DMK runs for cover

Chennai: Taking the legal recourse to burgeoning land grabbing complaints against their leaders and functionaries, the DMK on Wednesday moved petitions with the HC and sought injunction against the Government Order (no-423) enabling the setting up of Anti-Land Grabbing Cells. Besides they also sought constitution of a high-level committee to go into what it called ‘false and fabricated’ complaints of land grabbing filed against its partymen. In a petition, DMK Legal Wing Secretary R S Bharathi sought an interim injunction seeking to restrain the government, Director General of Police (DGP), their officers and others from arresting DMK members on false accusations of  land grabbing pending disposal of the petition. Bharathi, in his petition, said that the alleged offences against the DMK men were treated as a separate category and they were treated as a separate clan and were sought to be ill treated by the state govt and its officers.It was shocking that in its enthusiasm to take revenge on the DMK party, the ruling AIADMK government constituted 39 Anti Land Grabbing Special Cells with a financial commitment of `27.71 crore, Bharathi said in the petition. In a similar but separate petition, DMK MP R Thamaraiselvan sought the quashing of the July 28 GO and an interim stay of proceedings pursuant to the GO till disposal of the petition.In the petition, Thamaraiselvan alleged that the GO had not been issued in public interest but was politically motivated to settle political vendetta

M Karunanidhi on cloud nine

Chennai: The State government should consult academics and schoolteachers for making up the lost time while implementing Samacheer Kalvi as ordered by the Supreme Court, said M. Karunanidhi, president, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), on August 9. In an interaction with reporters,  Karunanidhi asked if Chief Minister Jayalalithaa would give up her ‘adamant attitude’ after the Supreme Court order to implement Samacheer Kalvi immediately, and said that he expected her to change. Terming it a victory in one of the many battles of the DMK in its fight for social justice, he said that it was also a victory for the commoners, students and Tamils in general. On  Jayalalithaa’s speech in the Assembly on August 8, that she would abide by the Supreme Court order on Samacheer Kalvi, he said that it was the responsibility of the media to monitor its implementation. Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan urged the government to take immediate steps for its implementation.MDMK general secretary Vaiko said that the judgment to implement Samacheer Kalvi this year itself had protected the educational rights and future of 1.22 crore students

Jaya slams Union Government

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa on 9th August, charged that the Central government was ignoring the demands of Tamil Nadu and that there was no response from the Prime Minister’s Office for any of the demands for special assistance sought by her during her visit to Delhi in June. Intervening in the debate, on the revised budget for the year 2011-12 in the State Assembly, the Chief Minister said the Centre had not fulfilled any of the demands for special assistance sought by Tamil Nadu. Further, there was no response to the State’s demands. Referring to the remark of Congress member Vijayadharani, that the Centre had allocated more than what the State had asked for (Rs 23,535 crore as plan outlay), the Chief Minister said of the total outlay, only Rs 2,829.50 crore was the Centre’s share. Of this, the Centre would sanction Rs 588.40 crore as normal assistance, Rs 43.15 crore as Centre’s share towards the schemes being implemented with foreign aid and Rs 2,198.31 crore towards the assistance for other schemes. Apart from this, a whopping Rs 20,705.50 crore would be spent for various schemes only from the State funds. Jayalalithaa pointed out that she had submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister seeking a special assistance of Rs 2,52,000 crore towards schemes like provision of laptops to students, fishermen welfare, solar power projects and linking of State rivers. However, there has been no response to this demand so far, she added. The CM intervened when P Dillibabu (CPM) requested the government to implement welfare schemes while insisting that the taxes imposed on various goods recently be withdrawn. Jayalalithaa said the CPM member, on the one hand, wanted the developmental schemes and, on the other hand, insisted on withdrawal of  tax. “How can the State find the wherewithal to implement the schemes without funds?” she asked

DMK strong mans wife to be arrested

Speculations are floating around of the impending arrest of DMK strongman and M Karunanidhi’s son, Alagiri’s wife, Kanthi Alagiri on charges of usurping a temple property based on a complaint filed by a temple priest. Rumors are flying thick and fast, that a case has been registered against Kanthi, Managing Director of  Dhaya Cyber Park. Subramaniya Iyer, a temple priest, had submitted a petition to the Chief Minister’s Special Cell stating that several acres of temple land in Uthangudi located near the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has been usurped by Kanthi.Iyer, in his petition, had stated that the land was handed over to a trust formed for the management of the temple in 1930’s. The land was illegally sold by suppressing the facts regarding the land, to one Santiago Martin, a lottery businessman. Martin had given the power of attorney to one Sugumaran, a close aide of Alagiri, and it was then registered in the name of Kanthi. The estimated worth of the land is around Rs 25 crore. According to police top brass, the petition was sent directly to the Chief Minister’s Cell and it was being analyzed to establish the ties between the land and the accused named in the petition.’You cannot arrest someone for the simple reason that a complaint has been received’, a top police official said and added ‘the complainant and the accused will have to be summoned for interrogation and the case can be registered based on the findings as chances are there for misrepresentation of facts.’ ‘However, all the prima facie evidence related to the allegations are being gathered. Once we come to know that a cognizable offense was made out, then the case will be registered and the accused will be arrested’, he said. &nbsp

Red fort attack: SC confirms death sentence for Aarif

New delhi: SC today upheld the death sentence for Lashkar- e- Taiba (LeT) terrorist Mohd Arif alias Ashfaq in the 2000 Red Fort attack case in which three people including two army jawans were killed. The appeal of Arif, challenging the death sentence awarded by the sessions court and affirmed by the Delhi high court was dismissed by the Apex Court. Arif had challenged the session court verdict released  October 24, 2005 on  that awarded capital punishment to him for waging war against the state but the high court upheld the verdict and acquitted six others who were convicted in the case. The High  court verdict of September 12, 2007 was challenged by him in the Supreme Court. The supreme court bench of  justices VS Sirpukar and TS Thakur dismissed Arif’s petition and awarded him with a death sentence.       &nbsp

Sheila must resign:Gadgari

            New Delhi-The BJP leader, Nitin Gadgare demands the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit over her involvement in the Common Wealth Games scandal. The BJP that indicts Shiela Dixit her for alleged irregularities in several common wealth games project launched a mass movement and held demonstrations at 30 places in and around Delhi as a part of the protest. Effigies of the Delhi Chief Minister were burnt as a part of the agitation. The agitation is a reaction to the CAG report, tabled in Parliament on Friday, that cited her active involvement in the grant of  work incurring a loss of Rs 30 crore. The report slams Rs 500 crore loss on her her government. The party will also hold a rally at Ramlila Maidan on August 9 to demand her dismissal while party workers will “gherao” Parliament on August 11 to press for her removal, Gupta said. “We will not stop our agitation until the Chief Minister resigns,” said Delhi BJP chief Vijendra Gupta.     &nbsp