Tihar jail official held for burning daughter-in-law

Tihar jail official held for burning daughter-in-law

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) The chief public relations officer of Tihar Jail here, along with his son, has been arrested for burning his daughter-in-law for dowry, police said Thursday.

Gyan Singh, 50, and his son Nitin, 25, were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly set Usha, 26, on fire at their house in Mahipalpur.

The victim, admitted to Safdarjung hospital with 65 percent burn injuries, is stated to be in critical condition.

In her statement to the sub-divisional magistrate, Usha alleged that she was harassed by her husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law for dowry.

“Usha said that her father-in-law injured her wrist with a blade Wednesday and set her ablaze after dousing her with kerosene oil,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Prem Nath told IANS

“The accused have been booked on charges of harassing the victim for dowry and attempting to kill her,” said the official.

Usha got married to Nitin three years ago, police said.

Nitin works as a guard in Faridabad.



CPIL refuses to name whistleblower in CBI chief’s case

CPIL refuses to name whistleblower in CBI chief’s case

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) NGO CPIL Thursday declined to disclose the identity of the whistleblower of the alleged interference by CBI director Ranjit Sinha in 2G investigation and prosecution, and his meeting the accused in 2G and coal scam cases as it could expose the whistleblower to “grave risk”.

The Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), in its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court Thursday, said that its governing body at its meeting Wednesday decided not to reveal the identity of the whistleblower who took off the lid on the alleged interference in 2G case matters by the CBI director.

Its affidavit came in response to the apex court’s Sep 15 order in which the court, citing its rules, asked the NGO to disclose the identity of the whistleblower who gave it the information on the basis of which the averments and allegations have been made against the CBI director.

Referring to several earlier instances of whistleblowers, including Satyendra Dube, S. Manjunath, Amit Jethwa and Shehla Masood where disclosure of their identities proved fatal to them, the CPIL in its affidavit justified its decision to hold back the identity of the whistleblower in the instant case as it could expose him to “grave risk”.

The meeting of the governing body of the CPIL that decided not to reveal the identity of the whistleblower was attended by its members and senior counsel Anil B. Divan, Colin Gonsalves, Kamal Kant Jaswal, Shanti Bhushan, Kamini Jaiswal and Prashant Bhushan.

The resolution passed by the governing body read: “The information was received in confidence and trust by the CPIL’s counsel from the source who did not wish that the identity to be revealed. That confidence and trust reposed in CPIL’s counsel ought not to be breached.”

Citing the past precedents, the NGO in its affidavit pointed out late Chief Justice J.S. Verma never asked the source of ‘Jain dairy’ in hawala case involving several politicians and had ordered court monitored investigation, and even in Niira Radia tapes case, the court ordered an investigation without asking the source of leak.

Even in 2G case investigation, the court passed several important directions, including court monitored investigations, without asking the source of information available with the CPIL, it noted.

It said that the proceedings in a PIL, unlike private litigations or suits, are non-adversarial where the role of the court is to ascertain the truth and to devise remedies for doing justice and upholding the truth.

CPIL governing body’s resolution said: “A strict application of forms of proceedings and rules regarding verification, as may be applicable to individual grievances, have been found to be quite inappropriate for consideration of issues of public interest.”

“The court has, therefore, often entertained even letters as PILs, has often entertained news reports as evidence and taken up several cases suo motu based on news reports,” the resolution noted.


Bihar CM Jitan Manjhi embarrasses Nitish Kumar, says ex-CM failed to curb corruption

Bihar CM Jitan Manjhi embarrasses Nitish Kumar, says ex-CM failed to curb corruption

Patna: In what can bring in huge embarrassment to Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar, BiharChief Minister Jitan Manjhi has said that his party leader failed to curb corruption in the state during his rule.

Sharing his personal experience over corruption in Bihar, Manjhi said that his family had to pay a bribe of Rs 5000 to modify the electricity bill.
The Bihar Chief Minister candidly admitted that though Nitish brought in huge development in the state, however, the JD(U) chief failed to bring down graft during his tenure.

Bihar`s biggest challenge is to eradicate corruption which is deep rooted in the official machinery, Manjhi asserted.
Nitish, who is considered to be a mentor of Manjhi is yet to react to the claims.

Manjhi was on May 20 sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister after Nitish Kumar quit the post in the wake of a rout in the General elections.

Manjhi was elected as CM by Nitish, who put in his papers following the poor performance of his party in the elections. Manjhi served as the SC/ST minister in Nitish`s government.


Corruption case: Jaganmohan Reddy`s assets worth crores sealed

Corruption case: Jaganmohan Reddy`s assets worth crores sealed

New Delhi: A special anti-money laundering court on Tuesday attached assets worth Rs 800 crore of YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy and his associates in connection with its probe into alleged corruption and money laundering in an infrastructure project in Andhra Pradesh.
According to reports, the courts order came on a notice of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), issued in March, in which it had slapped separate notices against Jagan and Nimmagada Prasad.

Companies of Jagan and Prasad were allegedly favoured by the then Andhra Pradesh government (when Jagan`s father YS Rajasekhara Reddy was chief minister) in the Vadarevu and Nizampatnam Industrial Corridor (VANPIC) project whose aim was to develop sea ports and a green field airport in coastal areas of the southern state and industrial corridors in Prakasam and Guntur districts.
In 2012, the ED had registered a criminal probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the individuals and associated firms based on a CBI FIR in this case.

The ED probe had earlier said that there was `quid pro quo` in this deal and hence illegal money exchanged hands.


Efforts on to end corruption in central hospitals: Harsh Vardhan

Efforts on to end corruption in central hospitals: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: Under attack for removing whistleblower IFS officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi asAIIMS Chief Vigilance Officer, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said various forms of corruption exist in central hospitals and efforts are on to end the “systemic and symptomatic” corruption.

Defending Chaturvedi`s removal, Vardhan said his designation as the CVO was opposed by the Central Vigilance Commission in 2012 and 2013. And by removing him “I therefore did my bit to restore the image of the CVC,” he said in a statement here.

The Minister said he was aware as a doctor that corruption exist in hospitals, from allocation of beds to kickbacks from suppliers.

“In my first 90 days in office, hardly a day has passed without inquiring into the transparency of the ministry and its outposts. Very soon the results are going to be in the public domain,” he said.

The statement further said that Vardhan has placed all systems in the central hospitals, including AIIMS, “under critical review to end systemic and symptomatic corruption”.
“If money is made in the allocation of beds or as kickbacks from suppliers, it is sleaze,” he said, adding that what is equally corrupt is the silent practise of reserving beds and facilities for employees or VIPs.

Vardhan, while regretting that a political slant was given to the “re-profiling” of Chaturvedi`s job, said, “he has neither been suspended, nor transferred”.

The Health Minister claimed that Chaturvedi`s appointment as the CVO, by disregarding the CVC`s directives, was “part of a design to weaken the institution”.
The previous UPA government and AIIMS had defended the appointment, saying AIIMS was an autonomous body and the CVC`s nod for it was not necessary.

Chaturvedi`s sympathisers, including AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, have alleged he was removed due to “political pressure” and CVC had been communicating with him as AIIMS CVO so long as he was there.