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SC to hear Mittal, Ruia plea against summons May 1

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Wednesday said it would hear May 1 a plea by Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel and Ravikant Ruia of Essar challenging their being summoned to appear before a 2G special court in connection with the excess spectrum allocation scam during the BJP-led NDA regime in 2002.

The bench of Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan said that along with the plea by Mittal and Ruia, it will also take up the Aircell Maxi case wherein there are allegations of quid pro quo on the role of former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran in the controversial deal.


Indian motorsports body's chief executive quits

Chennai : The so-called 'winds of change’ that swept through the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) last winter seemed to have come a full circle with the resignation of its chief executive Rajan Syal.

In a sudden development that, however, did not raise too many eyebrows, 60-year-old Syal, who was appointed in 2009, put in his papers Tuesday. But he has agreed to serve a notice period during which the FMSCI will look for a suitable replacement or decide whether or not to retain the post that was specially created five years ago.


Entrust keys of Padmanabhaswamy temple with district judge, SC urged

New Delhi : Amidst reports that a box in one of the vaults of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple containing treasure was found open, the Supreme Court was told Wednesday that to avert repetition of such a situation, the keys of the vaults should be entrusted to the district judge.

Pointing to certain "disturbing" developments, amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam told the bench of Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice A.K. Patnaik that the vaults should be sealed and locked in the presence of the district judge, who should also retain the keys in his custody.


Delhi HC refers police brutality on homeless to NHRC

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the NHRC to deal with the issue of alleged harassment of homeless drug addicts by police officials.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog told the NGO that brought the issue to the court's notice that the National Human Rights Commission was the apt forum to deal with such issues.

NGO Shahri Adhikar Manch Begharon Ke Liye told the court that police, instead of taking homeless drug addicts to de-addiction centres, had beaten them brutally.


SC forms panel over government advertisements

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday constituted a three-member committee to frame guidelines to regulate issuance of advertisements by the government and its departments with an obvious political message.

The bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice N.V. Ramana said "the existing DAVP policy/guidelines do not govern the issues raised" by the NGO Common Cause and the CPIL as the guidelines "do not lay down any criteria for the advertisements to qualify for 'public purpose' as opposed to partisan ends and political mileage...."


Tax officer's wife booked for running sex racket

Gurgaon: The wife of a tax officer has been booked here for running a sex racket, police said Wednesday.

The racket operating out of a spa and massage parlour, located on the second floor of DT City Centre Mall here on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon road, was busted Tuesday evening.

"The parlour was being run by Kanta Sharma. We have sent her notice to join the investigation and will grill her soon," Sandeep Kumar, chief of Sector 29 police station, told IANS.

Kanta's husband is an excise and taxation officer posted in Gurgaon.

Delhi HC asks why coins with Vaishno Devi image issued

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday questioned the issuance of Rs.5 denomination coins with the image of Mata Vaishno Devi embossed on the reverse, saying it "may create problem if members of other community raise the issue".

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog directed the central government and the Reserve of India to file their reply on a plea seeking ban on issuance of coins with religious symbols embossed on them.

The court, posting the matter for Aug 20, granted last opportunity to the Centre and the RBI to file replies.


Growing ammo seizures at Delhi airport

By Rajnish Singh,

New Delhi: Arrests from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), in a little over two years, of over 100 passengers, who had managed to sneak firearms and ammunition aboard Delhi-bound flights, has set off alarm bells for Delhi Police, who say the number of such incidents is rising.

India test fires Akash missile

Bhubaneswar: India Wednesday test fired its Akash surface-to-air missile from a defence base in Odisha, an official said.

The indigenously developed missile, with a 27-km range and an effective ceiling of 15 km, was test fired from the Integrated Test Range of Chandipur in the coastal district of Balasore, 230 km from here.

"It was a trial by the Indian Air Force," test range director M.V.K.V. Prasad told IANS.

Rs.731 crore-worth drugs seized in Punjab

Chandigarh: Punjab authorities have seized drugs worth Rs.731 crore and 7.5 lakh litres of illicit and country liquor in the run-up to the April 30 Lok Sabha polls in the state, an election officer said here Wednesday.

The contraband items were seized after the model code of conduct came into effect March 5.

Punjab's chief electoral officer V.K. Singh said the total amount of drugs seized so far is valued at Rs.731 crore.

He said the cash seizures till date across Punjab totalled Rs.21.85 crore.