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The Indian Constitution has given every opportunity to these killers to prove themselves deserving of mercy. Finally after twelve years of inaction by the Union Governments, both of Congress as well BJP, a decision has been finally taken by the Manmohan Singh government, and just in time in view of my threat to file a PIL in the Supreme Court after August 15, 2011 if no action was taken.
No power under the Constitution can now stop the hanging of these three convicts whose mercy petitions have been rejected. Hence the TN CM J. Jayalalitha has correctly stated that she cannot interfere.
I may also add here that the earlier commuting of the sentence of S. Nalini, another convict in the case, from death to life imprisonment by the NDA Government in 2000 through the TN Governor, is ultra vires the Constitution and totally illegal. Nalini’s commutation therefore is bad in law and can be set aside by Courts, and thus is liable for being executed at a future date for her participation in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.
There should be no further interference in the decision to hang these three convicts on September 9, 2011. India can no more be perceived as a soft State when it comes to terrorists. ”
“Intention of the government is not good, but Anna Hazare stood firmly on his stand. So far only one battle has been won and the bigger one is still to be fought,” Swamy told reporters here.
He said the “next battle” would have to be fought jointly by every citizen.
“Anna Hazare’s campaign has created awareness among people for which he has to be congratulated. He has shown what a fakir can do,” he said while addressing a function to felicitate Vishwa Hindu Parishad president Ashok Singhal.
Swamy said while Hazare was insisting on a stringent law, a person can also be punished under the existing provisions.
“Anna Hazare is emphasising on stringent law. It is right that strict provisions are made. It may take time but a person can be punished under existing law as well,” he said.
The Janata Party president said the court has permitted him to argue the 2G spectrum case and use CBI records, and the next hearing would be on September 15.
He alleged that former telecom minister A Raja was not alone responsible for the 2G scam and there were others behind it as well.
He added that corruption has a multi-dimensional effect and it generates black money.
BAREILLY: Flaying the Congress party and its general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who is also her late husband’s nephew, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Maneka Gandhi accused the party of being “neck deep in corruption to which Rahul Gandhi has always remained a mute spectator”.
She was responding to Anna Hazare supporters who climbed on to the dais from where she was addressing a public meeting in her constituency, Aonla, about 30 km from here.Asked to comment on Rahul Gandhi’s silence on the all important issue of corruption, she shot back: “Well, what can he say when his whole party is thoroughly corrupt.” She went on to ask: “Has he ever opened his mouth on the issue of corruption?”Declaring her whole-hearted support to Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Bill, she said: “I am strongly of the view that the Jan Lokpal bill be adopted by parliament.”Earlier, Hazare supporters told her that they would continue to extend their support to her only if she supports the Jan Lokpal bill.Her son Varun Gandhi, a BJP MP from neighbouring Pilibhit parliamentary constituency, has tabled the Jan Lokpal bill as a private member’s bill in parliament and also visited Hazare’s fast venue of Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.Replying to another question about former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s name figuring in the Wikileaks list of those allegedly with huge amounts of money in Swiss banks, Maneka Gandhi remarked: “Well, it is really shameful that the government has failed to do anything to retrieve the tonnes of India’s black money that is parked in Swiss banks; I see no reason why all that money cannot be brought back to the country.”
(atleast that was given for nothing!)
Sonia Gandhi was unanimously re-elected President of India’s Congress Party for the fourth time in 2010, making her the longest serving chief in the party’s history. Born in Italy, Gandhi’s connection to India began when she married Rajiv Gandhi, the heir to the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty in 1968. For two decades, Gandhi played the quiet role of a political wife and only accepted a leadership role after his 1998 assassination. She refused to serve as prime minister when her party won national elections in 2004 and 2009, instead delegating the role to Manmohan Singh. Lauded for overseeing heavy economic growth, she is also criticized for tolerating political corruption and failing to forge connections with India’s fastest-growing demographic–younger voters. Gandhi is an avid scholar of the arts, and holds a degree in oil painting conservation. She recently underwent surgery in the U.S.
Forbes names Sonia seventh most powerful woman, Merkel on top
Press Trust Of India
Updated Aug 25, 2011 at 10:02am IST
Washington: Congress party president Sonia Gandhi figures as the seventh most powerful woman of the world in the Forbes list which is topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Sonia Gandhi, 64, who is recouping from unspecified surgery in a US hospital, is ranked seventh just ahead of US First Lady Michelle Obama in a list of 100 most powerful women of the world released by the Forbes magazine.
Indian-American Indra Nooyi, the head of soft drink giant PepsiCo, has been ranked fourth, followed by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Melinda Gates co-chair and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Two Indian corporate executives Chandra Kochhar of the ICICI (43rd) and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon (99th) have figured in this list in which the third place is occupied by Dilma Rousseff, who became Brazil’s first woman President.
“Lauded for overseeing heavy economic growth, she is also criticized for tolerating political corruption and failing to forge connections with India’s fastest-growing demographic–younger voters,” said Forbes about Sonia Gandhi.
“Gandhi is an avid scholar of the arts, and holds a degree in oil painting conservation. She recently underwent surgery in the US,” it added.
“The managing director and CEO of India’s second-largest bank, Chanda Kochhar rules over assets of USD 118 billion and profits of $ 1.35 million,” Forbes said.
“India’s first biotech entrepreneur, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw founded Biocon in 1978 at just 25. Since then Biocon has become only the second Indian firm to list a $ 1 billion IPO on its first day of trading,” it added.
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Pioneer News Service | New Delhi
Adding more worries to the scam-tainted UPA Government, the Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear a petition against Home Minister P Chidambaram on his alleged role in 2G Spectrum Scam as Finance Minister.
Filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, the petition with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the first respondent alleges that during the tenure as Finance Minister, Chidambaram colluded with the former Telecom Minister A Raja in spectrum pricing. Chidambaram is the second respondent in the petition.
The petition cites the October 2003 Cabinet decision, which empowers the Finance Ministry in fixing the pricing of spectrum, was violated during Chidambaram’s tenure as Finance Minister. It alleges that Chidambaram did not block Raja from the arbitrary allotments.
Pointing out the objections and directions to stay the spectrum allocation at old price by the then Finance Secretary D Subbarao on November 22, 2007, the petitioner alleges that Chidambaram as a Finance Minister overruled the Finance Secretary.
Swamy also cites the findings of the Murli Manohar Joshi-led PAC report and the deposition of Subbarao before the panel that he had alerted Chidambaram.
Alleging collusion with Raja, the petitioner says that Chidambaram’s controversial letter to Prime Minister, written after five days of the scam, exposes the hidden dealing in the scam.
Attacking his arch rival, Swamy alleges that Chidambaram as Home Minister also hushed up several issues concerning national security involving foreign companies related with the scam.
The petitioner says, Telenor, which acquired major stakes in Unitech group firm (now known as Uninor), was blocked by the Home Ministry earlier due to its presence in Pakistan and Bangladesh telecom sector. It, however, got the approval during Chidambaram’s tenure as Home Minister.
Similarly, Swan Telecom’s foreign partner Etisalat was also involved in Pakistan-based telecom companies. Swamy also questions the silence of Chidambaram over the Intelligence Bureau’s adverse observations against Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka.
Swamy approached the Supreme Court after Prime Minister rejected his petition for sanction to prosecute Chidambaram. He also alleges that Chidambaram supported the sale of shares of controversial companies to foreign companies at a whopping price. Recently, Raja also claimed that he got concurrence from Chidambaram on this matter.
In his petition Swamy also quotes Prime Minister, who said in a press conference and later in Parliament that Raja and Chidambaram had discussed the spectrum pricing. Prime Minister said that though there were differences earlier, later they (Finance Minister and Telecom Minister) were on the same page.
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