SC, Joshi rap Sibal on CAG
Despite the Supreme Court criticism for his trashing of the CAG report on the spectrum scam and PAC chairman MM Joshi requesting the Speaker to take action against "such constitutional impropriety", union telecom minister Kapil Sibal stood his ground on Friday.
“The government has a right to the freedom of speech just like the opposition and the media. The opposition had denied the government an opportunity to place the facts before the nation by stalling Parliament,” Sibal said.
On January 7, he trashed the Comptroller and Auditor General’s calculation of the loss in spectrum allocation as “erroneous”.
On Thursday, an SC bench, comprising Justice GS Singhvi and Justice AK Ganguly, refused to take cognizance of the minister’s statement, even as the petitioner, Janata Party president Subramaniam Swamy, said Sibal had ridiculed the CAG during an official conference.
Swamy had sought cancellation of 2G licences that were allegedly given for a consideration.
The bench, however, verbally stated: “The minister’s remark is unfortunate. The minister is supposed to say it with some sense of responsibility. He should have some sense of responsibility.”
BJP leader Joshi wrote to the Lok Sabha Speaker, questioning the propriety of the minister questioning the CAG report after it was tabled in the House. The PAC is currently reviewing the CAG report.
Sibal, however, welcomed the SC suggestion that comments on the scam during investigation should be avoided. He pointed out that the opposition had started an attack on the government based on a leaked CAG report.
Banihal/Udhampur/Jammu Hundreds of vehicles, stranded for four days, were allowed towards Kashmir on Friday night as one way was restored on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after freshly building a road stretch to replace the one washed away in flash floods, officials said. Senior Superintendent of Police national highway, Shabir Ahmad Malik said while all blockades were removed and traffic cleared, the major problem of washing away of the road patch at Dewal bridge near Samroli on June 21 took three-and-half-days to be cleared.
As part of our 'Walled City dictionary' series that explores the names of Old Delhi places. Despite being a mere courtesan, Anarkali dares Emperor Akbar with a spunky dance. Golcha cinema, in Daryaganj, is screening the digitally coloured version of the classic Mughal-e-Azam. The single-screen hall shut down six years ago (last movie screened was Kahani 2). Golcha came up in 1954. The theatre is now a ghost of its recent past.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has constituted a five-member high-powered panel for overall coordination of G20 meetings to be held in the union territory next year. Acting upon a communique from the Union ministry of external affairs dated June 4, the principal secretary to the J&K government, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi accorded sanction for the constitution of the five-member panel.
The National Investigation Agency on Friday conducted searches at multiple locations in Punjab in the last year's Jalalabad bomb blast case. The NIA conducted searches at 6 locations in the districts of Ferozepur, Fazilka and Tarn Taran and digital devices (mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, DVRs) , ammunition and other incriminating documents/materials were seized.
Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah said that after the Independence of the country, only for the second time assembly members from J&K can't take part in the presidential elections scheduled for next month. Earlier in 1992, when militancy was at its peak and J&K was under Governor's rule, the erstwhile state had no assembly then so legislators from J&K couldn't participate in the elections for the country's President.