Delhi HC dismisses plea of striking Air India pilots

The striking pilots can be tried for the offence of court of contempt by the single-judge bench, the HC said

New Delhi: Coming down heavily on striking Air India pilots, the Delhi High Court on Thursday said that they cannot "wilfully and flagrantly" disobey court orders to end their "illegal" strike and can face contempt action, reports PTI.

Rejecting the plea of Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), which is spearheading the agitation by over 200 pilots, the court said, "In our view, no litigant can avail of any discretionery remedy from the court by willfully and flagrantly disobeying the orders of the court."

The IPG had moved the court challenging the ex-parte order of a single judge on 9th May holding the strike as illegal, saying it was done without any authority.

A bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Rajiv Shakdher said rather, the striking pilots can be tried for the offence of court of contempt by the single-judge bench.

"We could have directly proceeded with the contempt of court proceedings against you, but we leave it ot the single judge so that better sense will prevail on you (IPG)," it said.

The court had earlier reserved its order on the plea of IPG challenging the single-judge order which restrained it from continuing with the "illegal strike" by reporting sick and staging demonstrations.

The pilots were agitating over the rescheduling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner training and matters relating to their career progression under the banner of IPG.

The airline management has sacked 71 pilots including office bearers of the IPG.

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I-T slaps tax notice on Baba Ramdev's trusts

The I-T department found that the sale of the medicines and other ayurvedic concoctions are a commercial venture and they should not be enjoying any tax exemption

New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's trusts have lost their exemption from payment of Income Tax and have been slapped a notice of Rs58 crore demand on the sale of their ayurvedic medicines, reports PTI.

The I-T notice, for the assessment year 2009-10, on Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, Divya Yoga Mandir Trust and Bharat Swabhiman Trust have been slapped on the income of Rs120 crore which the department has held as "commercial activities", sources said.

Baba Ramdev, who is leading a campaign against black money in the country, heads an organisation that runs the trusts which manages the manufacture and sale of ayurvedic medicines in India and abroad.

His trusts have been enjoying tax exemption under the provisions realting to charitable organisations for the last few years.

The I-T department, which conducted a "special audit" of all the businesses related to Baba Ramdev has found that the sale of these medicines and other ayurvedic concoctions are a commercial venture and they should not be enjoying any tax exemption, the sources said.

Repeated attempts to obtain a response from Ramdev's spokesperson S K Tijarawala failed. .
Sources said the I-T assessment will strengthen another probe into alleged foreign exchange violations against Ramdev's trusts being conducted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The I-T department has conducted the audit after getting the financial documents of investments and transactions from various banks in the country which operate the accounts of Ramdev's trusts.

Sources said another regular audit of the income of his trusts and collection of Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) is underway.

The ED, meanwhile, has detected a Rs7 crore alleged contravention under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in the remittances made by Ramdev's trusts and it is currently scrutinising documents in this regard.

Ramdev had last year declared his business empire to be worth more than Rs1,100 crore. The capital involving the four trusts run by him totalled Rs426.19 crore while the expenditure incurred on them amounted to Rs751.02 crore.

While the Divya Yoga Mandir trust has a capital of Rs249.63 crore, Patanjali Yoga Peeth trust has Rs164.80 crore, Bharat Swabhiman Trust Rs9.97 crore and Acharyakul Shiksha Sansthan Rs1.79 crore, all totalling Rs426.19 crore.

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param

5 years ago

well done IT, for a change...
i have seen such a clinic in a medicine shop where consultation is free & they write up all ayurvedic stuff for 1-3 months (insisting that this is a slow long term treatment). medicine quantities are very large (there are hardly any provisions for smaller options) & certainly not cheap...

Government should not acquire land for private businesses

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development also recommended that land should be returned after five years from date of possession if it is not used for the purpose for which it was acquired

New Delhi:  Setting tough conditions for land acquisition, a Parliamentary panel on Thursday said the government should not acquire land for private businesses and stressed on a clearer definition of "public purpose" in this regard, reports PTI.

"Public purpose" in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill should be limited to linear infrastructure and irrigation, including multipurpose dams and social sector infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and drinking water or sanitation projects constructed at state expense, the panel said.

"All cases of land acquisition must entail obligations for adequate compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement to all land losers and other affected persons," said the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development, chaired by BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan, in its report on the Bill.

The report was tabled in Parliament today.

The panel has suggested that land acquisition for any purpose should be brought under the purview of this legislation, which currently exempts land acquired under 16 Acts listed in the Fourth Schedule from its ambit.

On the issue of fixing compensation for land acquisition, the Committee suggested that the government constitute a multi-member land pricing commission to finalise the cost of acquisition of land.

It also recommended that land should be returned after five years from date of possession if it is not used for the purpose for which it was acquired.

The Committee also recommended scrapping of a provision that allowed the Centre to amend the Act by issuing a notification.

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Aban

5 years ago

Under no circumstances should the state facilitate the acquisition of land for setting up any project for private profit. Nor should the WB govt. proceed with its policy of introducing political workers in the garb of land agents (land mafia, actually) to do so on behalf of the govt. ostensibly to "help"the owners. When the economy has been opened up, why should purchase and sale of land not also be left to the market forces without any intervention of the "lanf mafia"but strict vigilance by the state to ensure that the small landholders are not looted and compelled under threat to sell?

Nagesh Kini FCA

5 years ago

Certainly not for PPPs which have become convenient conduits for cornering public lands!

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