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Calcutta HC cancels ex-minister's bail in chit fund scam case
The Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed the CBI's plea for cancellation of bail granted to Saradha chit fund scam accused and senior Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra by a lower court last month.
 
A division bench of Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapas Mukherjee asked Mitra to immediately surrender in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Alipore, on receiving a copy of the order.
 
"The CBI's plea is allowed," said the court before a packed house, as Mitra's supporters, including his two sons, looked crestfallen.
 
The development came a day after Mitra quit as West Bengal transport and sports minister, apparently to blunt the Central Bureau of Investigation's argument that his continuation in the cabinet was proof of his immense influence, even though he was indicted and jailed in the multi-crore rupee scam.
 
The CBI pleaded on Wednesday that Mitra, being an influential person, might hinder investigation and tamper with evidence if not kept in custody.
 
Mitra was granted bail by a lower court on October 31, after his plea was rejected multiple times by courts, including the Calcutta High Court.
 
The Trinamool leader got the relief nearly 11 months after his arrest on December 12 last on charges of cheating, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust in connection with the state's biggest financial scandal that came to light in April 2013.
 
The CBI on November 3 moved the high court for bail cancellation, contending that the lower court order suffered from "illegality, perversity and arbitrariness".
 
On November 5, a vacation division bench of justices Joymalya Bagchi and Mir Dara Sheko ordered Mitra to be kept in house confinement till the disposal of the matter by a regular division bench.
 
Pressing for the cancellation of the bail, CBI counsel K. Raghavacharyulu said the lower court, while granting bail to the politician, "did not reflect on the changed circumstances" which prompted it to grant the relief when the high court itself had rejected Mitra's bail petition.
 
Raghavacharyulu alleged that Mitra's son had in February threatened a driver for giving a statement to the CBI. However, Mitra's lawyer S.K. Kapoor vehemently denied the charge.
 
Opposing the CBI's contention, Kapoor said the prosecution could not provide any evidence of Mitra either interfering in the investigation or tampering with the evidence. He also argued that his client was indicted in only one of the five charge sheets filed by the probe agency so far.
 
"When they have filed so many charge sheets, what is the need for his further detention," he said, and accused the CBI of indulging in a "pick-and-choose" policy. 
 
Kapoor said the agency did not appeal against the cancellation of the bail given to co-accused Sandhir Agarwal, who was also granted the relief on the same day as Mitra.
 
The CBI counsel said the process had been initiated to seek cancellation of Agarwal's bail.
 
As the court accepted the CBI plea, Kapoor requested that Mitra be allowed to remain in house confinement on medical grounds but the court declined.
 
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Centre plans to set up National Bureau of Corrosion Control
Taking a serious note on corrosion and the loss to the economy caused from that chemical process, the central government is planning to set up a National Bureau for Corrosion Control, said a senior official.
 
"We have proposed to set up a National Bureau of Corrosion Control on the lines of Bureau of Energy Conservation," said Surjit Kumar Chaudhary, secretary, department of chemicals and petrochemicals.
 
"This is part of the proposed National Chemical Policy. Approval to the new National Chemical Policy is in the final stages."
 
He was speaking at the three-day CORCON 2015 an international conference on corrosion that got started here on Thursday.
 
Chaudhary said corrosion control was part of the strategic and commercial dialogue with the US.
 
He said consumption of chemicals was one of the indicators of developed society.
 
"In India, the per capita consumption of chemicals is less than nine kg. But the consumption is on the rise. In the advanced countries, the per capita consumption of chemicals is around 120 kg," Chaudhary said.
 
NITI Aayog member V.K. Saraswat said there was good understanding of corrosion science.
 
The former secretary, department of defence research and development and head of the Defence Research Development Organisation, said the country may not have the necessary equipments to protect the metal surface against corrosion.
 
He also spoke about the anti-corrosion coatings and other measures taken while building various missiles and other defence equipments.
 
According to Saraswat, in defence and aerospace sectors, there was a need to improve the performance of the machines at high temperature environment.
 
He said anti-corrosive coatings were also applied on surgical implants in human bodies.
 
Pointing out the lack of awareness about corrosion and its impact among the people, B. Narayan, group president-procurement and projects, Reliance Industries Ltd., cited the marine industry where anti-corrosion measures were forced to be done indirectly.
 
He said a marine vessel would be de-classified if proper anti-corrosion measures are not taken.
 
If a vessel is de-classified, then it may not get insurance coverage.
 
He said the corrosion control as a subject should be introduced at school level.
 
Rajiv Mittal, managing director and group CEO VA Tech Wabag Ltd., spoke about the types of corrosion at desalination and sewage treatment plants.
 
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Last salute to Colonel Mahadik who died battling terrorists
Thousands of grieving people turned up on Thursday for the funeral of Colonel Santosh G. Mahadik who was killed while fearlessly leading his men in an operation against militants in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, an official said.
 
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries paid homage to Col. Mahadik and offered sympathies to his family members, including parents, wife Sashwati, two children and brothers.
 
Later, the slain hero's body was brought in an army cortege to his native village Pogarwadi early on Thursday and kept for people to pay their last respects.
 
Col. Mahadik, who was decorated with a Sena Medal, was accorded a funeral with full military honours in an open ground in the village, the official said.
 
The Commanding Officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, Col. Mahadik, 38, was leading a search party and was critically injured when militants, holed up in a dense forested area of Haji Naka in Kupwara district, fired at him.
 
Hailing from Satara, Col. Mahadik belonged to a small farmer's family and later joined the Satara Military School, before joining the army in 1998.
 
A family friend described Col. Mahadik as "a gentle, soft-spoken officer who never conveyed the looks of a special forces officer, besides being a forceful orator who spoke his mind".
 
The last rites were performed in the presence of his immediate and extended family members, Pogarwadi villagers and people from Satara district who raised cries of "Santosh Mahadik amar rahe".
 
An expert paratrooper and a combat underwater driver, Col. Mahadik became the second Commanding Officer to be martyred in terrorist encounter this year.
 
On January 27, Col. Munindra N. Rai of the Gorkha Rifles, was martyred at Handora village in Tral, south Kashmir, just a day after he was honoured with the Yudh Seva Medal in the Republic Day awards list.
 
Later, Col. Rai was posthumously conferred with the 'Shaurya Chakra' on Independence Day on August 15 this year.
 
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