Saturday, December 25, 2010

Dr.Binayak Sen-crooked Naxal ideologue,gets life setence

Vinay Joshi
Court finds him guilty of criminal conspiracy to commit sedition

Naxal rights activist Binayak Sen being brought in a police van before the Raipur court announced the sentence on Friday. —
Raipur: A few minutes past one o' clock in the afternoon at the Raipur Sessions Court in Chhattisgarh, the wall of rifle-wielding policemen parted as Dr. Binayak Sen, Pijush Guha and Narayan Sanyal were ushered out of Justice B.P. Verma's courtroom and bundled into a waiting police van.

“The judge simply said guilty,” cried Pranhita Sen as she watched the van carrying her father, a celebrated human rights activist and physician, recede into the distance. By late afternoon, Justice Verma emerged from his chamber to pronounce the three men guilty of criminal conspiracy to commit sedition, under Section 124(a) read with 20 (b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

In his order (written in Hindi) Justice Verma said that while Mr. Sanyal was a member of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), Dr. Sen and Mr. Guha aided and supported the CPI (Maoist), including ferrying three letters purportedly written by Mr. Sanyal.

Justice Verma justified the harsh sentence on the ground that “the way that terrorists and Maoist organisations are killing State and Central paramilitary forces and innocent Adivasis and spreading fear, terror and disorder across the country and community implies that this court cannot be generous to the accused and give them the minimum sentence under law.”

Dr. Sen, Mr. Guha and Mr. Sanyal were also convicted under Section 39(2) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, and Sections 8 (1), (2), (3) and (5) of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005 which charged them with supporting, aiding and abetting in the activities of a criminal organisation, in this instance the CPI (Maoist), which carry sentences of up to 5 years.

Mr. Sanyal was also found guilty of belonging to a banned organisation under Section 20 of the UAPA, which carries a sentence of 10 years. The sentences shall run concurrently.

The accused were not convicted under Section 121 (a) of the IPC, which relates to waging war against the Government of India.

In May 2007, Dr. Sen was accused of acting as a courier between the alleged Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata businessman Pijush Guha, and imprisoned for two years before getting bail on the directions of the Supreme Court.

The prosecution alleged that Mr. Guha was arrested on May 6, 2007 and found to be in possession of Maoist publications and three letters purportedly written in jail by Sanyal, and delivered to him by Dr. Sen. As per prison records, Dr. Sen frequently visited the incarcerated Sanyal in his capacity as president of the Chhattisgarh unit of the People's Union for Civil Liberties. The four-year trial has been dogged by allegations that the police fabricated vital evidence and schooled key witnesses.

Friday, December 24, 2010

British police in Punjab to probe killing of RSS activist Published: Thursday, Dec 16, 201

An eight-member team of British police arrived here in Patiala today to probe the killing of Rashtriya Swyamesewak Sangh (RSS) activist Rulda Singh.

Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, cultural organisation affiliated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, leader Rulda Singh was shot at outside his house here on July 28, 2009 and died later at PGI, Chandigarh on August 15 last year.

The team will collect evidence in the murder case of Singh in which four British nationals of Indian origin will stand trial stand trial on homicide charges in UK.

The West Midlands police had arrested them after the Punjab police shared information with its British counterparts.

The team led by detective superintendent George Tracy held meetings with senior Punjab police officials to coordinate the collection of evidence in the case, police said today. The team has refused to talk to media.

Two members from the team arrived at central jail here and interrogated Jagmohan Singh, arrested by Punjab police in connection with the case, for almost two hours.

While, two other members went to Nabha high security jail to interrogate Darshan Singh, also arrested in connection with the same case.

Jagmohan Singh and Darshan Singh had revealed that the conspiracy was hatched by the Babbar Khalsa International to kill Rulda for his ideological leanings.

Rulda Singh, who was closely associated with the Rashtriya Swyamsewak Sangh, had attracted flak from fundamentalist Sikh bodies which had claimed that his organisation was trying to dilute the Sikh identity through its activities in Punjab.

According to investigations, Paramjit Pamma of Babbar Khalsa International in the United Kingdom allegedly masterminded the murder, and Pyara Singh Gill and Gursharan Bir, both from UK, had travelled to India to allegedly execute the plan.

The fourth suspect Amritbir Singh was also arrested in UK.

Both Pyara and Gursharan had returned to UK after allegedly murdering Rulda Singh.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

CBI attempting to prove Rahul's statement-questions RSS leader Indresh Kumar for blast case

CBI today questioned RSS leader Indresh Kumar for bomb blast case.This is attempt by CBI to prove Rahul Gandhi's statement that SIMI and RSS has same agenda of terror.Current political situation in India is highly fragile due to rampant corruption cases against members of ruling alliance.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kali Temple & Hindu Shops Vandalized, Hindu Women Molested at Rampurhat in West Bengal

Bagtui Paschimpara Muhharram Commitee organized a Muharram Tazia parade on Friday, December 17th 2010 evening. The parade was conducted without permit from the local police department. When the police learned about this illegitimate parade, instead of stopping it, they requested the organizers to follow certain routes so that local people do not face any hassle or delay in their daily commute. The Muslim organizers paid no attention to the police instructions and chose to march in routes they wanted. When SDPO intervened and tried to direct the marchers in routes the police approved, the mob turned violent and threatened to kill him. The police force retreated and continued to watch the marchers from a distance.

It was night when the Tazia procession reached the Kamarpatti More. The marchers started breaking all street lights causing panic among the locals. In the cover of darkness, the Muslim mob started vandalizing Hindu owned stops between Lotus Press Lane and Kamarpatti More. More than 25 shops were looted and several Hindu women molested. The Muslim marchers also destroyed couple of govt owned buses. The procession then advanced to Shangata More where the marchers attacked the Dakshina Kali Mandir.

Police witnessed the looting and mayhem from a distance. However, they took no action against the perpetrators. It should also be noted that Muslims destroyed the street lights before staring the anarchy - the darkness made it difficult for the police and local Hindus identify the criminals.

On December 18th 2010, local Hindus under the umbrella of Rampurhat Babosayi Samiti conducted a protest rally and blocked the state highway between Lotus Press Lane and Kamarpatti More from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Hindus demanded the culprits be apprehended and police prevent such incidents in future. They also brought up the fact that they have been attacked multiple times in recent past by Muslims from Baktui village. In 2009, they attacked the Durga puja immersion procession near Mahajanpatti. There were also incidents of attack on Hindu girls and the Hindu population is living under constant fear.

As a result of continuing attacks and harassments, a large number of Hindu families have already left the area. The sharp drop in the number of Hindus is endangering the few remaining families.

As per 2001 census, the following were the population distribution among Hindus and Muslims in Rampurhat subdivision:

Rampurhat - 1 police station (Muslims 29.03%, Hindus 70.97%)
Rampurhat - 2 police station (Muslims 47.04% Hindus 52.96%)
Nalhati - 1 police station (Muslims 46.69% Hindus 53.31%)
Nalhati - 2 police station (Muslims 68.03% Hindus 31.97%)
Murarai - 1 police station (Muslims 56.25 Hindus 43.75%)
Murarai - 2 police station (Muslims 73.62 Hindus 26.38%)

Overall demographic distribution in Birbhum district (Muslim 35.08% Hindus 64.49%)
Age group 0 - 6 years demographic distribution in Birbhum district (Muslim 41.15% Hindus 58.42%)

RSS statement on Digvijay Sing's comparison of RSS with NAZI

रा. स्व. संघ के सरकार्यवाह श्री सुरेश (भैय्या जी) जोशी द्वारा वक्तव्य
20 दिसम्बर, 2010
दि. 19 दिसम्बर 2010 को दिल्ली में हुए कांग्रेस पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय अधिवेशन में पार्टी के महासचिव श्री दिग्विजय सिंह द्वारा राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ को लेकर जो आरोप तथा बयानबाजी की गयी वह गैर जिम्मेदाराना, बेबुनियाद, झूठ एवं सत्य से परे है। अपनी ही करतूतों के कारण चारों तरफ से घिरी कांग्रेस ने सबका ध्यान बटाने के लिये ही इस तरह के निराधार आरोप संघ पर लगाये हैं।
संघ पर ऐसे आरोप कांग्रेस पूर्व काल से लगाती आ रही है। इसके बावजूद, समाज से प्रत्यक्ष सम्पर्क होने के कारण संघ के प्रति समाज का समर्थन निरन्तर बढ़ता रहा है।
अल्पसंख्यकों के मतों को लेकर हमेशा सांप्रदायिक राजनीति करती आ रही काँग्रेस पार्टी ने भूतकाल में भी जब-जब वह या सरकार गहरे संकट में आई है, उसने संघ पर तीखे आरोप लगाने का विफल प्रयास किया है। स्वातंत्र्य प्राप्ति के साथ ही विभाजन की त्रासदी की जिम्मेदारी से बचने के लिये या श्रीमती इंदिरा गांधी के चुनाव को अवैध घोषित करनेवाले इलाहाबाद उच्च न्यायालय के निर्णय के उपरांत सत्ता पर चिपके रहने के लिये काँग्रेस ने यही किया था।
संघ ने पहले ही यह स्पष्ट किया है कि किसी भी तरह के हिंसात्मक कार्य एवं आतंकवाद में संघ का न विश्वास है न समर्थन है। कहीं भी कोई ऐसी घटना हुई हो तो उसकी निष्पक्ष जांच हो तथा कानूनी कार्यवाई पूर्ण होकर दोषियों को सजा हो। जहां केवल जांच ही चल रही हो, कानूनी प्रक्रिया अभी बाकी हो तब ऐसी बेबुनियाद बातें जांच तथा न्यायिक प्रक्रिया में हस्तक्षेप है। अल्पसंख्यक-बहुसंख्यक आतंकवाद की भाषा का प्रयोग अनुचित है तथा आतंकवाद से निपटने के प्रयास की गंभीरता पर ही प्रश्नचिह्न खड़ा करते हैं। इतना ही नहीं तो आनेवाले समय में देशभक्त शक्तियों को किस प्रकार संकट में फंसाया जायेगा इसका भी यह एक संकेत है।
रा. स्व. संघ का विश्वास है कि देश की जनता समझदार है और ऐसे हथकंडों के झांसे में नहीं आयेगी तथा समाज को साथ लेकर राष्ट्रहित में समाज का सेवा करने का संघ का व्रत अविरत चलता रहेगा।

दिल्ली
20 दिसम्बर, 2010
जारी कर्ता
मनमोहन वैद्य
अ. भा. प्रचार प्रमुख

Comparison of RSS with Nazis is highly objectionable-Israeli Embassy says

New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has stirred another controversy. He had compared the RSS to the Nazis at the Congress plenary meet on Sunday in Delhi. Meanwhile, the Embassy of Israel in an official statement has said that no comparison can be made with the Nazi holocaust in which six million Jews were massacred.
Digvijaya Singh on Sunday launched a fierce attack against Hindutva groups, comparing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) "hatred" of Muslims to that harboured by the Nazis towards the Jews and claimed that the "roots of terrorism" in India lay in BJP leader L K Advani's controversial 1990 Rath Yatra.
"In the 1930s, Hitler's Nazi party attacked the Jews. Similarly, the RSS ideology wants to capture power by targeting Muslims under the garb of furthering nationalism," Digvijaya Singh said at the Congress plenary session here.
The Congress general secretary alleged that the RSS had managed to "infiltrate" its cadres into many wings of the government like the bureaucracy, police and the army.
"The Malegoan blast, in which two army officers are accused, has proved that they have even started influencing people inside the army."
He said the RSS was "sowing the seeds of Muslim hatred" in the minds of the new generation through 'Shishu Mandir' schools and described it as the "the biggest danger for us".
The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said the rise of the RSS-BJP "ideology of violence and hatred" posed the "biggest challenge" before the nation.
Singh, while seconding the political resolution moved by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee at the 83rd Congress plenary, said the BJP was "sowing the seeds of division" among the Hindus and Muslims and blamed Advani's Rath Yatra for giving birth to terrorism in India.
Singh also asked "why all people involved in various bombings like Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta Express had links with" the RSS.
Singh said that the "demolition of the Babri Masjid, the martyrdom of the Babri Masjid is the darkest patch in the history of India. The roots of terrorism in India lie in BJP leader L K Advani's rath yatra. That yatra created a gulf between Hindus and Muslims of India."
According to the Congress' political resolution, secularism, the lifeline of Indian democracy "is threatened by the ideology of the BJP and its affiliate organisations like the RSS". "The RSS and the VHP are insidious in their effort to break India."
He said when the BJP maintained that all Muslims are not terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims, "can we apply the same logic and say that all Hindus are not terrorists but all Hindu terrorists arrested in various blast cases are RSS activists".
The Congress leader said the nation needs to take steps to convert into trust the mistrust in the minds of Muslim brothers.
He said the Congress had demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into RSS activist Sunil Joshi's murder who "is the same person involved in many terror acts".
"I know (Joshi) because I am from MP. His name has come up during the investigations of the Samjhauta Express blast, Malegaon blast, Mecca Masjid blast, Ajmer Sharif blast... Why is it that all the accused in these terror acts have links with the RSS," he asked.
"Many of them have been arrested... They are all RSS activists," he added.
He congratulated Home Minister P Chidambaram for handing over the Joshi murder case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Singh went on to accuse the BJP leaders of being at the bottom of twin scams - the 2G spectrum and the Commonwealth Games - that have dented the image of the Manmohan Singh government.
On BJP's corruption allegations, Singh said the roots of the 2G spectrum allocation scam originated under the BJP rule when the late Pramod Mahajan was telecom minister. It was under Mahajan's tenure that allocations of spectrum were made on first-come-first-served basis as against the prevailing auction of circles, he said.
He said the BJP's demand for a joint parliamentary committee probe into the 2008 spectrum allocation was "only to delay the ongoing investigations" by the Central Bureau of Investigation, Income Tax officials and the Enforcement Directorate.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were seated on the dias when Digvijaya Singh spoke. There was huge applause from many delegates during his speech.
(from IANS)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Criminal Court Case Filed Against Rahul Gandhi at Ranchi

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has been named in a criminal
case filed in the court of the chief judicial magistrate of Ranchi.

The case was filed following a complaint by Asish Kumar Singh, a
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ( RSS) activist. He complained that
Gandhi, on a three- day recruitment drive for the party in Bhopal,
termed the RSS a “ fanatical” organisation like the Students Islamic
Movement of India ( SIMI) on October 6.

Appearing for Singh, lawyer Anand Prakash said the comment was taken
as a “ personal hurt” by the RSS. “ RSS volunteers participated in
various political and social movements, including the independence
movement. The outfit became the leading Hindu nationalist organisation
in India in 1990, whereas SIMI is a banned extremist group in India.

The Indian government, through its notification dated February 8,
2006, has banned SIMI for the third time,” Prakash said.

Admitting the case, first class judicial magistrate Amit Sekhar
adjourned the court on Wednesday and directed the complainant to bring
witnesses on the next date of hearing.

The court has fixed the first date of hearing on January 17, 2011. The
sections under which Rahul has been charged are 499, 500, 501, 153A
and 153B of the IPC. An inquiry has been ordered. All the charges
against Rahul deal with defamation and disturbing communal harmony.
The complainant said Rahul, by his remark, “ attempted to spread
disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill- will among different
religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or
communities”. There is a defamation ground too.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Digvijay Singh to face court case with Aziz Burney

Digvijay Singh likely to be made co-party with Aziz Burney in Court case
Sahara Group Editor Aziz Burney is facing court case in Navi Mumbai court under IPC Sections of 121,108,107,117,124(A),153(A),153(B),505(2) and 506.All these IPC sections are only applied for anti national activities.Burney is facing this case for his pro-Pakistani articles in Sahara Urdu daily.
Recent statements made by Congress leader Digvijay Singh has dragged him into legal battle.The lawyer Adv Prashant Maggu,who has filed case against Aziz Burney in court last year is seriously thinking upon filing petition in same court for making Digvijay Singh co-accused in same case.If charges against Digvijay Singh under these seven IPC sections proves in court he may awarded imprisonment up to 10 years to capital punishment,for strengthening Pakistani allegations in Mumbai terror attack.
Pakistan is repeatedly making allegations against Indian Security and intelligence apparatus for it's fictitious role in Mumbai Terror attack.Congress party would be in serious trouble if Digvijay Singh gets punished by Navi Mumbai court.

Stockholm fidayeen bomber-Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly is a British university graduate

United News
12th Dec 2010
An Islamic suicide bomber who attacked Christmas shoppers in Sweden at the weekend is a British university graduate and was living in this country until two weeks ago.

The suicide bomb in Stockholm is thought to have been carried out by Taimur-Al-Abdaly, right
By Duncan Gardham, Marcus Oscarsson and Peter Hutchison 10:34PM GMT 12 Dec 2010
Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly tried to set off a car bomb packed with gas canisters in a busy shopping street in Stockholm. The car caught fire and the bomber fled the scene before blowing himself up 300yd away 15 minutes later, injuring two bystanders.
It emerged last night that Abdulwahab, who was due to turn 29 yesterday, is a former physical therapy student at Bedfordshire University in Luton, and that his wife and three young children still live in the town.
MI5 is now investigating possible links with extremists in Luton, whether the bomber was radicalised at the university and claims that he was helped by an extremist group in Yemen, the base for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The suicide bombing follows an attempt by Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab, a former student at University College London, to blow himself up last Christmas on a flight to Detroit.
Abdulmutallab had trained in Yemen, but had become increasingly radical during his time in Britain. The security services and police are concerned that British university campuses have become breeding grounds for extremism. Neighbours told The Daily Telegraph last night that they had last seen Abdulwahab at the 1930s semi-detached house in Luton, Beds, two and a half weeks ago. The couple have two young girls and a baby son. His wife, Mona, a Swedish citizen, is said to run a home beauty company.
Tahir Hussain, 33, a taxi driver who lives nearby, said: “I used to see him around often. He didn’t say much but seemed nice. I used to see him walking with his kids.
“I was shocked when I heard what happened because I never thought he could do such a thing.”
Mr Hussain said that the couple had been living there for a year and that Abdulwahab used to go to Friday prayers at the Islamic Centre in Luton.
The bomber had recently advertised on a Muslim dating site for a second wife, saying he was looking for a “lady 25-30 who lives in UK for marriage”. The site, Muslima.com, said he was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to Sweden in 1992 and then to Britain in 2001 to study for a degree in physical therapy, marrying in 2004.
On his Facebook page, he included a group called Yawm al-Qiyaamah, meaning Day of Judgment, that featured a montage of Tower Bridge in flames.
Reports from Sweden said Abdulwahab was shouting in Arabic and carrying six pipebombs, one of which exploded, along with a rucksack full of nails and explosives.
A paramedic said the bomber had no injuries to the face or body in general but looked as if he had been carrying something that exploded in his stomach. One witness said the bomber had worked as a sandwich board advertiser in the Drottninggatan shopping area.
Carl Bildt, the Swedish foreign minister, said it was “a most worrying attempt at a terrorist attack”, adding that it “failed – but could have been truly catastrophic”. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said: “The Swedish government have indicated they believe this was a terrorist attack. We will be talking to them about the details of that attack.”
Abdulwahab’s father, Thamer, 61, who lives in Tranås, south of Stockholm, said his son had been at the family home on Friday.
“After he woke up Saturday morning, he took his car and drove off,” he said. “He did not say if he was going to Stockholm or elsewhere.”
An Yemeni Islamist website, Shumukh al-Islam, published a photograph of Abdulwahab in dark glasses, saying: “It is our brother, mujahid Taymour Abdel Wahab, who carried out the martyrdom operation in Stockholm.”
Twelve minutes before the bombing on Saturday, a Swedish news agency received a message with two sound files, one in Swedish and one in Arabic, that was also sent to the Swedish Security Police. The message criticised Swedes’ silence over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and Swedish soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Abdulwahab said: “Now your children, your daughters and your sisters will die as our brothers, our sisters and our children are dying.”
He also asked his family for forgiveness for misleading them about a trip to the Middle East: “I never went to the Middle East to work or to make money, I went for jihad.” He asked his wife to kiss the children on his behalf. “Tell them Daddy loves them,” he added.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Jihadi Suicide attack in Stockholm-Islamic terror revisited Europe

2010-12-12

Stockholm, Dec 12 (United News) An apparent suicide attacker blew himself up in central Stockholm Saturday, local media reported.

The man allegedly sent a threatening e-mail addressed to news agency TT minutes prior to the attack. The message said it was time for the Swedes to die 'like our brothers and sisters' and made reference to the country's involvement in Afghanistan and caricatures of the prophet Mohammed published in Sweden.

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt dubbed the incident an attempted terrorist attack.

'Most heinous islamic terrorist attack in crowded part of central Stockholm,' he said on blog. 'Failed - but could have been truly catastrophic.'

Unconfirmed reports said police found multiple explosive charges on the man, who was killed in the explosion. The Aftonbladet newspaper said the man apparently had the explosives in a backpack, but police would not confirm the reports.

It was unclear what connection, the suicide had with a separate car explosion in the central shopping area of the Swedish capital. The car explosion occurred at the intersection of Drottninggatan and Olof Palmes Gata roads and then a second blast went off in the nearby Bryggergatan, where the man's body was discovered.

Two others were injured in the blasts, the BBC reported.

Friday, December 10, 2010

After WikiLeaks revealation, US demonised in world eyes

US credibility is in serious trouble

United Analyst
Friday 10 December 2010



Europe

Russia

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave the sharpest response to the WikiLeaks cables in which he was protrayed as Batman to Dmitry Medvedev's Robin. "Slander", he called it. The embassy cables portray Russia as a corrupt kleptocracy where politicians and criminals were inextricably linked. Medvedev has said that the cables "show a full measure of cynicism" in US foreign policy making. But he suggested the leaks would not damage relations between Moscow and WashingtonSergei Lavrov, the foreign minister, claimed to be surprised that "some petty thieves running around the Internet" are causing such a sensation. In reality, the cables have caused lasting damage in Russia, playing to the deep mistrust of US intentions that imbues Kremlin policy making.

Poland

The cables revealed a battle of wits and mutual dissembling between Warsaw and Washington over US military aid to Poland, missile defence, and attitudes towards Russia. While the Poles welcomed secret Nato plans for the defence of the three Baltic states, they worried the new plan would dilute Nato security guarantees for Poland.

The disclosures appear to be sparking a sober re-assessment in Warsaw of the closeness of the relationship with Washington.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk sounded bitter and disenchanted on Tuesday after the Guardian published material on Poland.

"We have a really serious problem," he said. "Not with image, as some countries do, and not reputation, like the US does. It's a problem of being stripped of illusions about the nature of relations between countries, including such close allies as Poland and the US."

Italy

La Repubblica, one of Italy's best-selling dailies, on Wednesday carried the first in a series of articles examining the relationship between Silvio Berlusconi and Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, in the light of claims reported by the US state department cables that the Italian leader was profiting from gas deals between their two countries.

Newspapers and other media have given extensive coverage to the WikiLeaks disclosures. Berlusconi, who has denied any financial interest in Italy's energy dealings, was also embarrassed by a cable that quoted him as referring to Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev as an "apprentice". He insisted he never said it.

But in a country where the prime minister cannot be forced to answer to parliament and where attention is now focussed mainly on two parliamentary censure motions that could topple the Berlusconi administration next week, the political fall-out has been limited. Pierluigi Bersani, the leader of Italy's biggest opposition group, the Democratic party, said the cables showed that "the prime minister, with his behaviour and political decisions, harms the reputation of Italy in the world."

But, for the most part, opposition politicians have heeded a warning from Berlusconi's foreign minister, Franco Frattini, not to exploit the cables for political purposes.

Austria

The cables show a rather withering US contempt for Austria and its leading politicians, with US diplomats complaining that Washington has little leverage in Vienna because the government there is barely interested in developing relations with the US. The social democratic chancellor, Werner Faymann, is described as a leader with scant interest in foreign affairs. The foreign minister, Michael Spindelegger, is preoccupied with promoting Austrian business. And Austria, constitutionally neutral and not in Nato, is criticised for resisting US pressure to send forces to Afghanistan.

Norbert Darabos, the defence minister, described the US criticism as "inexplicable", and said Austria would not increase its contribution to Afghanistan beyond the five policemen it has sent.

A leading Austrian Greens MP, Peter Pilz, proposed that the country should grant Julian Assange political asylum.

Kazakhstan

US cables described the peccadilloes of the Kazakh elite, including the 40-horse stable of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president, a private Elton John concert for a top politician and an extraordinary midnight dance by the prime minister at a nightclub called Chocolat. Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, was at pains to privately apologise to several world leaders who were pilloried in the disclosures.

Turkmenistan

In perhaps the baldest character assassination of any world leader in the WikiLeaks cables, a US diplomat reported to Washington that president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan is seen as "vain, fastidious, vindictive, a micro-manager," a "practised liar" and "not a very bright guy". In keeping with the country's insular regime, the charge provoked little reaction.

Georgia

Disclosures about the Caucasus state were a mixed bag. As the New York Times noted, they showed US diplomats' catastrophic failure to recognise that Mikhail Saakashvili, the president, was planning to attack the breakaway enclave of South Ossetia in 2008. But they also concluded that before the conflict Russia had been "aggressively playing a high-stakes covert game" in an attempt to provoke Georgia into retaliation. Giga Bokeria, secretary of Georgia's national security council, toed Washington's line in his assessment of the WikiLeaks releases. "It is very cynical when one, under the guise of a martyr, fights against the greatest democracy [the US] using such prohibited methods," he said of Julian Assange, in televised comments.

Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, was the setting for Prince Andrew's infamous rant about geographically-challenged Americans and snooping "(expletive) journalists, especially from the National Guardian." At a meeting with the prince, Tatiana Gfoeller, the US ambassador to Bishkek, decided he was a victim of "neuralgic patriotism" whose behaviour "verged on the rude". Kyrgyzstan's leadership has been silent on that sharp assessment, while local media have been more interested in claims that China offered the country a $3bn (£1.9bn) aid package if it would close the Manas airbase, which the US uses to supply its troops in Afghanistan.

Moldova

According to the WikiLeaks documents, Moldova's then president, Vladimir Voronin, offered a $10m (£6.4m) bribe to a rival in 2009 in a desperate attempt to keep his communist government in power. A leading member of Voronin's party, Mark Tkachuk, told reporters the claims were "fairy tales" and "low-life gossip".


Middle East

Iran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the Wikileaks revelations as "psychological warfare." Iran's foreign ministry spokesman thundered: "The enemies of the Islamic world are pursuing a project of Iranophobia and disunity. This project only protects the interests of the Zionist regime and its supporters." Still, the documents will reinforce the regime's world view by underlining the huge effort being made by the US to contain Iran by applying pressure for UN sanctions over its nuclear programme or stopping arms deliveries to groups like Hamas and Hizbullah. It will be harder to maintain the pretence of good relations with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states because of exposure of their fear of Tehran. Iran remains defiant and is not as isolated as Washington would like. It is influential in Iraq and has good relations with Turkey. It is clear that Barack Obama's efforts to reach out to it have failed, with some arguing he was never serious about engagement. The status quo looks volatile and threatening.

Israel

Israel has been largely untroubled by because US views on key Middle Eastern issues especially on Iran, Syria and Lebanon, are so close to its own. "Israel is not the centre of international attention," said Binyamin Netanyahu. "Normally, there's a gap between what is said publicly and what is said privately, but in this case, the gap is not large." The most significant revelation was that Israel believes that beyond a certain point attacking Iran would cause too much "collateral damage."Israel can be seen maintaining discreet contact with Gulf states and have an intriguing intelligence link to Saudi Arabia. It suits Israel that the Palestinian issue and Jewish settlements in the occupied territories do not feature prominently. The Palestinian Authority denied suggestions it acquiesced in Israel's war on Hamas in Gaza.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's only public comment on the revelations was to say "they do not concern us" despite the sensational exposure of comments made by King Abdullah about attacking Iran "to cut off the head of the snake." It will be unhappy about US complaints that it remains a source of funding for the Taliban and other extremists. It may be pleased its counter-terrorist efforts against al-Qaida, at home and in neighbouring Yemen, have been given positive exposure. There is little evidence of US pressure over human rights and democracy.

Lebanon

Ever volatile Lebanon has been shaken by documents showing close links between the pro-western government and the US. The most damaging revelation described its defence minister offering advice on how Israel could defeat Hezbollah if a new war erupted. But Elias Murr complained that the cables were "inaccurate" and taken out of context. Tensions are already high because of expectations Hizbullah members will be indicted for the 2005 murder of Rafiq al-Hariri. Al-Akhbar, a leftist and pro-Hizbullah paper that has published leaks of the leaks about the Arab world, has come under cyber attack.

Syria

Syria has not responded officially to disclosures that it is the subject of intense US efforts to stop deliveries of weapons to Hezbollah. Syrians say they are struck by the absence of embarrassing information about Israel. Sami Moubayed, an influential commentator, wrote: "Perhaps WikiLeaks will one day tell us, for example, what the Israelis are hiding about the pre-Bush era." Damascus insists it only supports resistance to Israel and blames it for ramping up regional tensions. Ample evidence of American strategy to weaken the alliance between Damascus and Tehran, but there is no sign that it has worked.

Yemen

Yemen's government has faced embarrassing questions in parliament about evidence ministers lied about US air strikes against al-Qaida targets. Cables revealed President Ali Abdullah Saleh is worried about being painted as an American pawn and restricts counter-terrorist cooperation even as Washington presses for more determined action. Opposition MP Mansur al Zindani complained of a "powerful blow to parliament and the public." There are fears the revelations could help al-Qaida win new recruits in the Arab world's poorest country.

Libya

Muammar Gaddafi praised WikiLeaks for exposing US "hypocrisy." The whistleblowing website has "proved America is not what it has led allies and friends to believe it to be." There was no comment on threats against Britain if the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel-Basset al-Megrahi, died in prison in Scotland.

Egypt

Revelations about Egypt – some leaked to the independent newspaper al-Masry al-Youm — have been dismissed by Cairo as containing "nothing new." But they include evidence of its fears about Sudan breaking up, President Mubarak's profound hostility to Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, and bleak US assessments of future prospects for democracy, including the prediction that Mubarak, now 82, will stand for yet another term next year. The recent parliamentary elections, widely dismissed as a charade, tend to confirm US views.

Tunisia

President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali will be furious at cables describing high-level corruption, a sclerotic regime, and deep hatred of his wife and her family. Deeply unflattering reports from the US ambassador in Tunis make no bones about the state of the small Maghreb country, widely considered one of the most repressive in North Africa. No surprise that Tunisia blocked the website of Beirut's al-Akhbar, which published some of the documents.

Turkey

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted furiously to US diplomatic cables that suggested he was a corrupt closet Islamist. As Turkey heads for elections next year, secular Republican opponents may try to exploit his evident discomfort.

The cables highlighted three principal issues. Erdogan's personal probity – he was reported to have eight secret Swiss bank accounts; the supposed Islamist agenda of the ruling AKP party; and Turkey's perceived drift away from the western alliance and closer embrace of countries such as Syria and Iran.

Erdogan's response was both to dismiss the cables as tittle-tattle, and to conjure conspiracy theories."The un-serious cables of American diplomats, formed from gossip, magazines, allegations and slander are spreading worldwide via the internet," Erdogan said. "Are there disclosures of state secrets, or is there another aim?" he askedd. "… Is it carrying out a veiled, dark propaganda? Are there efforts to affect, manipulate relations between certain countries?"


Africa

Kenya

It took just a few leaked words to create an outcry from the Kenyan government. In a teaser of what the cables from Nairobi would reveal, Der Spiegel said last week that US officials believed the country was a "swamp of corruption" — hardly a heretic view on the streets of Nairobi. Government spokesman Alfred Mutua immediately called a news conference to say the government was "surprised and shocked".

"If what is reported is true, it is totally malicious, and a total misrepresentation of our country and our leaders," he said.

He went on to say that foreign countries funding youth empowerment schemes in Kenya – a barely veiled reference to the US — were in fact trying to overthrow the government. The US ambassador to Nairobi, Michael Ranneberger, described Mutua's claims as "utterly ridiculous". The prime minister told parliament he welcomed the Wikileaks revelations.

'We now know what some of our friends think about us … it is helpful."

After the revelations on Thursday that the US ambassador believed rampant corruption could lead in renewed violence in the country, Kibaki's office released a statement defending his record.

"We wish to state that President Kibaki's record on reforms through out his career speaks for itself. ," it said.

Uganda

The authorities in Uganda were also riled. In response to claims that President Yoweri Museveni feared his plane being shot down on the orders of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Ugandan foreign minister Sam Kutesa issued a statement yesterday (Thursday).

"While it is true that we hold discussions with the US government on regional and internationals issues, the contents of the alleged cables are grossly inaccurate and illogical. For example, if the Ugandan president perceived the threat to fly the international airspace, the solution would be for him to stay at home. Other leaders in the world have done so in the past."

But Museveni's spokesman Tamale Mirundi confirmed that other leaked cables referring to the president's concern about Sudan supporting the Lord's Resistance Army rebels a few years ago, and Eritrea being a regional threat, were in fact accurate.

Eritrea

Despite its president being described by US officials as an "unhinged dictator", there was no reaction from Eritrea to the leaked cables. There is also no free press in Eritrea.

Nigeria

Royal Dutch Shell said it was "absolutely untrue" that it had infiltrated every Nigerian ministry affecting its operations there. The company offered no further comment.

Zimbabwe

In an opinion piece in the state-run Herald newspaper, Reason Wafawarova focused on how the cables showed that Mugabe had defied US expectations of his demise from power. He also delighted in description of opposition leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as a "flawed figure".

South Asia

Pakistan

The rich store of WikiLeaks revelations about Pakistan have monopolized headlines and the political agenda for over ten days. But some stories are considered too hot to touch. While cables exposing the foibles of Pakistan's civilian leaders triggered a media feeding frenzy, the press largely ignored revelations that cast the powerful military in a bad light, including its alleged support for Islamist extremist groups such as the Taliban. That left politicians struggling to bat off embarrassing allegations, such as the bearded religious firebrand seen cosying up to the American ambassador, President Asif Zardari's obsession with his death, or prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's secret support for CIA drone strikes.

"Don't trust WikiLeaks," Gilani told reporters in Kabul at the weekend, attempting to brush off the revelations as "the observations of junior diplomats". Beside him President Hamid Karzai, also tarred in the dispatches, nodded solemnly. Rarely have the sparring neighbours agreed so easily. Coverage of army chief General Ashfaq Kayani focused on revelations that he threatened to oust Zardari last year but held back because he "distrusted" opposition contender Nawaz Sharif. The army issued a statement that Kayani "holds all political leaders in esteem". But most reporters shied away from US intelligence assessments that the army under Kayani continues to support the Taliban and Mumbai attackers Lashkar-e-Taiba. "ISI extols the virtues of some Taliban elements" read one small headline that provided no other details; otherwise loquacious television anchors were largely silent on the matter. One exception was the new Express Tribune paper. "It has always been an open secret that the military acts as puppet master," said an editorial "Only now do we have confirmation of just how tenuous the hold of democracy in the country really is."

Pakistani conspiracy theorists insisted the cables had been deliberately leaked as part of a Washington plot to discredit the Muslim world; the Saudi ambassador described them as "a rapist's propaganda".

But for most Pakistanis, the cables simply confirmed how much influence the US wields over their military and civilian leaders. Several headlines referred to the "WikiLeaks shame"; former diplomat Asif Ezdi said they proved Pakistan had become "the world's biggest banana republic".

The judiciary, meanwhile, liked the cables. Dismissing an attempt to block their publication, High Court judge Sheikh Azmat Saeed, said that WikiLeaks "may cause trouble for some personalities" but would be "good for the progress of the nation in the long run."

Afghanistan

In Afghanistan the Wikileaks disclosure have been a source of endless fascination for the general public, with the country's journalists devoting hours of airtime to pouring over the cables. Among pundits debate has raged about the meaning of the revelations, and even whether they can be believed with some incredulous commentators refusing to accept that the world's most powerful country could ever lose so much confidential information. Some have even suggested it was a put up job by the Americans themselves.

But so far there have been no major political casualties, despite the deeply critical remarks of Hamid Karzai made by his own senior ministers and the US ambassador.

The Afghan president has publicly thrown his support behind Omar Zakhiwal, his finance minister who was quoted in cables describing his boss as "extremely weak man". But a cabinet reshuffle is expected after the new parliament is inaugurated.

Also thought to be vulnerable is Karl Eikenberry, the US ambassador who wrote at times despairing notes back to Washington about Karzai.

The Afghan and US governments have insisted their relationship remains strong but former US ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has publicly said Eikenberry's position is untenable.

Many believe there is now no chance that he will extend his soon to expire two year term, if he wanted to.

India

In India the reaction to WikiLeaks was initially muted or positive, though the revelations were covered by all sectors of the press, including the local language media. "The first lot of WikiLeaks documents paints a flattering picture of India as a reliable, trusted and respected power in a world that worries itself sick about neighbouring Pakistan," the Times of India newspaper said. Coverage focused on revelations from Pakistan and particularly about Islamabad's security services' relationship with local Islamic extremists. India's external affairs ministry refused to comment on the leak other than to stress its continuing "candid" dialogue with the United States. As the week has passed criticism, both of Western countries and of the leak, has built up, particularly as police in the UK moved to arrest the Wikileaks founder. "The way these governments have been going after Assange and his group raises the question whether what is commonly called the free world is really free," said the Mumbai-based newspaper Daily News Analysis. Others attacked those behind the leak. "There is a strong feeling that the sense of responsibility lacks," union law minister Veerappa Moily told The Guardian yesterday (Wednesday). "This just creates mutual misunderstanding. The trust is endangered by such leaks and that is a very unhealthy trend." Shashi Tharoor, former minister of state for external affairs, called the leaks "unethical and wrong".

"The confidentiality of government communications is the lifeblood of diplomatic comfort," Tharoor told a local reporter. "You do not effectively run a government if your own diplomats cannot report to their own capitals in utter candour." Other commentators however called for an Indian version of the leak, arguing that the Indian bureaucracy was one of the most opaque in the world and could only benefit from public scrutiny. ends

Bangladesh

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have been on the front page of most newspapers in Bangladesh over the last week. The story has been of particular interest to the country's many students who thronged street tea stalls in Dhaka, the capital, to discuss "how WikiLeaks has shaken the US administration by revealing its confidential cables", according to one local journalist. Anis Pervez, an associate professor at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, said he had discussed the leaks in his classroom lecture on media ethics. "Every state has sovereignty and sometimes some information can create tension. Then again, there is a dilemma over how much information one should reveal to the public just because he or she has it," he said. One particularly cable alleging that the Islamic extremist group Lashkar-e-Toiba had established sleeper cells in Bangladesh hit headlines. "The information divulged on the WikiLeaks is creating an odd situation for many countries. We have not yet checked the documents found regarding Bangladesh," said Yafeash Osman, state minister for science and technology, said.

Nepal

In Nepal there has therefore been some disappointment that most of the 2,600 documents that were sent from the US Embassy in Kathmandu have not yet to be released. The leaks sparked frantic efforts by Nepali politicians as well as journalists to find out what revelations about the Himalayan nation could be expected with journalists offices in Kathmandu bombarded by calls from politicians and leaderships seeking tips on what might be coming. As elsewhere released cables have been scoured for elements of local interest. Documents suggesting that Maoist rebels had received Indian funding provoked an inevitably strongly worded reaction from Nepal's Maoist party. Other cables touching on the relations between regional giants China and India have also been minutely scrutinised.

Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, the leaks provoked a political and media storm as many focused on the island nation's controversial and bloody recent history. While one effectively accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa of being complicit in war crimes – a charge he denies – another described a diplomatic campaign by British former foreign secretary David Miliband to champion aid and human rights during the Sri Lankan humanitarian crisis last year as largely driven by domestic political calculations. Media reactions have varied. Newspapers loyal to the government have covered the various allegations made in the cables but have particularly focused on material that is embarrassing to the US or the UK The campaigning Sunday Leader however published a call to journalistic arms: "As media acquired books, the powerful enacted bans. As media developed newspapers, the powerful found ways to seal them in courts or seduce them with access and wealth. Through all this one force, however, is constant. You can't keep a good story down. You can't stop the thirst for justice, you can only mask it for a while. This is a lesson that WikiLeaks is teaching the world, and we hope that it will reach Sri Lankan ears."

Asia Pacific

China

China has been tight-lipped. It has also been increasingly keen to stop others from having their say, deleting articles and discussions about the cables. It called the contents of the diplomatic memos "absurd" but has otherwise refused to comment on the information they contain, such as reports of official frustration with North Korea and a source's claim that a senior official was behind the attack on Google.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said yesterday that Beijing hoped the emergence of the cables would not affect relations with Washington.

Censorship has not stopped some people from reading about the cables on overseas websites.

"Reading [about] China and Google, I want to say: WikiLeaks rocks!" one wrote on a microblog service of the popular portal Sina earlier this week.

Another argued: "What Wikileaks says about China must be a slander from the US. What do you think? The US government hates Wikileaks too? It must be a conspiracy."

China Digital Times, which monitors censorship, believes the Central Propaganda Bureau issued an order telling websites not to issue further reports on the cables, although some have reported on Julian Assange's arrest.

Brazil

President Lula says he is to register his protest at Assange's arrest on his blog. "This chap was only publishing something he read," he said. "And if he read it, it is because somebody wrote it. The guilty one is not the publisher, it is the person who wrote [these things]. Blame the person who wrote this nonsense because there would be no scandal if they hadn't." Many leaks relate to the security situation in Rio de Janeiro. A 2009 cable warned that pre-Olympic attempts to expel drug traffickers from some of the city's most violent favelas could resemble "the battles in Fallujah more than a conventional urban police operation".

Argentina

In Argentina the Wikileaks revelations have focused on apparent US concern about a new invasion of the Falklands islands and over president Cristina Kirchner mental health. In one cable Hillary Clintonmused over whether the current occupant of the Casa Rosada was "taking any medications."

"How do Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's emotions affect her decision-making and how does she calm down when distressed?" one cable asked diplomats in the Argentine capital.

The English-language Buenos Aires Herald, however, pointed out that "the snickering about the President's mental health comes at a time [when] she is perceived by much of the public, including those who oppose her, as having shown tremendous strength immediately after her husband's death."

Venezuela

Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, has called on Hillary Clinton to resign in the wake of "all of this spying and delinquency in the State Department".

"Look at how they treat the leaders of powerful countries," Chavez told state TV channel Telesur, describing the cables as proof of the "dirty war of Yankee embassies in the whole world".

"Look how they are mistreating this great friend of ours, Vladimir Putin. What a lack of respect!"

Ecuador and Bolivia

The Ecuadorian government has been Wikileaks' most vocal supporter in the region, offering the under-fire Julian Assange residency "without any conditions". Bolivia has also expressed its irritation at its portrayal in the US diplomatic cables. The country's vice-president, Alvaro Garcia Linera, this week posted Bolivia-focused Wikileaks cables, in full, on his official website in response to what he called "insults" and "third rate espionage".

US authorities have been lampooned by much of the Bolivian press.

Juan José Toro Montoya, a columnist for the Cochabamba newspaper Los Tiempos newspaper described the accusations against Wikileaks' founder as "laughable".

"Julian Assange may be under arrest but he has been transformed into a hero and will go down in history as being the first human being to massively reveal the dirty-tricks of government," he wrote yesterday.



Australia

The role of Assange, the country's prodigal son, has generated the most coverage and debate. Referring to him as the 'Ned Kelly of the digital age', Bryce Lowry said: "Assange is a cyber bushranger: a renegade taunter of authority and inspiration to many who marvel at his daring to challenge the status quo." Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the publication of the cables is illegal, and Assange's actions are "grossly irresponsible". She has made it clear the Australian government will offer him no support although the Australian consulate in the UK has offered him access to their services.

The cables themselves reveal an unflattering view of former prime minister – now foreign minister – Kevin Rudd. He was an abrasive, impulsive ''control freak'' who presided over a series of foreign policy blunders. Another cable referenced how Rudd angered the US by detailing a private conversation he had with Bush which included the moment he was "stunned to hear Bush say, 'What's the G20?'"

Rudd retaliated this week. "Mr Assange is not himself responsible for the unauthorised release of 250,000 documents from the US diplomatic communications network. "The Americans are responsible for that," he said.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

RSS worker murdered;hartal in Palakkad(Kerala)

Network Media

One youth was stabbed to death and three others seriously injured in a political clash between the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers at Kanjikode in Pudussery village near here on Wednesday.

Bharatheeya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a 12-hour hartal from 12 p.m to 12 a.m on Wednesday to protest against the killing and attack on RSS workers.

Shops and business establishments were closed down and the bus services were suspended immediately after the flash hartal was announced in the District.

In the attack an RSS worker Ratheesh (24) of Kalandithara, Kurudikkad, Kanjikode died on the way to the District hospital. His friends Vinu and Lenin were admitted to a private hospital in Coimbatore and Girish was admitted to the Thrissur Medical College.

They were attacked while they were travelling in a bus from Kanjikode to Palakkad allegedly by a four –member-gang of CPI (M) workers.

The assailants stopped the bus and threatened the passengers and stabbed the four youths inside the bus.

The injured were taken to the District Hospital in the jeep of Dy. Superintendent of Police M.K. Pushkaran who was passing through that route.

The body of the deceased Ratheesh is kept in the mortuary of the District Hospital and the cremation will take place on Thursday.

Teesta Setalvad in big trouble

A.Thomas
New Delhi

SC takes serious exception to her writing to UN body on
Godhra trial

Refuses to entertain her plea challenging trial court order on Rais



Social activist Teesta Setalvad faced the ire of the Supreme Court on Thursday for taking her grievances in the ongoing Godhra riot cases before an international human rights agency at a time when the apex court was monitoring the progress of the investigations.


The court was referring to two letters sent by Setalvad’s NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights based in Geneva as recently as October 5 and October 7 this year.


In another setback to Teesta, the apex court refused to entertain an application where the activist challenged a recent trial court order which directed recording of statement of her former aide Rais Khan. Khan had made sensational allegations against Teesta-tutored witnesses and filed false affidavits in riot cases to mislead the Supreme Court.


Claiming that Khan’s “personal enmity” had led him to turn against her, Setalvad in her application demanded stay of proceedings before the Special Judge hearing the Gulbarga Society trial. On November 3, the Special Judge allowed Khan’s statement to be recorded by the special investigation team (SIT), entrusted with the probe.


The apex court Bench of Justices DK Jain, P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam felt that the remedy to challenge the Ahmedabad court’s order was before the Gujarat High Court. “This application is in an ongoing trial. If you are aggrieved, move the appellate authority under the Code of Criminal Procedure. How can we become the appellate authority?” the Bench said.


On the letters addressed by Teesta to the international body, senior advocate and amicus curiae Harish Salve informed the Bench that the SIT was “disturbed” over the constant airing of grievances by Setalvad to the international body. The letters addressed to SIT chairman RK Raghavan had complained about the poor witness protection in the Godhra cases and even contained information of how her former aide Rais Khan was bought over by the other side.


Agreeing with Salve, the Bench remarked, “What business has the international body to know what is happening in our courts...it is very serious as it’s a reflection on us.”


Teesta’s advocate Kamini Jaiswal justified the action which further provoked the Bench. “If you are justifying this, then we have to consider it in a different perspective,” the Bench said.


When Jaiswal said there was nothing wrong in forwarding the letter as CJP was part of an international body, the Bench retorted, “You may be associated with hundreds of organisations…We cannot involve outside agencies to oversee what we are doing.”


When Jaiswal took the plea that the letter apprised the Geneva-based body about need of witness protection, the Bench replied, “Will Switzerland provide you witness protection and not the Supreme Court?”


The Bench posted the matter for December 15 giving time to Teesta to seek instructions after her lawyer feigned ignorance about the contents of the letters.


What annoyed court

Setalvad's CJP sent letters to UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva

SIT was ‘disturbed' over constant airing of grievances by Setalvad to international body

Letters complained about poor witness protection in Godhra cases

Also contained information of how Rais Khan was allegedly bought over

On Rais Khan, SC told her to move appellate authority under CrPC

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

'Love Jihad' & Pornography Racket Busted in Mandangad(Ratnagiri)

Here in Mandangad taluka of Ratnagiri district of Konkan,Police are trying to unearth Love Jihad racket.The worst side of this Love Jihad module is that Muslim youth involved in this racket has filmed explicit Porn films out of their relations with Hindu girl and amassed at least 5Lac rupees out of selling it.
RSS workers has launched legal campaign to bring culprits to book and filed 3 FIR's with Police in this matter.Dy.S.P, Chandrahas Chavan is invstigating the matter but role of Officer-In-Charge Bhalake is suspicious.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Corruption Exposed in Indian Media-Barkha Dutt-Vir Sanghvi-Nira Radia Tapes exposed


The Barkha-Vir-Nira tapes have created a storm in the tea-cup. The nation, already reeling under the spectrum scam, where an ex-minister is being openly accused of a massive misappropriation of public exchequer, has got a further jolt when it comes to hear these kinds of tapes where Barkha Dutt, the renowned, massively respected and recognized star-reporter of NDTV has been heard talking to Nira Radia on issues concerning formation of Ministry. Not one or two but five such tapes have come in public realm. Similarly at least one tape of conversation between Vir Sanghvi, the authoritative and moralistic Editor-in-chief of Hindustan Times and Nira has got leaked.
In all these tapes, Nira is heard talking to these two journalists about the composition of the Central government ministry, particularly with reference to one political party from Tamil Nadu. She is heard requesting these legendary people to talk to influential people in the Center about getting a few particular members of that political party inducted in the Central ministry. These two people are heard assuring Nira to do the needful. They are heard brining up some particular names who are believed to be very powerful in the political structure and telling Nira that they could do their best to help her out. To quote a few parts of the conversations between Nira and Barkha-

“RADIA: No, they wanted to; they didn’t want any infrastructure, that’s what Prime Minister said, so he said that’s why they give him labour, fertiliser, chemical—and telecom, IT, they said for Raja. So what has happened is, is that message not relayed to Karunanidhi?

BARKHA: Oh I see!

RADIA: They might have told some minion down the line or told Maran who is not relaying the truth.

BARKHA: No, I’ll set it up as soon as they get out of RCR.
RADIA: What she saying is that, you know, that someone senior like Ghulam (Nabi Azad, senior Congress leader) because he is the one who is authorised to speak. ….

BARKHA: Theek hai, not a problem. That’s not a problem, I’ll talk to Azad—I’ll talk to Azad right after I get out of RCR [Race Course Road, presumably, the PM’s residence].

Similarly, some part of the Vir Shanghvi- Nira conversation goes like this-

Radia- “They had a meeting. I had suggested of Kani only. They talk about 4 formula and 1 independent. There was no issue. He has clarified everything that you had told them. There was a lot of relief from the Chief Minister’s side. But he is still under great pressure from Maran.”

Vir-“Where is it coming from?”
Radia-“It is coming from Stalin and his sisster Salvi. They have given 600 crore to Dayalu’s mother.”
Vir- “600 crores! It is hard to argue with that kind of pressure.”
Vir-“Basically what they want is a little bit more flexibility. One more Cabinet, I suppose.”
Radia- “If they stick to 3 and Kani gets independent, then Alaghiri, Baalu and Raja come in.”

Vir-“That is not so bad unless Maran is one of the Cabinets.”
Radia- “Because Baalu and Raja thing is spread by Maran.If Narayan was to come back tomorrow, let us look for Alaghiri, Baalu and Raja.”
Vir-“Actually Narayan anyway will talk to PM. He will not talk to Congress President. PMO will send feedback to Congress Party.”
Radia- “So they will anyway speak to us, Naa.”
Vir-“yeah, yeah.” .”

After these tapes have come in public, the NDTV on behalf of Barkha and Vir for himself have come in the open to defend themselves. I quote some of the parts of their defence-

“In response to the Open Magazine cover story dated 20th November, 2010 NDTV would like to object in the strongest terms to the clear misrepresentation of conversations between Barkha Dutt and Ms. Nira Radia, that took place in May 2009. In the pursuit of news and information, journalists talk to an array of people from all professional backgrounds; this case being an an unfolding political story on cabinet formation, after the general elections. To caricature the professional sourcing of information as "lobbying" is not just baseless, but preposterous.
At every stage effective journalism involves engagement with a multitude of characters in the process of gathering news and information. To call this process "lobbying" is a serious and defamatory distortion of journalistic practices.”

Vir says-
“Moreover, there is nothing at all in the transcripts to suggest that I lobbied for Mr Raja. The conversations recorded relate to the phase when there was an impasse between the DMK and the Congress. Ms Radia called several journalists, including me, to ask us to convey a message to any Congress leaders we met in the course of our work. This message was, essentially, that the Congress was communicating with the wrong people in the DMK.

While gathering news, journalists talk to a wide variety of sources from all walks of life, especially when a fast-moving story is unfolding. Out of a desire to elicit more information from these sources, we are generally polite.”



While both of them say things to defend themselves, citing the job of a journalist but going through the conversations and the active roles played by each of Barkha and Vir in getting the work done, including talking to the highest quarters in the political echelons one fails to believe if it was mere journalistic work or something much more. At least prima-facie it does not seem palatable that these two people were having such conversations as a part of their journalistic work. This looks more like a foray into unwarranted murky hinterlands of middleman-ship. Though there is not a single word in the conversations that remotely points to exchange of money but the fact that one of these people for whom Barkha in particular and Vir to some extent exercised their influence, later got named in one of the biggest scams known in independent India does make the entire episode very serious. It also brings them under some kind of severe scrutiny and penetrating scanning. This is more so because of the kind of respect these names have been commanding among the Indian masses through their writings and deeds. They, seen as hopes for the Middle class India are found faltering and getting caught in supposedly “dangerous liaisons” in these conversations.
These are the issues that have got generated after the exposure of these tapes. And certainly there seems to be an immediate need to get the matters enquired so that the roles of these two people gets clarified.

At the same time, this episode has also generated the issue of judicial impropriety and the need for a moral code of conduct for the journalists. Each role has a definite set of duties assigned to it. By no stretch of imagination can we assume that the role of a journalist is to play a role in the formation of Ministries. So, if such things are found, it does raise eye-brows ?

S M Mushrif summoned to Mumbai High Court for his book


While hearing petition made by Mrs Jyoti Badekar, Justice B S Marlapalle and Justice R Y Ganu ordered retired Police Officer S M Mushrif to present himself before court to give clarifications about his allegations made in the book "Who Killed Karkare?" Also court asked if former Police officer makes anti-national statements then why government didn't took action against him?Whether government has no courage to take action against officer who is making pro-Pakistani and anti-India references in his book.
While submitting affidavit to High Court,Mumbai Police Commissioner has said that Police didn't found any evidence proving Abhinav Bharat or any other Hindu organisation's complacency in Hemant Karkare's murder.
Petitioner had demanded that Mushrif claims should be investigated and involvement of locals be thoroughly investigated in 26/11 Mumbai Attack.
Also Bench asked Public Prosecutor Pandurang Pol,if government thinks that Mushrif's statement has no meaning then did government took any action?or filed FIR against him?If not then how you came to know that his statements has no content?And if you gets convinced that Mushrif's statements has no content then take action against him for spoiling our time.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Legal Notice to Home Minister Rajasthan by Indresh Kumar(RSS Pracharak)


To
The Home Minister,
Rajasthan Secretariat
Government of Rajasthan,
Jaipur

Sir,

On behalf of and on instructions from my Client Shri Indresh Kumar Pracharak, Rashtriya SwayamSevak Sangh, I hereby serve you with this Legal Notice as under:


1. The Times of India in its edition of 28.10.2010 reported you having made the following statement:

“He (Mr. Indresh) gave guidelines about triggering the blast. He decided who will make the bomb, who will trigger it, who will provide the money and the mobile and who will handle the media.”

2. Actuated by malice you have deliberately committed a breach of duty owed to my client knowing you have no power to so to do and in any event with reckless indifference to the same.

3. Dissimulating facts you are trumping up charges against my client disguising them as legal process which is but a cloak for your political agenda and that agenda is controlling “investigation” into offences like Ajmer Blast forcing them to move in a direction which suits your political needs.

4. In deliberately misstating and distorting the Chargesheet filed in the Ajmer Blast case not only are you substituting your imagination for what is stated therein but revealing your intent to coerce the investigating agency to toe your line and thrust an offence onto our client and portray him to be an offender by any means necessary, the illegality of the same notwithstanding.

5. This explains a statement attributed to the Chief Minister that our client will soon be called for investigation. Your intent having been revealed in your statement the so called investigation would only be a ritual performed under your guidance there being a predisposition to hold my client culpable, the facts of the case notwithstanding.

6. You and the Chief Minister seem oblivious and unconcerned by the fact that the investigation has culminated in a Chargesheet which lists out the accused sent to trial and those against whom investigation is still pending and my client is in neither category of accused.

7. It is apparent you want to force the investigating agency to change its opinion.

8. The said Chargesheet lists the following as Accused:

I Devendra Gupta @ Bobby @ Ramesh s/o Sh SatyaPrakash Gupta, Bihari Ganj, Pahali Gali ke Samne, Ajmer Rajasthan

II ChandraShekhar Leve S/o Sh LakshmiNarayan Leve [Patidar Barot] r/o Vill Chapri, PS Kalapipal, Distt Shajapur, Madhya Pradesh

III Lokesh Sharma @ Kalu @ Ajay @ Abhay S/o Shri Gopal Krishna Sharma r/o 180, Sanghi Street Mahu, PS Mahu, Distt Indore, Madhya Pradesh

The Chargesheet lists the following Accused against whom chargesheet is NOT filed:

I Sandeep Dange @ Vasudev @ Baljit @ Parmanan r/o s/o Sh Vishwas Keshav Dange, r/o 360, Lokmanya Nagar, Indore, Madhya Pradesh

II RamChandra @ Ramji s/o Shri Gopal Singh r/o Vill Gopipur, Distt Shajapur, Madhya Pradesh Hall 21,22 Shanti Vihar Colony, Kanadiya Road, and

26 Shriram Nagar, Near Bengali Chauraha, Indore Madhya Pradesh

III Late Sunil Joshi @ Manoj @ Guruji s/o Shri Shyam Lal Joshi r/o G 7, HIG, Vikas Nagar, Dewas Madhya Pradesh.

9. The Chargesheet in paras 5.49-5.54, specifies the role and responsibility of each of the Accused as under:

5.49 As such, from the investigation conducted so far, statements of witnesses, available documents, it is proved that Hindu fundamentalists under the leadership of Swami Aseema Nand, Sanchalak of Shabri Mata Mandir, Ahava, Distt. Dang (Gujarat) formed a terrorist group to take revenge and retaliate the bomb explosions carried by Muslim Terrorist organization at different places all over India and late Sunil Joshi, Sandeep Dange, Ramji Kalsangara, Lokesh Sharma, Pragya Singh, Shivam Dhakar, Samandar and Devendra Gupta and others joined this terrorist outfit as active members.

5.50 This terrorist group held many meetings at Ujjain, Indore, Shabri Dham and Mihijam and hatched a criminal conspiracy and under a well thought strategy under the leadership and guidance of Swami AseemaNand, late Sunil Joshi was entrusted with the responsibility of carrying bomb explosion at Dargah Sharief Ajmer and collecting necessary resources for the same such as explosive material / substance, timer device and other equipments, etc. Sunil Joshi while dividing the work among his other associates entrusted different responsibilities to them to execute this bomb explosion.

5.51 Accused Sandeep Dange and Ram ji Kalsangara were given the responsibility to procure technical knowledge and to make bombs by using necessary resources such as equipments and explosives etc. to carry out the bomb blast at Dargah Sharief Ajmer.

5.52 Devendra Gupta was assigned the work of making available fake IDs for purchasing Mobile Phone and Sim Card to be used as timer device in the bombs to be exploded at Dargah Sharief Ajmer. Accused Devender Gupta selected his earlier area of operation Jamtara (Jharkhand) and Asansol Chitaranjan (West Bengal) for this work and using his contacts in this area. The said Devender Gupta fabricated and forged the fake driving license and voter I- Card and made available the same to late Sunil Joshi and Ramji Kalsangara. By using these fake IDs, Ramji Kalsangara and Sunil Joshi had purchased total 11 SIM Cards from the aforesaid areas out of which 4 SIM Cards were used as timer devices in the bomb blasts at Dargah Sharief Ajmer and Mecca Masjid Hyderabad.

5.53 Accused Lokesh Sharma with Ramji Kalsangara went to Faridabad and Delhi and purchased mobile phones used as timer device in these bomb explosions. Accused Lokesh Sharma along with late Sunil Joshi procured explosive substances to make bombs and actively participated in the meetings to hatch this criminal conspiracy. Lokesh Sharma with Sandeep Dange went to Mecca Masjid Hyderabad and did recce for bomb explosions and identified the spots for plotting bombs.

5.54 It was proved from the investigations that this terror outfit had purchased total 11 SIM cards and 8 Mobile Phones out of which 2 SIM cards got damaged in the blast and 2 SIM Cards have been recovered from the unexploded bombs. So far nothing could be found out about remaining 7 SIM Cards out of the said 11 SIM Cards. Further investigation in this regard is continuing.

10. Admittedly the investigating officer has concluded that our client is not part of any conspiracy and has no role whatsoever in it and a bare perusal of the charge sheet itself demonstrates the absence of any link both with the object of the conspiracy and those intending to achieve it. Your statement is clearly an instance of false memory and substitutes your wish of a state of affairs for a different state of affairs which exists and in which our client has no role.

10.(A) The Chargesheet refers to a meeting in Gujrati Samaj Guesthouse allegedly attended by our client. The Chargesheet, nevertheless, contains no material whatsoever in support of the meeting aforementioned. No document or statement (which together add up to almost a 1000 pages) support, even remotely, the said extract of para 5.13 of the chargesheet. Your statement to the press makes it apparent that a reference has been made to the alleged presence of our client in the so called meeting upon your instigation though there was nothing un-earthed in the investigation.




11. A bare look at the Chargesheet shows that the reference to the meeting has been thrust into it dubiously and deviously and not only is there no link with the chain of events involving the Conspirators–made-accused and others named, the very purpose of the so-called meeting for the professed objective was non-existent, for the reasons revealed in the Chargesheet itself.

12. The extract concerning the meeting is wholly antithetical to the very basis of the Chargesheet.

13. The utter incongruousness of the imputation also becomes apparent when contrasted with the findings of the investigators in Malegaon Blast case where the very persons whom our client is alleged to have addressed had professed the desire to eliminate him for differences in their respective ideology and outlook.

14. In yet making a pointed reference to our client you have unlawfully exercised power motivated by malice targeted at and intended to injure my client aside from showing an awareness that your act will in the ordinary and probable course of events cause injury to my client. You have slandered my client and made a made a calumnious reflection on him.

15. The instant case is not only one of defamatory imputation but deliberate abuse of power. There was no authority in you to do what you did and the injury to our client was the foreseeable and inevitable consequence of the act. The action is one which no honest or reasonable man would have taken.

16. A Pracharak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Hindu by religion, our client has always shunned both violence and fundamentalism. It is for this reason that elements of extremist fringe who are accused in Malegaon and have been arrested elsewhere, have not only openly expressed their hostility towards him but also manifested the clear intent to eliminate him.

17. No civilized system can be allowed to play with the lives and reputation of its own people. An allegation so grave, made in a manner so cavalier, without even a shred of evidence in support, inviting public obloquy and ridicule is ex-facie an instance of oppressive, arbitrary and unconstitutional action rendering you liable for malicious, deliberate and injurious wrongdoing.

18. Right to reputation is recognized as a facet of the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution. Aside from other proceedings you are also liable to our client for deprivation of this right. Your liability for this breach arises in Public Law and is created by the Constitution which guarantees protection against such deprivation. The due process of law has been both shamelessly and brazenly violated by you and my client is entitled to make against you, aside from other proceedings available, a claim in public law for compensation for the injury suffered by him. Law civilizes public power and assures citizens that they live under a legal system which protects their interests and preserves their rights. The office never sanctifies the holder and the instant is clearly a case of deliberate wrongdoing.

19. The political interference in the investigation also becomes apparent in your reference to Samjhauta Express. It is apparent you are treating the Chargesheet as an instrument of propaganda meant for address to a particular constituency only and not a legal document which has worth and sanctity outside its political purpose. Aside from the fact that the reference was unnecessary in a Chargesheet dealing with Ajmer Blast the comment is different from the stated position of the Government of India as also findings of the United Nations Security Council that Let was involved in the Samjhauta Express bombing. There is, therefore, reason to assume that this is part of a gambit with the government at the Centre, also ruled by the same political party and hence sharing the same political agenda, to give a witch-hunt the euphemism of investigation.

20. You are acting to seek and persecute my client with complete disregard for his innocence. Any further interference with the legal process, attempt to influence investigation, distortion of facts, fabrication of evidence and making of scurrilous imputations against him will render you and everyone combining with you liable in appropriate legal proceedings. You are also obligated to undo the wrong done and the consequential damage to my client failing which you will be liable, in addition, to exemplary damages and other appropriate legal proceedings our client is entitled in law to institute against you.

Arun Bhardwaj,
Meenakshi Lekhi,
Advocates,
I-8, LGF, Jangpura Extn,
New Delhi-110014
Settled by
Shri Aman Lekhi
Senior Advocate

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shiv Sena office bearer arrested for Cow Trafficking

Chiplun Shiv Sena city unit deputy-chief arrested by SDPO Chandrahas Chavhan for illegal cow trafficking.Cows were meant for slaughter in bakri-id festival.
Shivsena leader Isa Jamaluddin Halde(Govalkot Road) and Saed Hamid Cougule(Shiral) arrested while transporting cows from their Tata Mobile vehicle.Police apprehended vehicle on check post and seized the cows and vehicle.Police has registered offence under Cruelty to Animal act 11(1)(D)(E)(T)(D) and Animal Transport Act47,48,49,50,51,54 and 56.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Third Legal Notice To Kumar Ketkar,editor Loksatta

From-Aditya A.Pendse,Dapoli

Loksatta editor Mr. Kumar Ketkar is facing most tough time of his life as journalist.For the first time his vicious campaign against RSS and it's related organisations has been challenged by group of social activists from Dapoli(Ratnagiri).Yesterday on 14th November 2010 Dapoli resident and worker of NGO working for Nomadic Tribes,Mr H D Aayare has sent legal notice to Lokatta editor for his October 25th editorial,in which Ketakar has wrote that top RSS leaders were involved in the murder of Jana Sangh leader late Deendayal Upadhyay.
Mr Aayare said in Ratnagiri that while claiming RSS complicity in Upadhya'y murder Ketkar must have convincing evidences.And as a ethical journalist he must give it to us,so that he could decide whether to work with RSS or not,in future.Aayre said in notice that RSS has made great contribution for nomadic tribes,so if RSS name crops up in murder conspiracy then we have to look into evidences or we will approach court to take immediate action against Mr.Kumar Ketkar for making fictitious claims maligning image of RSS.
If evidences provided by ketkar are convincing then we will submit it to court to re-open Upadhyay murder case.ketkar must reply to this notice within 20 days otherwise one more court case would be filed against him.This is third legal notice in a row to Ketkar and he is competing with artist M F Hussain for facing multiple court case in single issue.
Mr.Kumar Ketkar must understand now that making irresponsible allegations and painting Hindu Resurgence movement in black colour would not be tolerated anymore.And he must have to pay the price for it.There are chances that owner of Express group may be gifted with legal notice in same case within fue days.
And now preparations are going on to file petition with Press Council of India against Lokssatta Editor.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dramatic Change In Kumar Ketkar!!!

Former RSS Chief uttered something objectionable and made personal comment about Congress President Sonia Gandhi.This was golden chance for Loksatta editor Kumar Ketkar to hit Sangh and it's cultural and so called Radical ideology but Ketkar preferred to maintain stoic silence,which factor made Kumar Ketkar so balanced?What made him so patient writer overnight?Where did his Hinduphobia and Sanghphobia went?How is it possible for Ketkar to assume Yogi like silence when one high profile Sangh Leader has given him chance to write what he wants and to score as many credit points as possible at 10 Janapath or say Sonia Darbaar?
Someone might say that there are so issues in Maharashtra to write about.Someone would think that Mr Ketkar don't this issue seriously,or someone would say that Sangh Leader's statement is not so important to comment upon.But the real reason behind Ketkar's silence is something different and new.
But for Sanghphobist and Hinduphobist like Kumar Ketkar,unique agenda is to scold,beat,kick,shot,fire,spit and crucify Sangh irrespective of person,time,day and date,irrespective of presence of other burning issues.But Mr Ketkar has loose this golden chance of hitting Sangh not because of he wanted to ignore what Sangh Leader said but only due to Medical Treatment he is receiving from two experts from Dapoli;Mr N R Shigvan and Mr.M S Mhadalekar.
Mr.Ketkar was suffering from Chronic Psychological Disorder of dragging Sangh into each and every issue irrespective of the relevance of the matter.There was long term treatment available for this disorder but no one was taking it seriously.And finally two Social workers cum Doctors took the much awaited initiative to cure Mr.Ketkar.Both approached legal experts and injected two separate legal notices (Sorry legal Injections!!) to Kumar Ketkar for his 25th October editorial in Loksatta which was Bundle of lies,fabrications,concoctions,baseless analysis,sheer arrogance towards Hindu society and great example of unethical journalism.
It seems,Mr Ketkar would cure fast and initial trends shows that he is recovering fast.The reason behind this prediction is Mr.Ketkar wrote nothing objectionable about Hindus and Sangh in last 48 hours,yes in two full days.Those who knows mr Kumar Ketkar since last so many years are terming it as unprecedented!!!
The old disorder may be erupted during days or weeks to come but initial recovery signs are also extremely positive for well wishers of Mr Kumar Ketkar.
Think For The Better,Prepare For The Worst!!!

Kolkata High Court banned Cow Slaughter

Kolkata 12 November 2010
Murdikar News: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday welcomed a judgement by the Calcutta High Court banning the slaughter of cows for religious purposes.

The weighty judgement comes days ahead of Eid Al-Adhha (Feast of Sacrifice) also known as ‘Bakri-Eid’ being observed by Muslims across India by sacrificing goats and even cows in some places.

The division bench of Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice Asim Ray of the Calcutta High Court on Friday declared the practice of sacrificing cow and its progeny for religious purpose as 'unlawful', the RSS statement said.

The Hindu volunteer organisation added that it expected the judgment to have "far reaching ramifications in the minority-centric domestic politics of West Bengal".

Know Eugeno Myno(Sonia Gandhi) better-Dr. Subramanian Swamy

Patriotic Indians should thank the President of India for having the courage by citing a legal hitch to dissuade Ms. Sonia Gandhi from staking her claim to form the government in May this year. She therefore did not as expected on May 17th become the Prime Minister of 1 billion plus people of India. It can now be said that the nation has been saved from a monumental, devastating, and permanent injury to India’s national interest and patriotic psyche of Indians. And therefore every effort that can be made in a democracy should be made to ensure that Ms. Sonia Gandhi is permanently out of reckoning for any public office. For those who instinctively understand that, this Note is to explain the factual basis for this conclusion, and suggest what patriotic Indians can do now .
My opposition to Ms. Sonia Gandhi is not merely because she is Italian—born. In other democratic countries, including in Italy, such an issue [of foreign-born aspiring to be head of government] would not even arise at all because the issue has already been settled by law, that a person cannot hold the highest public office unless he or she is native born.
In India there is no such law, but the President according to my knowledge, correctly acted on a proviso to Section 5 of the Indian Citizenship Act[1955] which empowers the Union Home Ministry to lay down conditions that apply to Indian citizenship acquired by foreigners by registration, which conditions would be based on the principle of reciprocity, viz., in Ms Gandhi’s case such of those conditions that apply to Indians on becoming citizens of Italy would apply to her.
The President reportedly told her that if she insisted on being invited to form the government, he would want first to clarify, on a reference to the Supreme Court, whether in view of this proviso her appointment as PM could be successfully challenged in the court. It is fair to assume that this report of the President’s decision, is correct since the President had before him my petition dated May 15, 2004 making just that point— that Ms. Gandhi’s citizenship is conditional, and in particular she cannot be the PM legally. The President had also given me an appointment at 12.45 PM on May 17, 2004 to explain my submissions in person, which I did. I also told him that I would challenge such a constitutional appointment in the Supreme Court just as I had in 2001 when the Tamil Nadu Governor illegally swore in Ms Jayalalitha as Chief Minister.
In that case, the Supreme Court had after hearing me and many other institutional luminaries, upheld my contention that mere majority in the House is insufficient for being sworn in to a constitutional office. There must be no disqualification as well. Ms. Jayalalitha had therefore to step down because she was disqualified by a conviction handed by a trial court in the TANSI corruption case filed by me as private complaint [she subsequently was acquitted by the Madras High Court, and hence became eligible the next year]. I also cited to the President a 1962 Allahabad High Court case, which held that this proviso in the Citizenship Act was binding and lawful.
The nation in the Sonia matter has thus got an unexpected but temporary reprieve, a reprieve received not only because her citizenship of India by registration is not equal to one by birth even by Indian law, but also a reprieve more because of what national security risk was averted. To comprehend that risk, we must first understand who Sonia Gandhi really is and what danger she, her family and her friends in Italy hold for India’s national security.
Even for an Indian born citizen, we find it difficult to know a person’s true background, but for an Italian born it is extremely hard because of the remote access for most people to Italy in language and familiarity. This note is about that danger that Sonia represents to the nation, which the people need to know.
II
Ms. Sonia Gandhi’s background as is publicized by her and her Congress Party today, is based on three lies to hide the ugly reality of her life.
First, her real name is Antonia not Sonia. The Italian Ambassador in New Delhi revealed this in a letter dated April 27, 1983 to the Union Home Ministry which letter has not been made public. Antonia is Sonia’s real name in her birth certificate. Sonia is the name given to her subsequently by her father, Stefano Maino [now deceased] following his return from Russia where he had been a prisoner of war. Stefano had joined the Nazi army as a volunteer. Sonia is a Russian not Italian name. While spending two years in a Russian jail, Sonia’s father had become quite pro-Soviet; especially after the liberating US army in Italy had confiscated all fascists’ properties including his.
Second, she was not born in Orbassano as she claims in her bio data submitted to Parliament on becoming MP, but in Luciana as stated in her birth certificate. She perhaps would like to hide the place of her birth because of her father’s connection with the Nazis and Mussolini’s Fascists, and her family’s continuing connections with the Nazi-Fascists underground that is still surviving since 1945 in Italy. Luciana is where Nazi-Fascist network is headquartered, and is on the Italian-Swiss border. There can be no other explanation for this otherwise meaningless lie.
Third, Sonia Gandhi has not studied beyond High School. She has falsely claimed in her affidavit filed as a contesting candidate before the Rae Bareli Returning Officer in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, that she qualified and got a diploma inEnglish from the prestigious University of Cambridge, UK.
The truth is that Ms. Gandhi has never studied in any college anywhere. She did go to a Catholic nun run seminary-school called Maria Ausiliatrice in Giaveno [15 kms from adopted home town of Orbassabo]. Poverty those days forced young Italian girls to go to such missionaries and then in their teens go to UK to get jobs as cleaning maids, waitresses and au pair. The Mainos were poor those days. Her father was a mason and mother a share cropper.
Sonia thus went to the town of Cambridge and first learnt some English in a teaching shop called Lennox School [which has since 1970 been wound up]. That is all her “education” is—learnt enough English language to get domestic help jobs. But in Indian society education is highly valued. Thus, to fool the Indian public, Sonia Gandhi willfully fibbed about her qualifications in Parliamentary records [which is a Breach of Ethics Rules] and in a sworn affidavit [which is criminal offence under IPC, severe enough to disqualify her from being MP]. In popular parlance, this is called 420 or 10 “numberi” [not to be confused with 10 Janpath].
These three lies indicate that Ms. Sonia Gandhi has something to hide, or has a hidden agenda for India. We need to find out more about her.
III
Ms. Sonia Gandhi upon learning enough English became a waitress in Varsity Restaurant in Cambridge town. She first met Rajiv when he came to the restaurant in 1965. Rajiv was a student in the University, but could not cope with the academic rigour for long. So he had to depart in 1966 for London where he was briefly in Imperial College of Engineering as a student. Sonia too moved to London, and according my information, got a job with an outfit run by Salman Thassir, a debonair Pakistani based in Lahore, and who has a export-import company headquartered in Dubai but who spends most of his time in London. Thisfits the profile of an ISI functionary.
Obviously, Sonia made enough money in this job to loan Rajiv funds in London, who was obviously living beyond his allowances [Indira herself expressed anguish to me on this score in late 1965 when she invited me to a private tea at the Guest House in Brandeis University]. Rajiv’s letters to Sanjay, who was also in London then, clearly indicate that he was in financial debt to Sonia because he requested Sanjay who obviously had more access to money, to pay off the debt.
However, Rajiv was not the only friend Sonia was seeing those days. Madhavrao Scindia and a German by name Stiegler are worth mentioning as other good friends of Sonia. Madhavrao’s friendship continued even after Sonia’s marriage to Rajiv. Scindia in 1982 was involved in a traffic accident near IIT, Delhi main gate while driving a car at 2 AM. Sonia was the only other passenger. Both were badly injured. A student of IIT who was burning midnight oil was out for a cup of coffee. He picked them up from the car, hailed an auto rickshaw and sent an injured Sonia to Mrs Indira Gandhi’s house since she insisted in not going to a hospital. Madhavrao had broken a leg and in too much pain to make any demand. He was taken to hospital by the Delhi Police who had arrived a little after Sonia had left the scene. In later years, Madhavrao had become privately critical of Sonia, and told some close friends about his apprehensions about Sonia. It is a pity that
he died in mysterious circumstances in an aircrash.
The circumstance under which Rajiv hastily married Sonia in a Church in Orbassano is controversial but that was his personal matter that has no public significance. But what is of public significance is that Indira Gandhi who was initially dead set against the marriage for reasons known to her, relented to hold a registry marriage with Hindu ceremonial trappings in New Delhi only after the pro-Soviet T.N. Kaul prevailed upon her to accept the marriage in “the larger interest of cementing Indo-Soviet Friendship”. Kaul would not have intervened unless the Soviet Union had asked him to.
IV
Such has been the extensive patronage from the beginning extended to Sonia Gandhi from the Soviets. When a Prime Minister of India’s son dates a girl in London, the KGB which valued Indo-Soviet relations, obviously would investigate her and find out that she was the daughter of Stefano, their old reliable Italian contact. Thus, Sonia with Rajiv meant deeper access to the household of the Indian Prime Minister. Hence cementing the Rajiv-Sonia relations was in the Soviet national interest and they went to work on it. And they did through their then existing moles in the Indira Gandhi camp.
After her marriage to Rajiv, the Soviet connection with the Mainos was fortified and nurtured by generous financial help through commissions and kickbacks on every Indo,Soviet trade deal and defence purchases. According to the respected Swiss magazine, Schweitzer Illustrate [November 1991 issue], Rajiv Gandhi had about $ 2 billion in numbered Swiss bank accounts,which Sonia inherited upon his assassination. Dr. Yevgenia Albats, Ph.D [Harvard], is a noted Russian scholar and journalist, and was a member of the KGB Commission set up by President Yeltsin in August 1991. She was privy to the Soviet intelligence files that documented these deals and KGB facilitation of the same. In her book,The State Within a State. The KGB in Soviet Union, she even gives the file numbers of such intelligence files, which can now be accessed by any Indian government through a formal request to the Kremlin.
The Russsian Government in 1992 was confronted by the Albats’ disclosure; they confirmed it through their official spokesperson to the press [which was published in Hindu in 1992], defending such financial payments as necessary in “Soviet ideological interest”.
When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, things changed for Ms. Sonia Gandhi. Her patrons evaporated. The rump that became Russia was in a financial mess and disorder. So Ms. Sonia Gandhi became a supporter of another communist country to the annoyance of the Russians.
The national security ramification of this ‘annoyance’ is now significant: The President of Russia today is Putin, a former dyed-in-the-wool KGB officer. Upon Dr. Manmohan Singh’s government taking office, Russia called back it’s career diplomat Ambassador in New Delhi and immediately posted as the new Ambassador a person who was the KGB station chief in New Delhi during the 1970s. In view of Dr. Albats confirmed revelation, it stands to reason that the new Ambassador would have known first hand about Sonia’s connections with the KGB. He may have in fact been her “controller”. The new Indian government which is defacto Sonia’s, cannot afford to annoy him or even disregard Russian demands coming from him? They will obviously placate him so as not to risk exposure. Is this not a major national security risk and a delicate matter for the nation?
Of course, all Indians would like good normal and healthy relations with Russia. Who can forget their assistance to us in times of need? Today’s Russia is the residual legatee of that Soviet Union which helped India. But just because of that, should we tolerate those in our government set up having clandestine links with a foreign spy agency? In the United States, the government did not tolerate an American spying for Israel even though the two countries are as close as any two countries can be. National security and friendship are asdifferent as chalk and cheese.
In December 2001, I had filed a Writ Petition in the Delhi High Court with the photocopies of the KGB documents, and sought a CBI investigation, which the Vajpayee Government was refusing. Earlier, Minister of State for CBI, Vasundara Raje [now Rajasthan CM], on my letter dated March 3, 2001, had ordered the CBI to investigate. But after Sonia Gandhi and her party stalled the proceedings of Parliament on this issue, the then Prime Minister Vajpayee cancelled Vasundara’s direction to the CBI.
The Delhi High Court issued a direction to the CBI to ascertain from Russia the truth of my charges. The CBI procrastinated for three years, and finally told the Court without an FIR registered the Russians will not entertain any such query. But who stopped the CBI from registering an FIR? The next hearing of the case is on September 8th.
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V
After Sonia married Rajiv, she went about minting money with scant regard for Indian laws and treasures. Within a few years the Mainos went from utter poverty to billionaires. There was no area that was left out for the rip-off. On November 19, 1974, as fresh entrant to Parliament, I asked the then Prime Minister Ms. Indira Gandhi on the floor of the House if her daughter-in-law, Sonia Gandhi was acting as an insurance agent of a public sector insurance company [Oriental Fire & Insurance], giving the Prime Minister’s official residence as her business address, and using undue influence to insure all the officers of the PMO while remaining an Italian citizen [thus violating FERA]? There was uproar in Parliament, but Mrs. Indira Gandhi had no alternative but to cut her losses. She made a rare admission that it was so, and that it was by mistake, but that Sonia had resigned from her insurance agent status [after my question]. But Sonia was incorrigible. Her contempt for Indian law continued to manifest.
The Justice A.C. Gupta Commission set up by the Janata Party government in 1977 came out with a voluminous report on the Maruti Company then owned by the Gandhi family, and has listed eight violations of FERA, Companies Act, and Foreigners Registration Act by Sonia Gandhi. She was never prosecuted, but can be still prosecuted because under Indian law, economic crimes not subject to the statute of limitation.
In January 1980, Indira Gandhi returned as Prime Minister. The first thing Sonia did was to enroll herself as a voter. This was a gross violation of the law, enough to cause cancellation of her visa [since she was admittedly an Italian citizen then]. There was some hullabaloo in the press about it, so the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer got her name deleted in 1982. But in January 1983, she again enrolled herself as a voter! Such is her revealed disdain for Indian laws and that is her mindset even today.
VI
The bottom line observed in Sonia’s mindset is that she can always run back to Italy if she becomes vulnerable at anytime. In Peru, President Fujimori who all along claimed to be “born Peruvian”, faced with a corruption charge fled to Japan with his loot and reclaimed his Japanese citizenship.
In 1977, when the Janata Party defeated the Congress at the polls, and formed the government, Sonia with her two children, abandoned Indira Gandhi and ran to the Italian Embassy in New Delhi and hid there. Rajiv Gandhi was a government servant then [as an Indian Airlines pilot], but he too tagged along and hid in that foreign embassy ! Such was her baneful influence on him. Rajiv did snap out Sonia’s influence after 1989, but alas he was assassinated before he could rectify it. Those close to Rajiv knew that he was planning set things right about Sonia after the 1991 elections. She did too know of it because he had told her. Ever wonder why Sonia’s closest advisers are those whom Rajiv literally hated? Ambika Soni is one such name. Ever wonder why she asked the President of India to set aside, on a mercy petition, the Supreme Court judgment directing that Rajiv Gandhi’s LTTE killers be hanged to death, when she was not similarly moved for Satwant Singh who killed Indira Gandhi or recently for Dhanajoy Chattopadhyaya? The explanation for this special consideration for the LTTE lies in what Rajiv had told her in 1990.
Those who have no love for India will not hesitate to plunder her treasures. Mohammed Ghori, Nadir Shah, and the British scum in the East India Company made no secret of it. But Sonia Gandhi has been more discreet, but as greedy, in her looting of Indian treasures. When Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were PrimeMinisters, not a day passed when the PM’s security did not go to the New Delhi, or Chennai international airport to send crates and crates unchecked by customs to Rome. Air India and Alitalia were the carriers. Mr. Arjun Singh first as CM, later as Union Minister in charge of Culture was her hatchet man. Indian temple sculpture of gods and goddesses, antiques, pichwai paintings, shatoosh shawls, coins, and you name it, were transported to Italy to be first displayed in two shops owned by her sister [i.e., Anuskha alias Alessandra]. These shops located in blue-collar areas of Rivolta [shop name: Etnica] and Orbassano [shop name:Ganpati] did little business because which blue collar Italian wants Indian antiques? The shops were to make false bills, and thereafter these treasures were taken to London for auction by Sotheby’s and Christies. Some of this ill-gotten money from auction went into Rahul Gandhi’s National way into the Gandhi family account in the Bank of America in Cayman Islands.
Rahul’s expenses and tuition fees for the one-year he was at Harvard, was paid from the Cayman Island account. What kind of people are these Gandhi-Mainos that bite the very hand of Bharat Mata that fed them and gave them a good life? How can the nation trust such greedy thieves?
Since I failed to persuade the Vajpayee government to defend India’s treasures from plunder by the Mainos, I approached the Delhi High Court in a PIL. The first Bench of the court issued notice to the Government, but since the Indian government dragged it’s feet, the Court directed the CBI to seek Interpol’s and Italian government’s help. The Italian government justifiably asked for a Letter Rogatory for which a FIR is a pre-requisite. But the Interpol did oblige and submitted two voluminous reports, which the Court directed the CBI to hand over to me. But CBI has refused, and has claimed privilege! The CBI has also been caught lying in court by telling the judges that Alessandra Maino is a name of a man, and Via Bellini 14, Orbassano is a name of a village [not the street address of the Maino's residence]. Although the CBI counsel had to apologise to the court stating he made a mistake, he has been promoted to Additional Solicitor General by the new government! The Vajpayee-Sonia mutual assistance pact is in full view. The case now comes up on September 8th.
But the most sinister aspect of Sonia Gandhi’s character is her connection with terrorists. I am still working on it, but she has had long connection with the Habash group of Palestinian, and has funded Palestinian families that lost their kith and kin in a suicide bombing or hijacking episode. This, Rajiv Gandhi himself told me and was confirmed to me [the funding] by Yassir Arafat when I met him in Tunis on October 17, 1990 at the request of Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi and I were good friends from 1978, but became very close buddies after V.P. Singh had betrayed him in 1987. We met practically every day, mostly in the early hours from 1AM to 4AM. It was at my suggestion that he made Chandrashekhar the PM. And contrary to public impression, he was not mainly responsible for the fall of Chandrashekar government in which I was a Minister.
Besides the Palestinian extremists, the Maino family have had extensive business dealings with Saddam Hussein, and surprisingly with the LTTE ["the Tamil Tigers"] since 1984. Sonia’s mother Paola Predebon Maino, and businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi were the main contacts with the Tigers. The mother used the LTTE for money laundering and Quattrocchi for selling weapons to earn commissions.
Sonia’s conduit to the LTTE has been and is through Arjun Singh who uses Bangalore as the nodal point for contact. There is a string of circumstantial evidence pointing to the prima facie possibility that the Maino family may have contracted the LTTE to kill Rajiv Gandhi. The family may have assured the LTTE that nothing would happen to them because they would ensure it is blamed on the Sikhs or the evidence so much fudged that no court would convict them. But D.R. Karthikeyan of the CBI who led the SIT
investigation got the support of Narasimha Rao and cracked the case, and got the LTTE convicted in the trial court, and which conviction was upheld in the Supreme Court.
Although on the involvement of Congress Party in the assassination, DRK soft peddled on a number of leads perhaps because he did not want political controversy to put roadblocks on his investigation as a whole. The Justice J. S. Verma Commission, which was set up as the last official act of the Chandrashekhar government before demitting office on June 21, 1991, did find that the Congress leaders had disrupted the security arrangements for the Sriperumbudur meeting. The Commission wanted further probe into it but the Rao government rejected that demand. In the meantime under Sonia’s pressure, the Jain Commission was set up by the Rao government, which tried to muddy the waters and thus exonerate the LTTE. But the trial court judgment convicting the LTTE came earlier, and that sinister effort too failed.
Nowadays, Sonia is quite unabashed in having political alliance with those who praise Rajiv Gandhi’s killers. No Indian widow would ever do that. My investigations into Sonia’s involvement in Rajiv’s assassination is therefore still on. I am also author of a best seller titled Assassination Of Rajiv Gandhi,Unasked Questions and Unanswered Queries [published by Konark in 2000] in which I have given some indications.
Is it not significant that the political career of Sonia Gandhi advances concomitantly with a series of assassinations and apparently accidental deaths? How did Sanjay’s plane nosedive to a crash and yet the fuselage not explode? There was no fuel! Why was there no inquiry conducted? Is it not a fact that Indira Gandhi died because of loss of blood from the wounds and not directly due to a bullet impacting her head or heart? Then is it not strange that Sonia had insisted that the bleeding Indira be driven to Lohia Hospital — in the opposite direction to AIIMS, which had a contingency protocol set up for precisely suchan event? And after reaching Lohia Hospital, did not Sonia change her mind and demand that they all drive to AIIMS thus losing 24 valuable minutes.
The same kind of mystery surrounds the sudden deaths of Sonia’s other political roadblocks such as Rajesh Pilot, Jitendra Prasad, and Madhavrao Scindia. Such things happened in the dark ages in Italy. Should we allow it India like dumb cattle?
What Can We Do?
We have to ensure that the Maino clan does not stay in power. Dr. Manmohan Singh may be PM, which is a small relief, but he is not a fighter. The real power in government today is wielded by the Maino mafia gang. Can they be dethroned?
In Indian democracy, only a shocking scandal can unseat a government other than by losing majority. Today’s priority is not for toppling the Congress government as such since Manmohan Singh is a decent and scholarly person, but in driving the Maino clan out of India. It will however not be long before Sonia will give Manmohan Singh marching orders, and he will march out meekly. We should not expect him to resist.
With Sonia’s defacto government in place, it is also unrealistic to expect that I can get an early victory in the courts on the KGB and antique smuggling cases.
The most potent weapon therefore to dislodge the Maino clan [including Rahul and Priyanka] is by exposing their Italian citizenship. In 1992, Sonia revived her citizenship of Italy under Article 17 of the Italian Citizenship Law [Act 91 of 1992]. Rahul and Priyanka were born Italian citizens because Sonia was Italian when she gave birth to them [Italian law based on jure sanguinis]. Hence, they continue be Italians since they never renounced it. Both have been traveling abroad on Italian passports. They may now acquire Venezuela passports since Rahul’s girl friend Veronica is a Venezuelan. That means one more foreign bahu for us tolerant Indians. The Maino-Gandhis are certainly getting globalized. So what can patriotic Indians do?
There is an urgent need to document these facts on notarized paper, for which we need a network in London, Milan, Hongkong and Venezuela. Those persuaded by my above stated facts and arguments may join in and help set up this network.
Westminister Bank and Hongkong & Shanghai Bank, London accounts, but most of it found it’s personal bank accounts