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Major News and Events of 02 April 2013

What Happened on 02 April 2013


Government asked to explain about delay in appeal in Babri Masjid case by SC

The Supreme Court Tuesday asked for a reply from the government regarding delay in challenging a high court verdict where BJP leader L.K. Advani and 20 others in the Babri Masjid demolition conspiracy case were discharged.The apex court bench of Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice J.S. Khehar directed the government to file an affidavit explaining the delay.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had moved the apex court on Feb 18, 2011, nine months following the Allahabad High Court verdict of May 20, 2010, where Advani and 20 others were discharged of the charges of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh over 20 years ago.Senior counsel P.P. Rao, who appeared for the CBI, apprised the court that the delay was due to long time taken by the office of the then solicitor general in resolving the special leave petition.The court adjourned the matter for two weeks, and gave one week to the government to file its affidavit to give reasons for the delay and one week to Advani and others for submitting their replies. The apex court also noted that CBI could not be faulted for the delay and directed a "responsible law officer" to file the government affidavit explaining the delay. Rao said then solicitor general Gopal Subramanium, who was in charge of settling the appeal against the Allahabad High Court order, was engaged with the 2G case.Senior counsel Ravi Shankar Prasad, who represented Advani, opposed the CBI plea seeking the condoning of the delay. The judges asked him whether he had a weak case on merits as generally people who challenge the condonation of delay have a weak case. Prasad replied to that he had a very strong case on merit.The CBI in its appeal had stated that the high court verdict discharging Advani and others of the offence of criminal conspiracy "is inconsistent with the previous judgment rendered by the Allahabad High Court on Feb 12, 2001".

2G: SC will hear Sunil Mittal's plea on April 8

On April 8 the Supreme Court  will hear the plea of Bharti Airtel CMD Sunil Mittal where he challenges the order of a special Delhi court calling him in the 2G case.The apex court bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice Vikramajit Sen ordered the listing of the matter for April 8 after Mittal's senior counsel Harish Salve specified about it and sought an early hearing of the plea.Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini had summoned Mittal on March 19 to appear before it on April 11 regarding alleged excess spectrum allocation to telecom companies in 2002.The special court also had summoned Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia, former telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh and Asim Ghose, formerly with Hutchison Max Telecom which is now Vodafone India.The trial court had released summons after taking cognizance of the chargesheet filed against mobile firms Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Sterling Cellular for the alleged anomalies.On Dec 21 last year in its 57 page chargesheet,  the CBI had mentioned Ghosh and the three telecom firms as accused for criminal conspiracy as also under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act for creating a loss of about Rs.846 crore to the exchequer.CBI told the court that additional spectrum was allocated on July 17, 2002 to Bharti Cellular (now Bharti Airtel) and Sterling Cellular (now Vodafone Mobile Service) for the Delhi metro area, and Hutchison Max for Mumbai metro area.

Pune Warriors looking to shrug off whipping boys image

 Pune Warriors India who finished last in the fifth edition of the IPL will be looking for an image makeover and shrug off the tag of being the favourite 'whipping boys'. In 2011, they finished ninth out of 10 teams and last year they finished last.Though they have one of the best line-ups, Pune Warriors were the under-achievers in the last two years. They have Alan Donald as their coach now and are a better balanced side this time and may be the team to watch out for this season.They have mentor in Sourav Ganguly, who led them in 2011 and an efficient captain in Angelo Matthews, who was appointed after Michael Clarke was ruled out for the season. All eyes will be on Yuvraj Singh, who led the team in its first season in 2011. And since the team management has kept Yuvraj free of the team's responsibilities he will be looking to bounce back to form. New recruits in the team are: Abhishek Nayar, Ajantha Mendis and Kane Richardson. Players to watch out for: Yuvraj Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Angelo Matthews and Ajantha Mendis

Ambani brothers collaborate for telecom business

Companies of Ambani brothers Mukesh and Anil made an announcement of a Rs.1,200 crore deal for cooperation in telecom business. According to the deal, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm will use Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications' optical fibre network for fourth generation (4G) telecom services.Reliance Communications will have reciprocal access to optic fibre infrastructure manufactured by Reliance Jio, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, in future.The "definitive agreement" signed for approximately Rs.1,200 crore is a one-time indefeasible right to use fees for sharing Reliance Communications across India inter-city fibre optic network infrastructure, Reliance Communications specified in a statement. The agreement offers joint working agreements to be operative immediately for upgradation of the optic fibre network so that seamless delivery of next generation services is confirmed.

'Daayan' book for 'Ek Thi Daayan' promotions

 Vishal Bhardwaj and Ekta Kapoor will release a book titled "Daayan" written by Ved Prakash Sharma after they launched a special TV series for promotion of their forthcoming co-production "Ek Thi Daayan". The book has stories related to witches and supernatural powers and will also present the gist of the film. In fact in one of the episodes Shweta Tiwari, the actress was found reading a Ved Prakash Sharma novel about witches. The book will soon hit the stands. Kapoor is known for unique promotional campaigns of her films. She earlier launched a TV show "Ek Thi Naayika" which is a prelude to the movie that releases on April 19, the show had eight female actors enacting a particular role in each episode.

Wi-Fi connectivity in Delhi-Kolkata Rajdhani

Passengers on the Delhi-Kolkata Rajdhani will now be able to browse the net through Wi-Fi facility while travelling as informed by a railway official on Tuesday.Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal will be launching the specified facility on the train at the Delhi station. The fact that many passengers have the requirement of accessing the net while they are travelling has been considered for the initiation of this facility. Passenger will be provided login and password for the duration of the journey acquired from their tickets. Railway sources stated that the service would now be a pilot and proposals are there to introduce it in Shatabdi and Duronto trains as well.




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