Madras HC Wants Separate Toll Lanes for Judges, VIPs: Report
The Madras High Court has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to create exclusive lanes for very important persons (VIPs), including sitting judges, at all toll plazas on national highways, says a report. 
 
According a report from Times of India, the division bench of Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice MV Muralidharan had stated that it was embarrassing for VIPs and sitting judges to have to wait at toll plazas and display identity documents. 
 
Warning that the Court would issue show-cause notices to all authorities concerned unless the problem is rectified, the bench also made clear that its order would be applicable nationwide, the report says.
 
“Serious note should be taken throughout the country to provide separate lanes (at toll plazas) for vehicles of VIPs including sitting judges,” the bench said, directing the Centre and NHAI to issue a circular to this effect. 
 
The bench said, “A circular may be issued to each toll collector to provide a separate lane for VIPs’ and sitting judges’ vehicles. Toll collectors should ensure that no vehicle other than those of VIPs and sitting judges should be allowed to use these special lanes. Any violation of the order by NHAI will be viewed seriously.”
 
Posting further hearing of the case to four weeks from Wednesday, the newspaper, quoting the judges said “People maintaining toll plazas shall not indulge in controversy (regarding) VIPs’ and sitting judges’ vehicles without understanding the ramifications.”
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Nasir Ahmed Rayadurg

2 weeks ago

what a load of non-sense. Abolishing the toll lanes or making it free for all tax payers would be the right approach rather than asking for special privileges.

Ulhas Vajre

3 weeks ago

Ordinary Indians are animals and only VIPs, Political Criminals, their protectors are human beings, need to be treated in a lavish way, let common masses go to the hell! These judges are brainless, bloody in stead of asking to abolish the tolls, which are wasting man hours, and huge amounts of fuels, on import of which govt spends lakhs of crores of public money every year! Shame on judges , Shame on Judges, Shame on Judges!

Ulhas Vajre

3 weeks ago

Send them to Pak to enjoy such facilities, already Imran K, newly elected Pak PM using chopper for going to his office daily., may be he consider the request of these judges. really shameful! one hand people are trying to do away with the VIP culture and the judges are advocating, they must be asked to sit at home rather creating separate bay!

P S Krishnan

3 weeks ago

It is appalling to note Huluvadi Ramesh and M V Muralidharan of the Madras High Court have issued a directive to NHAI seeking exclusive lanes for VIPs including sitting judges, at all toll plazas on national highways. At a time when the world is increasingly moving towards an egalitarian society, this exclusivity for VIP’s is a retrogative step. It is the toll fee paying public and tax payers that requires exclusive treatment, not VIP’s and judges that are living on tax payer’s money. If VIP’s and judges cannot wait in toll plazas for a few minutes they can resign from their positions. The self proclaimed VIP’s and judges are public servants and they exist to serve the public that are funding their existence. This court directive should be cancelled. To set an example for other public servants Huluvadi Ramesh and M V Muralidharan should be dismissed from service immediately for such retrogative thoughts

@Sucheta Dalal - MoneyLife Foundation should file a Public Interest Litigation against this

V Ramesh

3 weeks ago

I am at a complete loss for words.

Saumil Mehta

3 weeks ago

Maybe a separate airport and aircraft when they take a flight. Disgusting to read such absurd demands. Near Bombay high Court, signals are put and police posted so that judges don't have to wait like aam aadmi for traffic to clear when they are going home or wherever

Sanjeev Patil

3 weeks ago

should be rejected by Nhai

BV SUDHANVA

3 weeks ago

LOL

SC order puts activists in house arrest till Sep 6
Describing dissent as a safety valve, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that the five human rights activists arrested by Maharashtra Police should be kept under house arrest until the next date of hearing on September 6.
 
In a huge relief to the activists, an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra ordered house arrest on a petition filed by eminent historian Romila Thapar and four others challenging the Tuesday arrests.
 
Taking a dim view of the crackdown, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said: "Dissent is a safety valve of democracy. If it is not allowed, the pressure cooker will burst."
 
He noted that the arrests had taken place nine months after the activists were linked to the violence at Bhima-Koregaon in Maharashtra.
 
Talking to reporters later, lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the Supreme Court had issued notices to the central and Maharashtra governments.
 
Those arrested on Tuesday included Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, Gautam Navlakha in Delhi, Sudha Bharadwaj in Haryana and Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonzalves in Maharashtra.
 
They were to have been taken to Pune but would now be sent home and put under house arrest.
 
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Electoral Bonds: Names of Buyers and Denominations Are Top Secret, Reveals RTI
To bring transparency in donations to political parties, the government came up with electoral bonds (EBs) in February 2017 and notified them in January 2018.
 
The State Bank of India (SBI) is the only bank authorised by the government to sell EBs.
 
Since then, EBs have been sold through various SBI branches in three phases - in March, April and May—of 2018. Information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that, cumulatively, SBI is has sold 776 EBs worth Rs333.48 crore during first two phases  five out of  the 11 notified branches. However, SBI has refused to divulge identity and other details of buyers under RTI.
 
SK Thakur, central public information officer (CPIO) of SBI has not provided information, saying that compiling such information would lead to disproportionate diversion of the Bank's resources. He also decided that all reports sent to the Central government about the sale and purchase of EBs were in ‘fiduciary capacity’ and could not be disclosed under Section 8(1)(e) of the RTI Act. 
 
Venkatesh Nayak, research scholar and coordinator of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), who filed the RTI application, seeking information on buyers and denominations of EBs that they have purchased, has been denied most of the information.
 
In the part information that was given to him, the CPIO provided only denomination-wise figures of the sale of EBs through the designated branches. States Mr Nayak, “Even this data did not match with the data the same CPIO had earlier supplied to Mr Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu, founder of Factly.in and one of my fellow co-convenors of the National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI). So, I filed a first appeal with SBI's first appellate authority (FAA) in July 2018. The SBI's FAA has now admitted that the CPIO, SBI, goofed up while providing the EB sale data against (sic) my RTI application. In his latest communication following the FAA's order, the CPIO has stated that the EB sale data he provided for the Gandhinagar Branch earlier actually belonged to Bengaluru branch of SBI!”
 
Mr Nayak is filing a second appeal with the Central Information Commission.
 
Information Sought under the RTI Application:
 
(i) The denomination-wise total number of electoral bonds sold by each of your authorised branches in March and April 2018 along with the total number of buyers of each denomination;
 
(ii) The total number of buyers of electoral bonds in each category, namely, individuals, HUF, company, firm, charitable trust and others who purchased electoral bonds from each of your authorised branches in March and April 2018;
 
(iii) A clear photocopy of all application forms received by your authorised branches against which electoral bonds were sold in March and April 2018;
 
(iv) A clear photocopy of all redemption slips received and accepted by your authorised branches from every political party in relation to electoral bonds till date;
 
(v) The methodology applied by your Bank to ascertain whether or not a political party redeeming electoral bonds with any of your authorised branches had secured at least 1% of the votes polled during the last round of general elections to Parliament or the state legislatures, till date;
 
(vi) A clear photocopy of all declarations of beneficial ownership received from companies purchasing electoral bonds in March and April 2018.
 
(vii) A clear photocopy of all returns or reports, by whatever name called, submitted by your Bank to the Government of India regarding the sale and encashment of electoral bonds till date; and
 
(viii) A clear photocopy of all returns or reports, by whatever name called, submitted by your Bank to the Reserve Bank of India regarding the sale and encashment of electoral bonds till date."
 
The Trend of EB Donations:
 
1) Cumulatively, SBI is said to have sold 776 EBs worth Rs333.48 crore (INR3.33 billion) during the two phases through five out of 11 notified branches.
 
2) SBI's Mumbai branch recorded the highest sale of EBs (both phases included) at a little more than Rs173 crore (INR1.73 billion+) followed by the Kolkata branch— a little more than Rs70 crore (INR700 million+), the New Delhi branch—a little more than Rs63 crore (INR630 million+) and the Gandhinagar - a little more than Rs19 crore (INR190 million+). Chennai's SBI branch sold the least- a little more than Rs18 crore (INR180 million+)
 
3) The most number of EBs of the highest denomination Rs1 crore (INR10 million) were sold through the Mumbai SBI branch (166 nos.) followed by New Delhi branch (62 nos.), Kolkata branch (40 nos.), Chennai branch (14 nos.) and Gandhinagar branch (9 nos.)
 
4) In terms of absolute numbers, EBs of Rs10 lakh denomination were sold the most, netting Rs45.80 crore (INR458 million). However, EBs of Rs1 crore denomination were sold to the tune of Rs291 crores (INR2.9 billion) through multiple branches of the Bank.
 
5) Only 17 EBs of Rs1,000 denomination and 10 of Rs1,00,000 (INR100,000) were sold during this period.
 
6) Even though the EB Scheme provides for issuance of bonds of Rs10,000 denomination, it appears that there were no buyers of EBs of this denomination.
 
The data about the implementation of the EB scheme obtained from SBI under the RTI Act clearly indicates that it is serving the super-rich and somewhat less rich donors more than the rest of the citizenry. 
 
What Are Electoral Bonds?
 
The EB scheme allows any person (including HUF), company, firm, charitable trust or unincorporated body of individuals to buy EBs from the designated branches of SBI during each window of sale that the government announces from time to time. EBs are in the nature of promissory notes and carry no rate of interest. The identity of the buyer is not recorded on the EB. So the political party will have no formal mechanism to know who the actual donor through EB is. A buyer could send EBs through his/her chauffeur to be delivered at the office of a political party. EBs have a validity of 15 days only. There is no limit on how many, or how much worth of EBs any person can buy. The recipient political parties have to redeem the EBs within this period using an SBI account. The value of EBs will not be credited to any other bank where the political party may have an account. If they miss the 15-day deadline, neither the buyer nor the recipient political party gets the money back. Instead, it will be deposited in the Prime Minister Relief Fund as per the Gazette notification for the EB Scheme.
 
(Vinita Deshmukh is consulting editor of Moneylife, an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte and is the author of “The Mighty Fall”.) 
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SuchindranathAiyerS

3 weeks ago

Modi is just as corrupt as Maunmohan Singh or Bandit Jabberlal Neckscrew.
For example,
1. His Government has created “Election Bonds” to foment political corruption without any accountability and with invisibility.
2. His Government has made an “anti corruption law” that criminalizes the victim of extortion, the so call “bribe giver” which will ensure that those who are forced to pay sums of hard earned money to Government employees to receive timely services and entitlements from Government Departments and PSUs dare not even complain about it lest they be sent to jail for seven years on “own confession”
3. His Government retrospectively amended the Foreign Currency Regulation Act to legitimize money laundering by Political Parties.
4. His Government exempted lawyers from GST so that there may be no obstruction to Judicial corruption

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