Supreme Court order moral victory for CBI; Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday described the Supreme Court order asking Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the CBI, as a moral victory for the probe agency and said that his questioning was not influenced by political considerations.

“It is a moral victory for the CBI. The Supreme Court’s order is clear, the Kolkata Police Commissioner, who was not appearing before CBI despite notices will have to appear before them now,” he told the media outside Parliament.

“The Supreme Court order has clearly stated that he will now have to appear before CBI in Shillong. The apex court has given a notice to contempt of court,” he said.

Firing salvos at Kumar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said: “The big question is why was he not helping in the probe for the last three years? Why were they not appearing before the CBI?”

His remarks shortly after the Supreme Court directed Rajeev Kumar to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Saradha cheat fund case.

Prasad also said that we have to ask larger questions on behalf of the party. Lakhs of small investors were cheated and looted off their money.

“Is it not our moral obligation for an investigation? Why is Mamataji silent on this? Why are the other political parties silent on this?” he questioned.

“This investigation must be done in a fair manner. Let’s not politicise it. This is a great moral victory for CBI,” he added.



Court rejects Swamy’s plea in Tharoor case on Monday

A Delhi Court on Monday rejected the application of BJP MP Subramanian Swamy seeking to conduct the prosecution in a case against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, accused of abetment to suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal also transferred the case to the sessions court, which will hear the matter on February 21.

In his plea, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament has sought to assist the court and to bring on record the Delhi Police’s Vigilance Report on tampering of evidence in the case, for framing of additional charges.

Tharoor’s counsel and Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa has opposed his plea, while Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava said that a third party should not interfere in the case as it is a criminal trial and the matter is between the Delhi Police and the accused person.

On May 14, 2018, police submitted the chargesheet against Tharoor under several sections of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to abetment to suicide and cruelty to wife.

Pushkar, 51, died under mysterious circumstances in a hotel room in south Delhi on January 17, 2014, days after she alleged that Tharoor was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.

Court rejects Swamy's plea in Tharoor case


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UK High Court judge’s Twitter plea to missing mum

A High Court judge in the UK has used Twitter for the first time to urge a mother who vanished with her three-year-old son to return home.

Ellie Yarrow-Sanders, 26, disappeared with Olly Sheridan in July following a family court litigation with her ex-partner Patrick Sheridan. Justice Williams, who sent the tweet, is overseeing the case.

It is thought to be the first time a judge has used Twitter in this way, the BBC said.

The Judicial Office used the hashtag comehomeolly and said: “High Court Judge, Justice Williams, and Ellie Yarrow-Sanders’ mother and sister have made a direct appeal to Ellie to bring missing toddler Olly Sheridan home, with reassurances as to how she will be treated and given a voice in court.”

Yarrow-Sanders’ family — mother Donna, 47, and sister Maddie, 22, from Basildon, Essex, on Friday made a joint plea with Sheridan, who is in his mid-40s, and said Olly needed to “come home to his normal life”.

A senior social worker has been appointed to “promote Olly’s welfare”, however, the judge has made it clear that such a move would not mean there was any chance of Olly being placed in foster care.