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CBI vs Maran: SC gives Maran a week to respond

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Former communications minister Dayanidhi Maran has been given a week’s time by the Supreme Court – two member bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice V. Gopala Gowda – to respond to the CBI’s plea for his custodial interrogation. The investigation holds Maran responsible for using the telephone exchange installed at his Chennai residence for the family-owned Sun TV’s benefit.

The court directed the listing of the matter on October 1 as Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta sought the date telling the court that Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi was leading the investigating agency’s case before the bench and requested for next hearing on that date.

On the last date of the hearing of the matter on August 12, the apex court, while staying the Madras High Court order cancelling Maran’s anticipatory bail, asked if any political vendetta was in play for the CBI seeking his custody for interrogation.

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The court, which had then chided the CBI for doing nothing for over two years since 2013 when the case was registered, is now pressing for Maran’s custody.

Maran’s custody is indispensable to digging up the conspiracy between Sun TV, BSNL officials and the former communications minister, says the CBI and further states it to be a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Algeria Embarking ‘Clean Hands’ Campaign Against Corruption, Questions Tycoons

Corruption is a major complaint of the masses of protesters who helped drive longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika from office earlier this month

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FILE - Protestors carry a large flag and chant slogans during a demonstration against the country's leadership, in Algiers, April 12, 2019. VOA

Algerian authorities are embarking on a “Clean Hands” campaign aimed at rooting out corruption that has been linked to top tycoons and current and former government officials. Corruption is a major complaint of the masses of protesters who helped drive longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika from office earlier this month. New protests are scheduled for Friday.

Several influential Algerians have been questioned or arrested in recent days. Among them is Issad Rebrab, head of Algeria’s biggest private conglomerate Cevital, who is suspected of possible customs-related violations and other financial wrongdoing, according to prosecutors.

Rebrab, 75, is estimated by Forbes to be Algeria’s richest man and employs 18,000 workers in his agribusiness empire. He tweeted that he went in voluntarily for police questioning. He was questioned for six hours before being taken to the El Harrach prison.

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Corruption is a major complaint of the masses of protesters who helped drive longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika from office earlier this month. VOA

Others targeted include a legislator accused of accepting bribes from a Chinese company. Also detained for questioning this week were three wealthy brothers believed close to Bouteflika’s brother Said, and seven Industry Ministry officials suspected of “non respect of contractual commitments with state enterprises” and influence trading.

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The Kouninef brothers’ lawyers said they are respecting the legal procedures but need time to consult the case files before commenting. The brothers made their fortune in the oil, food and advertising businesses.

The highest court in Algeria announced in a statement Wednesday that it is considering a case against ex-energy minister Chakib Khelil for acts related to “violations of foreign exchange laws and transfers of capital to foreigners.” Khelil is a close friend of Bouteflika and a high school classmate. Other former ministers are also targeted. (VOA)