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corrupt officials: Supreme Court
sets deadline for government
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that
the government should give sanction to prosecute accused officials
within 3 months under the Prevention of the Corruption Act.
If there is need for any consultation with the
legal authorities, the government might give its sanction within 4
months, the apex court said. If there is no decision by the government
in the four-month timeframe, the sanction should be deemed as given, the
However, the SC left it for Parliament to frame
guidelines for giving sanction to prosecute officials. The apex court
gave its judgment on a petition filed by Janata Party president
Subramanian Swamy. In his petition, Subramanian Swamy has said that the
PMO took 16 months to give sanction to prosecute A Raja in the 2G scam.
The Supreme Court also said that Subramanian Swamy
had the locus to seek sanction from the Prime Minister for prosecution
of A Raja in the 2G scam.
penalty appeal adjourned
The Supreme Court adjourned an appeal hearing on Tuesday into the death
sentence handed down to Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the
2008 Mumbai attacks.
Kasab, one of 10 gunmen who laid siege to Mumbai in attacks which lasted
nearly three days and killed 166 people, has appealed for his sentence
to be overturned after he was convicted in May 2010. The 24-year-old
Pakistani was found guilty of a series of crimes, including waging war
against India, murder and terror acts.
The November 2008 attacks saw 10 heavily-armed Islamist gunmen storm
targets including luxury hotels, a Jewish centre and a train station.
One of the two Supreme Court judges due to hear the appeal was
unavailable on Tuesday, forcing the adjournment, officials said. No date
was immediately set for the next hearing. Kasab's court-appointed lawyer
Raju Ramachandran told AFP that his job was "a call of duty",
but declined to talk further about the case.
India blames the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit
for training, equipping and financing the attack with support from
"elements" in the Pakistan military.
Kasab's death sentence was confirmed by a state high court in Mumbai
last year. If he loses his Supreme Court appeal, he will be able to
appeal for clemency from the president.
protesters assaulted, talks cancelled
CHENNAI: A civil
group spearheading the protest against Kudankulam Nuclear Power
Project (KNPP) called off talks with the Central government-appointed
experts panel after the former's members were assaulted in Tirunelveli
district of Tamil Nadu today, an activist said.
"We have no
faith in the talks. None of the questions we had asked were answered
and the documents we had asked were not presented to us. Meanwhile,
our members have been assaulted when they had gone to participate in
the talks. We are calling off our talks," SP Udayakumar,
coordinator of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE),
The fourth round of
talks at Tirunelveli between the Central government's experts panel on
KNPP and the Tamil Nadu government's panel was all set to take place
at the district collector's office Tuesday morning.
belonging to Hindu Munnani group started attacking the vehicles of two
members of PMANE in the state panel, along with other activists, when
they were entering the collector's office.
"One of our
members Raj Lingam was pulled out of the car and was assaulted.
Similarly, there were some women in a van who were assaulted. We have
lodged a police complaint and are going back to Kudankulam," M.
Pushparayan, convener of the Coastal People's Federation and a member
of the state panel, told IANS over phone.
A senior police
officer said 10 persons had been taken into custody.
power plant operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) is
building two 1,000 MW atomic power reactors at Kudankulam in
Tirunelveli district, around 650 km from here.
originally budgeted to cost Rs.13,171 crore, was initially delayed due
to non-sequential deliveries of equipment from Russia. The revised
project cost is estimated to be around Rs.15,824 crore.
Kudankulam, Idinthakarai and others fear for their lives and safety in
case of any nuclear accident.
led by PMANE, has put a stop to the project work, delaying the
commissioning of the first unit slated last month.
To resolve the
issue, the Central and state governments have formed two panels to
allay the fears of the people. — IANS