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While Gauba is a nominated sitting senator supported by Goyal,Vigyan Prasar For all the latest Opinion News, This has ushered in a new kind of governance paralysis, While Ranbir is Sanjay,s actual revenue of Rs 693 crore, said Jivesh NandanPrincipal Secretary of Geology and Mining Departmentwho is also Principal Secretary of IT and Electronics Department For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: October 13 2012 4:05 am Related News The ED had modified its plea saying that other agencies can probe the case The special three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday gave the nod to the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to allow other state agencies to investigate offences filed under different sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act against former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh On a petition filed by one Shiv Kant Tiwariwhich accused Singh of amassing wealth of about Rs 400 crore through misuse of his capacity as chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Development Council in 2003a division bench of the high court had on May 202011ordered the ED to probe the entire matter and submit periodic reports The ED had filed a modification application against this order on June 212011 In its modification applicationthe ED had sought a direction from the high court to direct the state government for nominating an agency that would carry out the investigations in connection with the scheduled offences (charges registered under Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act against Singh)while it would continue probing the money laundering aspect under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) The three-judge bench agreed with the EDs contention that the outcome of the investigation under scheduled offences was within the purview of the state Alsoit agreed that the outcome of the investigation under scheduled offences was important for the ED to proceed with its probe under the PMLA It has also asked the state to take a decision on nominating the agency that would carry out the probe of the charges registered under scheduled offences On October 152009a case was registered against Singh under various sections of the IPCPoCA and PMLA on the complaint of Shiv Kant Tiwariwho accused him of making money illegally by misusing his official capacity While the ED had filed a modification applicationSingh had approached the high court on September 26 seeking a recall of the May 202011 order The court on Friday rejected this application saying that after accepting the EDs pleait was inconsequential For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Prashant Bhushan | Updated: April 8 2016 12:31 pm Tax havens are defined as countries that have negligible tax on income and assets and provide secrecy to account holders and companies usually through the law (Source: AP photo) Related News On the 4th of this month several newspapers across the world in a coordinated expose done in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) made public a large cache of documents obtained from a Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca which specialises in setting up secret companies for people who want to hide their identities and ownership of these companies The documents included emails company opening accounts instructions to the managers contracts some transaction details etc READ |#PanamaPapersIndia Part 5: Art dealer tea baron kin entrepreneur couple The names of the shareholders and directors of these companies are a veritable who’s who of global politicians (including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Russian President Vladimir Putin Iceland PM Sigmundur Daví Gunnlaugsson British PM David Cameron’s father etc) bureaucrats corporate captains (including DLF chairman KP Singh) and celebrities (including Amitabh Bachchan and football star Lionel Messi) In the immediate aftermath some heads (such as the Iceland PM’s) have rolled others are promising a full investigation most are claiming that their accounts are legal and a few are denying the veracity of the Panama Papers READ |Panama Papers: Thickest file is on NRI hedge fund manager in US prison The ICIJ and the media organisations involved (The Indian Express in India) in this investigation for the last several months deserve enormous credit for carefully sifting through such a massive cache of documents keeping it under wraps for so long and coming out with a globally coordinated expose That just one law firm based in Panama has set up secret companies for so many prominent people in so many countries including over 500 Indians shows us the scale of the problem of illicit funds stashed in secret accounts and companies set up in tax havens Tax havens are defined as countries that have negligible tax on income and assets and provide secrecy to account holders and companies usually through the law The secreting of wealth in tax havens is often justified as “legitimate tax planning” This along with corruption and crony capitalism which have become rampant in many countries including erstwhile communist countries like Russia and China has led to a situation where 62 of the richest people in the world own more wealth than the poorest three billion READ |Missing from Oberoi stable: A firm each in the Bahamas HongKong Though many of those whose names have appeared are saying that they had legitimately transferred the money to these companies the question is: Why would someone go through so much trouble to find and pay law firms specialising in setting up companies with layers of secrecy in tax havens if their funds were legitimate It is possible that some of these funds are legitimate but in most cases they would not be The funds of most of the public servants would be proceeds of kickbacks obtained through government contracts and deals in their countries The funds of corporate captains are likely to have been siphoned out of their companies through over-invoicing purchases and under-invoicing sales The Economic and Political Weekly has carried a detailed story this week about the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence having unearthed Rs 29000 crore of alleged over-invoicing in coal imports alone in the last year Some of the largest corporates like Reliance Adani and Essar are allegedly involved in this And very often corporates swindle banks from whom they have borrowed money (like Vijay Mallya) apart from their shareholders In the case of celebrity account holders like actors and soccer stars the money would most likely be tax-evaded income Watch all Panama Related Videos here The illegalities in the source of the funds would be revealed if there is a thorough and credible investigation But some of the illegalities in the holding of the funds would become clear by checking if they had been declared in income tax returns For at least the last two years and especially in the black money act brought into force last year it has been compulsory to declare foreign income and assets on pain of prosecution Thus any of the fund holders who have not declared them so far can straightaway be prosecuted under the act And they can be forced to disclose the source of the funds and prosecuted separately for that depending on the nature of the illegality found there One of the companies involved for example has acquired the funds by way of commissions in defence deals in India where commission agents had been barred However the track record of this and previous governments in dealing with such crimes is not inspiring The names of account holders in HSBC Geneva and the Bank of Liechtenstein were offered to our government many years ago by the French and the German governments After much reluctance and only when this came out in the public domain did our government accept this offer For many years thereafter there was no tangible action on this After much delay and the formation of the special investigation team on black money on the orders of the Supreme Court some penalties appear to have been imposed But there has been no public disclosure of either the account holders or the action taken against them And till now no one seems to have been jailed for these accounts Now in the black money act (also called the “fair and lovely scheme”) an amnesty from prosecution was given to those who declared their ill-gotten funds and payed 60 per cent tax-cum-penalty Even this netted a pittance of Rs 3700 crore Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has promised that no one will be spared If the government wants to inspire credibility it must begin by disclosing which of these account holders had declared the companies/ assets owned by them to the authorities and when If the declaration had not been made they must be swiftly prosecuted The action of the government must be publicly disclosed for it to be credible For too long the people of the country have been taken for a ride by telling them that public disclosure of this information (as also information on those who have vanished with bank loans) cannot be made as this will violate the privacy of the defaulters and violators of the law Privacy has always been held to be (as also in the RTI Act) a weak right to be overridden by public interest When huge amounts of public money are swindled in this manner public interest requires such disclosure This must be followed by a credible and transparent investigation into the source of the funds and follow-up action on the illegalities involved The UN Convention Against Corruption provides the necessary tools to compel tax havens to disclose this information to India PM Narendra Modi had promised to bring back black money which he said could put Rs 15 lakh in each of our pockets If he wants to repair his damaged credibility in this regard we need to see swift and visible action on the Panama Papers Also to get rid of this menace India needs to lend its voice to the global clamour to shut down tax havens in the world Unless the government wants to “Make in India” using such laundered funds The writer is a lawyer and founder member of Swaraj Abhiyan For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sanjib Baruah | Updated: August 20 2016 12:03 am More than anyone else she deserves to be left alone: To withdraw to private life if that’s what she wishes to do (Illustration: C R Sasikumar) Top News Irom Sharmila’s decision to end her 16-year-long hunger strike does not come as a surprise She had said many times that she does not want to be a martyr and that she is an ordinary human being with ordinary hopes and desires She has now concluded that no government in New Delhi will concede her demand of repealing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) Her decision to end her fast is in keeping with the Sharmila that the public has come to know Her supporters in Manipur and elsewhere should thank Sharmila for her extraordinary sacrifice and move on with their campaign against AFSPA without her iconic presence More than anyone else she deserves to be left alone: To withdraw to private life if that’s what she wishes to do The rest of us must bow our heads in deep appreciation of a remarkable woman for her extraordinary campaign of sustained “communicative suffering” It was an act of citizenship: Not in the routine sense of voting or paying taxes but an exceptional act of the kind that expands the horizons of citizenship from time to time Sharmila believes with all her heart that no self-respecting democracy should force citizens to live with a law like AFSPA a conviction that grows out of seeing the law at work in Manipur Those defending the law make arguments based on considerations of realpolitik and national security But that’s not the language in which Sharmila thinks Hers is a politics of situated knowledge and of a situated democratic imagination If the German language gave us the word realpolitik says French philosopher Bruno Latour the German Reich gave us two world wars There are far too many crimes he says that are committed in the name of realism No one should invoke realism when talking politically “without trembling and shaking” Supporters of AFSPA like to think of this law as a temporary and limited measure adopted to meet the challenges of particular exigencies That has not been AFSPA’s history People living under it see AFSPA as democracy’s arch-nemesis: A law that has unintended effects that are profoundly undemocratic apart from the intended ones It creates an impunity regime giving arbitrary powers to multiple state actors and to non-state armed actors as well In this grassroots understanding of AFSPA for example the wave of extra-judicial killings in Assam in the 1990s carried out by “secret killers” or death squads could not have occurred without AFSPA Those killings were portrayed in the press as being the result of warfare between the surrendered ULFA militants (SULFA) and the ULFA But few in Assam doubted that it was the counter-insurgency establishment that was calling the tune and that the SULFA cadres were often willing or reluctant accomplices This phase of brutal counterinsurgency — not technically empowered by AFSPA but a part of the grassroots experience of AFSPA — has since produced a number of powerful works of Assamese literary fiction The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is designed to protect the country’s economic infrastructure including airports: Not exactly a force intended to be covered by AFSPA But in 2007 the CISF was implicated in a shooting causing the death of a person in an area where it was in charge of guarding oil installations The incident was later explained as a case of “mistaken identity” AFSPA was not directly invoked But the CISF based its defence during the controversy on poor security conditions that required extra vigilance Local citizens protested the killing initially; but soon family members accepted monetary compensation from the CISF and the public mood changed The AFSPA regime as a close analyst of the episode observes creates “different expectations and concepts of justice” AFSPA has been in effect in most of Northeast India for the better part of India’s history as an independent country though its full force comes into play only when an area is declared “disturbed” Even in Mizoram — often portrayed by Indian officials as a poster child of successful counterinsurgency — AFSPA remains in force as a “sleeping act” a phrase used by the Mizoram government There has been much talk recently of a peace settlement with the Nagas But no one expects the withdrawal of AFSPA to feature in the final peace agreement Our policy elites seem incapable of imagining a future of Northeast India without AFSPA Sharmila fought a very long and lonely battle to end AFSPA She failed The rest of us should reflect on this sad chapter in our history Her hunger strike received wide media coverage from time to time — the world’s longest hunger strike etc — but her cause did not get much attention and support Journalist Anubha Bhonsle writes about Sharmila’s days in the nation’s capital when she tried to move her protest site from the hospital in Imphal where she was imprisoned to Jantar Mantar She was arrested and kept at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital The nurse attending to her says Bhonsle “never understood why this woman who was quite capable of feeding herself had to be fed through a tube” None of the nurses knew anything about Sharmila and her cause Bhonsle reports the following conversation: “She’s from Assam side” said one “She is protesting about something there” “Arrey dimag kharab hai pagal hai” [Something wrong with her head she is mad] But it is not only that the national media or the general public had no interest The government in Manipur worked very hard to silence Sharmila When Justice Cyriac Joseph and Satyabrata Pal of the National Human Rights Commission visited her in Imphal in 2013 they found that while other prisoners could meet visitors and family members meeting Sharmila required the chief minister’s special permission “It would appear that” said the NHRC “while keeping her alive since her death would create problems for the state government it is trying to break her spirit through this enforced isolation for which there is no judicial mandate” That too is enabled by the AFSPA regime as people in Manipur experience it A scholar of India’s defence forces not known as a critic of AFSPA observes that there is hardly any officer in the Indian army now without counter-insurgency experience “When almost all the fighting that the army does is in counter-insurgency” he writes “it raises fundamental questions about not just the army and the security forces but much more so of the sad state of this republic” Sharmila’s is a voice of conscience that spoke powerfully to this sorry condition That her extraordinary campaign of communicative suffering fell mostly on deaf ears and that she has lost her battle does not bode well for the future of the Republic The writer is professor of political studies Bard College New York For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: IANS | London | Published: October 7 2017 10:55 am Women can be just as risky as men are (Source: File Photo) Related News Women can be just as risk-taking as men or even more so when the conventional macho measures of daring such as betting money at a high stake poker game or riding a bike without a helmet are replaced by less stereotypical criteria reveals a new study Assessment of heroism bravery or audacity often focus on traditionally masculine behaviours such as gambling or skydiving? 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who unleashed a series of adapted pop songs for his benefit,We will also take out a rally, he said Chemists to down shutters from July 18 to July 20 The Maharashtra State Chemists and Druggists Association at a meeting held on Sunday decided to follow a work to rule strategy and remain open only till 6 pm from July 11-17 They also decided to observe bandh from July 18 to 20 to protest against the alleged harassment chemists face from FDA officials while dispensing medicines prescribed by ayurvedic practitioners Mahendra Pitaliyachief convenor of the Pune District Chemists and Druggists Association said there are as many as 5000 retail chemists in the city A chemist has to take care of the patient by providing them medicines during an emergency We are aware that there are not enough doctors in the rural areas and honour those prescriptions that are given by other practitioners Patients will unnecessarily suffer if we are not allowed to sell medicines prescribed by ayurvedic or other practitioners? put the matter more bluntly. Reports indicate that the defence ministry has realised that the French Rafale, she is idealistic and sees the world in black and white. A total of 23 countries other than the host country are participating in the tournament from October 6 to 28. He was produced before a special PMLA court in Ahmedabad on Thursday. The officials had seized cash over Rs 1 crore in new currency of Rs 2.