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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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Goa's ex-minister, on the run, finally surrenders
Convicted former Goa minister and legislator Francisco Pacheco, who was on the run for nearly two months, finally surrendered before a trial court in Goa on Monday.
 
Before surrendering to the Judicial Magistrate First Class in Margao, 35 km from Panaji, Pacheco - the former minister for archives and archaeology - said he was pursuing legal options in Delhi and that he was not missing.
 
"I was in Delhi. I was not missing," he said.
 
Pacheco, whose conviction in a 2006 assault case was upheld by the Supreme Court last month, was untraceable since April 9, according to police.
 
A special police team was set up to serve him the arrest warrant, even as the prosecution had initiated judicial proceedings to proclaim the politician as an "absconder".
 
Goa Police had already announced a reward of Rs.25,000 for any information on him leading to his arrest.
 
Pacheco is the supremo of the Goa Vikas Party, a coalition partner in the ruling BJP-led government and has two members in the legislative assembly, including Pacheco himself.
 
Pacheco has a history of criminal cases against him ranging from extortion, assault, bigamy, money laundering and human trafficking and loan default.
 
A court in Goa had also issued a warrant to search the 10, Akbar Road official residence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for Pacheco, but the order was suspended after the state government appealed against it.
 
Pacheco faces six months of simple imprisonment for assaulting a state power department junior engineer in his cabin in 2006.

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