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