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SC to continue hearing Alok Verma case post-lunch

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) will continue hearing the Alok Verma case post-lunch on Thursday.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph was hearing the submissions from many respondents and petitioners.

CJI said, the fight between the two senior-most officers of the CBI did not emerge overnight so why did government take immediate steps to divest the CBI Director Alok Verma of his powers without consulting the Selection Committee.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi asked Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CVC, about the fixed tenure for Director CBI.

Mehta said, the fixed tenure of two years is for giving enough time for him to implement his plans and works.

CJI said, the fixed tenure is ensured for giving enough time to the Director CBI. The idea is to give them some permanence.

CJI asked SG Mehta on what is difficulty in consulting selection committee if CVC/government want to divest CBI director of his powers

The apex court said, it wasn’t the transfer and did not need the consent of selection committee.

CJI asked the SG what is difficulty in consulting selection committee.

Solicitor-General Mehta told the Supreme Court that CVC had come to the conclusion that an extraordinary situation had arisen that CBI director Alok Verma could not continue. Extraordinary situation needs extraordinary remedy sometimes.

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PM Modi lashes out at Cong for showing disregard to SC verdict on Rafale

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New Delhi/Rae Bareli: Breaking his silence since the major row triggered by Congress on the Supreme Court verdict on Rafale, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flayed the principal opposition party for seeking to raise questions on the credibility of the highest court of the land.

“Our government is accountable to thousands of families of soldiers in the country…not to one family only,” Prime Minister told a large gathering at Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency.

“For them (Congress party and its associates), country’s Defence Ministry does not speak truth. Defence Minister is also a liar. Air Force top officers are liars. Even French government is not telling the truth; and today they even find fault with the highest court of the land,” Prime Minister said.

Referring to the repeated allegation of irregularities from Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi in the Rafale deal especially aftermath the Supreme Court verdict, Mr Modi said in every defence deals and pacts since Independence, the Congress party has done business with foreign middlemen.

“They have always had business with ‘Mama’ maternal uncles and other uncles,” he said in reference to Italian Ottavio Quattrocchi vis-a-vis Bofors scandal during Rajiv Gandhi era and Christian Michel, who was arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on December 4 in connection with AgustaWestland chopper deal.

In this context, he recited some lines from Ramcharit Manas and said the Congress leaders seemed to have relied heavily on the saying – Jhoot hi lena, jhoot hi dena, jhoot hi bhojan aur jhoot hi chabana (For such people, it is falsehood that thrives everywhere)”.

But he asserted that no matter how much lies is spread, in the ultimate truth only will triumph.

“Congress party’s approach to defence preparedness will never be forgiven by the country. After Kargil conflict forces had recommended for upgradation of Air Force preparedness. The Congress party was in power for 10 years, yet it did nothing,” Prime Minister said.

“Why this was not done….under whose pressure?,” Mr Modi wondered.

Prime Minister referred to Quattrocchi on Bofors and in respect of Christian Michel – the alleged middleman in AgustaWestland chopper deal, he described Michel as “another uncle” of Congress leaders.

“Michel has been arrested and extradited into India….And we all have seen how the Congress party did not waste any time and deputed its own lawyer to defend Michel,” Prime Minister said.

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PM to launch several developmental projects at Sonia Gandhi’s turf Rae Bareli in UP

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New Delhi: Days after assembly election results those left BJP at the receiving end and the Supreme Court order on Rafale that dismissed all petitions on Rafale deal row, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

According to official sources here, he will flag off several development projects including expansion of Modern Rail Coach Factory at Rae Bareli.

Mr Modi will also flag off 900th coach and rake of Ham Safar train produced in Rae Bareli.

Prime Minister will also dedicate 133 kilometer long Raebareli-Fatehpur-Banda road constructed at the cost of Rs 558 crores.

He will dedicate to the nation, inaugurate or lay the foundation stone of various development projects.

The Prime Minister will also address the gathering.

Mr Modi will then proceed to Prayagraj where he will inaugurate a state-of-the-art Command and Control Centre for the Kumbh Mela. He will perform Ganga Pujan, and also visit the Swachh Kumbh exhibition.

Mr Modi is also slated to visit Andawa later where he will address a public meeting.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the new terminal building of the Bamrauli Airport in Prayagraj before returning to Delhi.

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Severe Cyclonic storm “Phethai’ to cross AP Coast as Cyclonic Storm on Dec 17 :IMD

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Hyderabad: The Cyclonic storm ‘PHETHAI’ over southwest Bay of Bengal moved further northnorthwestwards with a speed of 16 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 0830 hrs on Sunday over southwest & adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal near latitude 11.8°North and longitude 84.0°East, about 460 km northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 430 km east-southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu), 560 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 600 km south-southeast Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh).

It is very likely to intensify further into a ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’ during the next 24 hours.

It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Machilipatnam and Kakinada during December 17 afternoon.

However, due to unfavourable environmental conditions, the severe cyclonic storm is likely to weaken slightly before landfall and cross coast as a cyclonic storm, India Meteorological Department said in a Bulletin.

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