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Was the Official Secrets Act violated during Manmohan tenure?

A senior journalist alleged that ‘Sonia Gandhi could make Prime Minister of India break the Official Secrets Act and share secret files…’

Was the Official Secrets Act violated during Manmohan tenure?

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A political slugfest has erupted in the corridors of power after a comment by senior journalist Tavleen Singh on a TV channel, which was discussing the election of Mallikarjun Kharge as the new Congress President. Making a point on power remaining with the Gandhi family, despite these elections Tavleen alleged that “Sonia Gandhi could make the Prime Minister of India break the Official Secrets Act and share secret files!”

This comment has drawn widespread criticism from the Congress rank and file. Senior MP and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram led the charge, saying in a 3-part tweet that the senior journalist made “a wild and outrageous allegation against Dr Manmohan Singh” which requires her to produce evidence and that “her time starts now!”

Tavleen Singh however has stood by her charge and said in a tweet that that people who worked in the PMO have named officials who carried government files to 10 Janpath. “Former ministers admit taking orders from Sonia Gandhi. She was de facto PM then and will remain de facto Congress President now,” she added.

 

This controversy, however, is not new. Earlier in 2014, when Sanjay Baru, media advisor to the then Prime Minister Manmohan in his book The Accidental Prime Minister had made a similar reference.

In this book, Baru had written, “Pulok Chatterjee, (Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary) who was inducted into the Manmohan Singh PMO at the behest of Sonia Gandhi, had regular, almost daily, meetings with Sonia at which he was said to brief her on the key policy issues of the day and seek her instructions on important files to be cleared by the PM. Indeed, Pulok was the single most point of regular contact between PM and Sonia. He was also the PMO’s main point of contact with the NAC, a high profile advisory body chaired by Sonia Gandhi, with social activists as members. It was sometimes dubbed the shadow cabinet.”

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Just because you don’t like Mr Modi doesn’t mean India is under threat: Harish Salve | Interview

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Senior advocate at Supreme Court, former Solicitor General of India and King’s Counsel Harish Salve, in an exclusive interaction with Nation Next, speaks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi, recent gruesome murder of Shraddha Walker involving her boyfriend Aftab Poonawala, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) and much more!

Corrigendum: In one of the questions during Mr Harish Salve’s interview, interviewer mistakenly quoted former Chief Justice of India Justice Sharad Bobde, saying, “Constitution is under threat.” Justice Bobde never made this remark. We sincerely apologise to Justice Bobde and the audience for committing this mistake. Inconvenience caused is regretted!

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Special Court grants bail to ex-Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s son in money laundering case

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Special Court grants bail to ex-Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh Deshmukh in money laundering case

Special Court granted bail to former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh's son Hrishikesh Deshmukh on Monday. 

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In a major development, Special Court granted bail to former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh Deshmukh on Monday in an alleged money laundering case. Hrishikesh, who was arraigned as an accused in the chargesheet, was granted bail after a special court designated to hear cases related to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) recorded his appearance.

He had filed an application through his advocate Aniket Nikam after appearing before the court and requesting the same to accept his appearance and grant him bail.

Hrishikesh also pointed out that the accusations in the ED’s case were confined to the alleged acts of omission and commission by his father in his capacity as the former home minister from January 2020 to April 2021. The plea also cited that the former home minister had already been granted bail in the case by the Bombay High Court. 

The court had in February this year issued summons to Hrishikesh after ED submitted its complaint (chargesheet) in the case.

Bombay High Court granted bail to NCP leader Anil Deshmukh in October this year in the same case. While Deshmukh had secured the bail in the ED case, he remains in custody in connection with the CBI case registered against him in April last year.

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Over 10,000 divorces in past 5 years in Nashik, 50% due to mobile phones

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More than 10,000 cases of divorces were filed in Nashik at Maharashtra in the past five years, out of which 50 percent of the divorces occurred due to the usage of mobile phones by the couples. Looking at the statistics, it has been found that around 15 couples file for divorce every day in the family court at Nashik.

ABP reported that as many as 6,638 divorce cases were filed in the family court in five years from 2018 to October 2022, out of which, 5460 cases were settled in court. 

In 2018, 1282 cases were filed, 1050 cases were settled, 1540 divorces took place and 308 compromises were made. Similarly in 2019, 1331 cases were filed, 132 cases were settled claims, 1715 divorces took place, 324 compromises were made.

In 2020, 1144 cases were filed, 656 cases were settled, 2080 divorces took place, 447 compromises were made. In 2021, 1495 cases were filed, 1223 cases were settled, 2327 divorces took place and 472 compromises were made. According to these statistics, the number of settled divorce claims has increased in the last two years. In 2022, 1386 cases were filed, 1399 cases were, 2352 divorces took place and 243 compromises were made.

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