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Bank furnishes details of Trinamool accounts to CBI
A city branch of a nationalised bank on Monday furnished to the CBI documents giving details of several accounts West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress maintains with it.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam, last week sent notice to the bank seeking details of the accounts, including the quantum of funds maintained in these accounts as well the sources from which they came.
 
In pursuance of the notice, an official of the bank on Monday furnished the required details.
 
"Today an official of the bank submitted documents related to the accounts," said a CBI official.
 
The Trinamool in April had furnished details of the party's accounts since 2010 to the CBI after the agency sought the relevant details. 
 
Opposition parties -- CPI-M, BJP and the Congress -- have been accusing the state's ruling party of receiving unaccounted donations from unscrupulous sources.
 
The Trinamool accused the BJP-led central government of harassment.
 
"Big parties and leaders amass billions, little guys get the questions. Before questioning us, question yourselves and your daylight dacoity to fund your multi-billion-dollar election campaign. Trinamool accounts are transparent, nothing to hide," Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Derek O'Brien said on last week after the CBI notice was issued to the bank.

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Karnataka government to move SC against Jayalalithaa's acquittal
In a setback to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, the Karnataka government on Monday decided to challenge in the Supreme Court her acquittal by the state high court in the illegal wealth case.
 
"The chief minister (Siddaramaiah) has directed me to file an appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging Jayalalithaa's acquittal by the high court," Law Minister T.B. Jayachandra told reporters here after a cabinet meeting.
 
Earlier, the cabinet accepted the advice of state special public prosecutor (SPP) B.V. Acharya and state Advocate General Ravivarma Kumar to appeal against the high court verdict acquitting Jayalalithaa.
 
The 67-year-old AIADMK chief took oath as chief minister for the fifth time in Chennai on May 24 after the single judge bench of Justice C.R. Kumaraswamy upheld her appeal, quashed all charges against her and set aside her conviction and four-year sentence a trial court here handed down to her on September 27, 2014.
 
Acharya, a former state advocate general, will be the state government's Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) to argue the case in the apex court.
 
Though the ruling Congress's legal cell last month advised the government against appealing to the Supreme Court, as Karnataka was not an aggrieved party to the 19-year-old case, the cabinet endorsed the opinion of its law officials on merit after the apex court ruled that the state was the sole prosecuting agency, following the transfer of the case to the state on November 19, 2003, from a Chennai trial court.
 
"A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on April 27 directed the state government to appoint an SPP in the long-drawn case as Karnataka was the prosecuting agency on transfer of the case to a Bengaluru trial court," Jayachandra said.
 
The bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, remarked that once the case was shifted to Karnataka, the state has no choice but to step into the shoes as a prosecutor.
 
The court also observed that Karnataka must understand its responsibilities and ensure smooth and fair prosecution as it "has an obligation to do so".
 
Clarifying that the decision has nothing to do with inter-state issues, Jaychandra said the cabinet decision was based on merits and the government's moral responsibility to honour the top court's observations and abide by its ruling in the case.
 
The two southern riparian states are locked in a legal battle over the sharing of the Cauvery river water for irrigation and hydel power generation and to supply drinking water from Karnataka's Yettinahole stream near Kanakapura to Bengaluru rural, Kolar and Chikkaballapur.
 
The Karnataka High Court, holding the value of Jayalalithaa's disproportionate assets at Rs.2.82 crore, instead of Rs.53.6 crore computed by the trial court, held the amount "not enough" to convict Jayalalithaa on corruption charges.
 
Justice Kumaraswamy also acquitted Jayalalithaa's three co-convicts, sentenced to four years jail and fined Rs.10 crore each for allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to their source of income during her first term as chief minister from 1991-96.
 
The co-convicts are Sasikala Natarajan, her nephew V.N. Sudhakaran and her aunt J. Ellavarsi. Sudhakaran is also the disowned foster son of Jayalalithaa.
 
Acharya, however, claimed that there were glaring arithmetical errors in the voluminous high court judgment, especially with respect details of assets, loan raised and income earned.
 
"I expected the high court to conform to the trial court judgment, which had convicted Jayalalithaa," Acharya told IANS hours after the verdict.
 
He also contended that Justice Kumaraswamy did not give an opportunity to put forth oral arguments, which was prejudicial to the prosecution.
 
"The court gave me just a day to make submission, which was insufficient. I feel it (the case) should go to the Supreme Court," Acharya had maintained.

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Telangana TDP MLA sent to jail in cash-for-vote scam
A city court here on Monday sent Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA A. Revanth Reddy to a 14-day judicial custody on the charge of trying to bribe a nominated MLA to vote for a TDP-BJP candidate in the election to Telangana Legislative Council.
 
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which arrested Revanth on Sunday night after laying a trap, produced him before a magistrate at his residence.
 
The magistrate sent him and his two aides to judicial custody but directed the police to allow him to cast vote in the election before shifting him to jail.
 
The elections to six seats of the council are being held on Monday.
 
Revanth, a member of Telangana legislative assembly, was arrested on Sunday amid high drama from a flat in Vijayapuri colony in Secunderabad when he was offering Rs.50 lakh to Elvis Stephenson, a nominated member of the assembly representing the Anglo-Indian community.
 
The ACB officials said the amount was an advance as part of a Rs.5 crore deal to make Stephenson vote for the TDP-BJP candidate. The entire proceeding was recorded on a spy camera.
 
The ACB sleuths, who had laid the trap, arrested Revanth and two others and seized the cash.
 
ACB Director General A.K. Khan said they had registered a case two days ago after receiving a written complaint.
 
The MLA has been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act and under Indian Penal Code.
 
Revanth Reddy claimed that he is innocent and alleged that he was implicated in a false case by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government as a part of a political conspiracy.
 
Immediately after his arrest, TDP leaders met Director General of Police Anurag Sharma and lodged their strong protest. They also staged a sit-in till late in the night at the office of ACB, where Revanth was being interrogated.

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