Mulayam fund use under scanner
The SC asks the UP Govt to produce records related to the sanction of contingency funds in favour of Chaudhary Charan Singh Degree College during Mulayam Singh’s Govt, reports HT Correspondent.Updated: Sep 11, 2008, 23:38 IST
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the UP government to produce records related to the sanction of contingency funds in favour of Chaudhary Charan Singh Degree College during Mulayam Singh Yadavs’s government.
The college is in Etawah district.
A bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan gave directions on a petition accusing Yadav of releasing Rs 35 crore to the college, whose president is the former CM’s brother Shiv Pal Singh Yadav.
Petitioner Manendra Nath Rai said the legislative sanction given by the UP assembly to the fund was illegal.
Rai has also alleged that Samajwadi Party MLAs and MPs released considerable sums to the college from their area development funds, meant to be spent by MLAs/MPs on their constituencies.
‘Orissa under control’
The Centre on Thursday informed Supreme Court that the situation in the riot-hit Kandhamal district in Orissa is “under control.”
Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam told a bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan that things have improved vastly after the apex court’s intervention.
Senior advocate Colin Gonzalves, appearing for petitioner Archbishop of Cuttack Raphael Cheenath, agreed but added that the situation was “still tense.”
And the Orissa government, in an affidavit submitted to the apex court, rejected the petitioner’s demand for a CBI inquiry. The affidavit said the government has already appointed an inquiry commission.
This would probe the circumstances leading to the murder of VHP leader Swami Lakshmananda Saraswathi and the violence that broke out after it.
The state government further told the court that 18 persons were killed in the violence, not 27 as claimed by the Archbishop.
‘No cutoff for SC, STs’
The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre and Medical Council of India (MCI) for removing the 40% cut-off for scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) students in competitive exams.
Responding to a petition, a bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balarkrishnan admitted it was difficult for SC/ST candidates as they come from socially, educationally and economically backward classes.