Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

What gone in favour for Jaya in Karnataka HC?

The Karnataka High Court said that AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa was entitled for acquittal as the disproportionate assets (DA) held by her was less than 10 per cent of her income as per the guidelines of the Apex Court for acquitting public servants based on the quantum of DA possessed by them in the corruption cases.
The Court said that Ms. Jayalalithaa possessed DA of only Rs.2,82,36,812 while declining to accept the case of the prosecution that she had DA of RS. 66.65 crore or the DA amount of Rs. 53.6 crore arrived at by the special court.
In his 919-page verdict, Justice C.R. Kumaraswamy said that "the prosecution has mixed up assets of accused, firms and companies and also added the cost of construction i.e., Rs.27,79,88,945 and marriage expenses at Rs.6,45,04,222/- and valued the assets at Rs.66,44,73,573."
"If we remove the exaggerated value of cost of construction and marriage expenses, the assets will work out at Rs.37,59,02,466. The total income of the accused, firms and companies is Rs.34,76,65,654. Lack of proportion amount is Rs.2,82,36,812/-. The percentage of disproportionate assets is 8.12%. It is relatively small," the Court found on analysing the documents.
From the Apex Court’s verdict in Krishnanand Agnihotri’s case, the High Court said that when there is disproportionate asset to the extent of 10%, the accused are entitled for acquittal. Also the High Court took note of a circular issued by the Government of Andhra Pradesh that disproportionate asset to the extent of 20% can also be considered as a permissible limit.
Based on Krishnanand Agnihotri’s case and AP government’s circular, Justice Kumaraswamy concluded that disproportionate assets of 10% to 20% has been taken as a permissible limit in DA cases while taking into consideration the inflatory measures.
"In the instant case, the disproportionate asset is less than 10% and it is within permissible limit. Therefore, accused are entitled for acquittal. When the principal accused [Ms. Jayalalithaa] has been acquitted, the other accused, who have played a lesser role are also entitled for acquittal," Justice Kumaraswamy said.
On Ms. Jayalalithaa’s income, the High Court said that the trial court has not appreciated the evidence in a proper perspective. "Though the trial court in its judgment mentioned that the accused availed loan by the Indian Bank, but it has not considered the same as income. Therefore, the trial court has erred in not considering the loans as income…"

In this case, the trial court has ignored the Income Tax proceedings as minimum evidentiary value, the High Court said.

Jaya's verdict: some important questions

Jayalalithaa and three other accused were acquitted of all charges in the disproportionate assets case. Here are some answers on the next possible scenarios post the verdict:

1. Can she become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu again? What is the procedure?
She can be elected leader of the AIADMK legislature party now and can be sworn in CM. she will have to enter the Assembly through an election within the next six months. As of now, the AIADMK can pass a party resolution agreeing to reinstate her as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Then, the current CM O.Paneerselvam has to render his resignation to the Governor of the State. After the acceptance of his resignation, Ms. Jayalalithaa can officially take the oath of office.
2. What will happen to the assets that were attached initially when she was convicted? The office, the land, the bus?
The attachment of the assets will be lifted. During the period of the case, the assets were under the court’s custody. They will be returned to the ‘original owner’ as mentioned in the documents. The court might have to wait for 60 days to check if anyone has contested against the judgment.
3. What about the Rs. 100 crores fine that was imposed on her?
With this verdict, her sentence and her fine amount has been set aside. She does not need to pay the fine amount now.
4. How come one court finds the accused guilty while the other court acquits? Why two interpretations of the same evidence?
It is possible that the High Court took note of legal points in the defence - for example, the income tax department's acceptance of IT returns prevents further enquiry into the ownership of assets. Once this question is answered in favour of the accused, the evidence does not matter.
5. It took 18yrs to give the initial verdict, while only 6 months for the appeal in high court. If for argument's sake, let's say the DMK appeals in the apex court. Will we get a verdict (which might overturn this and send her again to jail) in a short period of time, say 6 months?
Yes, it is possible that the appeal can be taken up within months, if one is filed by the Karnataka government.
6. Can anyone appeal against this judgment?
As the prosecuting State, Karnataka has the right to appeal in the Supreme Court against the verdict. Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy can also file an appeal against the verdict as he is the prime appellant. DMK can’t appeal against this judgment. Karnataka Government is in no mood to appeal the case.
7. Assuming an appeal is filed against this judgement in Supreme Court, how long it will normally take to come to the court?
That depends on the Supreme Court alone. In Jayalalithaa's case, they fixed a deadline for the High Court to finish the hearing.
8. What will the position of the Special Public Prosecutor be now?
B.V. Acharya was re-appointed as the SPP of the case after the Supreme Court gave an order to remove G. Bhavani Singh. Now, Mr. Acharya will be expected to give an opinion to the Karnataka government on whether the verdict is appealable. Then, the Karnataka government can file an appeal, if necessary.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Times of India - Sport Awards

Times of India – Sports Awards
Sports Person of the year
Jitu Rai  (Shooting)
Popular Choice Award
Pankaj Advani (Billiards)

Player Award
Malaika Goel (Shooting)
Kushbir Kaur (Athlete)
Amit Kumar Dahita (Wrestler)
Chikkarangappa (Golf)
Sanjita Chanu (Weightlifter)
Vinesh Phogat (Wrestler)
Youth Icon of the year
Saina Nehwal (Badminton)
Popular Choice Award
Sanjitha Channu (Weightlifter)
Best Hockey Player (Male)
Best Hockey Player (Female)
Rani Rampal
Best Cricketer (Male)
Virat Kohli
Best Cricketer (Female)
Harmanpreet Singh
Table Tennis
Achantha Sharath Kamal
Vikas Gowda
Yogeshwar Dutt
Anirban Lahiri
Vishwanathan Anand
Sania Mirza
Mary Kom and Sarita Devi
Sathish Sivalingam

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

India's most dangerous places for women

The only available statistics are for 2013 from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). In India, a crime against women happens every 1.7 minutes. A rape case is registered every 16 minutes and one domestic violence case is reported per 4.4 minutes.
v Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are the states that top the list of crime against women.
v Crime per lakh of female population is the highest in Assam, Tripura and Rajasthan.
v Kerala has the highest molestation rate: 24.28 per lakh of female population, compared to the national average of 11.94.
v Madhya Pradesh had the highest number of rape cases: 4,335 and 12.1 per cent of total such cases registered in the country, followed by Rajasthan (3,285 cases, 9.78 per cent) and Maharashtra (3,063 cases, 5.52 per cent).
v Delhi, India’s rape capital, reported 1,441 cases with 29.41 per cent of such cases among 53 large cities in India. It recorded 11,449 cases (21.41 per cent) of total crime against women; 35.1 per cent of kidnapping and abduction; 15.76 per cent of dowry deaths; 25.76 per cent of molestation cases and 28.3 per cent of incest rapes.
v Mumbai: 2,946 cases, 5.51 per cent of total crime against women
v Bengaluru: 2,608 cases, 4.88 per cent of crime against women.
v Ahmedabad: 2,449 cases, 4.58 per cent of crime against women.
v Kolkata: 2,399 cases,4.49 per cent of total crime against women
v The rate of cognisable crimes against women was significantly higher in Vijayawada, Kota, Gwalior, Delhi and Jaipur.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sania Mirza's 25th WTA title

Jaya cannot hope for favourable verdict - Captain

AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa cannot hope for a favourable verdict in the appeal filed against her conviction in the disproportionate assets case in the Karnataka High Court, said Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam founder Vijayakant. He was addressing an International Women’s Day rally organised by the Women’s Wing of the DMDK in Salem.

He also dismissed the argument that the DMDK was losing its popularity among the voters. On the contrary, the party was gaining in strength and fast becoming a powerful political force in the State.
On the Mekedatu issue, Mr. Vijayakant said that when the matter surfaced during MGR’s regime, the former Chief Minister approached the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, who managed to pacify the then Karnataka Chief Minister, Gundu Rao, to shelve the project.

The farmers of Tamil Nadu who have been staging agitations in front of Parliament in New Delhi, should agitate in front of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s house, demanding that she direct the Congress Chief Minister of Karnataka not to go ahead with this project.

'Killer' Krishnamoorthy

Friday, April 3, 2015

Now a planet named ‘Vishy’

Here’s a question for the nerds... what do Roger Federer, Jesse Owens, Arsene Wenger, Donald Bradman and India’s Viswanathan Anand have in common? Well, apart from all of them being connected to some sport, they all have  minor planets named after them. The former World Chess Champion joined this unique club when a minor planet (4538), located roughly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, was named after him.

The newly-named minor planet, (4538 Vishyanand), was discovered by Kenzo Suzuki of Toyota, Japan, on October 10, 1988. A staff members of Minor Planet Center, Michael Rudenko, was invited to name the object as it remained unnamed for more than 10 years.  Rudenko told that, the idea of naming a minor planet for Anand was entirely his own. He added that, he chosen Vishwanathan Anand’s name because in addition to being a great chess player he is also a gentlemen and astronomy enthusiast.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

CNN - IBN Indian of the Year 2014

Awarded For
Narendra Modi
Indian of the Year 2014
He was chosen for making the story of Lok Sabha elections 2014 - the story of Narendra Modi.
Arun Jaitley
Indian of the Year 2014: Politics
He is credited with ending the festering and unresolved leadership issues within the BJP post the Vajpayee - Advani era.
Jitu Rai
Indian of the Year 2014: Sports
He won three medals including Gold at World Cup, a Commonwealth Gold, a Silver at World Championship and won India's first Gold at Incheon Asian Games in 2014.
N Chandrasekharan
Indian of the Year 2014: Business

He is known for his management and leadership style. He has been the CEO and MD of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) since October 2009 and was re-appointed a few months ago by the company's board for another five year term.
Chetan Bhagat
Indian of the Year 2014: Entertainment

An investment banker, an author and now a screenplay writer, Chetan Bhagat has churned six best-selling novels.
Tongam Rina
Indian of the Year 2014: Public Service

In 2012, Tongam Rina, the Associate Editor of Arunachal Times was shot at close range for writing against the endemic corruption in her state.
Satya Nadella
Indian of the Year 2014: Global Indian
Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella is the third CEO in technology giant Microsoft’s history
K Chandrasekhar Rao
Indian of the Year 2014: Popular Choice

He steered the oldest statehood movement of India that led to the creation of Telangana in 2014 and went on to become the first Chief Minister of Telangana.
P Vijayan
Indian of the Year 2014: Popular Choice
IPS officer P. Vijayan is the force behind the Student Police Cadet Project that started in Kerala and is now set to go national. The project trains high school students to respect the law and develop empathy for vulnerable sections of society.
Kangana Ranaut
Indian of the Year 2014: Special Achievement
She was recognised for positioning herself as a fearless actor who prefers to speak her mind on and off the screen.
Pankaj Advani
Indian of the Year 2014: Special Achievement

Unlike most of his sporting contemporaries, Pankaj Advani does not have the lure of the Olympics to motivate himself.
Kailash Satyarthi
Indian of the Year 2014: Outstanding Achievement
The Nobel Peace Prize winner of the year 2014. His organization Bachpan Bachao Aandolan has rescued over 82000 children from a life of exploitation
Azim Premji
Indian of the Year 2014: Outstanding Achievement
The famously reclusive Chairperson of WIPRO, Azim Premji launched the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative in 2014 to fund non-profit organizations working in key areas like nutrition, disabilities and governance.
Indian of the Year 2014: Lifetime Achievement
For Mangalyaan its mission to Mars had the world gasping in 2014

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bharat Ratna to Vajpayee

Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was conferred the country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, at a special function at his residence. In a rare departure from protocol, President Pranab Mukherjee, himself a veteran parliamentarian, drove to Vajpayee's residence at Krishna Menon Marg in Lutyens' Delhi to confer the honour at a simple ceremony as the latter is ailing and has been out of public life.
The brief event took place in the presence of select dignitaries including Vice-President Hamid Ansari, PM Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh and close family members that included his foster daughter Namita and foster son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya.
The citation read out at the occasion described Vajpayee as a statesman known for a subtle sharpness that engaged, attracted and brought many together. In his six-decade-long political career, five of them in Parliament, Vajpayee was elected to Lok Sabha 10 times and twice to Rajya Sabha. Prime minister from 1998 to 2004, Vajpayee has faded from public life due to age-related illness. The event was kept out of media glare.

Considered the moderate face of BJP, he has been credited with taking bold initiatives for forging good ties with Pakistan which included a historic bus journey to Lahore in 1999 when he signed the landmark Lahore Declaration with Nawaz Sharif with both sides pledging to push for peace and security.
After the presentation of award, a tea was hosted for leaders who were invited for the function that included former President A P J Abdul Kalam, former PM Manmohan Singh, BJP leader L K Advani, Arun Jaitley, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav and CMs Parkash Singh Badal (Punjab), Mufti Mohammed Sayeed (J&K), N Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) and Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan).