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CBI arrests two for demanding money

MUMBAI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested two worker’s leaders and unknown officials of Ordnance Factory, Varangaon, Jalgaon for demanding money in return for jobs. According to a press release both K.R. Medhe and Shri P.R. Kolhe alias Bandhu Kolhe demanded money from candidates, some of whom have appeared and passed the written recruitment test, for the post of DBW, Electroplater, Millwright, Grinder etc. with assurance to get their trade and medical test cleared.

The decoy posing as one of the candidate appearing for the said recruitment test for the Electroplater contacted Shri K.R. Medhe and Shri P.R. Kolhe who demanded Rs.2.5 lakhs for clearing the trade and medical test and Mr. Medhe was caught accepting Rs.5000 as token money out of demand of Rs.2.5 lakhs on 28th December 2011 and Shri P.R. Kolhe was arrested on the next day and were produced before the Court. Both the accused persons have been remanded to Police Custody till 7th January.

CBI, Mumbai has appealed to general public that if they come across such demand of bribe during any recruitment in Central Government/ PSUs (Railways, BSNL, MTNL, Banks, Insurance Companies, Air India, Oil Companies, Income Tax, Customs, Army, Air force, Navy, Excise etc.) in Maharashtra State, they may inform CBI ACB office at Mumbai, Pune & Nagpur or contact 8108224455, 022-22021490 , 22882794.(Eom)


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Anna supporters disappointed but not disheartened

MUMBAI: “Anna has asked us to call of the fast, not the agitation, we will disperse but only so that he gets healthy, Team members can decide a stronger course of action. We will join him whenever we are informed,” Harchand Chera, taxi driver from Worli who was one of the 100 volunteers fasting with Mr Anna Hazare at the MMRDA ground. As he packed his bag Mr Chera said he could fast for as many days as Anna ji said.

From blaming the venue to Anna’s health issues, volunteers and supporters preferred citing any reason as an excuse in a bid to hold on to their faith in Anna Hazare. “Had he been healthy he would have fasted for as long as it took for the government to buckle… the venue if far from the city center but we will go wherever Anna goes. We are not fans cheering a movie or cricket celebrity. Anna ji is our role model and leader and we have been fasting with him since the first agitation against corruption,” 22 year old writer from Navi Mumbai said. Amidst concerns over their leader’s health, volunteers waited for their leader to break their fast before them, “We have heard the announcement but how can a 22 year old accept food when that 74 year old unwell man has not?” he asked.

Most Dedicated supporters lacked know how of the details of the bills or any specific differences in the governments and team Anna’s bill drafts but insisted that supporting Anna was the only solution to fighting corruption. “We have no hope in the politicians, they all claim that they come from humble backgrounds but within few years they become rich. How will they frame a bill that has the power to put them in jail? That why we support Anna ji, he has no possessions and no desire to make money or grab power,” 82- year old Jamna Prashad Sharma said. “I may look frail and old but I would rather die while on protest against corruption,” he added.

Youngest fasting volunteer, 13 year old Pratik Vankedhe said he was motivated to act when he saw that poor students of his school were punished because they could not pay fee. “I wanted the world to know how unfair the education system is, the poor are harassed for being poor,” he said. “He insisted on fasting, we tried on convince him not to but he idolises Anna ji,” Pratik’s father Ramesh Vankedhe said.

Standing out in the gathering were over a dozen supporters dressed in formals who took time from their offices to mark their presence at the venue, “My office is nearby and I was following the movement. I could not fast but I decided to come and witness the agitation.” Despite disappointed by the sudden U-turn the crowd roared each time Anna spoke frailly from the dais. Meanwhile villagers from Anna Hazare’s native village Ralegan Siddhi came to the venue to join their leader in his protest against the weak Lokpal bill said they were disappointed with the government for not listening to Anna. “Specifics don’t matter, when lakhs of people are asking the government to change the bill then it should be changed! Otherwise we will be sure that the government is corrupt and unwilling to change,” 35 year old Anna supporter said. (Eom)


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Time we got freedom from corruption, says Anna

Despite a lower-than-expected turnout on the MMRDA ground at the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, social activist Anna Hazare launched his three-day fast with vigour, reiterating his willingness to sacrifice his life for a stronger Lokpal Bill.

“I want to remind the parliamentarians that they are meant to serve us, not loot us… now the public has woken up and we demand a strong Lokpall Bill so that the country can get freedom from corruption even if we have to sacrifice our life for it,” he told a gathering of nearly 10,000 people.

“After the agitation on the Ramlila Maidan, the Prime Minister promised me that the Bill will be a strong and effective tool against corruption, but the entire country has been cheated. They have no intention to pass a strong Lokpal Bill, because they fear that their own dark deeds will come under scrutiny.”

Mr. Hazare appealed to people to join the jail bharo andolan after the fast.

“Goons and criminals are entering politics … We have to ensure that our law-making bodies remain sacred. We will fight for the ‘right to reject’ so that the voter has the right to say that all the candidates are corrupt or undeserving and if the voter decides to cancel the election, all the candidates will be disqualified.”

Mr. Hazare vowed to campaign against the Congress in State elections scheduled early next year and in the general election, if the Bill that is ultimately passed fails to win his approval.

“Bigger than Parliament in Delhi is the Parliament of people… But bigger than both is the Parliament of the village. Voters of poll-bound States must punish the government for betraying the Lokpal Bill.”

Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said the government was consciously trying to distract the public by raising unnecessary issues as they were not honest in their intentions to give the people a strong Lokpal Bill.


Earlier, Mr. Hazare kicked off his protest from the Juhu beach here in the morning.

The cheering crowd calmed down as Mr. Hazare sat meditating before the Mahatma Gandhi’s statue for a few minutes. He then mounted a decorated open truck with his associates for the rally to the MMRDA ground.

Only a few hundred people turned up at the beach. But as the rally moved to the MMRDA ground, people lined up on both sides of the road and waved at him.

Justice (retired) Santosh Hegde flew down from Mangalore to extend his support. “I am completely with Anna on the demand for a strong Lokpal Bill. In fact, there is no need for additional infrastructure. The Lokpal can use the existing machinery. All that the institution requires is an independent investigating agency that is not under the control of the government.”

Mr. Hegde rejected the government’s argument that there should be no parallel discussion outside Parliament once the Bill is introduced in the House. “We are equal to parliamentarians. Today, the people who are responsible for the Constitution have no voice. We have to discuss our views about the correctness of the Bill,” he told The Hindu .

Mr. Hazare’s motorcade was stopped by 15-20 members of the Republican Party of India (Athawale). They waved black flags at him during his journey.

“We are with Anna for weeding out corruption. But the Lokpal should not break the constitutional framework,” RPI president Ramdas Athawale told TheHindu .

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Vrinda Sharma
Staff Reporter

CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Nirmal Yadav was granted bail by a CBI court here, on Saturday, in cases of corruption, conspiracy, destroying evidence and creation of false eviedenc ein the infamous cash-at-judge’s door scam.

ON 13th August, 2008 a sum of Rs 15 lakh was wrongly delivered at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, another judge of the High Court here. She reported the matter to Chandigarh Police and it was later found out that he cash was meant for Justice Nirmal Yadav.

Justice Yadav, who retired as a judge in the Uttarakhand High Court, personally appeared before the trial court judge in the district courts complex here following a direction by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. She furnished a bail bond of Rs.25,000 and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court directed her to be present at the next date of hearing Sep 16. Accompanied by her lawyer S K Garg and lawyer and family friend Preduman Yadav, 62-year-old Justice Yadav appeared before the Court of Special Judge Ritu Tagore nearly 30 minutes after the proceedings in the case had started.

Yadav was a sitting judge in the high court here when the scam was reported. The police later arrested the then Haryana additional advocate general, Sanjeev Bansal, a property dealer Rajiv Gupta and Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh in this connection. Bansal and Gupta told the police that the money was meant for Nirmal Yadav. They claimed that another packet containing Rs.15 lakh was separately delivered to Yadav at her Sector 24 official residence later after the first packet was wrongly delivered to the other woman judge. Yadav, who went on leave after the episode surfaced, was later transferred to the Uttarakhand High Court.

While the case was transferred from Chandigarh Police to the CBI, the Supreme Court also set up a committee of senior judges to investigative the matter separately. Besides the chargesheet, the CBI also submitted a 126-page docum entary evidence in the case.

Justice Yadav had earlier submitted before the court that she had been falsely implicated by the CBI, politicians and bureaucrats, contending that they have made her a scapegoat because her brother was a minister in the Haryana government. Her brother Capt Ajay Singh Yadav is a six-time Congress MLA from Rewari and currently holds the power portfolio in the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in the state. (Eom)

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