Opposing their bail pleas, the CBI said that some of the key witnesses, belonging to the corporate world, directly worked under them and the possibility of the accused winning them over could not be ruled out
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today sought "detention" of five corporate executives charge-sheeted by it for their alleged role in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation scam, saying that they might "abscond" and impede the trial, reports PTI.
Opposing their bail pleas, the CBI, in its reply to the court of additional session judge OP Saini, said that some of the key witnesses, belonging to the corporate world, directly worked under them and the possibility of the accused winning them over could not be ruled out.
"The accused are holding high positions and now that the names of witnesses are disclosed, some of whom are directly working under (them) or are amenable to their directions, possibility of winning over and/or influencing the witnesses is clearly present," the CBI said.
"Considering the matter on record, complicity of present accused in the crime is clearly made out. The act complained of and offences alleged are far serious having made deep inroads in public interest and financial affairs of the state," the CBI said.
The top corporate leaders are Swan Telecom director Vinod Goenka, Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) managing director Sanjay Chandra, and three top officials of Reliance ADA Group Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair, who have been named as accused by the CBI in its first charge-sheet running into 80,000 pages.
The replies, settled by Special Public Prosecutor UU Lalit, appointed by the Supreme Court to assist the special court to try the 2G scam accused exclusively, said there was every likelihood that the accused "will abscond" in order to avoid smooth trial.
Judge Saini, who has been directed by apex court to hold day-to-day trial in the case, had earlier allowed Mr Lalit to file written replies to the bail applications of the corporate executives who were not arrested during the investigation by the CBI.
These simple, silly ads, starring Ranbir Kapoor, are a refreshing change. Only the jokes aren’t really witty and hilarious
A good idea from the Tata Docomo chaps. A refreshing change from that horrendous commercial on a bus (or was it a train?) where some deranged travellers bonded by loudly belting out 'Docomo', thus damaging all our five senses.
'Keep It Simple, Silly' is the new thought. And it's a relevant one coming from a telecom company, what with all the operators confusing us with complicated plans. There is a series of many simple commercials on air, starring actor Ranbir Kapoor. The format used is a stand up comedy, and in each advert young Kapoor, in a comic way, helps simplify each Tata Docomo feature.
Here are just two examples: In one ad, the actor talks about how a dude chose complexity over simplicity in his life by getting married. In another one, he tells us why the frog likes to stay inside the well. Because he'll be charged for 'roaming' outside. Tata Docomo brings out its own tariff plans, services, etc, at the end of each commercial. And of course, true to the stand up comedy format, there's that canned laughter.
Here's why I like this approach. One, it's a novel format for television advertising and helps break the clutter easily. Stand up comedy shows like 'Comedy Circus' have done rather well in India, so there's every reason a segment of desi viewers will enjoy these little acts. Two, the concept allows Tata Docomo to highlight its promise of simplicity effortlessly. Each ad only focuses on one particular feature (as against many that get loaded in commercials usually), so comprehension should not be an issue. And thirdly, the commercials are a good example of how to use a celebrity well. Kapoor takes to the format like a fish to water (he's an entertainer, after all), and seems to be enjoying the gags. He is likeable and decently funny, so the star's presence should prevent even the usually ad allergic viewers from reaching out for their remote controls.
So, a good show. However, if there's one little problem I have with the ads it is that the jokes aren't really witty and hilarious, at least not in the few I have watched. Tata Docomo must pump up the humour quickly, before the idea loses steam. A suggestion: Hire the services of the guys who write scripts for the television comedy shows. They have been doing this gig for years, they know this zone. Ad agency copywriters should be given marching orders on this project. Simplicity and wit doesn't come easily to them!
The rise in overall inflation for the second month in a row may prompt the central bank to go for another round of policy rate hikes in its policy review meeting, scheduled for 3rd May
New Delhi: High prices of vegetables and manufactured items drove the headline inflation in March to 8.98%, way above the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) expectation of 8%, reports PTI.
The overall inflation measured on the basis of the wholesale price index (WPI) was 8.31% in February.
The rise in overall inflation for the second month in a row may prompt the central bank to go for another round of policy rate hikes in its policy review meeting, scheduled for 3rd May.
As per the official data released today, the high inflation was on account of rising prices of manufactured items, milk, vegetable and fruits. In addition, high fuel costs due to spiralling international crude oil prices also contributed to the phenomenon.
Besides, food inflation, which accounts for nearly 15% of overall the WPI inflation, stood at 8.28% for the week ended 2nd April.
The prices of primary articles -food, non-food articles and minerals-shot up by 12.96% on an annual basis, according to the official data released today.
Food articles grew expensive by 9.47%, cereals by 3.96% and, rice and wheat by 2.69% and 0.75%, respectively.
However, the speed at which pulses price rose eased to 4.17% on an annual basis.
During the month, fuel and power prices went up by 12.92%, driven mainly by a 23.14% rise in petrol prices and a 14.99% jump in cooking gas (LPG) rates.
At the same time, the manufactured goods group index rose by 6.21% on an annual basis. Manufactured items have the highest weight of 64.9% in the WPI.
The WPI inflation for January was revised upwards to 9.35% from the provisional estimates of 8.23%.