Maharashtra court issues NBWs against Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu
Nanded (Maharashtra)/Hyderabad, A Maharashtra court has issued non-bailable warrants against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and 14 others in a 2010 case pertaining to an agitation against the Babli Barrage on River Godavari, an official said here.
 
Judicial Magistrate First Class, Dharmabad Court (Nanded) N.R. Gajbhiye on Thursday issued the NBWs against Naidu and his cabinet colleagues, Irrigation Minister D.U. Rao, Social Welfare Minister G.Kamalakar and 12 others.
 
The police have been ordered to arrest them and produce them before the court at the next hearing on September 21.
 
The incident took place when the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had organised massive protests over what it termed the "illegal constructions" of the Babli Barrage project by the Maharashtra government allegedly to divert Godavari River waters from Telangana region of the then undivided Andhra Pradesh.
 
At that time Naidu was the Leader of Opposition in the state and along with 40 legislators, had entered the barrage vicinity flouting prohibition orders clamped there.
 
The police had caned some protesters and later arrested all of them.
 
Later, as Naidu refused to take bail, he was sent back to Hyderabad by a flight, and subsequently cases were filed against all agitators on various counts.
 
The court orders came after a petitioner moved the Dharmabad court seeking to know why the earlier arrest warrants were not executed.
 
The TDP on Thursday reacted sharply to the warrants against Naidu and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is behind the conspiracy. TDP leader Buddha Venkanna told reporters in Vijayawada that the Bharatiya Janata Party is resorting to witch-hunting.
 
Naidu's son and state IT Minister N. Lokesh told the media that while legal opinion on the issue has been sought, the Chief Minister would attend the court hearing next week.
 
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Vijay Mallya says he met FM: Arun Jaitley denies it
Fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya, wanted in India for his alleged role in a multi-crore bank loan fraud case, claimed on Wednesday that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving India in 2016.
 
"I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. I met the Finance Minister before I left... repeated my offer to settle with the banks. That is the truth," he told reporters outside a Westminster Magistrate court where he is fighting an extradition case filed by Indian authorities.
 
Mallya, who left India on March 2, 2016, also claimed that he was disliked by both the major parties in India -- the BJP and Congress. 
 
"I am a political football... As far as I am concerned, I have made a comprehensive settlement offer before the Karnataka High Court. I hope the honourable judges will consider it favourably." 
 
Asked if he could settle his dues, Mallya, who headed the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines and the United Breweries, said: "Obviously. That is why a settlement offer has been made." 
 
Mallya, who faces charges of defrauding banks to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, said he did not file any clemency plea in the Karnataka High Court where he was ready to settle all dues.
 
"I put almost Rs15,000 crore offer on the table of the Karnataka High Court. I feel like a scapegoat. Both political parties don't like me," he said, adding that the banks had rejected his settlement offers. 
 
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley put out a detailed statement on Vijay Mallya’s comment to the media, where he admitted having met Mallya, who he claimed had misused his access as a Rajya Sabha member to meet him. There was no formal appointment. In a facebook post titled - The Factual Situation, Mr Jaitley said:
 
My attention has been drawn to a statement made to the media by Vijay Mallaya on having met me with an offer of settlement.
 
The statement is factually false in as much as it does not reflect truth. Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise. However, since he was a Member of Rajya Sabha and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion while I was walking out of the House to go to my room. He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that “I am making an offer of settlement”. Having been fully briefed about his earlier “bluff offers”, without allowing him to proceed with the conversation, I curtly told him “there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers.” I did not even receive the papers that he was holding in his hand. Besides this one sentence exchange where he misused his privilege as a Rajya Sabha Member, in order to further his commercial interest as a bank debtor, there is no question of my having ever given him an appointment to meet me.
 
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Union Cabinet approves transfer of RCF land to Mumbai metropolitan authority
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave ex post facto approval for transfer of land of Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd. (RCF) to Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA).
 
It also approved transfer of RCF land to Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and selling of Transferable Development Right (TDR) Certificate received against the transfer of land to MMRDA/MCGM.
 
An official release said MMRDA acquired 48,849.74 sq m (8265 sq. m unencumbered/free land and 40584.74 sq. m. encumbered land) of RCF and completed the construction of Eastern Free Way-Anik Panjrapol Link Road (APLR). 
 
It said RCF received TDR certificate of 16530 sq. m in Novemer 2017 issued by MMRDA against 8265 sq. m of unencumbered/free land as an interim relief. 
 
The release said claim of RCF for TDR/compensation against encumbered land measuring 40584.74 sq. m is being decided by an arbitrator.
 
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COMMENTS

DrRajesh Bheda

1 week ago

This is the way to go. GOI should not sell any land belonging to it or to the PSUs in market to reduce the fiscal deficit. To acquire land afresh is becoming increasingly difficult for the Govt.

DrRajesh Bheda

1 week ago

This is the way to go. GOI should not sell any land belonging to it or to the PSUs in market to reduce the fiscal deficit. To acquire land afresh is becoming increasingly difficult for the Govt.

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