Court says politician suppressed facts; free to file case against Reliance Infocomm which tapped his phone
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today lifted its gag order on the media that restrained it from broadcasting and publishing contents of taped conversations of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh with some top politicians and Bollywood stars.
A bench of judges GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly dismissed Mr Singh’s petition and vacated its interim order passed of 27th February that had restrained the media from making the contents of the conversation public.
The bench said that there had been suppression of facts by the politician before the court in the case. However, the Court said that the politician could file a case against Reliance Infocomm for illegally tapping his phone, reports PTI.
Judge Ganguly, who wrote the judgement, said that no case was made out against the Centre and its authorities as they were not involved in tapping Mr Singh’s phone.
The bench had reserved its verdict on the petition on 29th March after hearing Mr Singh and the non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), which opposed the plea and sought a direction to make public all the tapped conversations.
Mr Singh, who was Samajwadi Party general secretary at the time when his telephones were tapped, had accused the Congress party and private telecom operator Reliance Infocomm, of being behind the tapping, but later withdrew the allegations.
Wipro's Infrastructure Engineering division will buy majority stake in Brazil-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer RKM Equipamentos Hidraulicos for an undisclosed sum.
New York: Wipro Ltd on Wednesday announced it has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Brazil-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer RKM Equipamentos Hidraulicos Ltd, reports PTI.
Subject to customary regulatory approvals, the acquisition is expected to be completed during the quarter, the Bangalore-headquartered company said. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Wipro Infrastructure Engineering President Pratik Kumar said, "Brazil is an extremely attractive market for us ...driven by a high growth economy and huge investments in infrastructure over the next few years. RKM provides us an ideal platform to expand and extend our portfolio of offerings in the Brazilian market and well as rest of the Latin America."
Jose Luiz Ramos, the CEO of RKM Equipamentos Hidraulicos Ltd, said, "The partnership with Wipro Infrastructure Engineering will give us a wider customer access and expansion opportunities into new-end equipment segments."
The acquisition would be a part of Wipro's Infrastructure Engineering division. Wipro Infrastructure Engineering is a global leader in precision engineered hydraulic cylinders and components. It is a Tier-1 supplier to global original equipment manufacturers of construction and earth moving machinery, material handling equipment, forestry equipment, heavy and medium commercial vehicles, among other industries, across Asia and Europe.
Investigating agency explains to the court how the first-come-first-served policy was manipulated by former telecom minister
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said that the first-come-first-served policy was manipulated by former telecom minister A Raja and others to such an extent that physically fit persons got away with the most valuable 2G licences.
“Physical fitness of the applicants became the deciding factor in the grant of licences,” senior advocate and CBI prosecutor UU Lalit told Special Judge OP Saini on Tuesday, while opposing the bail plea by Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa.
Mr Balwa, who is in jail since his arrest in Mumbai on 8th February, moved the bail application saying he has been “unfairly” targeted by the CBI and that he had committed no offence, PTI reports.
Mr Lalit told the court that the idea behind setting up four counters at Sanchar Bhawan on 10 January 2008, for grant of letters of intent to firms including Swan Telecom, negated the first-come-first-served policy adopted for the grant of UAS (unified access service) licences.
“What determined seniority was not the date of application but your agility. It was about how agile, energetic and fit enough you are to reach the counters (at Sanchar Bhawan) first,” Mr Lalit said. “This particular device was adopted to favour Swan and Unitech. If they were to go by seniority, the Delhi circle licence would have gone to anybody. People were clamouring for lucrative regions. Nobody was interested in regions like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh. If I want the best of the lot, the cherry, I need to go to the counter first.”
“To sum up, so far as Shahid Balwa is concerned, he and Vinod Goenka were in charge and responsible for the affairs of Swan Telecom, which received favours due to all these gimmicks. An advantage of Rs3,600 crore is enormous. Propensity of this person (Shahid Balwa) and reverse money trail itself is indicative that he is not entitled to benefit of his release on bail,” Mr Lalit said.
The prosecutor also referred to the chargesheet to support his statements that Swan telecom, promoted by Mr Balwa, was nothing but a front company of Reliance ADAG to circumvent the then telecom policy that debarred the usage of dual technology by existing players.
Mr Balwa and Mr Goenka came on the board of Swan Telecom after Reliance got back its money, put in as subscription for preference shares in the company. “The sum and substance is that a company which, to start with, was not eligible to make an application for spectrum licence, was thus transferred to Mr Balwa and Mr Goenka,” the prosecutor said.
The CBI has charged Mr Raja with entering into a conspiracy with others to favour various firms, including Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Private Ltd.
The court posted the matter for hearing on 18th May, when counsel for Mr Balwa would advance arguments on the bail plea.