Trinamool Calls for Removal of Tushar Mehta as Attorney General Following Meeting with BJP Deputy Suvendu Adhikari; Mehta denies having met him
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-07-2021; The Trinamool Congress (TMC) wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, calling for the removal of India’s attorney general, Tushar Mehta, following his meeting with West Bengal opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari in New Delhi.
- The letter, written by TMC MPs Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy and Mahua Moitra, said that the meeting between Adhikari and the Attorney General (SG) “reeks of irregularity” because the BJP MP is accused in the cases of Narada and Saradha where investigations are ongoing.
- According to the letter, the meeting took place “strangely” after Adhikari’s meeting with Interior Minister Amit Shah. TMC MPs claimed that Adhikari had been charged in several cases of cheating, bribery and illegal gratification related to the Narada and Saradha scam cases.
- The SG is appearing for the CBI in the Narada case before the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court, as well as advising the investigative agency on the Saradha account fund scam, they said.
- The meeting between Adhikari and the Attorney General “not only smells of dishonesty, there is a direct conflict of interest and also blemishes the position of the second highest attorney in the country, the Attorney General,” they added.
- To maintain the “neutrality and integrity” of the Indian attorney general’s office, steps must be taken to remove Mehta from office, TMC deputies said in the letter to the prime minister.
- Meanwhile, Mehta issued a statement denying having met the BJP leader. He claimed that Adhikari came to his residence “out of nowhere”.
- Mehta said: “Suvendu Adhikari came to my residence / office yesterday unexpectedly. Since he was in a pre-scheduled meeting, my staff asked him to wait. After my meeting, my staff informed him of my inability to meet with him. He left without insisting on meeting me. Therefore, the question of my meeting with him did not arise”.
- In reaction to Mehta’s denial, Moitra tweeted: “Category Z BJP protégé enters the Indian Attorney General’s high security official residence ‘uninvited’, waits 20 minutes with a cup of tea and apparently not you have an interview CCTV footage to support your version, Mr. SG?
The Jammu drone attack is an act of terror, according to Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria; LeT could be overdue, says J&K DGP
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-07-2021; Security agencies suspected the role of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the explosions of two drones at the Indian Air Force Technical Airport in Jammu on June 27. The drones could come from across the border, Jammu and Kashmir Police Director General Dilbagh Singh said on Friday.
- Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Friday that the drone strikes were an act of terror aimed at targeting key military assets. He added that the Indian Air Force is developing its capabilities to deal with such security challenges.
- The Air Chief of Staff said the IAF had carried out a detailed analysis in terms of the implications of drones and other similar capabilities falling into the hands of non-state actors and had taken a number of measures to counter them.
- Drones loaded with explosives were used to carry out an attack on Jammu Air Force Station on Sunday in the first case of suspected Pakistan-based terrorists deploying UAVs to attack vital military installations in India.
- The Air Chief of Staff said a detailed investigation into the attacks was underway and that all packages of measures would be on the table based on the investigation’s findings.
- He said the IAF has largely analyzed the planning and system and infrastructure requirements necessary to enhance its capabilities to go soft kill and have a counter-drone system.
Former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala was released from Tihar prison; he plans to visit protesting farmers
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-07-2021; Released from Tihar Central Prison on Friday after a 10-year prison sentence for a teacher recruitment scam, former Haryana Prime Minister and Director of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Om Prakash Chautala said he plans to visit the farmers in the places of protest.
- Addressing the party workers gathered at the Delhi-Gurugram border to welcome the octogenarian leader, Chautala thanked them for supporting his party against the government’s flawed policies and assured them that he would continue to fight for the poor, the oppressed and the farmers.
- Chautala said doctors advised him to take a few days off, after which he would visit protest sites to meet with farmers and ask for their blessing. He said he will be visiting cities across the country.
- He was jailed in 2013 in connection with the fraud case relating to the recruitment of basic teachers for young people. He had been on emergency parole since March 26, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Sunaina Chautala, senior general secretary of the women’s cell of the INLD, said the release of Chautala gave new energy to workers and the party would return to power with an overwhelming majority.
- Large numbers of workers wearing party flags bearing the INLD symbol and green sports headgear showed up at the Delhi-Gurugram border on National Road 48 to welcome Chautala.
Assets of Ahmed Patel’s son-in-law, Dino Morea, DJ Aqeel seized in money laundering case
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-07-2021; The Enforcement Directorate said on Friday it had seized the assets of the late Congressman’s son-in-law Ahmed Patel, actors Dino Morea and Sanjay Khan, and DJ Aqeel in a money laundering case involving the Sterling-based pharmaceutical company. Biotech in Gujarat, PTI. reported.
- ED said an interim order had been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to seize the assets of the four people, valued at 8.79 crore.
- Apart from that, the asset embargo value for Khan is ₹ 3 crore, for Dino Morea it is ₹ 1.4 crore, for Aqeel Abdulkhalil Bachooali, popularly known as DJ Aqeel, it is ₹
- 1.98 million rupees, and for Irfan Ahmed Siddiqui, who is Patel’s son-in-law, it is 2.41 million rupees, the central investigative agency said in a statement.
- The ED said that Nitin Sandesara and Chetan Sandesara, fugitive promoters of the Sterling Biotech group, “diverted” the proceeds of their crime to the four people.
- Promoter brothers Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara, wife of Chetan Dipti Sandesara and Hitesh Patel have been declared fugitive economic criminals by a special court, he said.
- The money laundering case concerns alleged fraud on Rs 14.5 billion bank loans allegedly perpetrated by Sterling Biotech and its main promoters and administrators.
Police action by actor Chetan Kumar’s statements on “Brahmanism” sparks controversy in Karnataka
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-07-2021; Kannada actor and activist Chetan Kumar has been questioned three times this month after Bengaluru police filed an FIR for his critical comments on “Brahmanism”.
- Some members of the Brahmin community objected to his comments, arguing that the very use of the word was “defamatory and abusive” and had hurt their feelings.
- Attempts to criminalize the use of the term ‘Brahmanism’ – widely used by various anti-caste thinkers, including Dr BR Ambedkar and Periyar EV Ramasamy to denote caste-based hierarchy, discrimination and notions of superiority – have sparked controversy in Karnataka.
- While several writers and intellectuals have rallied to the actor, his detractors have been virulent, especially on social networks.
- State Labor Minister A. Shivaram Hebbar, also a Brahmin, called the use of the term “defamatory” and called for Kumar’s arrest.
- He also alleged that the actor was making these statements for “monetary gain”, which prompted him to sue the minister for libel in order to obtain rupee compensation and a public apology.
- Defending his comments, Kumar said he only re-articulated what Bahujan thinkers said.
Deciding cases is not an easy task, you have to take into account the repercussions of setting a precedent, says CJI N.V. Ramana
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-07-2021; Judging is not an easy task, Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana said on Friday. On the one hand, the judge must focus on the law, the background and facts of a case and, on the other, the human aspect.
- Judges must use the “little discretion” law that allows monitoring of human suffering and charging for each case. A court decision would echo over time. It would have repercussions.
- A trial becomes the law of the land. A judge had to take all of this into account when trying a case, he said. The CJI spoke at a farewell organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association to the retiring judge, Judge Ashok Bhushan.
- He said that Judge Bhushan, in addition to his “remarkable judgments”, had left, as a “humanist judge”, a mark on the hearts and minds of the people of the country. The CJI described the Bar Association as “the protector of the institution.”
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-07-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 3,04,66,162 at the time of publishing this bulletin, with a death toll of 4,00,485.
- On Friday, the government emphasized vaccination and monitoring of Covid-19 protocols, noting that the second wave of the pandemic is not over yet.
- At a press conference on the pandemic situation, an official said that people cannot and should not lower their guard.
- Seventy-one districts reported a COVID case positivity rate of more than 10% in the week of June 23-29, the government said, adding that the second wave is not over.
- On the ongoing vaccination campaign, the government said that India is vaccinating an average of 50 lakh people a day since June 21.
- To date, 34 million people have been vaccinated with at least one dose since the campaign began on Jan. 16, the government said.