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Court reserves Jaya verdict

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has reserved judgment on a batch of petitions seeking to transfer trial against Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa outside the state in a disproportionate assets case, reports our legal correspondent.

A division bench of Justices S.. Variava and H.K. Sema reserved the verdict after completion of arguments on behalf of DMK general secretary and leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly K. Anbazhagan, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy and also for Jayalalithaa and the other accused in the case.

The DMK leader has alleged that continuing the trial in the state would result in “gross miscarriage of justice”. As many as 64 witnesses had turned hostile in the case, he added.

About witnesses turning hostile and the lack of efficiency of prosecutors, additional solicitor-general Altaf Ahmed told the court that public prosecutors could be changed if the apex court expressed doubts about their efficiency.

Witnesses in Jayalalithaa’s trial had changed their stand and contradicted statements recorded before the trial judge. The Supreme Court expressed concern over witnesses “resiling” from their statements and that too made before the trial judge.

The accusation is that Jayalalithaa, her friend . Sasikala, Jayalalithaa’s hitherto-disowned adopted son V.. Sudhakaran, Sasikala’s niece Ilavarasi and her nephew T.T.V. Dhinakaran, now an MP, have accumulated wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income. A special court has been established in Chennai to try these offences.

No correction in date of birth

Allahabad (PTI): Allahabad High Court has ruled that the date of birth of an employee cannot be corrected once it is entered in the service book on voluntary disclosure by the employee concerned.

Justice R.M. Mishra passed the order on Tuesday on a writ petition filed by a retired state government employee, Surendra Kumar Tiwari, a resident of Azamgarh district.

Tiwari had moved court challenging an order of the Azamgarh additional district magistrate rejecting his plea for correcting his date of birth in his service book.

Dismissing the petition, the court said the date of birth of an employee, once entered in the service book, cannot be corrected later as the employee himself had made a disclosure of his date of birth, which shall be taken as correct.

Fare subsidy for Haj pilgrims

New Delhi (PTI): The Centre has fixed a subsidised air fare of Rs 12,000 per person for the Haj pilgrims.

The Haj Committee of India has said in a release that the pilgrims could deposit the fare in form of bank draft drawn in favour of Haj Committee India, Mumbai, along with an affidavit that they are not income-tax payees and have not performed Haj through the committee earlier and availed the subsidy. The last date for the submission is November 15.

Dara plea rejected

Bhubaneswar: Orissa High Court on Wednesday rejected an application from Dara Singh, the death-row convict in Graham Staines case, seeking parole to perform his father’s last rites, reports our correspondent. Dara’s father, Mihilal, died in a road mishap on October 1.

Mirwaiz reprieve

New Delhi (PTI): Ten months after suspending former Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s passport for alleged anti-India activities, the Centre on Wednesday released his travel documents for 10 days to facilitate his attendance at an international conference on Islamic laws in South Africa. The Mirwaiz recently sent a copy of the invitation along with an application for releasing the documents to the Centre.

TV in remote areas

New Delhi (PTI): The Centre has cleared a Rs 500-crore project for television coverage in remote areas. The expansion will be carried out using the cheaper Ku-band, instead of the usual C-band. The 20 Doordarshan and 10 private channels, which are available on the free-to-air mode, will be telecast through this project. “A person needs a set-top box and a dish antennae costing Rs 6,000 to view the 30 channels,” an official spokesperson said.

Dawood aide bail

Mumbai (PTI): A special court has modified the bail conditions of a municipal engineer, Narendra Rajbhar, arrested for allegedly helping Dawood Ibrahim’s crime syndicate to develop shopping plazas here. The conditions were modified as the accused could not arrange for sureties and continued to languish in prison despite obtaining bail.


To gauge the alertness of its employees, the Southern Railways conducted a “mock drill” of a derailment near Palur station in Kancheepuram on Wednesday. The secrecy of the drill was well-maintained and only a handful of people were aware of it.

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