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Setback for Kanimozhi, SC allows 2G accused to move Delhi High Court


New Delhi:In a setback to DMK leader Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed her plea for quashing of charges against her in an alleged bribe-turned-corporate loan case but allowed them to move the Delhi High Court against the 2G court’s final order.

Besides Kanimozhi, a bench of Chief Justice H.L.Dattu, Justice A.K.Sikri and Justice Rohi nton Fali Nariman also rejected similar plea by Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa.

However, the court, by modifying its earlier order, allowed Kanimozhi, Balwa and other similarly placed accused in 2G cases to approach the Delhi High Court to appeal against the final order of the special court holding the trial of 2G scam-related cases.

It also made it clear that the high court will not entertain any appeal against any interim order passed by the 2G sp ecial court. The court order rejecting Kanimozhi and Balwa’s plea came as it noted that the trial was almost over, saying Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover has submitted that recording of evidence is over and final arguments are nearing completion.

“At this belated stage, we are not going to entertain the petitions. It would not be proper to deal with them.”

Allowing Kanimozhi, Balwa and others to approach the Delhi High Court against any adverse order by the special court holding trial of 2G cases, the court has modified its February 14, 2011 and April 10, 2011 orders saying that any appeal against the trial court’s order could only be made before the apex court, thereby barring the high court from entertaining any such matter.

In the course of the hearing, senior counsel Amarendra Sharan told the court that there was not even an iota of evidence against his client and she was not even the director of the Kalaignar TV when the alleged transaction took place. But the court said: “All this has to be proved by the prosecution and if they are not able to prove, you are successful.”

Assailing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) charge sheet, Sharan told the court that investigating agency said his client was the “active brain behind Kalaignar TV” and even if she was, it was no ground to proceed against her.

Dismissing the plea, Chief Justice Dattu said that the burden of proving the case was on the CBI and why should the accused be deprived of another opportunity to demonstrate her innocence.

The CBI had charge sheeted Kanimozhi alleging that Rs 200 crore “illegal gratification” was routed from Dynamix Realty to Kalaignar TV through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd of Balwa.



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Publishers Body Welcomes HC Order Lifting Non-NCERT Book Ban

"The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,"

Good education can reduce the impact of childhood abuse. Pixabay
Good education can reduce the impact of childhood abuse. Pixabay

The Association of Publishers in India (API) on Tuesday welcomed the Delhi High Court order which stipulated that sale of non-NCERT books must not be disallowed in CBSE-affiliated schools, calling the practice “discriminatory”.

“The court decision exemplifies the point that an ideal education system is the one that recognizes the role of multiple stakeholders and is learner-centric. The decision has been welcomed by not just students and parents but also by schools, private publishers, authors and others as it symbolizes ‘freedom of choice’ in education,” the representative body of publishers of academic texts said in a statement.

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“The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,” it said.

Arguing that the sale of books, stationery and other items sold by the school be treated as “essential requirements”, the court last week in a decision refused to put a ban on these activities. Pixabay


In doing so, the court overturned the April 2017 injunction issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which asked affiliating schools not to indulge in “commercial” activities.

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The court said the availability of uniforms, non-NCERT reference books or even food items for sale only to the students of the school does not fall in the category of and cannot at all be considered as commercialization.

Earlier in its circular, the board had asked the schools to “desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy textbooks, notebooks, stationery, uniforms, shoes, school bags etc from within the premise or from selected vendors only” and directed them to operate as doing “community service” as per the board by-laws.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha, in December last year, told Parliament that CBSE has not directed students or schools to buy or prescribe NCERT books only. (IANS)

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