Vishwas also says sorry to Jaitley, DDCA defamation case settled

After holding out for a long time Kumar Vishwas also gave in to the pressure created by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP MLAs. While the others had already written letters apologizing to Jaitley, Vishwas had refused. Kumar Vishwas finally sent in his apology to Jaitley to, in a letter. Jaitley has accepted the apology and entire issue has now blown off. At the Delhi High Court on Monday (May 28) before Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, the counsels for the parties submitted that the dispute was settled now between the parties. In view of that court disposed of the defamation suit against Vishwas. Earlier, the court had disposed of defamation suits filed by Arun Jaitley against all other AAP MLAs including Kejriwal, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak  Bajpai as they had apologised to Jaitley. Read Vishwas’ letter to Jaitley here. —India Legal Bureau…
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Piyush Goyal assumes additional charge of Finance ministry; India Legal had predicted this

India Legal in its Delhi Durbar column had predicted that Piyush Goyal, Union Railway Minister will be given additional charge of Finance ministry until Jaitley is back (he went through a kidney transplant and is recuperating). The prediction came true yesterday when Goyal was given additional charge of the finance ministry. In another development yesterday the I&B Ministry was taken away from Smriti Irani and handed to Rajyavardhan Rathore who already has the sports and youth portfolio. The grab of the news item of Delhi Durbar column which predicted that Goyal will take additional charge of Finance ministry In the Delhi Durbar (which features the latest gossips in the bureaucratic circles in New Delhi) column of the issue dated April 16, 2018, Dilip Bobb predicted that Goyal (Read the story here) could get additional charge of Finance ministry in the absence of Jaitley. The story titled Hors de Combat said: “In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the prime minister will not like to keep such a key ministry headless, so Piyush Goyal will be shifted from Railways to handle the finance portfolio. The problem is that Jaitley’s surgery could involve a transplant and he is consulting with Amar Singh who had a similar operation in Singapore.…
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GSTN Data Breach?

Above: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley chairing the 27th GST Council meeting, via video conference, in New Delhi/Photo: PIB The GST Council has proposed that this vital network, GSTN be given back to the government as there are concerns over private entities leaking sensitive information ~By Sumit Dutt Majumder The GST Council in its 27th meeting on May 4 took two momentous decisions. The first was with respect to the ownership and equity structure of GST Net (GSTN), the IT infrastructure for administering GST. The second was with regard to filing of returns. GSTN provides IT infrastructure and services to both central and state governments, taxpayers and other stakeholders. It was set up in 2012 based on the recommendations of an expert group as a non-government and not-for-profit private limited company. Private entities held 51 percent equity share and central and state governments collectively had 49 percent equity. When GSTN came up for discussion in 2011-12, there were two views on it. Those who supported private ownership of GSTN had the following to say about it: As the introduction of GST had already been delayed and GSTN would have to be put in place at the earliest, it should be given financial autonomy in terms of purchasing and acquiring computer hardware and software.…
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DDCA defamation suit: Kumar Vishwas informs Delhi HC that he wants to end the case

Above: Kumar Vishwas The Delhi High Court on Thursday (May 3) was informed by the AAP leader Kumar Vishwas that he didn’t want to continue the defamation suit filed against him by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley but asked for some time to take final call about on what grounds top AAP leaders tendered apology to Jaitley. Vishwas further informed the single-judge bench of Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw whatever statement he had given against Jaitley was directed by the top leadership of the party and since he is not able to communicate with the leaders he needed time to get full information about the leaders who have apologized to Jaitley that whether they were lying earlier or they are lying now. The bench recorded his statement and adjourned the matter to May 27. Earlier court had directed Vishwas to appear before it to know from him, if he wanted to cross examine Arun Jaitley  in the defamation suit filed against him by Jaitley in the DDCA matter in which Arvind Kejriwal and four other AAP leaders have already tendered apology. —India Legal Bureau…
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DDCA defamation case: Delhi HC issues notice to Kumar Vishwas to appear before it

Above: Kumar Vishwas A single-judge bench of Delhi High Court on Thursday (April 25) issued notice to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas to appear before it on the next date of hearing. The next hearing of the matter is on May 3, 2015. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw gave the order on the defamation suit filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against Vishwas for making defamatory statements against him alleging corruption in the DDCA. Initially, Jaitley had filed defamation suit against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai. But other leaders than Vishwas had tendered apology by writing letters to Jaitley and Jaitley had accepted apology. After that, the Delhi HC had dismissed the case against them. But the court had allowed the suit against Vishwas as he had denied apology to Jaitley. —India Legal Bureau…
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Yashwant Sinha quits BJP

Former Finance Minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who has had a running battle with his party over several issues – his battle with current Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is well known – has finally quit the party. He made this announcement in Patna and said that he was taking “sanyas” from politics as well. The 80-year-old Sinha, whose son Jayant is the current junior minister in the finance department of the Union government, said: “Today I am ending all ties with the BJP”. Though he has said that he would not be having any truck with any political party, he also said that democracy in India was under threat. He was speaking at an opposition rally in the state capital. —India Legal Bureau…
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Patiala House Court to hear defamation suit against Kumar Vishwas related to his remarks against Jaitley

The Patiala House Court will hear a civil defamation case against AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on May 11. The case pertains to his alleged derogatory remarks against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in connection to his tenure as the President of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA). Earlier, Vishwas had disagreed to write a letter to Jaitley asking for reconciliation while his other  party members such as Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh, Deepak Bajpai and Raghav Chadha  had written the letters tendering a sincere apology to Jaitley. —India Legal Bureau…
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Delhi HC allows Kejriwal and Jaitley to “settle” one of the two civil defamation suits filed over the alleged defamatory statements

The Delhi High Court on Monday (April 3) allowed Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to “settle” one of the two civil defamation suits filed over the alleged defamatory statements made against Jaitley by Kejriwal taking the note of the letter in which Delhi CM apologised for his remarks. The bench headed by Justice Manmohan also noted that Union Finance Minister has accepted the apology tendered by the Chief Minister by way of a letter. The bench said that both the party shall be bound by their settlement. In view of the letter written by Kejriwal to Jaitley, the bench disposed of the defamation suit filed over the alleged scandalous remarks made by AAP leaders’ ex-lawyer Ram Jethmalani.On April 2, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and four of his Aam Aadmi Party leaders had tendered a “sincere apology” to Arun Jaitley, conceding that the allegations made by them over the union finance minister’s alleged corruption during his 13-year stint as head of the Delhi and District Cricket Association were “unfounded and unwarranted”. In the apology letter, Kejriwal had said: “I had made certain statements about you and your family in December 2015 and thereafter in connection with your tenure as the President of the Delhi and District Cricket Association.…
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A Sorry Sight

~By Dilip Bobb Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the trend by a flurry of apologies to various people he had insulted, then we had Navjot Singh Sidhu saying sorry to former PM Manmohan Singh for some unkind cuts he had essayed in his earlier BJP avatar. Who else needs to say sorry? Actually, it’s quite a long list. Mark Zuckerberg to Ravi Shankar Prasad: The founder and CEO of the social media giant must be quaking in his sneakers after being threatened by Ravi Shankar Prasad, who reminded Zuckerberg, one of the world’s most influential and richest tycoons, that he was India’s IT Minister, and therefore needed a more abject apology than others, and not on Facebook but in person, since, mark his words, he could be summoned to India. If only Prasad could do the same for Mallya, Nirav, Choksi and the many other absconders living abroad on public money, we would all fold our hands in gratitude. Kejriwal to Whosoever is Concerned: At last count, there were 33 individuals (not counting Delhi’s Chief Secretary) who the CM has apologised to, or has sent IOUs to. He is doing so at the rate of around one a day so he should be through in a month, trying to save himself from defamation cases in various courts, not to mention legal costs and damages if found guilty.…
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Modi tweets the “benefits” of demonetisation

Above: Congress activists during a protest on the first anniversary of demonetisation, at Youth Congress office in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. Photo: UNI; (inset) Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB A year after his stunning announcement on demonetization shook the country Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (November 8) took to Twitter to declare his effort a success. In a seven-minute video post he detailed the “benefits of demonetisation” even as he claimed that 125 crore Indians had “fought a decisive battle and won”. On this day, a year back, Modi had declared the then existing Rs 500 and 1,000 notes as illegal tender from midnight that day and had given the public a small window to get their currency notes changed at bank. With 86 percent of the currency in circulation suddenly out of reach of the public, the entire nation was left in a quandary and in dire straits, spending their time queuing up at banks and in front of ATMs which, in any case had no money. It not only led to hardship but several deaths and the result of all has been a two percent dip in the GDP and millions out of jobs. On Wednesday, however, the PM claimed that demonetisation had served its intended purpose of fighting and curbing corruption.…
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Defamation Suits: The Chilling Effect

Civil and criminal defamation laws are mainly used to silence criticism and intimidate the press. They need urgent review By Neeraj Mishra in Raipur       Arvind Kejriwal versus Arun Jaitley, Subramanian Swamy against Rahul Gandhi and now Jay Shah and The Wire’s editors. They all reflect the reality behind defamation cases in India—a majority are to do with political rivalry or an attempt to curb freedom of the press and free speech. Last May, Justice Dipak Misra (who is now the Chief Justice of India) headed a bench which delivered a judgment upholding the constitutional validity of Section 499 of the IPC which criminalises defamation and provides for a jail term of upto two years. Yet, as the latest defamation suit announced, not by the litigant, but on his behalf by Union Minister Piyush Goyal shows, the issue has many grey areas. In legal and media circles, “chilling effect” is the term used to describe the impact criminal defamation cases have on freedom of expression. Jay Shah’s threat of a Rs 100-crore suit against a fledging, non-profit news organisation certainly falls in that category, never mind the fact that his father, BJP President Amit Shah, is the second most powerful person in the country.…
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Relief on the GST front, but this will hardly let the MSME sector breathe easy

Above: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, MoS (Finance) Shiv Pratap Shukla, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian and others attending the 22nd meeting of the Goods and Service Tax Council in New Delhi on October 6.Photo: UNI ~By Sujit Bhar The government has finally allowed some relief to small businesses in GST. It has also recognized that exports are actually a vital component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India drive, and sidelining and burdening exporters was not a bright idea. These changes had been generally predicted by India legal in its cover story “Looking at a New Roadmap”. While the basic idea of GST was to simplify the generally complex tax regime of India and provide uniformity, it also intended to provide a system which everybody can understand and comply with. In reality, the opposite had happened. Following the disaster of demonetisation, the highly complex GST had heads spinning within the MSME sector, which employs nearly 70 percent of working Indians. Many are near bankruptcy. It was incomprehensible how a certain category of goods, which drew, say, a 14 percent tax in the VAT and CST regime, suddenly jumped to 18 percent in the GST regime. The cost of input changed (more GST on input), the cost of manufacturing went up with inflation, and yet there was no way the manufacturer could raise his or her price without affecting business negatively.…
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