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Kejriwal alleged that Sibal has a 'conflict of interest' in the case involving Vodafone as his lawyer son Amit 'continues to defend' Hutchinson
Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday alleged that soon after taking charge as law minister, Kapil Sibal has overturned his predecessor Ashwani Kumar's decision on Vodafone income tax (I-T) liability of Rs11,217 crore.
In a statement, AAP raised questions on the haste in which law ministry within a day of Kapil Sibal taking charge gave its go-ahead for a conciliatory out-of-court settlement of over Rs11,000 crore tax dispute with Vodafone that marked a change in stance.
Kejriwal also alleged a conflict of interest in this case as Kapil Sibal's son Amit is lawyer for Hutchison Telecommunication International, one of the main party in the case.
Earlier, Ashwani Kumar had rejected finance minister P Chidambaram’s proposal for conciliation with Vodafone saying it as illegal. Even Attorney General GE Vahanvati advised against this compromise and insisted on Vodafone paying the tax, said AAP in the statement.
Sanjay Dutt to surrender on Thursday, jail gets letter about life threat
Dutt’s lawyer Subhash Yadav submitted before the special TADA court that the 53-year-old actor wanted to withdraw his application filed yesterday seeking leave to surrender before Yerwada jail in Pune instead of giving himself up in the TADA court in Mumbai
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt today told a Mumbai court that he will surrender before it on Thursday to undergo the prison term in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, even as a jail official said he would be provided adequate security in the wake of an anonymous letter alleging threat to his life.
Dutt’s lawyer Subhash Yadav submitted before the special TADA court that the 53-year-old actor wanted to withdraw his application filed yesterday seeking leave to surrender before Yerwada jail in Pune instead of giving himself up in the TADA court in Mumbai.
However, Yadav did not assign any reason for withdrawing the application. The court also did not ask him why he was not pressing for his plea.
As the court allowed Dutt to withdraw the application, the lawyer said the actor would surrender on Thursday.
Dutt had made an oral plea in the same court earlier about surrendering before Yerwada prison authorities but it was turned down by the designated TADA judge. Thereafter, he moved a written application which he abruptly withdrew today.
Meanwhile, IGP (Prisons) Vinod Lokhande said Arthur Road Central Jail authorities in Mumbai had received an anonymous letter alleging threat to Dutt’s life. However, he did not divulge details.
“We have taken cognisance of the letter received three days ago and shall be providing adequate security to Sanjay Dutt,” said a top officer of the Arthur Road jail.
It is not clear in which jail Dutt would be lodged but authorities said he might be taken initially to Arthur Road Jail and then shifted to Yerwada prison, police sources said.
Normally, as per the practice, undertrials are kept at Arthur Road jail while convicts are lodged in Yerwada prison and other jails in Maharashtra, the sources said.
Dutt has been convicted under the Arms Act and sentenced to a five-year jail term. He has already undergone imprisonment for one-and-a-half-years.
The Supreme Court had yesterday refused to grant more time to him to surrender to undergo remaining three-and-a- half-year jail term. On May 10, the apex court had dismissed Dutt's plea seeking review of its judgement on his conviction and five-year jail term.
Dutt was earlier granted four weeks more time to surrender to undergo the remaining part of his jail term.