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CBI vs CBI: Is the BJP hand-picking their officers now?

Anusha Bhattacharya

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A dramatic overnight decision by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove CBI director Alok Verma has underlined just how serious corruption cases has filled within the walls of Central Bureau of Investigation and how terrible the entire situation is..the Modi governmnet has appointed CBI joint director M Nageshwar Rao as the interim chief of the agency. The 1986-batch Orissa-cadre officer, who was asked to take over as acting chief immediately, in his first order, removed the entire team probing the bribery case against Asthana. All sensitive cases including the Vijay Mallya and Agusta-Westland cases will be personally supervised by new interim CBI chief.Now one wonders whether the Modi Government is protecting their own hand-picked officers against whom serious charges of corruption are being investigated..

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Will Trupti Desai return to Pune without visiting the Sabarimala temple?

Smita Sahu

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Activist Trupti Desai, who wants to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple in defiance of a decades-old custom on women of menstrual age, has been blocked by hundreds of protesters at the Kochi airport since she landed 12 hours ago early this morning. The hilltop shrine opened at 5 pm today for a two-month-long puja in which lakhs of devotees and tourists are expected.

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South Connect: Sabarimala Review petitions to be heard in open court on January 22

Arti Ghargi

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Karnataka:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his last respect to Union Minister late Ananth Kumar at his residence in Bengaluru on Monday. Prime Minister Modi also met the family members of Ananth Kumar and expressed his condolences. Ananth Kumar passed away at the age of 59 while battling lung cancer.
Kerala:
The Supreme Court decided to hear the review petitions against Sabarimala Judgment in open Court on January 22, 2019. The Supreme Court will hear 49 petitions seeking review of its earlier verdict.
Tamil Nadu:
Cyclone Gaja is expected to hit the coast of Tamil Nadu on November 15. weather experts have predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in several coastal areas from the night of November 14. Andhra Pradesh:
Former Andhra Pradesh minister C Ramachandraiah, who resigned from the Congress joined the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Tuesday.
party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy welcomed him in Vizianagaram during its praja sankalp padayatra

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“Permission declined” says the SC on hearing of pleas in Ayodhya-Babri Masjid title dispute case

Smita Sahu

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The Supreme Court on Monday declined early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said it had already listed the appeals before the appropriate bench in January.

“We have already passed the order. The appeals are coming up in January. Permission declined,” the bench said while rejecting the request of early hearing of lawyer Barun Kumar Sinha, appearing for the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. The top court had earlier fixed the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for the first week of January before an “appropriate bench”, which will decide the schedule of hearing.

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