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SC dismisses plea against Rahul Gandhi, slaps Rs5 lakh fine on ex-MLA

The apex court further said the petition filed against Rahul Gandhi was "misconceived" and that Samrite, the former MLA of SP abused the process of law on the basis of incorrect statement

 
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday slapped a fine of Rs5 lakh on former member of legislative assembly (MLA) of Samajwadi Party (SP) while dismissing his petition against Rahul Gandhi as without substance in which he had alleged that the Congress leader had confined a girl in Uttar Pradesh, reports PTI.
 
"The allegation is without substance and without an iota of evidence," a bench of justices BS Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar said.
 
"The reputation of respondent no 6 (Rahul Gandhi) has been damaged by the undesirable act of the petitioner (ex-Samajwadi Party MLA Kishore Samrite)," the bench said.
 
The apex court further said the petition filed against Gandhi was "misconceived" and that Samrite abused the process of law on the basis of incorrect statement.
 
The bench passed the order on an appeal filed by Samrite challenging an order of the Allahabad High Court which had dismissed his plea against Gandhi and imposed a cost of Rs50 lakh on him for filing a frivolous petition. The high court had also directed a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the ex-SP MLA from Madhya Pradesh.
 
Samrite had then approached the apex court against the high court's order.
 
Rejecting his plea, the Supreme Court said, "the petition filed by him was not bonafide" and there was no case of illegal confinement as the girl, who was allegedly kidnapped, had made no complaint.
 
The bench, however, said that the cost imposed by the high court was exorbitant and reduced it.
 
It said that the CBI will continue with its probe against Samrite and other persons who are involved in filing of the frivolous petition and asked it to submit a report within six months.
 

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Shadi Katyal

5 years ago

It is unfortunate that such cases for character assassination are filed and even in some sectors police and courts are being accused of playing politics.Is this due to xenophobia??? False
stories about his family has been distributed without any evidence.

Ensure LPG consumers are not short-changed, SC fiat to government

The delivery man would carry weighing equipment and the LPG cylinder would be delivered to the customer after recording the actual weight of the gas in his/her presence, says an undertaking from the Petroleum Ministry

 
New Delhi: In a boost to consumer rights, the Supreme Court has directed the Union government to ensure that domestic LPG cylinders are checked for their actual weight at the customer's doorstep to avoid any malpractice resorted to by a dealer, reports PTI.
 
The apex court directive followed an undertaking from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry that instructions will be issued to all oil companies to ensure that in each and every case, the distributor's delivery man carries weighing equipment and the cylinder is delivered to the customer after recording the actual weight of the gas in his/her presence.
 
A bench of justices GS Singhvi and SJ Mukhopadhya also directed the authorities to carry out ads in Doordarshan and electronic media to create awareness on their rights to measure the weight.
 
It also said that cylinders should be made in standard specifications so as to ensure that consumers are not mislead by different measurements.
 
"It is important to issue instructions to make people aware. Gas cylinders should be checked and weighed. Government should have addressed this on its own. For years, suppliers have been creating mischief; making money. Earlier these dealerships were a distribution of largesse, a source of earning not service," the bench observed.
 
The court passed the direction yesterday while dealing with a public interest litigation filed by the Consumer Protection Council through its representative B Vaidyanathan who appeared in person.
 
The court while agreeing with the petitioner's contention of under-weight of gas in many cases also pointed out that contents and cash memo relating to the weight should be in larger print for benefit of consumers.
 

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UPA Government being run by corporates: Dasgupta

According to the senior CPI leader, corporates are deciding policies and runnning the UPA government at the Centre

 
Mumbai, Oct 17 (PTI) Criticising the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment in retail and insurance sectors, Gurudas Dasgupta, senior leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has alleged that government was being 'run' by the corporates, reports PTI.
 
"Corporates are deciding the policies.... They are running the government," he said, addressing a press conference here.
 
He announced that national conference of All India Trade Union Congress' (AITUC) would be held in Mumbai from 27th to 30th November.
 
AITUC will organise a massive rally on 20th December near the Parliament to protest policies of the government and to raise various demands, Dasgupta said.
 
"We want a total change of the economic policies... We want labour laws in SEZs, special laws for the labour in the unorganised sector," he said.
 
"We are against FDI in retail and insurance. Due to FDI in retail, small shopkeepers will be displaced," the CPI veteran said.
 
About BJP, he alleged, "BJP too is responsible for corruption. They are partially supporting the government's decision to allow FDI in retail."
 
Dasgupta also claimed that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi invited Tatas to his state by offering them undue concessions.
 

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MOHAN

5 years ago

HYPOCRISY


CPI supported Indira Gandhi and emergency. UPA-I was also supported by CPI. They will support congress in future also raising bogey of communalism. ..


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