Citizens' Issues
HC notice to Delhi government on non-appointment of Lokayukta
The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to the AAP government in Delhi on a plea seeking directions to fill up the post of lokayukta, which has been lying vacant since November 2013.
 
Justice Rajiv Shakdher also issued notice to the Centre, lieutenant governor of Delhi and chief minister and sought their respective responses by July 24.
 
Hearing the plea filed by Sat Prakash Rana, a former legislator, the court asked government to fill the post "as soon as possible".
 
"The quicker you (Delhi government) do, the better it would be," the court said.
 
The Delhi government counsel told the court that to fill the post of lokayukta, the Centre's nod was needed.
 
The petitioner told the court that though the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government assumed charge on February 14, it has not yet taken any steps for the appointment of the lokayukta and uplokayukta here, even after a lapse of 18 months.
 
The plea sought "immediate appointment" of lokayukta saying the non-appointment is "adding to the pendency of cases and, more importantly, has blocked a legal right of the residents of Delhi".
 
On September 26 last year, the Delhi High Court, while hearing a different PIL on the same issue, had asked the lieutenant governor to initiate the process to fill the post of lokayukta saying the statutory provisions make it mandatory on the part of the state to ensure that the post is filled "without any delay".

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G.KRISHNASWAMY

2 years ago

Not only in Delhi but also in other states also. Why the SC or HC not directed or reminded or pass a stitch on other states too. by saying the statutory provisions make it mandatory on the part of the state to ensure that the post is filled "without any delay" . We expect other states also shall introduce immediately without any delay as directed by H.C.

Looking forward to the establishment of the BRICS bank: Kamath
Days after being appointed as the head of the up-coming BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) New Development Bank, banker K.V. Kamath on Friday said he looked forward to the establishment of the financial institution and commencement of its operations.
 
"I look forward to the establishment of the bank and commencement of its operation for the service of the BRICS nations," said Kamath, 67, who is the non-executive chairman of ICICI Bank as well as the non-executive chairperson of the Indian IT giant, Infosys.
 
Kamath said in a statement that he was honoured and humbled by the government of India's decision to nominate him as the first president of the new development bank for the BRICS nation. 
 
Kamath will have a five-year term at the BRICS bank, which is likely to be operationalised within one year.
 
Kamath is expected to take over as the first president of the $100 billion BRICS Bank within a span of 10 days post his resignation from various board positions which he currently holds.
 
Previously, he served as ICICI Bank's managing director and chief executive from May 1996 until his retirement from executive responsibilities on April 30, 2009.
 
The BRICS bank is promoted by the five major emerging global economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to cater to the financial needs of these countries for developmental purposes.
 
With an authorized capital of $100 billion, it has been christened New Development Bank (NDB) and will start its operations with an initial capital of $50 billion with each of the five member nations contributing $10 billion.
 
Leaders from the BRICS countries agreed upon the NDB at a meeting last year. It was agreed that the new bank will be set up in the Asian financial powerhouse, Shanghai with India being given the right to nominate its first president.
 
The BRICS nations together account for nearly $16 trillion in gross domestic product and house 40 percent of the world population.

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Chit fund scam: CBI raids offices of Silicon Group
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday conducted searches in 26 different locations across India of the Silicon Group of Companies which is allegedly running chit fund operations.
 
The Kolkata-based group is one of the 44 chit fund companies being probed by the CBI following directions of the Supreme Court.
 
"Searches were conducted at 26 locations including 16 places in West Bengal, five places in Haryana, two each in Bihar and Jharkhand and one place in Odisha," a CBI official said.

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