP In 16 sittings against the scheduled 18, both Houses functioned for less than 50 per cent of the allotted time as proceedings were marred by frequent disruptions and multiple adjournments over issues ranging from inflation to suspension of MPs and the ‘misuse’ of central investigating agencies. The truncated session also left an impact on legislative business, with Parliament passing only five Bills. At the start of the session, the … [Read more...] about Explained | How productive was the 2022 Monsoon Session?
With the road to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters blocked and heavy police outside party president Sonia Gandhi and former chief Rahul Gandhi’s house on Wednesday evening, the Congress alleged that the principal Opposition party was “under siege”. The scaling up of the security cordon and placing of multiple barricades happened soon after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) temporarily sealed the premises of Young Indian (YI) in the Congress-owned National Herald office in Delhi as part of an ongoing money laundering investigation. A senior officer of the Delhi Police, however, said that they received input from the Special Branch about the possibility of protesters gathering outside the Congress headquarters and that was why the road was blocked as a precautionary measure. Vendetta politics, says Jairam Ramesh “The Congress is under siege. Delhi police have surrounded our HQs, and homes of INC President and ex-President. This is the worst form of vendetta … [Read more...] about We are under siege, says Congress
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan was right when he objected to the State Government’s move to reissue 11 ordinances, since the Government was trying to introduce ‘ordinance raj’, rather than get the executive order ratified by the Assembly, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan said here on Friday. These ordinances ought to have ideally been passed in the previous Assembly session. The Governor can take a stand on such issues, he being the gatekeeper of the Constitution, since the Government was trying to violate Constitutonal norms. The Governor’s objection has resulted in the Government being forced to take the Constitutional path, he told media persons at the FACT premises in Eloor near here. The Governor-Government stand off was over moves to pass among others, the controversial Kerala Lok Ayukta, 1999, amendment ordinance, and the Kerala Cooperative Societies Act, 2022, amendment ordinance. The Opposition too had petitioned Mr. Khan not to sign the … [Read more...] about Union Minister justifies Kerala Governor’s stand on opposing 11 ordinances
The Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear on August 17 the separate pleas of the Jharkhand government and Chief Minister Hemant Soren against an order of the high court which accepted the maintainability of a PIL for a probe against the JMM leader who has been accused of granting himself a mining lease as the state’s mining minister. The matter came up for hearing before a bench of Justices U U Lalit and S R Bhat. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Jharkhand government, told the bench it is a “motivated” public interest litigation (PIL) which needs to be “thrown out”. The apex court said a copy of the petition along with annexures and the pleadings exchanged by the parties be placed on record. BJP national vice president and former Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das had in February this year claimed Soren abused his position and granted himself the favour of a mining lease, an issue involving both the conflict of interest and corruption. He also alleged … [Read more...] about Mining Lease Row: SC to Hear on Aug 17 Pleas of Soren, J’khand Against Court Order for Probe