We are back, but that’s obviously not news, the news is Sheila Dikshit is back in Delhi and so is the tool of sedition, speaking of tools, if there were any doubts that the tilak bearing Chief Vigilance Commissioner, KV Chowdhury, was a government instrument, then the ouster of the CBI chief left no room for doubts.
CBI DIRECTOR GETS FIRE AFTER BEING AXED WITHOUT HEARING
It is 11th January 2019 and Alok Verma was on Thursday removed unceremoniously as the CBI director by a high-powered panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself with a dissenting note by Opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
The six-page report, accessed by News18, shows that the commission had investigated 10 major allegations of misconduct on the part of the CBI chief, out of which four were found to be substantiated on the basis of circumstantial evidence – from allegedly shielding accused in the IRCTC case to ‘helping cattle smugglers’. Now that cow has entered the case, all logic goes to cow dung. Five additional charges levelled by a CBI officer posted in Lucknow were also probed. These allegations were levelled against Alok Verma by Rakesh Asthana, PM’s pet parrot and a key accused as well.
Kharge argued that the CVC does not have an air-tight case to prove Verma’s misconduct and that the committee should not arrive at a conclusion without hearing Verma. He said the allegations against Verma, which were investigated by the office of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, were based on circumstantial evidence which “cannot be the basis of finding a person guilty”.
The message is clear, if you take a small step against the government, your legs will be made to go packing in some obscure department with your reputation tattered worse than what gau rakshak army does to Muslims in the name of the cow.
My question, if he has been found corrupt then why shift him to another department and not give him the sack?
The 1979-batch IPS officer who has been posted as the Director-General Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, under the Union Home Ministry has claimed that he was transferred on the basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations” made by only one person who was inimical to him. Now, will the same rules apply to Rakesh Asthana?
AN INTELLECTUAL, JOURNALIST & RTI ACTIVIST IN ASSAM HAVE BEEN SLAPPED WITH SEDITION CHARGES
I am not going to ask more troubling questions, for who knows a sedition case comes my way as well.
A sedition charge was slapped on Assam intellectual Hiren Gohain, journalist Manjit Mahanta and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi on Thursday even as protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, continued in the state. The case was registered for remarks made at a protest meeting on Monday, a day before the Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha.
An organization, the Forum Against Citizenship Amendment Bill, had organized the meet where several speakers had raised the question of an “independent Assam”. Gohain, an eminent Leftist social scientist who chairs the organization, had said: “The present movement is democratic and aimed at protecting our secular Constitution. If this democratic movement is not heeded by the government, then maybe the people will raise the question of independence.”
BENGAL EXITS AYUSHMAN BHARAT AFTER MAMATA BLAMES PM FOR TAKING ALL THE CREDIT
And not so far away from Assam, in West Bengal, Didi hasn’t lost her mojo and will not let injustice be done to her especially if it has anything to do with Gujarat and especially one Gujarati.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday decided to pull out from Centre’s ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking all the credit for the health scheme while ignoring the state’s contribution.
Addressing a public meet, a visibly angry Mamata said, “He is sending letters to people across Bengal through post offices claiming that they are behind this health scheme.”
he Ayushman Bharat scheme in West Bengal was merged with Mamata’ Swasthya Sathi health scheme, where the state government provides for 40 per cent of the total cost.
Crying lack of transparency in the way the Modi government is projecting the scheme, Mamata has decided to withdraw the scheme from Bengal. “Let them take credit,” she said
MAN ARRESTED FOR DUPING PEOPLE USING PHOTO OF PM MODI
And while we are on people taking credit for work not entirely done by them, eerily the next story is about Rajinder Kumar Tripathi was arrested for allegedly using pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a government department to promote his organisation and duping over 2,000 people to the tune of over Rs 3 crore on the pretext of providing cheap houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Tripathi also duped four other advertising companies to the tune of Rs 1 crore on the pretext of inviting tenders for organising Rashtriya Awas Divas for promotion of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Had he made political donations using the special bond to a party, he may have not suffered that fate.
But while we are on stealing, lets head to International news where there seems to be a theme.
FOUR ON TRIAL OVER THEFT OF HUGE GOLD COIN FROM BERLIN MUSEUM
Four men went on trial on Thursday for stealing a gold coin the size of a manhole cover from one of Germany’s flagship museums in a daring night-time heist using a ladder and a wheelbarrow. German authorities believe the 100 kg (220 pounds) Canadian “Big Maple Leaf” – once recognised as the biggest gold coin in the world – has been melted down since its theft from Berlin’s Bode Museum in March 2017.
And theft wasn’t just making headlines in Germany but in South Africa as well.
SUITCASE OF CASH STOLEN FROM OUSTED PRESIDENT MUGABE
Three people have appeared in court in Zimbabwe, accused of stealing a suitcase containing $150,000 (£117,600) of cash from the country’s ousted president, Robert Mugabe. The suspected thieves allegedly spent the money on cars, homes and animals.
A relative of the ex-president, Constantia Mugabe, is among the accused, government-owned media report. She allegedly had keys to Mr Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba, near the capital Harare, and gave the others access.
ANDY MURRAY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER WIMBLEDON DUE TO CHRONIC HIP PAIN
And on to not so good news in the world of tennis even if you are not a fan of Andy Murray.
An emotional Andy Murray used a press conference Thursday ahead of the Australian Open to announce that the remainder of his tennis career will come down to hoping his hip holds out long enough for him to retire from tennis on his own terms, six months from now, after Wimbledon.
And before we leave you for the weekend, here is a bit of an ugly making the news.
FAMILY FILES LAWSUIT FOR BEING CALLED UGLY IN CHRISTMAS MOVIE
US cable channel Lifetime is being sued by a couple after they were called “ugly” in the festive TV movie Christmas Harmony.
Setiam and Katherine Allah sent out 50 family portraits to friends and family, one of which found its way to the set of the film, which premiered in November 2018. In the offending scene, lead character Harmony attaches the picture to a wall but is told by her love interest to remove it. She protests and he responds: “They’re ugly.” After the film aired on 9 November 2018, the Allahs reportedly received embarrassed calls from friends and family who said they easily recognised them.
In the lawsuit, the Allahs claim the picture was used without their permission and “insulted for cheap laughs” and they are suing for all of the film’s profits.
Well, that is all that we have for you for this week, we will be back with the good, bad and the ugly from Monday again. Until then, have a wonderful weekend, stay warm, healthy, fit and relaxed. Good bye from takeapart.in