These were the peole who made headlines.india Updated: Dec 27, 2003 23:11 IST
Abdul Karim Telgi
Stamp papers. Those innocuous looking objects hit the headlines when a scam of elephantine proportions was unearthed and its kingpin, Telgi was arrested in Mumbai in November. A native of Karnataka, he has a long history of faking stamp papers and currency and a massive network spread across many states. And many government departments!
|Dilip Singh Judeo|
A former ruler of a princely state, former Union Minister of Environment and Forests hit the headlines when Ajit Jogi, his rival for election as chief minister of Chhattisgarh, released a tape, which showed him taking a bribe. A BJP firebrand leader, he has been known for staunch anti-conversion drives among the tribals of central India.
|Ajit Singh Jogi|
The former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, the first of the then newly created state, has been a controversial political figure for some time. With scams dogging almost his entire period in office, not many expected his return. But what perhaps angered people the most was the announcement of the Dilip Singh Judeo bribery tapes, followed soon after by BJP’s counter revelation of a tape recording Jogi’s voice taking money.
Former police Commissioner posted in Mumbai, he was suspended from service on charges of corruption in the multi-crore Telgi scam and later arrested. If charges are proved against him, he faces up heavy legal penalty, including life imprisonment.
The master blaster started the year in great form, and won the player of the tournament award for his overall excellence in both batting and bowling. A middling year followed, which saw drop out of the top 10 batsmen ranking for the first time in a decade. The Ferrari he won created trouble when objections were raised to its duty-free import into India.
Neurocysticercosis. Not a brain cyst you expected to hear about. But it hit the headlines when India’s premier tennis honcho, Leander Paes came down with it in mid-August, derailing with it India’s hopes for any sort of medal in international events. Though the cyst is completely treatable but will keep him off the court for a couple of months.
|Anju B George|
A 6.70 metre leap that took India into the next era as far as athletics was concerned. Anju George’s now legendary jump got India its first ever medal, a bronze, at the World Athletics Championship in Paris. With a slew of medals in earlier international competition, the 26-year-old high jumper had been slated for a role on the world stage for long.
Dev Anand deserved the Dadasaheb Phalke Award much earlier. That was the opinion on the streets as the 'evergreen' actor, popular with the masses for over four decades, was chosen for the honour this year. 'India's Gregory Peck', the 'romantic' star, 'youthful hero' – Anand has been given many sobriquets over the years and and paved the way for many others to follow.
People rarely get to live out their dreams, especially if they are of the 'I-shall-be-an-astronaut' variety. But Karnal-born Chawla, did, breaking many a glass ceiling. For some glorious years, India basked in the glory of having an astronaut, a reality cut short with Columbia's disintegration on its return journey from 16-day odyssey in space on February 1.