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By Ishan Kukreti

Delhi Police detained protesters agitating against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as Film and Television Institute of India’s (FTII) chairman in front of Shastri Bhavan today. Protesters at ‘Stand in solidarity with FTII students’ saw the rough side of law after slogans urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to act judiciously were raised.

The highly agitated protesters, who had gathered to show support to the students of FTII were sent packing to the Parliament Street police station.

The frustration and a sense of wrong being done to them was evident in the eyes of students, who raised passionate slogans against Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitly, Narendra Modi and the general saffronization of educational institutes that’s been going in the country lately.

The solidarity protest was supposed to start at 2 PM. However, after starting at 2:15 PM it could not last for more than 20 minutes. The police forced the demonstrators into buses to be sent to the police station.

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ACP Ved Bhushan told NewsGram that the protesters had not received permission for carrying out the demonstration and hence the police had to intervene.

A delegation from FTII including ex-chairman Saeed Mirza, Resul Pookutty and members of student bodies from FTII, JNU and NSD will be meeting Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitely today at National Informatics Center.

FTII students along with other student bodies of the country have been protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the premier film making institute of the country.

The students are demanding Chauhan’s removal as FTII’s chairman citing professional and artistic incompetence as the reason.

“Films can lead to propaganda and that is the whole point behind this protest. See, we are supposed to be political film makers, but we don’t want to stay in a place with a political bias.” an alumnus of FTII, Saumik Bhattacharya told NewsGram  

 

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Harsh Penal Proceedings For Illegal Swiss Bank Deposit Holders: Arun Jaitely

A news item has appeared today indicating an increase of money by ‘Indians’ in the Swiss banking system

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Harsh Penal Proceedings For Illegal Swiss Bank Deposit Holders: Arun Jaitely
Harsh Penal Proceedings For Illegal Swiss Bank Deposit Holders: Arun Jaitely. flickr

Union Minister Arun Jaitley today warned that Indians having illegal deposits in Swiss banks would face harsh penal proceedings under the black money law after Switzerland starts real time sharing of details of accounts from January onwards. Latest data from the Swiss National Bank showed that money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose over 50 per cent to CHF 1.01 billion (Rs 7,000 crore) in 2017, reversing a three-year downward trend amid India’s clampdown on suspected black money stashed by its citizens overseas.

“A news item has appeared today indicating an increase of money by ‘Indians’ in the Swiss banking system. This has led to misinformed reaction in certain circles raising a query whether the government’s anti-black money steps have yielded results,” Jaitley said in a blog. Noting that Switzerland in financial disclosures was always a reluctant state, Jaitley said the Alpine nation has amended its domestic laws involving all disclosures and entered into a treaty even with India and real time flow of information with regard to Indians would be made. “The flow of information is starting in January, 2019. Any illegal depositor knows that it is a matter of months before his name becomes public and he will be subjected to the harsh penal provisions of the black money law in India,” said the senior BJP leader and an eminent lawyer.

Jaitley said the Alpine nation has amended its domestic laws
Jaitley said the Alpine nation has amended its domestic laws. Flickr

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Further, Jaitley said those who participate in a public discourse must understand these basic facts before expressing an opinion which may be ill-informed. “To assume that all the deposits are per se tax evaded money or that Switzerland in the matter of illegal deposits is what it was decades ago, is to start on a shaky presumption,” he added. (IANS)