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Tri-Valley gave its students a 20% cut to lure buddies: Report

Students in Tri-Valley University apparently got a 20% cut from the sham varsity for every admission they facilitated: The commission was lucrative as it was calculated on the tuition fee (approx Rs 8 lakh) of the fresher.

Moreover, many from Andhra Pradesh had taken a circuitous route to Tri-Valley — first joining another varsity and then landing up at the fake varsity, lured probably by its offer of instant employment.

These findings figure in the detailed report submitted by the NRI cell (at the Secretariat) to chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. As per the report, a majority of the Indian students had moved to Tri-Valley from other universities. It also states that only a little more than 100 students who had obtained visas from US Consulates in India were Tri-Valley bound, indicating that most with F-1 visas were going to other universities.

SC slaps petitioner with Rs 10 lakh fine

It is perhaps the highest-ever penalty imposed by the Supreme Court in recent times: on Wednesday, it slapped Rs 10-lakh fine on S Nagabhushan, a resident of Madavara near Bangalore, for challenging land acquisition proceedings of Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) for the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project.

The bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and Ashok Kumar Ganguly dismissed the special leave petition (SLP) filed by Nagabhushan and imposed fine. Barring a few acres of land-transfer dispute between NICE and the state government, the SC and Karnataka HC have declared the project as legal.

The SC has set a six-week time limit for Nagabhushan to deposit the penalty with Karnataka State Legal Services Authority. If he fails to pay, the HC may initiate appropriate action to recover the amount.

Nagabhushan had petitioned that even though his 7.23-acre land at Thotadaguddadahalli was located far away from the BMIC alignment on Madavara near Tumkur Road, NICE had acquired the land for the project. He had also alleged that the lands are in excess of requirement under the framework agreement (FWA) of the project.

Land deals could trigger fresh trouble for Karmapa


At least two big land deals — one at Rakkar (Sidhbari) and the other at Trilokpur in Jawali area of Kangra district — entered into by the trust of 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje may trigger fresh troubles for the Tibetan spiritual leader. Central and state agencies have spent the past three days compiling a list of ‘benami’ properties which have links with the Gyuto Monastery.

Enquiries by The Indian Express have found that teams from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Income-Tax, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the state CID have identified at least half a dozen properties, particularly lands linked to the Karmapa’s trust, within and outside Himachal. The exercise followed the recovery of foreign currency worth Rs 7.05 crore from the monastery.

Hindu organizations not involved in attack on Christians reports Commission

The Justice B K Somasekara Commission of Inquiry, constituted to probe the attacks on churches in various parts of Karnataka in 2008, has given a clean chit to the ruling BJP and its affiliate, the Sangh Parivar. “There is no basis to the apprehension of Christian petitioners that politicians, the BJP, mainstream Sangh Parivar and the State government are directly or indirectly involved in the attacks,” the commission said in its final report submitted to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in Bangalore on Friday, 28th Jan 2011.

The commission, which launched its investigation from October 2008, has found no merit in the allegations that top police officers and the district administration colluded with attackers in attacking the churches or places of worship.

The Somasekara panel said the main reasons for the attack on churches were circulation of literature derogatory to Hindus and attempts to convert Hindus to Christianity. Some of the attacks were deliberate, well-planned and fuelled by fundamentalism brewing for years.

Though the commission does not point to any particular organisation for the attack, it has found merit in the Christian memorialists’ plea to take action against Mahendra Kumar, the then convener of the Bajrang Dal.

The commission has ruled out the involvement of the Roman Catholic Churches or their members in the conversions. However, the commission has found that there were “clear indications” of conversions to Christianity in the districts of Bangalore, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Bellary, Davangere, Chikkamagalur, and Udupi by a few organisations and “self-styled” pastors using “unaccounted local and foreign funds.”

Commission in its report has said that attacks on Christians were “self inflicted, some make believe, some blown out of proportion and some totally politicised”.

Bangalore Archdiocese termed the report as “unfair” as it had not done ‘justice’ to the minority community by not naming the culprits. “The commission has very badly let down the Christian community and the entire community is disappointed and feel the report is unfair,” vicar general Archdiocese S Jagayanathan said in a statement in Bangalore.

The highest bodies of the respective Christian churches in Karnataka and the Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights will study the final report and would initiate the future course of action, he said.

State unit BJP spokesperson CT Ravi welcomed the commission report which he said had brought out the “truth”. The opposition parties which had blamed BJP for the attacks should desist from such criticisms hereafter, he said.

Politicians sabotage court ruling on Illegal structure to appease Muslims

In Jangpura, Noor Mosque stood on DDA property illegally and the court had ordered its demolition. But, the Delhi governement refused to act and Jangpura Residents’ Welfare Association appealed to the High Court for the compliance of its order. The court in 2006 issued contempt notice to the DDA.

To avoid the complications of contempt notice by the court, the mosque was demolished on Wednesday, 13th January 2010, by the DDA authorities. Muslims started protesting under the leadership of Shashi Imam of Jama Masjid supported by many politicians. In the cycle of violence that had begun on January 12, 23 vehicles were vandalised and six men, including four policemen, were injured. The traffic on the busy Ashram Chowk-Subz Burz stretch was halted for more than 21 hours.

Protestors insisted offering Namaz at the site 5 times a day and each time, the tension was building up. Sheila DIkshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, met Shahi Imam and assured that the site would be purchased from DDA and mosque will be restored. The urban development minister, Jaipal Reddy conveyed the message through Delhi chief minister.

A temporary structure – a tin roof held up with bamboos – had been erected by the protesting mob on Friday. There were over 300 people at the site even in the night with the local MLA Tarwinder Singh Marwah among them. Policemen were instructed not to obstruct the mob.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Thursday filed a compliance report on the demolition of an illegal mosque built on public land in Jangpura B-Block in South Delhi. In the compliance report filed by one of its officials, the DDA submitted that it had not violated the demolition order. However, if any act of omission or commission on its part was construed an infraction of the judgment, the DDA tendered an unqualified apology and prayed forgiveness, the report said. The DDA urged the Court to dismiss the contempt petition in view of the demolition of the illegal mosque.

The Delhi Wakf Board filed a petition seeking modification of the demolition order. The Board in its petition said that before a mosque was built on the site, it was a burial ground for Muslims. It said that the land belonged to it and hence the DDA should have approached it before demolishing the mosque. However, the petition was withdrawn when the Bench said that if something was found contrary to facts, the Court would impose a penalty of Rs.1 lakh on the Board.

Political leaders from many political parties rushed to oppose demolition and supported restoration of the Mosque on the same site. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit was the first to visit the Masjid where she met the Shahi Imam, Syed Ahmed Bukhari. Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) MLA Shoaib Iqbal also addressed a gathering of over 10,000 people. “Mosques are the identity of Muslims. By demolishing them, the government is trying to oppress the community. We will fight against it.” said Yadav said. LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan called up the Imam to offer his support. At the site of the demolished mosque, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s MLA from Okhla, Asif Mohammad Khan, brought in thousands of people and threatened to start construction of the mosque. The CM’s son and East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit also visited the area. Firoz Bakht Ahmed, a community worker, lamented that despite the issue of the mosque having been amicably settled, as evident in the words of Sandeep Dikshit, there was a tug-of-war between the Shahi Imam and the Okhla MLA for credit.

Jangpura incidents dilute the execution of the order of the Supreme Court to evacuate all illegal structures across the country. Muslim groups in other parts of the country follow the same tactic to ensure that mosques are not demolished. Governments and officials act only to avoid contempt petitions against them. Hindu groups are expected to imitate their Muslim counterparts in supporting illegal temples.

Sources: Sheila meets Bukhari  Bukhari leads prayer  DDA submits compliance affidavit  Muslim protests  Politicians rush to support Muslims  Waqf retracts after penalty threat

Bofors: CBI seeks to shut case on Q, says ‘nothing new’ in tax tribunal order

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today pleaded before a Delhi court that the ruling of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in Bofors pay-offs case was “nothing new” and that its application for withdrawing the proceedings against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi should be allowed.

Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra, appearing for the CBI, said the findings of ITAT had been mentioned in a chargesheet filed by it in the over two-decade-old Bofors case.

Sadhvi Pragya’s brother attempts suicide, alleges harassment

The brother of Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur attempted suicide in south-east Delhi today alleging that he was “harassed” by investigating agencies.

Sadhvi Pragya is prime accused in the so-called ‘Hindu’, or ‘Saffron’ terror-tagged terrorist activities against the minority community.

Ananth Brahmachari consumed poison and was found unconscious in Jangpura locality this afternoon, police sources said.

He was rushed to AIIMS where he is undergoing treatment, they said.

Central investigating agencies are pursuing the matter in which many top leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) have been accused of fomenting terrorism.

The case has vertically divided the Indian political spectrum with the Congress-led ruling coalition saying the ‘Sangh parivar’ was behind these activities.

Kalmadi to CBI: Others too were in the loop on key Games decisions

Downplays blackmail letter, says CD he destroyed was not of much relevance

Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi downplayed the significance of the unsigned “blackmail letter” that was seized from his house calling it “routine” and saying that he got many threats and letters, which he did not bother to pursue.

During nine hours of questioning at the CBI headquarters here on Wednesday, Kalmadi, officials said, was asked about contracts awarded to AM Films. Sources said there will be “two to three more rounds” of questioning — later this week or the next — over allocation of funds, forged e-mails and overlays contracts.

Kalmadi is said to have referred to the role of senior officials of the Sports ministry and of other departments when asked about “key CWG decisions”. He is said to have told the agency that he was not taking unilateral decisions and many other officials — of several government departments — were in the loop.

Sreenijan quits YC, ex-CJI family under scanner

His family and its new found riches is becoming a headache for the former Chief Justice of India and NHRC Chairperson KG Balakrishnan. The problem tree for the NHRC chairperson is growing with more reports of dubious land deals and more details of unaccounted wealth of his family members coming out. The latest one involving his second son-in-law Advocate NJ Benny. KG Balakrishnan’s brother KG Bhaskaran stepped down as a special government pleader on Tuesday. The allegations are that Bhaskaran undervalued property worth Rs three crores; for just Rs 22 lakhs. He is alleged to own 53 acres of land and a farm house in Tamil Nadu and a plot in Kochi.

The most controversial link in the family tree is his eldest son-in-law PV Sreenijin. His political links with the Congress has come in as an extra embarrassment for the former chief justice of India.


This after the CPM government launched a vigilance enquiry.


His assets grew from around four lakh rupees to over six crores rupees. There is also a charge that even this is undervalued.


His second son-in-law Advocate Benny has been accused of purchasing prime land over 80 lakh rupees in the last two years with his annual income being just Rs 6 lakhs.


There is no direct evidence pointing to his role in the series of revelations against his sons-in-law.


The question however remains did KG Balakrishnan’s family misuse his name and office to amass wealth disproportionate to their assets.


On Wednesday Sreenijin resigned from the Youth Congress.


The Youth Congress has asked for an explanation.


Rizwan Arshad, National Secratary, Youth Congress said, “Anybody facing allgeations should come out clean in public eye”.


With the surround sound for Justice Balakrishnan to quit as NHRC chief growing, being defiant will no longer be good enough.

Jagan Reddy files application to form new party

Jagan Mohan Reddy, former Congress leader and son of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajashekhar Reddy, is all set to go solo. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday submitted an application to the Election Commission in New Delhi for registration of a new political party. Jagan Mohan’s close associate YV Subba Reddy went to the Election Commission to register the party in Jagan’s name. Jagan Mohan Reddy had resigned from the Congress in November 2009 after he was pulled up by the party high command for airing anti-party programmes on his channel Sakshi TV.

Jagan rebelled after the Congress began opposing his Odarpu Yatra after his father’s death.


He was also unhappy with the Congress after his uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy was included in the Cabinet of the newly-appointed Kiran Kumar Reddy government.