Supreme Court refuses to stay AP High Court order on quota issue

The apex court also expressed its "unhappiness" that the Centre was blaming the High Court when it had itself failed to produce documents to support its case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Andhra Pradesh High Court order quashing 4.5% sub-quota for minorities in central educational institutions like IITs and ticked off the Government for the way it has handled the "complex" and "sensitive" issue, reports PTI.

The apex court expressed its "unhappiness" that the Centre was blaming the High Court when it had itself failed to produce documents to support its case.

A Bench of justices KS Radhakrishnan and JS Khehar was critical of the Ministry of Human Resource Development rushing to the apex court with the appeal against the 28th May order of the High Court without documents to justify the policy of carving out 4.5% sub-quota within the 27% other backward class (OBC) reservation.

Without issuing any notice, the bench asked Attorney General GE Vahanvati to produce before it the supporting documents on the issue by tomorrow and posted the matter for hearing on Wednesday.

The bench said it cannot stay the high court order "unless the government produces material to show a detailed exercise was undertaken to carve out the sub-quota."

The Attorney General started submissions by taking "blame on his shoulders" for the outcome of sub-quota policy in the high court by saying that the "argument was not the most brilliant".

He sought some protection in view of the ongoing counselling for IITs for which 325 candidates have qualified for it under the 4.5% sub quota and their career and future could be jeopardised if they are not allowed to appear for the counselling.

When Vahanvati said there was need for some protection in view of the ongoing counselling for IITs, the bench said "we will not order stay".

"First of all you have not produced any documents in the high court. We would have been happy, if you had done so," the bench said.


CBI seeks permission for Jagan's narco test

The CBI filed a petition for carrying out narco and polygraphic examination on YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan and his financial advisor V Vijaysai Reddy

Hyderabad: YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy will remain in jail for two more weeks with a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Monday extending his judicial remand till 25th June in a disproportionate assets case even as the agency sought permission to carry out a lie detection test on him, reports PTI.

The court order comes a day before the crucial by-poll to 18 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha constituency in Andhra Pradesh for which Jagan's plea to be released on bail for campaign was rejected earlier by the court.

The arrest of 39-year-old Jagan on 27th May became the dominant issue during campaigning with his mother and YSR Congress party's honorary president YS Vijaya Lakshmi spearheading the canvassing.

The CBI filed a petition before the court of principal judge for CBI cases for carrying out scientific tests (narco and polygraphic examination) on him and another key accused and his financial advisor V Vijaysai Reddy.

"During the investigation it has emerged Jagan being the main beneficiary of all the ill-gotten money through various dubious methods including suspected hawala method and Vijay as the main kingpin and conspirator with Jagan to have alleged committed the offences," the CBI submitted.

Jagan, who has been sent to CBI custody twice, is the repository of entire information, document and details of alleged hawala transactions and he is keeping all the information close to his chest, the CBI said in its petition.

The agency further submitted that the investigation has revealed a chain of circumstances and multiple conspiracy with various persons, companies in Hyderabad and other parts of India and also foreign countries.

"In order to help and aid proper, just fair and fearless investigation into the matter the CBI seeks indulgence allowing the agency for using scientific ways for deriving information from Jagan and Vijaysai Reddy," CBI Superintendent of police H Venkatesh said.

"Administering the new scientific techniques does not cause any bodily harm and the information extracted by these methods will be used only for strengthening the investigation and such information may not necessarily be admitted in evidence as the time of trial," the CBI said.

The CBI contended that there is a possibility that the information extracted could lead to uncovering of independent evidence which may be very relevant.

Earlier, the court extended the judicial custody of Jagan till 25th June.

Meanwhile, Jagan accused the Andhra Pradesh government of trying to humiliate him by bringing him in a van used for transporting regular criminals without regard to his status as special class prisoner and his stature as a Member of Parliament (MP).

"My security was seriously compromised with Chenchalguda Jail authorities producing me before the court in a van," he said.

As soon as he was produced before the court of principal judge for CBI cases A Pullaiah, Jagan complained to the judge that he being an MP and President of YSR congress party was deliberately brought in a van in order to humiliate him.

Jagan also threatened to go on indefinite fast, if he was denied an opportunity to explain his stand before the judge.

"It is only with an intention to appear before the court, I did not protest or refuse to come in the van though I was aware of the 'mischief' and 'vendetta' being exhibited by the government and authorities," Jagan told the judge.

"CBI is saying witnesses are being influence by me which I have not done even before my arrest (after registration of the case in August last year) and till today. I am not a criminal and provided with Z category security but today I was brought in a van to make a spectacle.

"Everybody knows CBI arrested me to stop me from campaign for coming by-polls," he alleged.

To this, the judge said if rules permitted Jagan be provided with an exclusive vehicle and escort in view of the security and law and order situation.


Defence Ministry suspends BEML chief Natarajan

The Indian government suspended BEML's CMD VRS Natarajan following a recommendation by the CBI that he should be kept away from the post to ensure fair investigation

New Delhi: The Defence Ministry on Monday suspended BEML Chief VRS Natarajan in connection with the Tatra case on a recommendation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after former Army Chief Gen VK Singh levelled allegations that he was offered Rs14 crore bribe to clear a deal for 600 trucks, reports PTI.

The move comes a few days after the Defence Ministry issued a show cause notice to the BEML Chief for slapping a defamation notice against Gen VK Singh without its permission.

"The Government has put the CMD of BEML VRS Natarajan under suspension following a recommendation by the CBI that he should be kept away from the post to ensure fair investigation. The CBI is currently investigating into various charges against Natarajan," Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said here.

"The charge of CMD has been given to P Dwarkanath, the senior most functional Director in BEML," he said.


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