The judicial commission on Adarsh Housing Scam had indicted several bureaucrats and politicians, including four former CMs of Maharashtra. The state government, which earlier rejected the commission report, has now partially accepted it. Here are excerpts from the report
Maharashtra government that was 'forced' to reconsider the judicial panel report on Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society (Adarsh CHS) scam, on Thursday, partially accepted the report and decided to form a committee to decide upon further action.
Last month, the Maharashtra government rejected the report of the judicial commission of inquiry on the Adarsh CHS scam that indicted several politicians, including four former chief ministers of Maharashtra, for blatant violations of statutory provisions. The report of the two-member commission headed by retired High Court Judge JA Patil came down heavily on those in authority, describing the scam as a bad precedent.
The report of the two-member judicial commission had indicted several politicians including four former chief ministers—Ashok Chavan, late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil—for blatant violations of statutory provisions. Several bureaucrats were also indicted in the report.
While accepting the judicial commission report in parts, the Prithviraj Chavan-led Congress government accepted quid pro quo allegations against former chief minister Ashok Chavan. On the other hand, it gave a clean chit to former chief ministers, Sushilkumar Shinde and late Vilasrao Deshmukh, and ministers Sunil Tatkare and Rajesh Tope.
Here are excerpts from the Adarsh Report (remember Rs7 crore of public money has been spent for making this report and politicians from Maharashtra have ‘partially’ accepted it):
The complete report can be downloaded from http://www.satyamevajayate.info/
According to TruthInAdvertising.org, this year also deceptive ads for products like supplementary diets, cure-all, organic, 100% guaranteed, rip-off products that purport to cure cancer or melt pounds away
Our prediction for 2014 is that there will be deceptive ads aplenty. So what’s ahead in the false or misleading marketing arena? Here’s what we know will be making news this year:
Now trending in misleading ads
With the popularity of native advertising on the rise, TINA.org hopes that the FTC will bring an enforcement action (or ten) against publishers disguising their ads as independent content. No doubt TINA.org will be alerting the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to a number of these bad apples. In addition, spam filters will continue to be necessary as ever more technology-sophisticated scammers search for ways to steal our money. And with still no government agency overseeing the supplement industry, it is certain that supplement marketers will continue hawking cure-all, organic, 100% guaranteed, rip-off products that purport to cure cancer or melt pounds away.
Learning their lessons
It is our hope that some markets will see a decrease in false advertising. For example, after the abundance of “all-natural” and “organic” class-action lawsuits filed against food and beverage companies, it appears that some in the industry have learned their lesson and are refraining from using the terms. Similarly, mascara manufacturers have been scolded on both sides of the Atlantic for secretly using eyelash inserts and should know by now that they cannot enhance the lashes in their ads without disclosing it to consumers. And finally, we’re crossing our fingers that between the ongoing efforts of the FTC, state attorneys general, and continuing investigative journalism we will see a decrease in payday loan marketing deception (but this may be too much to wish for in 2014).
We are on it!
This year will bring more of our own investigative journalism and legal complaints to regulators as we continue to put pressure on companies to stop their deception and on regulators to take action. Check back with us for TINA.org’s investigation and upcoming action against a financial service company and a health-related apparel manufacturer. We are also pursuing an investigation of a supplement company, and will continue our coverage on the perils of multi-level marketing tactics.
In addition, TINA.org will launch its first major marketing campaign. Watch for our online video (warning: the jingle will get stuck in your head), and our print ads (yes, we’ll have ads about false ads). And we will continue to pursue the tips you send us. You are our eyes and ears on the ground regarding false ads. We look forward to working with you in 2014.
While refusing to pass any order against the ministers, the Supreme Court has cautioned people holding high posts from making such statements
The Supreme Court on Friday expressed displeasure over statements made by some union ministers against its verdict on homosexuality.
While refusing to pass any order against the ministers, the apex court cautioned people holding high posts from making such statements. Some of the statements are not in good taste and these are not appreciable, the Supreme Court said.
On 11th December, while setting aside the 2 July 2009 judgement of the Delhi High Court, the Supreme Court had held that Section 377 (unnatural sexual offences) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) does not suffer from the vice of unconstitutionality and that the declaration made by the High Court is legally unsustainable.
The union government, while contending that the Supreme Court arrived at various conclusions which are contrary to well-established canons of law as laid down by the apex court, had filed a eview petition seeking re-examination of the 11th December verdict.
In the petition filed through advocate Devdutt Kamath, the Centre has taken 76 grounds to contend that the judgement passed by Justice GS Singhvi (since retired) and Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya 'suffers from errors apparent on the face of the record, and is contrary to well-established principles of law laid down by this court enunciating the width and ambit of Fundamental Rights under Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution'.