SC rejects Subramanian Swamy’s plea for e-auction of IPL telecast rights

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the petition by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member (MP) Subramanian Swamy for e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud refused to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the tender process.

In his petition, as sourced by NDTV Sports, Swamy claimed, “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs. 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains”.

The Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (as appointed by the SC) had supported physical tender process over e-auction. Appearing on behalf of the COA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi called the current tender process of BCCI a “better option” as all the bidders’ best quotes to get the telecast rights are kept in a sealed envelope.

The IPL 2018 tournament would start in April.

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SC rejects Subramanian Swamy’s plea for e-auction of IPL telecast rights

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the petition by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member (MP) Subramanian Swamy for e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud refused to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the tender process.

In his petition, as sourced by NDTV Sports, Swamy claimed, “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs. 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains”.

The Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (as appointed by the SC) had supported physical tender process over e-auction. Appearing on behalf of the COA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi called the current tendor process of BCCI a “better option” as all the bidders’ best quotes to get the telecast rights are kept in a sealed envelope.

The IPL 2018 tournament would start in April.

News Sources- The Economic Times, NDTV Sports

Patiala House court rejects Subramanian’s plea

Subramanian Swami,BJP lawmaker received a setback in the National Herald case, as Patiala house court in Delhi rejected his plea seeking documents for the congress party. The case was filed against prominent Congress leaders, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and others.

Earlier Subramanian Swami has argued that the accounts of the congress leaders should be scrutinised and checked,whether they have provided 90 crore in a loan from tax exempted money to the National Herald newspaper. Congress has also argued that it is within its rights to provide a loan in order to revive a newspaper in the national interest.

National Herald had been set up by the first Indian prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, however, it had to shut down in 2008 due to poor earnings and mismanagement.

The Gandhis are accused of acquiring the newspaper firm for Rs 50 lakh, with the intentions of grabbing its properties in Delhi worth thousands of crore.

Gandhi’s counsel, however, claimed that Swamy has not made Congress an accused in the case. Meanwhile, Subramanian Swami has denied these claims. He has stated that the court has already summoned Congress leaders.Subramanian Swami has also mentioned that he will appeal to the Supreme Court on Patiala High Court’s order.

Source – NDTV,ECONOMIC TIMES,DNA

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Court accepts Swamy’s plea for documents in National Herald Case

New Delhi – In the ongoing National Herald Case, a Delhi court granted permission to plaintiff, Subramanian Swamy’s request to summon for documents, from several Governmental departments, pertaining to the Associated Journal Ltd.

The departments that Swamy has requested documents from are – Ministries of Finance, Income Tax department, urban development and corporate affairs, Delhi Development Authority and Registrar of Companies. Swamy, during the hearings, told Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen that he required the documents for furthering arguments related to the case, to which the judge directed him to pay the processing fee for sending summons to the concerned departments.

In the hearings that took place earlier in the day, Swamy told the court that the accused were refusing to accept copies of the complaint along with the annexures attached to it, citing that they were incomplete; which Swamy refuted. The Magistrate directed him to send the complaints through post to their offices.

In response to the summons issued earlier, prime accused- Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Oscar Fernandes, Motilal Vora and Suman Dubey were granted bail by the court on December 15, 2015. The accused stand trial for cheating, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust in the National Herald Case.

 

Sources: The Economic Times , The Hindu

National Herald case: Sonia, Rahul granted bail

New Delhi: In what is being called a political victory for the Congress, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi were granted bail by the Patiala House court today. In the high-profile National Herald case, the court in New Delhi granted the Gandhis and others unconditional bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each.

Sam Pitroda, another accused in the National Herald case, did not appear before the court on Saturday as the court granted him exemption from personal appearance on medical grounds. He has been asked to appear and seek bail on the next date of hearing, February 20.

Former Union minister A K Antony has filed the bail bond on behalf of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and her daughter Priyanka Vadra did the same for brother and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. The Delhi court witnessed the entire Congress headship attending the proceedings today under tight security.

Subramanian Swamy, the petitioner in the National Herald case clarified that he did not oppose the move for bail during Saturday’s proceedings. “I did not oppose bail today, only opposed exemption. Thus the accused all produced bail for Rs. 50 000. No exemption. No bail boast?”, Swamy tweeted.

Sonia Gandhi at the Congress headquarters told media, “I appeared in court as a law abiding citizen…with a clear conscience.” According to Mrs. Gandhi, Modi government is misusing government agencies to target Congress party. “Our struggle for Congress policies and in the interest of the poor will continue”, she added.

The next hearing is set for February 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Sources: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/gandhis-get-bail-in-herald-case/article8008532.ece

http://www.business-standard.com/article/politics/national-herald-case-sonia-rahul-gandhi-granted-bail-115121900367_1.html

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Dr Manmohan Singh spoke to the media after the court hearing Image source: NDTV
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Dr Manmohan Singh spoke to the media after the court hearing
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Future of GST remains uncertain in the wake of National Herald case

New Delhi: The recent turn of events in the National Herald case against Congress party leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, could cast a shadow of uncertainty over BJP’s key reform bill, the Goods and Services Tax or GST.

On Monday, the Delhi High Court dismissed the plea of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi to quash a trial court’s summons asking them for personal appearance in the National Herald case. They are subsequently asked to appear before the court on December 19.

The case was filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who claimed that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi transferred assets worth crores of rupees from Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) to Young India Ltd (YIL). The duo is said to have illegally acquired property worth Rs. 5,000 crore belonging to the National Herald newspaper.

Calling it a “hundred per cent political vendetta”, the Congress seem to have proclaimed a full scale war with the BJP. They disrupted the Parliament and protested against the alleged “vendetta politics” which led to the adjournment of Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The consultations between the Congress and the government that took place last month to discuss the GST Bill seems to have gone for a toss as the future prospects of the GST bill are still hanging in Parliament. However, amidst the protests today, Congress official sources hinted at the possibility to talk about proposals made by the government to address their concerns and said the party can take some time before it makes a final political decision on supporting the bill in this session.

The winter session is seen as the government’s last real chance to pass the GST bill through Parliament in time to meet a deadline to put it into effect by April 1, 2016.

The BJP government is in a minority in the Rajya Sabha and needs the support of the Congress to get the bills passed.

In the wake of  National Herald case, the uncertainty over GST prevails Image source: www.economictimes.indiatimes.com
In the wake of National Herald case, the uncertainty over GST prevails
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Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/National-Herald-case-High-courts-ruling-could-cast-a-shadow-over-GST-bill/articleshow/50083247.cms