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Will India be able to bring Vijay Mallya back?

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With the uncertainty hanging over the extradition of liquor barren and absconder Vijay Mallya,  the question is will India be able to bring him back?

 

Close on the heels of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s extradition hearing in London last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to file another chargesheet on the matter, within a month.

Many senior officials of banks who had dealt with loans given to Mallya’s now grounded Kingfisher Airlines may be named as accused in the new chargesheet by CBI, said people with knowledge of the matter.

This would be the first chargesheet in the case pertaining to loans of more than ₹ 6,000 crores given to Kingfisher Airlines by a consortium of 17 banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) which alone had an exposure of ₹ 1,600 crores.

The agency has already filed a charge sheet against Mallya last year in connection with a separate case related to a ₹ 900 crore loan by IDBI Bank Ltd, in which senior officials of the state-run bank were allegedly involved. The CBI had registered two cases against Mallya related to the IDBI loans in 2015 and consortium loan in 2016.

Vijay Mallya fled the country on March 2, 2016. He recently made a sensational revelation that he had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving the country. However, Jaitley denied having given an appointment to the liquor barren.

With the uncertainty hanging over the extradition of liquor barren and absconder Vijay Mallya,  the question is will India be able to bring him back? HW News Brings you reactions from across the political parties:

 

Akhilesh Bhargava, HW Business & Finance Editor:

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“I don’t think it is a question of whether Vijay Mallya will be brought back to India. Firstly, his extradition proceedings going on in London, look like will go in his favor. From the legal perspective, he will not be dragged in India because he has been extradited. He might not even be jailed. The Arthur Jail controversy has already died down. The real question is, would he want to come back. I think Vijay Mallya would want to come back to India. On sheer logic, most of his assets are still in India. It is very obvious that he would want to come back and take back the assets before they are all impounded under the new Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.”

 

Bhai Jagtap, Mumbai Congress Vice President:

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“I don’t think so, for the very the simple reason that the sitting government (BJP Government) has, in fact, helped many people to flee from India and not just Vijay Mallya. The names on the list are never-ending, it contains names right from Vijay Mallya to Lalit Modi to Nirav Mod to Mehul Chowksi and so on. They fled with innocent people’s livelihood in hand. I don’t think this government will ever try to bring him back to the country. People have started doubting their intentions. The best example of this would be like the case of Vijay Mallya would be Nirav Modi. There was information furnished to the PMO about his fraudulent deeds and he might flee from India soon. The PMO continued his silence and as a result, he fled. This government has supported the frauds in the country to flee. The reasons that they are providing to justify their deeds will not be accepted by us and the people of this country. Mr. Rahul Gandhi, in fact, has actually helped CBI to unearth such a big fraudulent deed and if Congress comes in power stringent action will be taken towards curbing such acts.”

Nawab Malik, NCP Spokesperson:
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“This is before the court of London. The most prominent question that arises here is that why did he run away in the first place? The lookout notice was consciously diluted by the BJP government to misguide the CBI. They have supported him to run away from the country. BJP Government has not only helped Vijay Mallya but other fraudulent defaulters like Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. Even Raghuram Rajan had issued a letter to the PMO to take a fast track action against the willful defaulters and to stop them from fleeing but the warning fell on deaf ears. The present government is responsible for the trauma that the country is facing and why the banking sector is running dry.”
Madhav Bhandari, BJP Spokesperson:
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“Vijay Mallya has mischievously claimed that he met Honorable Finance Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley before leaving India. Mallya made his come-back on this statement and cleared that he hasn’t at all met the Finance Minister. Nor formally neither in any official custody. Secondly, the thanks-giving letter that he had sent to the former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has come to the fore. Names of the real culprits of this fraudulent act have come out in open. If Vijay Mallya is implicating anybody then that is former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, former Finance Minister, and the entire Congress clan. The legal procedure is on in the UK and I  have full hope in the Indian legal system. The UK legal system will help us to bring him back to India. In fact after the infamous claim that he (Vijay Mallya) made of him meeting the Finance Minister has actually helped to backtrack him.”

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Should MJ Akbar step down as a minister following sexual harassment allegation?

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In the lights of these allegations, should MJ Akbar step down as a minister? HW News brings you reactions from across the people.

 

India’s #MeToo movement that started with Tanushree Dutta breaking her silence on workplace harassment on the sets of the film ‘Horn Ok Please’ at the hands of actor Nana Patekar, has hit the Indian politics and media too.

In a slew of accounts that came out as a part of #MeToo movement recounted some horrifying incidents where women were sexually harassed at the workplace. While women in media have named a number of male journalists/media persons breaking their silence, scores of women have named journalist turned politician and now MoS External Affairs in the Modi government-MJ Akbar as a sexual predator.

As many as 9 women from different media organization have accused MJ Akbar of sexual harassment. These survivors’ accounts paint a stomach-churning pattern to his sexual abuse – set up job interviews with aspiring women journalists in hotel rooms, repeatedly call them to his office cabin for meaningless conversation and chatter, entice them with major stories, send them out of the workplace and meet them at a hotel at odd hours.

In the lights of these allegations, should MJ Akbar step down as a minister? HW News brings you reactions from across the people:

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, Journalist:

 

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“He should absolutely step down from the post. This casts a big shadow on the Modi government which boasts of campaigns like “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”. The women’s accounts need to be heard.”

 

Seshadri Chari, BJP NEC:

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“The allegations made against the MoS for External Affairs Mr MJ Akbar are of very serious nature. So going by these allegations and given the fact that Narendra Modi govt is seriously engaged in maintaining the decorum and dignity of the government, it would be in the best interest of the govt that Mr MJ Akbar should consider demitting office. The fact that allegations have been made but so far no serious charge has been framed nor any FIR been filed officially, these all the facts on the sideline. So it will take a long time for the allegations to be taken to the court of law and it will take even more time to prove. but irrespective of that the govt needs to maintain its standards of high probity and therefore in the best interest of the government and the situation,I think Mr MJ Akbar owes an explanation and subsequently it will be right on his part if he thinks he should step down and allow the matter to take a logical course.”

 

Nawab Malik, NCP Spokesperson:

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“Those who have accused, should go to the authorities and file a lawsuit. The allegations should be taken seriously and examined. If there are so many allegations, the minister resigns. If such allegations seem to be taking place, then they should resign while taking moral responsibility. Take action by filing a lawsuit, it is our demand.”

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#FuelPriceCut: Is ₹ 2.50 cut in fuel price enough?

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With the petrol prices already breaching the ₹ 90-mark in various cities, is ₹ 2.50 cut in fuel price by the central government enough?

 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday announced that the central government will reduce the excise duty on fuel prices by 1.50 rupees.

Addressing a press conference, Arun Jaitley announced that the Union government will reduce the excise duty by Rs.1.50 while the Oil manufacturing Companies will also absorb a reduction of 1 rupee.” The announcement of the Finance minister will lead the rising fuel prices in the country to decrease by 2.50 rupees.

The Union Finance minister further added that the Union government will be writing to the state government to also reduce the VAT on the fuel prices similar to the central governments. Arun Jaitley further informed that cut in excise duty will be applicable immediately.

Petrol on Thursday was being sold at Rs 84 per litre in Delhi while diesel is being sold at Rs 75.45 per liter. In Mumbai on Thursday petrol is being sold at Rs 91.34 per liter and diesel at Rs 80.10 per liter.

With the petrol prices already breaching the ₹ 90-mark in various cities, is ₹ 2.50 cut in fuel price by the central govt. enough? HW News brings you reactions from across the political parties:

 

Sachin Sawant, Congress Spokesperson:

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“First burden people with tons of weight, then remove few grams and start patting own backs claiming concern about people. This is BJP’s strategy. The government should answer why have they kept RS 9 drought cess even when there is no drought for 3 years? Why only petrol and not diesel? The government should put petrol and diesel under GST.”

 

Nawab Malik, NCP Spokesperson:

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“The government has taken the decision of reducing the price of petrol and diesel by ₹ 2.50. It is nothing but misleading the people. During the UPA government, the excise duty on petrol was ₹ 9. This government increased it to ₹ 19.48. The excise duty on fuel was increased from ₹ 3 to ₹15.33. We challenge the BJP government, if it is serious about giving the people relief then it should implement the UPA-era excise duty on fuel again.”

 

Sambit Patra, BJP Spokesperson:

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“The Modi government is fully sensitive towards the problem of rising petrol and diesel prices. The government cares for Common man and thus has reduced up to ₹5 on Petrol and Diesel. Even the BJP-ruled states are now cutting down on the prices. The Prime Minister himself is monitoring the situation.”

 

Sanjay Singh, Rajya Sabha MP, AAP:

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“It is good that the government decided to reduce the fuel prices by ₹2.50. But Mr. Jaitley should first clarify that from tomorrow the prices won’t again rise by 10 paise, 25 paise, 45 paise, and 50 paise etc.  It shouldn’t be like “Chaar din ki Chandani aur fir andheri raat”. In the last four years, the Modi government has increased 443% tax on diesel and 213% tax on petrol. Now that elections are around the corner in three states, the government is cutting on the taxes. A similar thing also happened during Gujarat elections as well.”

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Is the Modi government Anti-farmer?

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With the farmers’ protest growing across the country and farm distress reaching new heights, should the Modi government review its farm policies?

A massive protest march by farmers from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi with a charter of 15 demands including loan waiver and fair prices for crops turned violent at the border on Tuesday, with police using water cannons and tear gas to disperse them.

Led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), thousands of farmers on their way to Kisan Ghat in the national capital were stopped at the Delhi border by the police. The farmers then tried to forcibly break barricades and defy prohibitory orders. Prohibitory orders banning the assembly of five or more persons have been clamped in several areas near the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border and will continue till October 8. The police even lathicharged and unleashed water cannons on the protesting farmers after they tried to evade the barricades.

The farmers’ demands include complete loan waiver, revoking the ban on 10-year-old tractors in the National Capital Region, reduction in electricity tariff, implementation of the recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission on remunerative prices and payment of sugarcane arrears among others. The police crackdown was denounced by opposition parties.

With the farmer’s protest growing across the country and farm distress reaching new heights, should the Modi govt. review its farm policies? or Is the Modi government Anti-farmer? HW News brings you reactions from across political parties:

Ashok Gehlot, AICC General Secretary:

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“The BJP government says they will celebrate the 150th “Gandhi Jayanti” in a grand way throughout the year. Mahatma Gandhi was an advocate of Non-Violence and the entire world on 2nd October celebrated the International Non-violence Day. But this government destroyed the idea of non-violence day. Be it UP or Delhi, wherever the lathicharge has happened, I strongly condemn it. They could have talked to farmers, have had a dialogue with them but instead, they brutally unleashed violence on them.”

Raju Shetty, Lok Sabha MP:

“The farmers were going to ask for justice and their rights in Delhi. They were not going to attack. They are not terrorists. Who gave them the right to stop farmers? Everyone has the right to go to the capital. The Mahatma who taught non-violence to the entire world placed his demands in front of the government in a non-violent manner presented an example. These people who come to power in the name of Mahatma ji, who have come to power on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, throw stones on farmers, shed pellets, they should be ashamed. I strongly condemn it. Its response will come from the entire country and the farmers.”

Nawab Malik, NCP Spokesperson:

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“The farmers wanted to go to Rajghat in Delhi. Farmers were Indian citizens, what big storm came upon them when they went there. The real face of BJP came out when lathi charge was done on the farmers, the tear gas shells were pressed. It was the birth anniversary of the leader who gave us the slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kisan, It is the birth anniversary of the leader who gave us a message of non-violence and the Modi government is unleashing violence on farmer on the same day. Modiji is only giving the slogan “Mar Jawan, Mar Kisan”. We feel that the real face of BJP has come in front of people. Anti-farmer mentality, oppressive mentality is exposed.”

D Raja, Rajya Sabha MP, CPI:

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“Government just make tall claims. Mr. Modi talks about doubling the income of the farmers, Mr. Modi talks about the increasing the MSP, Mr. Modi claims his govt. is “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas”. But farmers are in an unprecedented distress and debt. They are committing suicides across the country and are protesting and agitating. Farmers even marched from Nashik to Mumbai. Everyone knows Mr. Fadnavis gave them a lot of assurances. Finally, nothing happened. Now, farmers marched from Varanasi to Delhi. Delhi is the capital of the country and they must have allowed the farmers to come to Delhi where our parliament is situated. They should have allowed them to express their grievances.”

“They must have been allowed to protest. So that the government understands their grievances. This government is so insensitive that they did not allow them to enter the national capital. It is atrocious how they used the might of the police and other security forces to unleash violence on the farmers. What happened yesterday was nothing but state-sponsored violence against farmers. That could have been avoided. The protest is a form of democracy and farmers wanted to come to Delhi and express their grievances. Why they were not allowed? And the police is under Home Ministry, the violence happened under the nose of Home Ministry and the government. We strongly condemned the violence unleashed against the farmers.”

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