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SC tells CBI to probe its former chief SinhaRanjit Sinha. File photo

SC tells CBI to probe its former chief Sinha

24 Jan 2017 | 2:18 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a CBI inquiry against the agency’s former director Ranjit Sinha for allegedly interfering in coal scam investigations. A Bench headed by Justice MB Lokur said: “A prima facie case has been definitely made out for investigation for abuse of authority.”

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New Delhi, January 23

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a CBI inquiry against the agency’s former director Ranjit Sinha for allegedly interfering in coal scam investigations.

A Bench headed by Justice MB Lokur said: “A prima facie case has been definitely made out for investigation for abuse of authority.”

The court said Central Bureau of Investigation Director Alok Verma could select two senior officers to carry out the probe. The court, while rejecting an SIT inquiry, said it was reposing faith in the CBI because of the change of guard there. 

It asked the CBI Director to inform the court about the composition of the team and duration of probe by January 30, the next date of hearing.

The petitioner’s counsel, Prashant Bhushan, told the Bench that CBI Joint Director Vineet Vinayak, who has been supervising the coal scam probe, had conflict of interest in the matter. The court asked the CBI to verify the allegations.

It also asked the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate  to submit status reports. “Pull up your socks,” Justice Lokur told senior counsel Amarendra Sharan, who represented the CBI.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had told the top court last year that a panel headed by former CBI special director ML Sharma had indicted Sinha for meeting some high-profile accused. — TNS

Court no paves way for Budget on February 1

Court no paves way for Budget on February 1

24 Jan 2017 | 2:21 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court today paved the way for presentation of the Union Budget on February 1 as it dismissed a plea seeking its postponement in view of Assembly elections in five states.

What steps taken on drug menace, asks SC

What steps taken on drug menace, asks SC

24 Jan 2017 | 2:22 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Centre and states on a PIL seeking direction to check drug menace in schools and colleges.

Foreign Secy Jaishankar gets 1-yr extension

Foreign Secy Jaishankar gets 1-yr extension

24 Jan 2017 | 2:05 AM

NEW DELHI:The Union Government today gave Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, due to retire on January 28, one-year extension.

After censure, Kejri attacks EC

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24 Jan 2017 | 2:05 AM

NEW DELHI:Cocking a snook at the Election Commission after it censured him for asking voters in Goa to accept bribe from other parties but vote for AAP, a defiant Arvind Kejriwal today demanded that the poll panel allow him to repeat his comments as those were aimed atchecking graft.

Stand-off over statue in Patiala

Stand-off over statue in Patiala

24 Jan 2017 | 2:05 AM

PATIALA:A “victory dance” by SAD candidate and former Army chief General JJ Singh (retd) left onlookers amazed after he garlanded an iron grill on the outer perimeter of the Sewa Singh Thikriwala Chowk here today.

Capt to be named CM face: Anand Sharma

Capt to be named CM face: Anand Sharma

24 Jan 2017 | 2:13 AM

JALANDHAR: Anand Sharma, Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, today said that Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh would be declared the Chief Ministerial candidate soon.


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24 Jan 2017 | 1:43 AM

NEW DELHI:The BJP’s lists of candidates, announced so far, for the five State Assembly polls have revealed some interesting trends—- some strategic and some arising out of compulsion.

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NoAam Aadmi Party supporters from Canada are canvassing in the state

Election campaign gets NRI push

24 Jan 2017 | 1:19 AM

Moga/Jagraon: The rough and tumble of Punjab politics has attracted the Punjabi diaspora to the state. This is the time of elections, and NRIs want to contribute their bit to ensure their party wins.

Sukhbir concealed bail info: Plaintiff

24 Jan 2017 | 1:19 AM

FARIDKOT: A complainant in a 17-year-old case against Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has demanded the cancellation of his nomination from the Jalalabad Assembly seat.

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In combat mode, eyeing last hurrah

24 Jan 2017 | 1:19 AM

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Jats stand divided over common cause

24 Jan 2017 | 1:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Jat leadership pushing for Other Backward Class status for the community in Haryana is divided as it gears up to launch another agitation to press for its demand even as the BJP government in the state seems to be banking on factionalism and its preparedness to deal with the situation.

State identifies 723 kanals for rehabilitation of Pandits

State identifies 723 kanals for rehabilitation of Pandits

24 Jan 2017 | 12:27 AM

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Government has identified 723 kanals (nearly 100 acres) for the rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits who migrated from the Valley in the early 1990s following the eruption of militancy.

Nadda takes a dig at Rawat, PCC chief for shifting bases

Nadda takes a dig at Rawat, PCC chief for shifting bases

24 Jan 2017 | 12:29 AM

DEHRADUN: Accusing top Uttarakhand Congress leaders of giving up their constituencies in the hills and moving to the plains out of a sense of insecurity, the BJP today said the state’s ruling party was going to the polls with a defeated mentality.

Trump pulls US out of ‘job killer’ Pacific trade deal

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24 Jan 2017 | 1:31 AM

WASHINGTON:President Donald Trump today formally withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), making good on a pledge to scrap a deal he denounced as a “job killer” and a “rape” of US interests.

Analysts expect Budget to revive investment, consumer sentiment

24 Jan 2017 | 12:28 AM

NEW DELHI: With the note ban likely to have a negative impact on the economic activity in some sectors in the next two to three quarters, it would be keenly watched how the government seeks to offset this and boost consumer and investment sentiment in the upcoming Budget, says an ICRA report.

NoOpeners Shikhar Dhawan (in pic) and KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane failed to give even one good start in the entire series. PTI

Kohli backs openers

24 Jan 2017 | 1:39 AM

Kolkata: India’s opening batsmen have come under fire for poor starts in the last two home series against New Zealand and England but captain Virat Kohli says now is the time to give them support, not show them the door. The hosts defeated New Zealand 3-2 and won the three-match ODI series against England 2-1 but there was not a single 50-run partnership at top of the innings.

Stokes exorcises Eden ghosts

24 Jan 2017 | 1:38 AM

Kolkata: The last-ball win in the third ODI against India turned out to be a moment of redemption for England’s Ben Stokes, who said the match-winning effort at the Eden Gardens has exorcised the ghosts of the World T20 final loss at the same venue.

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Kiwis sweep series after Bangla collapse

24 Jan 2017 | 1:38 AM

Christchurch: A Bangladesh batting implosion saw New Zealand cruise to a comfortable nine-wicket win in the second Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday. Bangladesh were all out for 173 in their second innings.

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