2012 yearender: HC assuages enraged nation, puts sports bodies to task

Dec 28 2012, 11:26 IST
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SummaryPolitical bigwigs, facing corruption charges, kept approaching HC to get bail, sentences suspended.

Bangaru was earlier sent to jail after being awarded four years jail term for accepting Rs 1 lakh bribe from some undercover scribes for pushing through a fictitious arms deal during NDA regime in 2001.

Kalmadi, who was suspended from Congress party after his arrest on April 25 in connection with CWG-related graft cases, also got bail on the ground of the Supreme Court verdict in 2G case that “bail is rule and jail is exception”.

Another Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, facing trial in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, could not get the trial stayed in one of the matters in which six persons were killed at Sultanpuri here. The court has reserved its order on his plea against the framing of charges in it.

However, Congress spokesperson and leading advocate Abhishek Manu Singvi got relief with the court restraining a media house from “publishing, telecasting and broadcasting” contents of a “concocted” CD allegedly showing him and a lady lawyer. Later, the parties settled the case.

Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy, pursuing various litigations against the establishment including a PIL on 2G scam, got anticipatory bail in a case lodged against him for writing an allegedly “inflammatory” article.

A Raja, former Telecom Minister and key accused in the 2G case and Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, joined other co-accused and filed pleas in the high court against framing of charges in the high profile matter. The pleas of other 15 accused are still pending.

Former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitly also moved the court against framing of charges for allegedly taking bribe to influence a “fictitious” defence deal in 2000. The FIR was lodged against her and others on the basis of a sting of a news-portal to exposing alleged corruption in defence deals.

Jaitly also got a jolt as the court denied her permission to visit 82-year-old socialist leader, George Fernandes, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, at his home, saying she has no locus to claim visitation right.

In other notable developments, the high court, which had suffered a terror attack on September 7, 2011 in which 15 persons died, set aside a lower court order and directed framing of the charge of waging war against the nation against lone arrested accused Wasim Akram Malik in the case.

In an extortion case involving gangster Abu Salem, the court allowed the Centre to drop stringent MCOCA charges against him to enable India

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