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Thin crowd at Jantar Mantar, men misbehave with women journalists

The crowd count at 11am when Anna Hazare took the dais along with his close aides at Jantar Mantar was around 300 and the protest site wore a deserted look with people seen only near the stage

 
New Delhi: Team Anna's indefinite fast against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government entered the third day on Friday with crowds still keeping away from the protest site where some people misbehaved with women media persons, reports PTI.
 
The crowd count was around 300 at 11am when Anna Hazare took the dais along with his close aides at Jantar Mantar. The protest site wore a deserted look with people seen only near the stage.
 
Fasting Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal, a diabetic whose health condition worsened a bit, made a brief appearance at the dais while others like Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai sat with Hazare.
 
Another Team Anna member Kiran Bedi was not present. She tweeted, "today in Pune for two prior committed speaking engagements. Perhaps a bit of a break of a different kind".
 
As Hazare took to the stage, some people misbehaved with media persons and even pushed them.
 
After journalists complained to police, organisers announced that those indulging in such acts were not with the movement and police should take action against them.
 
Organisers blamed the incident on miscreants who are out to disrupt the fast.
 
Later, journalists identified a person who misbehaved with a woman media person and handed him over to volunteers.
 
Two women journalists said that they were pushed by some men who misbehaved with them.
 
Crowds have been keeping away from the indefinite fast raising questions as to whether the movement has lost its steam.
 
In signs of differences, Hazare has refused to endorse his aides' attack against President Pranab Mukherjee.
 
Hazare appeared not in sync with his close aides levelling allegations against Mukherjee, who was sworn in as the new President, when he congratulated him on assuming the highest constitutional office.

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anantha ramdas

5 years ago

It is a sorry state of affairs when people misbehave like this and media persons are forced to defend themselves in doing their job!

I wonder why there were no security or police force present in such gatherings? If they were present, then, they were not doing the job of maintaining peace and ensuring safety of one and all.

Such wrong doers need to be punished severely.

Dayanidhi Maran quizzed by CBI in Aircel-Maxis deal case

CBI sources said Maran was questioned earlier this month, the first time after the agency had registered a regular case against him

 
New Delhi: India’s former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran has been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the allegations that he had received Rs547 crore as kickbacks from a Malaysian company in the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal, reports PTI.
 
CBI sources said Mr Maran was questioned earlier this month, the first time after the agency had registered a regular case against him, his brother Kalanithi Maran, Sun Direct TV Pvt Director, chairman of Maxis Communication T Ananda Krishnan, senior executive of Astro All Asia Network and Maxis Ralph Marshall and three companies Astro All Asia Networks, Sun Direct TV and Maxis Communications on charges of complicity.
 
Mr Maran’s statement was recorded. He shared information of whatever he remembered with the CBI, the sources said.
 
Mr Maran was earlier examined by the CBI in September 2011 when the agency had registered a preliminary enquiry into the case but no questioning or recording of statement was done at that point.
 
The CBI had also carried out searches at his residence and nine other locations after registering a case against him last year in connection with the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal.
 
It has been alleged by former Aircel chief C Sivasankaran that Mr Maran as the then telecom minister favoured Maxis-group in the takeover of his company and in return, investments were made by the company through Astro network in Sun TV owned by the Maran family.
 
CBI claimed quid-pro-quo on part of the then telecom minister has been established during the probe. It has also been proved during the CBI probe that there is direct evidence that files of Sivasankaran were deliberately delayed, sources said.
 
“CBI has registered case against Maran brothers, Ralph Marshall and T Anandkrishnan and three companies under section 120b of the Indian Penal Code (criminal conspiracy) read with 13(2) with 13(1)(d) and also section 7 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The case was registered on 9th October. Searches were conducted at Delhi and southern Chennai city,” CBI spokesperson had said after registering of the case last year.
 
At 12.49pm, Sun TV was trading 12.1% down at Rs259 on the BSE, while the benchmark Sensex was up 1.7% to 16,917.
 

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SC notice to Centre on PIL challenging FM's role in SEBI appointments

The apex court issued notice to union government on a PIL challenging Finance Minister's power to nominate two members in the search and selection board for appointment of SEBI chairman and full time members

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre on a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the Finance Minister's power to nominate two members in the search and selection board for appointment of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) chairman and full time members.

 

A bench headed by Justice SS Nijjar, however, refused to stay Rule 3 (5)(e) of SEBI (Terms and Conditions of Service of Chairman and Members) Rules, 1992, which empower the Finance Minister to nominate two members.

 

The court passed the order on a petition filed by former IPS officer Julio Ribeiro and other members of civil society alleging that the rules framed by the government were contrary to the SEBI Act.

 

Ribeiro had earlier also approached the apex court challenging appointment of UK Sinha as SEBI chairman on the same ground, but the court had refused to entertain his plea on the ground that the allegations levelled in the petition were of personal nature.

 

The petitioner later filed a fresh PIL dropping all those allegations and challenging only the rules framed by the government.

 

The apex court on 21st November declined to entertain a plea questioning the appointment of Sinha as SEBI Chairman, saying it is aimed against an individual under the garb of raising legal and constitutional issues.

 

Ribeiro, in his earlier petition, had submitted that the new procedure, stipulating a five-member panel for selection of the SEBI chief in place of the existing three members, was wrong and there was an ulterior motive behind it.

 

The petition had alleged that rules were changed for appointment of the SEBI chairman and members under corporate pressure.

 

The government had refuted the allegations and had submitted an affidavit, which had said Sinha was the unanimous choice of the search and selection panel and no undue favour was shown to him by his appointment at the post.

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Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

It appears to be a futile attempt.

Please update me about this case, if possible. I am curious to know about the fate of this case.

Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

It appears to be a futile attempt.

Please update me about this case, if possible. I am curious to know about the fate of this case.

Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

It appears to be a futile attempt.

Please update me about this case, if possible. I am curious to know about the fate of this case.

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