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Teesta Setalvad's arrest stayed till Friday

Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand rushed to the Supreme Court within an hour of the High Court dismissing their plea for a stay on its order to allow them time to move the Supreme Court

 

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed till Friday the arrest of social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband. The order came soon after Gujarat High Court rejected anticipatory bail plea of the couple in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds for a museum at Gulbarg society, devastated in the 2002 riots.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand would be protected from the arrest till the matter is heard on Friday.
 
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal orally mentioned about the imminent arrest of the couple, soon after Gujarat High Court rejected their anticipatory bail.
 
Sibal along with advocate Aparna Bhat mentioned the plea, when the bench, which also comprised justices AK Sikri and Arun Mishra, was hearing another case.
 
The lawyers said the police was at their doorstep and hell bent to arrest them. This is "an extraordinary situation" and therefore should be heard urgently, they said.
 
The bench said that the appeal against the High Court decision could be filed in the course of the day.
 
The couple rushed to the apex court within an hour of the High Court dismissing their plea for a stay on its order to allow them time to move the Supreme Court.
 
The High Court also observed that Setalvad was not cooperating in the probe and "they cannot be armoured with full-fledged anticipatory bail when applicant did not cooperate with the investigation."
 
Setalvad and her husband have been booked by the Crime Branch of Gujarat Police on charges of cheating, breach of trust and under the IT Act, in a matter relating to the construction of "Museum of Resistance" in the Gulbarg society in Ahmedabad which was hit by communal riot in 2002.
 

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VijayTrimbakGokhale

2 years ago

Let the law take it's own course without political interference. But let the investigating authorities ensure that law must and takes it's due course. Truth should prevail. The criticism of political witch hunt, in any case, will be made.

63% MLAs from Delhi are crorepatis; 34% have criminal cases, says report
According to a report from ADR, 63% of the newly elected MLAs from Delhi are crorepatis, while 34% have criminal cases registered against them. Candidates with criminal cases, who lost the elections, include 21 Congress candidates, 26 BJP candidates, 12 BSP candidates and one candidate from AAP
 
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has revealed that 34% of the newly elected members in the Delhi Assembly have registered criminal cases against them, while 63% of them are crorepatis. On the positive front, none of the MLAs have been charged with any iniquitous crimes so far, such as murder and crimes against women, ADR said in a report. 
 
The analysis presented in the ADR release has been done based on data collected from the affidavits (available in the Election Commission of India website) filed by the candidates in which they are mandated to disclose information regarding any criminal cases registered against them. They candidates are also required to submit information regarding their financial, educational, profession and age details. 
 
Moneylife had published an article last month based on an earlier ADR release regarding the details of the outgoing candidates in the Delhi Assembly. It was found that about 36% of them had registered criminal cases against them, 73% of them were crorepatis and 47% had an educational qualification of just 12th pass or below.  
 
In this batch of new elects, 34% have registered criminal charges, 63% are crorepatis and 34% have an educational qualification of 12th pass or below. The number of women elected in the assembly (6) has also improved from a four candidates in 2013. Clearly, there has been a positive shift in the overall profile of the Assembly. 
 
Criminal Cases: 
 
While 34% of the elected candidates do have criminal charges against them, none of them have been charged with serious crimes such as murder or rape. This is marked improvement from the previous years. Of the 70 outgoing candidates elected in 2013, 20 of them had been charged of heinous crimes such as murder, dacoity and assault against women, ADR says. 
 
Moreover, the report pointed to the fact that “91 out of 673 candidates with criminal cases, including 60 candidates with serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, crimes against women lost the Delhi Assembly Elections. Candidates with criminal cases who lost the elections include 21 Congress candidates, 26 BJP candidates, 12 BSP candidates and one candidate from AAP.” The chances of victory for candidates with a clean record was calculated to be 8% (2% increase from 2008), but the chances of victory for a candidate with a criminal record has been 21% (5% decrease since 2008).  It is clear that the people of Delhi wanted to “sweep” crime off their streets.  
 
The candidates with registered criminal cases against them include 23 from AAP and 1 from BJP. 
 
Financial Background and Average Assets. 
 
Average assets per MLA this election has been Rs6.29 crore, compared to Rs10.83 crore in 2013. Furthermore, “186 candidates who had declared their total assets worth more than Rs1 crore lost the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections. Out of these candidates who lost, 51 candidates had assets worth more than Rs10 crore, 13 had more than Rs20 crore, 7 had more than Rs30 crore and 1 candidate, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of SAD from Rajouri Garden Constituency had total assets worth Rs239 crore.”, the report read. 
 
44 out of the 70 newly elected candidates (63%) are crorepatis, a good 10% less than 2013. 11 of them have total assets worth over 10 crores. The top from crorepatis are from AAP – Parmila Tokas (R K Puram constituency) with total assets worth over 87 crores, Naresh Balyan (Uttam Nagar constituency) with assets worth over 58 crores, Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh constituency) whose assets are worth over 37 crores, and Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli) with total assets worth over 26 crores.
 
Also, 10 MLAs have declared liabilities of over 1 crore, while 5 MLAs (all from AAP) have not declared their income tax details as yet.  Of the re-elected MLAs, their average assets s in 2015 are Rs2.38 crore, and the average growth in assets of re-elected MLAs from 2013 to 2015 has been Rs13.69 lakh, i.e., 6%. The average assets growth of 21 re-elected AAP MLAs has been Rs6.66 lakh i.e. by 4%.
 
Educational Qualifications: 
 
Since the previous elections in 2013, there has been a 10% jump (61% in 2015) in the number of MLAs with a graduate degree or above, and a 13% fall (34% in 2015) in the number of candidates with an educational qualification of 12th pass or below. 
 
 
Another change has been notices in the distribution of MLAs in different age brackets. 70% of the new elects are between the ages of 25 and 50, compared to 57% in the previous election. 29% of the MLAs are between the ages of 50 and 70. 
 

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vishal

2 years ago

In to days atmosphere only very rich can afford to stand for election. One silver lining in the cloud is less criminal charges against elected representatives. One thing is also sure the AAP is not going to be a Janatha Pariwar as one expects. They are going to mean business and there is going to be some surprise for the Delhi voters.

MG Warrier

2 years ago

Interesting analysis. One suggestion is, as the word 'crorepati'today may just mean that the person owns a two-room accommodation in the city, there is a need for coining some other phrase to describe the 'rich'.
Overall, there is some improvement in the position.

REPLY

Jayakumar

In Reply to MG Warrier 2 years ago

They are not people who has kept lakhs crores in Swiss bank swindle in the country like SONAGandhi

jAYAKUMAR

In Reply to MG Warrier 2 years ago

I endorse the opinion of Mr.Warrior. I also like to stat the way they have become crorepati should not be like Sonia gandhi/corruption/Swiss Accounts/traitors of the country.

PM Modi not to attend Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony

Kejirwal invited Modi to his oath-taking ceremony at the Ramlila Grounds on 14th February. However, the Prime Minister expressed his inability as he would be in Maharashtra on that day

 

Delhi’s Chief Minister-designate and Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed a range of issues related to the national capital, including granting of full statehood.
 
Kejriwal, who was accompanied by senior party leader Manish Sisodia, reached the PM’s residence around 10:30am and the meeting lasted for around 15 minutes.
 
“Arvind told the Prime Minister that both the Centre and the State Government enjoy strong majority, therefore, it is a golden opportunity for both to work together to make Delhi a better city,” Sisodia told reporters after the meeting.
 
He added that the AAP chief also raised the issue of full statehood with the Prime Minister.
 
“Arvind also talked about full statehood to Delhi with the Prime Minister to which he assured that he will look into the issue,” Sisodia said.
 
Kejirwal also invited Modi to his oath-taking ceremony at the Ramlila Grounds on 14th February. However, the Prime Minister expressed his inability as he would be out of the city on that day.
 
Kejriwal on Wednesday had met Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh in separate meetings and pitched for full statehood for Delhi and regularisation of unauthorised colonies.
 

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