Ratan Tata would be well advised to sack the lobbyist, withdraw the petition from the Supreme Court and let the tapes remain in the public domain. Otherwise he risks damaging his reputation forever which will be a sad thing. As for the tapes, they will remain in public domain (the Internet is too vast to be covered by a court injunction).
CPIL has placed before the Supreme Court two draft reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which pointed out that the 2G scam has caused a loss of over 1 lakh crore to the exchequer. Canary Trap brings you some important extracts of the CAG draft reports, which directly points a finger of suspicion towards Raja for alleged irregularities and favoritism in the allotment of spectrum.
Prashant Bhushan recently submitted a supplementary affidavit in the Supreme Court of India where he has submitted evidence to back his allegations that "half of the last 16 Chief Justices have been corrupt." Bhushan has admitted that getting documentary evidence of corruption in the higher judiciary is difficult. Despite this, his historic affidavit throws light on blatant corruption in the top echelons of the Indian judiciary.
Prashant Bhushan, one of India's leading advocates, is facing contempt proceedings after he alleged in an interview that eight of the last 16 Chief Justices of India were corrupt. His father and India's former law minister, Shanti Bhushan, recently sought to implead himself in the contempt petition filed against his son. The father-son duo's attempt to cleanse India's higher judiciary of corruption is courageous but former attorney general Soli Sorabjee thought otherwise. The letter is in response to the unfortunate remarks by a very senior legal luminary.
It is ironic that while iron ore worth Rs 100 crores is being pilfered and looted by private interests each day in a cosy crony capitalistic relationship, NMDC is looking for fresh investment for iron ore in Australia! Add to that the proposed allotment of iron ore to private barons worth trillion of dollars for petty royalty and not to NMDC, the tragedy of a poor nation suffering at the hands of corrupt politicians is complete.
C V Nagesh, the lawyer representing the Reddys, has suggested that no mining lease has been issued in their name in Karnataka and there was no question of illegal mining or looting Karnataka's state wealth as they don't have any mining activity in the state. Notwithstanding the statement given by their lawyer, Canary Trap brings you exclusive details of how the Bellary Reddys not only have mining interests in the state but also how they control most of the mines through rising contractors, partners and other arrangements.
Sources say GJR and his eldest brother G Karunakara Reddy are learnt to have discontinued their studies sometime in early 1980s. While Karunakara entered into contract work like cable network, GJR joined a Kolkata-based financial firm. He bought his first vehicle (TVS-50) in 1983, a TVS Suzuki Bike in 1985, and an Ambassador car in 1987. The fortunes of Reddy brothers changed after the 1999 Lok Sabha polls.
The Reddy duo have declared publicly that Sushma Swaraj is like a mother to them. Interestingly, Swaraj's husband, Swaraj Kaushal, has been appointed as standing counsel of the Karnataka government in the Supreme Court. With the Karnataka govt promising action against the mining mafia, would 'papa' Kaushal be loyal to the state govt or to his wife's children when he represents the state in the illegal mining case in the SC?
Despite mounting evidence against Telecom Minister A Raja about his controversial role in allocation of 2G spectrum to firms at a price much below the market price, the UPA government appears to be shielding him. Raja's decision to grant new licenses resulted in a loss of around Rs 60,000 crores to the national exchequer. Canary Trap brings you this timeline of Raja's dubious role in the entire issue.