From Sanjay Dutt to Robert Vadra and Gurunathan Meiyappan: People who got their family into trouble


Here’s a look at five celebrities whose deeds have affected their family’s image more than theirs.

1) Sanjay Dutt


This Bollywood celebrity, veteran actor Sunil Dutt‘s son, is serving his sentence in prison for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

Mumbai Police tracked Dutt’s involvement in the case soon after the destruction. He was found possessing illegal AK-56s which had been acquired from Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anees Ibrahim. After the blasts, he had one of them destroyed.

This revelation left his family in a state of deep shock. Dutt’s sister Priya Dutt and father Sunil Dutt could not believe that Sanjay Dutt was a part of the blasts that took so many lives.

Sunil Dutt, who was actively involved in politics, had to face defamation as he struggled to free his son from jail.

All the respect that the Dutt family had earned in so many years was lost in one go. Sunil Dutt died of a heart attack in 2005 and his daughter Priya Dutt contested the elections from his seat.

Sanjay Dutt has been recently shifted to Yerawada jail in Pune and will be in custody for 42 months.

2) Robert Vadra
Son-in law of Sonia Gandhi, Robert Vadra married her daughter Priyanka Gandhi in 1997. Uninvolved in politics, Vadra expressed his desire to enter politics only if he could ‘bring about a change’ in the existing system.

Vadra is a businessman and owns Artex, a company that specializes in jewellery and handicraft exports.

In October 2012, anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal accused Robert Vadra of purchasing 31 properties in New Delhi worth more than Rs.300 crore. The money for this had allegedly come from interest-free loans from DLF Limited in exchange of political favors. Soon after this allegation, the opposition party, BJP, demanded a probe into the matter.

Kejriwal called for a public debate and invited Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to participate.

Vadra also allegedly purchased more than 75 acres of land in Hasanpur, a village of Palwal district in Haryana. The land was allotted to Scheduled Caste persons in 1981 by the Haryana Government.

Vadra made a comment on Facebook that said, ‘Mango people in banana republic’. This raised many eyebrows and  soon after, his Facebook account was deleted.

These acts of his have added on to the troubles of the Gandhi family.

Both Vadra and DLF Ltd. have continuously denied the allegations.

3) M.Kanimozhi


Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi‘s daughter M.Kanimozhi is remembered for her involvement in the 2G scam. She is a member of the Parliament and represents Tamil Nadu in the Rajya Sabha.

As per the Chief Bureau of Investigation, Kanimozhi, who owns 20% stake in the family-owned Tamil television channel Kalainagar TV, was in constant touch with former telecom  minister A Raja to get the promoter of Dynamix Balwas Realty, Shahid Balwa to route Rs. 2 billion to this TV channel. Kanimozhi was also depending on A Raja for the launch of this channel.

For these charges of corruption, this politician and ‘literary heir’ of Karunanidhi has been booked for criminal conspiracy under 120-B, cheating under section 420 & forgery under sections 468 and 471.

Kanimozhi spent 188 days in prison and was given bail on 28th November 2012.

The Joint Parliamentary Committee claimed that it could easily convict Karunanidhi’s wife and daughter, considering the evidence that they had gathered.

These revelations left Karunanidhi reportedly upset and he allegedly encouraged his political channels to ensure support from the existing government.

4) Abhijeet Mukherjee


President Pranab Mukherjee‘s son Abhijeet Mukherjee is a member of Parliament and in the 2011 elections, Mukherjee won the legislative seat of Nalhati, West Bengal.

In December 2012, when the entire nation was fighting for the Delhi gang-rape victim, Abhijeet Mukherjee made a public statement, in an interview with ABP news, calling the protestors as women who were “highly dented and painted”. He said that these were the same women who went to discotheques. According to Mukherjee, they are ‘disconnected with reality’.

This comment enraged the public and even the Mukherjee family expressed displeasure with Abhijeet’s remarks. Sharmishtha Mukherjee, Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter affirmed that the family did not share these views.
Abhijeet Mukherjee later apologized for his sexist comments.

5)Gurunath Meiyappan
The recent IPL spot-fixing scandal that has seen the arrest of three cricketers and other involved in the sport has caused havoc in the country. The followers of the sport received the biggest jolt when the name of the managing director of Chennai Superkings, Gurunathan Meiyappan, popped up in the controversy.

Meiyappan, along with being the managing director of Chennai Superkings is N. Srinivasan’s son-in law is accused of being involved in the spot-fixing scandal.

N Srinivasan, who is the chief of BCCI is being criticized for not stepping down despite his son-in law being a major accuse in the crime.

The news of Meiyappan’s involvement broke after the arrest of Vindoo Dara Singh who had made calls to a Chennai number. Singh also admitted that he was in touch with a relative of the CSK franchise owner.

Meiyappan is married to Srinivasan’s daughter Rupa and has three children with her.

Noopur Patel

President Pranab says India and Bangladesh should walk ‘ shoulder to shoulder’


Asserting that the two Asian neighbours are inheritors of an undivided civilizational legacy, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said India and her people share a special connection with Bangladesh.

u8_Pranab-mukherjee-01.jpg.pagespeed.ce.At-gFScR9E
 
“It is with pride that Bangladesh engages in the task of building a modern, progressive and prosperous nation. As in 1971, so in 2013, the people of India stand beside the people of Bangladesh. We will walk with you as equal partners, shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm. We are both inheritors of an undivided civilizational legacy. It is no wonder that India and her people share a special connection with Bangladesh. We have an abiding interest in the all-round development of Bangladesh,” said President Mukherjee in his acceptance and banquet speech on receipt of Bangladesh ‘Liberation War Honour’.
 
” However, the full potential of our cooperation is yet to be tapped. My discussions during this visit have been extremely rewarding. Our Governments have established a comprehensive framework for cooperation. Our endeavour will be to see how our bilateral cooperation can bring sustained benefits to our people and improve the quality of their lives. This will be the litmus test of the success of our relationship,” he added.
 
President Mukherjee said India is happy to see the tremendous strides made by Bangladesh.
 
“The impressive and path-breaking manner in which Bangladesh has faced the challenges of eradication of poverty is worthy of emulation. I pay tribute to the people of Bangladesh, its farmers, entrepreneurs, doctors, teachers, scientists and many others who represent the creative genius of its people,” he added.
 
President Mukherjee said he is delighted to be in Bangladesh and grateful for the affection bestowed on him on his first state visit abroad after the assumption of the office of the President of India.
 
“As I stand here tonight, I am filled with memories of the events of 1971. I was 36 years old and a Member of Parliament when the people of Bangladesh engaged themselves in their liberation struggle. Many of us were passionately concerned about the events that were unfolding then. 24-hour television channels did not exist in those days – and it was the Free Bangladesh Radio and All India Radio that gave us reports of the heroic struggle of our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh,” said President Mukherjee.

 “These bulletins were keenly followed by us in India – as the minds and hearts of all Indians were with the people of Bangladesh. The plight of millions of homeless people crossing the border, seeking refuge in the neighbouring States of India stirred the hearts of our people as they felt ine anguish of that hapless multitude. They came forward wholeheartedly to succour and any assistance they could provide to their brethren from Bangladesh in their hour of need. The images of the proud people of Bangladesh and their brave fight for justice and dignity were etched in every Indian’s consciousness,” he added.
 
President Mukherjee recalled that on June 15, 1971, he had the privilege to initiate a discussion on the floor of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament, when he suggested that India should accord diplomatic recognition to the Government of Bangladesh in exile in Mujibnagar.
 
“My words are on the record in proceedings of Rajya Sabha. When a Member sought my suggestion on how to tackle the problem, I responded by saying: “I am talking of a political solution which means categorically recognising the sovereign democratic Government of Bangladesh. Political solution means giving material help to the democratic, sovereign Government of Bangladesh…,” said President Mukherjee.
 
” I reminded the House of the many instances in world history when intervention on similar grounds had taken place in past.,” he added.
 
President Mukherjee further said ‘as a Member of Indian Delegation in the 59th Conference of Inter Parliamentary Union in Paris (France) in 1971 from 2nd to 10th September, we took the opportunity of the presence of large number of Members of Parliaments of different countries to explain the situation in Bangladesh and urged them to prevail upon their Governments to speak out against the violation of human rights in Bangladesh’.
 
“I also had the privilege of visiting the United Kingdom and the then Federal Republic of Germany as a Member of the Goodwill Parliamentary Delegation in the same visit. I was mandated to brief the Members of the Parliaments and to the leaders of those countries about the situation. Late Shri H.D. Malviya, former Member of Parliament and activist of the World Peace Council had accompanied me in this mission,” said President Mukherjee.
 
“Later I was given the responsibility of visiting the refugee camps in the neighbouring  States of India – including Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya and coordinating with the local Governments on making them functional and comfortable,” he added.

 

Pranab rejects another mercy plea


President Pranab Mukherjee has rejected the mercy petition of death-row convict Saibanna Ningappa Natikar, currently lodged in the Central Prison at Hindalga, Belgaum, Karnataka. This is his second rejection after assuming office as the President. He signed the order on January 4.

The first rejection was that of Kasab, the convict in the 26/11 Mumbai terror case hanged on

November 21.

Saibanna had submitted his mercy petition following the confirmation of his death sentence by the Supreme Court’s two-Judge Bench on April 21, 2005. Saibanna was a life convict for the murder of his first wife. While on parole in September 1994, suspecting the fidelity of his second wife, he killed her and his daughter, and attempted to commit suicide.

‘Judgment of error’

Fourteen former Judges had recently appealed to Mr. Mukherjee to commute Saibanna’s death sentence to life imprisonment, in view of Supreme Court’s admission in 2009 in another case that the Court’s confirmation of his death sentence in 2005 was per incuriam (judgment delivered out of error or ignorance).

In Santosh Kumar Bariyar v. State of Maharashtra (2009), the Supreme Court held that the Court’s confirmation of death sentence in Saibanna’s case fell foul of two binding judgments of the Supreme Court, namely, Mithu Singh v. State of Punjab (1983) and Bachan Singh v. State of Punjab (1980).

In Mithu Singh, the Supreme Court’s five-Judge Constitution Bench struck down Section 303 of Indian Penal Code, prescribing mandatory death sentence (prescribed under Section 303 of Indian Penal Code) for convicts found guilty of committing murder while serving life sentence.

In Bachan Singh, another Constitution Bench had held that death sentence is constitutional if it is prescribed as an alternative for the offence of murder and if the normal sentence prescribed by law for murder is imprisonment for life.

In Saibanna, the Supreme Court was doubtful whether a person already undergoing imprisonment for life could be visited with another term of imprisonment for life to run consecutively with the previous one. Instead of resolving this doubt, the Court confirmed his death sentence. In Bariyar, the Court admitted that the Bench in Saibanna effectively made death punishment mandatory for the category of offenders serving life sentence.

The Karnataka High Court which first heard Saibanna’s appeal against the death sentence gave a split verdict. His appeal was then referred to the third Judge, who confirmed his death sentence.

The Supreme Court, while confirming Saibanna’s death sentence, had relied on Machhi Singh v. State of Punjab, which was on November 20 last year considered per incuriam by a two-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court in Sangeet v. State of Haryana.

The Hindu

Align Domestic Fuel Prices with Global Rates: President


Close on the heels of steep increase in diesel price and cap on supply of subsidised LPG, President Pranab Mukherjee said greater alignment of domestic rates with global prices was in the interest of both consumers and investors.

A steep 5.62 per litre hike notwithstanding, diesel continues to be sold at a discount of 11.05 per litre to its actual cost as international rates continue to rule high.

“In the present international environment of rising petroleum prices, greater alignment of prices to global prices is in the interest of both consumers as well as investors,” Mukherjee said inaugurating the 10th edition of Petrotech Oil & Gas Conference.

“Government of India is committed to adopt a time-bound programme to achieve this,” he said.

The government had in June 2010 freed petrol price from its control and agreed to free diesel rates in a calibrated manner.

“Just like financial markets, the world energy markets are inherently global and interdependent, and no single country can isolate itself from the market,” the President said in an apparent reference to India’s dependence on world markets to meet its energy needs.

India’s oil import bill, he said, has crossed $150 billion as it imports 75 percent of its needs.

“For a GDP growth of over 8 percent during India’s 12th (Five Year) Plan, it would be imperative for us to ensure better demand management in our country,” he said. “There must be increased understanding of the fact that the path to a more sustainable future will require our society to make a better balance between its energy consumption visa visits cost and availability.

Source: PTI

Inflation Above Comfort Level, Govt Concerned: Pranab


The government said inflation, which is above comfort level, is a matter of concern and steps are being taken to address the price situation.

“…inflation has been above comfort level and is a matter of concern,” Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

He, however, expressed satisfaction that inflation has started to decline. The headline inflation declined to 9.11 per cent in November against 9.73 per cent in the previous month. Similarly, food inflation eased to a nearly four-year low of 4.35 per cent for the week ended December 3.

Mukherjee said both the government and Reserve Bank were taking steps to contain inflation. Steps taken by government include, reducing import duties on pulses and edible oil to zero and banning export of certain edible oil and pulses. Besides, the government has reduced customs duty on crude oil.

The RBI on its part has adopted a tight monetary policy since March 2010 in its bid to tame inflation. When asked if increasing interest rates was the only option in the monetary policy to contain inflation, Mukherjee said RBI has multiple monetary policy instruments at its command. However “the use of each instrument is situation specific”.

Mukherjee further said high inflation and some of the efforts to control liquidity “has detrimental” effect on growth in the short term.

Since March 2010, the RBI has cumulatively raised the cash reserve ratio (CRR) by 100 basis points, and hiked the policy rate (repo rate) 13 times by 375 basis points. However, in its latest mid-quarter review, the RBI refrained from raising interest rates.

Youth Slaps Sharad Pawar


Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was assaulted by a man named Harvindh Singh at the New Delhi Municipal Council(NDMC) calmingly angered by corruption and price rise. Pawar was attacked while he was leave after a literary function at a public auditorium on Parliament Street.

Youth Slaps Sharad Pawar

Pawar cringed at the sudden attack as he climbed the steps, but then continued walking while the police took the assailant away. Harvindh claimed that he is angry with corruption and price rise in India and said “This is my answer to corrupt politicians.” The Sikh youth is a tempo driver by profession and a resident of Rohini, Delhi. He had slapped the Ex-Minister Sukhram just four days ago.

“I came planned to the event to slap the minister,” he told the reports there.

“The prices for all essential commodities have risen. Annaji requested for Lokpal but it did not work out. I’m not a terrorist as a terrorist would never take such a step. I’m fed up of all the corrupt ministers involved in various scams,” he said. “I would have killed him if I had my kripan today.”

Cutting across the party lines, political parties by and large condemned the attack and called it an act of hooliganism. After speaking to Pawar, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the attack and said such incidents should not be given too much importance. Expressing his concern over the increasing incidents of attack on political personalities, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said did not know where the country was heading to and said this act is “totally condemnable.”

“Whatever has happened is wrong. Everybody is concerned about price rise. I am not in favour of violence,” Samajwadi Party MP Mulayam Singh Yadav later told the media.

NCP spokesperson DP Tripathi asked the media to exercise restraint while covering such incidents and the party leader and Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule said, “This is a condemnable act. In democracy, everyone has the right to voice his opinion but any kind of violence is intolerable.”

While BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad condemned attack and demanded the assailant to be punished, another leader of the party, SS Alhulwalia said in the parliament, “The issue of price rise has become so grave today that now a youth has slapped the agriculture minister of the country.”

J&K villager sends Rs26 to Manmohan, Montek


Jammu: A villager from Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir Saturday said he has sent demand drafts of Rs.26 — the Planning Commission‘s poverty line cut-off for rural areas – to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and the commission’s Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahulwalia and asked them to show how to spend a day on that amount.

Darvinder Singh, a resident of Bhagote village in Ramban, about 130 km north of Jammu, said the Planning Commission’s classification of poor was an “insult to crores of poor of the country”.

He has also sent a letter with the demand drafts, according to a release which he e-mailed to media houses across the state.

In his letter, Singh asked the three senior leaders to spend a day on Rs.26 and let the other poor people of the country know how they fare on this meagre amount.

Singh said despite soaring inflation, the commission was making “illogical, unjustifiable and unrealistic claims”.

He also urged the prime minister to “withdraw the affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court to save further embarrassment to the poor”.

The Planning Commission recently told the Supreme Court that poverty line for urban and rural areas could be provisionally placed at Rs.965 per capita per month (Rs.32 per day) and Rs.781 per capita per month (Rs.26 per day) respectively.