Tata Motors Group global wholesales at 87,114 vehicles in April 2011

Global sales of all commercial vehicles–Tata, Tata Daewoo and the Tata Hispano Carrocera range—were 41,179 in April 2011, a growth of 20%

The Tata Motors Group global wholesales, including Jaguar Land Rover, were 87,114 in April 2011, a growth of 12% over April 2010.

Global sales of all commercial vehicles–Tata, Tata Daewoo and the Tata Hispano Carrocera range—were 41,179 in April 2011, a growth of 20%.

Global sales of all passenger vehicles were at 45,935 in April 2011, a growth of 6%.

Global sales of Tata passenger vehicles and the distribution offtake in India of Fiat cars were at 26,504 for the month, a growth of 5% over April 2010.

Global sales of Jaguar Land Rover in April 2011 were 19,431 vehicles, higher by 9%. Jaguar sales for the month were 3,079, lower by 13%, while Land Rover sales were 16,352, higher by 14%.

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CBI’s reasoning to spare Karunanidhi’s wife questioned in court

“Dayalu Ammal was signatory and director of the channel but she is not made an accused as she does not speak English. Meaning those who speak Tamil cannot commit crime,” the counsel for the two accused Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal argued

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) reasoning to spare Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation scam was on Friday questioned in a Delhi Court by two accused who said ignorance of any language cannot be a ground to absolve a person from the charge of conspiracy, reports PTI.

The accused, Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal, who played active role in routing Rs200 crore as a bribe to DMK-run Kalaignar TV contended that CBI cannot ignore Dayalu Ammal’s involvement in the alleged conspiracy on the flimsy ground of language when she was a major shareholder in the channel.

“This is a colourable exercise of power by the CBI of not making Dayalu Ammal, the major shareholder in Kalaignar TV, an accused,” their counsel Vijay Agarwal said while arguing for their bail.

“The fact that CBI did not make Dayalu Ammal an accused in the case on the ground that she knows only Tamil, suggests that conspiracies are hatched only in English or Hindi.”

“Dayalu Ammal was signatory and director of the channel but she is not made an accused as she does not speak English. Meaning those who speak Tamil cannot commit crime,” the counsel said.

“Even if she speaks only Tamil, her daughter (DMK MP Kanimozhi) could have explained the things,” he said.

Dayalu Ammal, the wife of DMK chief Karunanidhi, holds major shares in Kalaignar TV, which received the ‘illegal gratification’ of Rs200 crore from Dynamix Realty. She was named a witness in the second charge-sheet on the ground that she did not participate in the day-to-day affairs of the channel as she knew only Tamil language.

Mr Asif and Mr Agarwal, both directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, have been charged with entering into conspiracy with other accused to route the illegal gratification to Kalaignar TV.

Further, contending that the prosecution was trying to escape the questions put to it by the defence, they termed CBI as the ‘Confused Bureau of Investigation’.

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CBI team to go to Mauritius to track 2G scam money trail

A Supreme Court bench directed the agency to file its report on the probe into the money trail by 31st May and posted the matter for further hearing on 6th July

New Delhi: A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India's premier investigation agency, officers would be leaving for Mauritius next week to track the trail of money invested in various telecom companies involved in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation scam, CBI told the Supreme Court on Friday.

Senior advocate KK Venugopal appearing for the investigating agency said the team would be leaving on 16th May and will file its report before the court on the investigation done by it, reports PTI.

A bench of justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly directed the agency to file its report on the probe into the money trail by 31st May and posted the matter for further hearing on 6th July.

The bench also directed the CBI to expedite its enquiry against a journalist who had allegedly tried to bribe an Enforcement Directorate (ED) official who was inquiring into 2G scam.

Mr Venugopal also informed the court that teams of ED officials would also be going to five foreign countries in tracking the money trail involved in 2G scam.

The bench also wanted to know from him about the progress into the probe based on the status report filed by the CBI relating to 10 destinations abroad.

"Some team is going to Mauritius on 16th May. Is there a plan for the CBI team to go to any other destination?" the bench asked.

"It is an untiring crusade," the bench said when advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for and NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), said top people from the telecom companies allegedly involved in the scam should be charge sheeted.

"How can they (CBI) wash its hands? All people right to the top should be charge sheeted," he said.

The bench also said that arguments of the petitioner NGO seeking appointment of committee to assist the court in monitoring the case required serious consideration.

The CBI also placed before the bench its probe report on journalist Upendra Rai against whom a complaint was filed by ED official for allegedly trying to bribe him.

The bench after going through the report said that findings were "quite serious" and directed the agency to expedite the inquiry against him.

The court asked the agency to submit its report on 6th July.

The apex court had earlier agreed to look into the issue of Mr Rai, director (news) Sahara News Network, over allegations that he had tried to bribe one of the ED officers by offering to give him Rs2 crore to benefit corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.

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