Friday, September 30, 2011

Judgement Day: 215 sentenced to jail in Vachathi case


Most newspapers this morning have covered, on their front pages, the story of truce between Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram. "Cold war, temporary truce" reads a headline in The Indian Express. The paper adds that in an unprecedented spectacle, Pranab Mukherjee and P Chidambaram made a joint public appearance in a clear attempt to defuse the controversy over the note to the PMO, suggesting that Chidambaram could have forced A Raja to cancel the 2G licences.

In a related story, The Times of India writes that CBI expects the three senior Reliance ADAG executives, currently in jail in connection with the 2G scam, to turn approvers in what can have repercussions for people other than those charge sheeted in the case. Hindustan Times says that the 2G scam heat may now affect Reliance ADAG Chief Anil Ambani as the three executives of his company had distanced themselves from any wrongdoing. The Pioneer writes that CBI's report suggests no involvement of corporate majors Tata Tele services and Datacom in the 2G scam.

The Pioneer and most other prominent dailies have reported the historic judgement convicting 126 forest officials, 84 policemen and 5 revenue officials in a case of mass atrocity against tribals and dalits in the tribal hamlet of Vachathi in Tamil Nadu.

"Live on Rs. 32 a day: Aruna to Montek", under the headline the Times of India reports that Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander, members of the National Advisory Council, have, in a letter, slammed Planning Commission Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and the plan panel for its controversial affidavit setting the poverty line at Rs.32 per day per person for city-dwellers and Rs.25 for rural citizens.

And finally, The Times Of India has written about investigations by Crime Branch that have revealed that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, MCD, was paying salaries to around 800 terminated employees and 29,589 substitute safai karmacharis even after their termination and while being absent.

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