Thomas puts Govt in a spot, says will not quit
Notwithstanding the intense scrutiny from the Supreme Court and from the media, Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas appears to be in no mood to quit, at least not immediately.
Sources said Thomas, whose appointment has come under severe criticism in view of the fact that he is facing a corruption case against him in Kerala, would like to wait till February 3 when the Supreme Court will again take up the case against him.
Thomas apparently indicated to people close to him that he would like to see what the apex court says on the issue of his appointment as CVC before taking a call whether to continue in the high post.
Sources said Thomas feels that he has become a "victim of political fight" between the government and the opposition and he has little role in this ongoing tussle.
Besides, sources said, Thomas believes that he has not done anything wrong as CVC for which he should resign or he could be removed by the government.
Deepak Kesarkar, an MLA who represents Sawantwadi, said that after his return from Mumbai on Thursday night, the newly sworn-in chief minister asked the MLAs to behave in a “more mature fashion”.
In October 2019, the Bombay high court (HC) quashed a clutch of petition by environmentalists that sought to declare a 33-acre plot in the city’s green lung as a legal forest under the Indian Forest Act (1927). This patch was demarcated in 2013 to construct a car shed for the upcoming Metro 3 line.
If there is something that stands out in the rebellion led by Eknath Shinde and his predecessors like Chhagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane and Raj Thackeray, it is the way in which the Shiv Sena leadership and even the ordinary Shiv Sainik responded to the crisis. If in the past the grassroots workers rallied around Balasaheb Thackeray, Sena leaders today admit to a virtual paralysis that has set in the party following the mass desertions led by Eknath Shinde.
Terming the notice as a “love letter”, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said it showed the qualitative difference with which central agencies act towards leaders of the opposition and those in the government.
Karnataka home minister Araga Janendra said Friday he had only just received information about an alleged assault on two women in Anekal, a town in Bengaluru district. The sisters were allegedly stripped and assaulted at their home for failing to pay a debt. Multiple media reports have said the police refused to file a complaint for two days and only did so after videos of the assault were widely shared online.