Notices in Jagan’s case

The Supreme Court of India on Monday ordered issuance’s of notices on six ministers and 8 IAS officials from Andhra Pradesh on a petition seeking a probe in the Jagan Mohan Reddy assets case. The Bench which was hearing a petition filed by an advocate, Sudhakar Reddy while ordering notices sought to know on what basis some files were declared which led up to this entire case.

Sudhakar Reddy who is a Nellore based advocate had moved the Supreme Court seeking a directive to the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the role of six ministers and 8 IAS officials from Andhra Pradesh in connection with the assets case involving YSR Congress party leader, Jagan Mohan Reddy. He stated that he had filed a private complaint too before the Special CBI court in which he had urged that the above persons be investigated in the case. He stated that the IAS officials and the ministers were working under Jagan’s father, Y S Rajashekhara Reddy when he was the Chief Minister of AP before he died in a chopper crash.

He alleged that these ministers and officials were privy to government orders which benefited some of the firms belonging to Jagan.

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189 criminal candidates in UP, ie 47 per cent!

The new Uttar Pradesh assembly will function with a staggering 189 criminal candidates. This means nearly half (47 per cent) of the MLAs in the recently elected UP assembly have criminal cases pending against them. This infact is quite a rise when compared to 2007 where there were 140 MLAs with pending criminal cases against them.
The Association for Democratic Reforms provides a detailed analysis for the Uttar Pradesh assembly in which it says that it has analysed 403 candidates.
Out of the 403 MLAs analyzed for Uttar Pradesh 2012 Assembly Elections, 189 (47%) have declared criminal cases against them. In 2007 assembly elections for the whole of Uttar Pradesh, out of 403 MLAs analyzed,  140 (35%) MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.
Out of these 189 (47%) MLAs with declared criminal cases against them, 98 MLAs (24%) have declared serious criminal cases against them. In 2007 assembly elections, out of 140 (35%) MLAs with declared criminal cases, 78 (19.35%) had declared serious criminal cases against them.
The top 3 MLAs who have declared the maximum number of serious cases against themselves are: 1) Mitra Sen (SP, Bikapur constituency) with 36 criminal cases including 14 cases related to murder, 2) Sushil Singh (Independent, Sakaldiha) with 20 criminal cases including 12 charges related to murder, 3) Ram Veer Singh (SP, Jasrana) with 18 criminal cases including 8 charges related to murder.
Among other parties, the following MLAs have declared the maximum number of serious criminal cases against them, 1) Mohd. Aleem khan (BSP, Bulandsahar) with 3 criminal cases including 4 seious IPCs. These serious IPCs inculdes 1 charges related to murder and 1 charges related to rape, 2) Ajay (INC, Pindra constituency) with 8 criminal cases including 3 charges related to murder, 3) Upendra (BJP, Phephana) with 11 criminal cases including 5 charges related to murder, 4) Mokhtar Ansari (Qaumi Ekta Dal, Mau Constituency) with 15 criminal cases including 8 charges related to murder.

The crorepatis:
Out of all 403 MLAs analyzed from Uttar Pradesh 2012 Assembly Elections, 271 (67%) are crorepatis. In 2007 Assembly Election for the whole of Uttar Pradesh , 124 (30.77%) MLAs were crorepatis.
The MLAs with maximum assets in Uttar Pradesh is of Nawab Kazim Ali Khan of INC from Suar constituency with assets worth Rs. 56.89 Crores followed by Shah Alam of BSP from Mubarakpur with assets worth Rs. 54.44 Crores and Mahesh Kumar Sharma of BJP from Noida constituency with assets worth Rs. 37.45 crores.
6 MLAs have declared assets of less than 5 lakhs.
A total of 22 (5.5%) MLAs out of 403 analyzed declared liabilities of Rs. 1 crore and above.
Among major parties, the average asset per candidate for SP is 2.52 Crores, for BSP is 4.44 crore, For BJP is 4.01 crore and INC is 4.61 crore.
A total of 239 (59%) MLAs (out of 403 analyzed) are graduate or with higher educational qualification in the Uttar Pradesh 2012 Assembly Election.
Only 40 (10%) MLAs (out of 403 analyzed) are 8th pass and below
Out of 403 MLAs of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2012, only 32 (8%) MLAs are women.
Highlights (Analysis of asset increase of newly elected MLAs who also contested in 2007)

Asset increase:
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2007 was Rs98,31,867  (98.31 Lakhs).
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is, Rs 3,08,12,386  (3.08 crore).
Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 2,09,80,519 (2.09 crore).
Average percentage growth in assets for these MLA is 213%.
Nawab kazim Ali Khan of INC from Suar constituency has the highest increase in asset worth Rs.47.70 Crores (from 9.18 crore in 2007 to 56.89 Crores in 2012), followed by Subhash of SP from Saidpur (SC) constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 30.61 Crores (from 4.70 crores in 2007 to 35.32 Crores in 2012) and Devendra Aggarwal of SP from Sadabad constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 16.95 Crores (from 4.95 crores in 2007 to 21.91 Crores in 2012)
The highest percentage increase (21827%) has been for Wahab of BSP from Muradnagar constituency. His assets rose from 30 thousand in 2007 to 65.78 lakhs in 2012. He is followed by Jai Prakash of BSP from Chauri-chaura constituency with a percentage increase of 5332% (6.25 lakhs in 2007 to 3.39 crores in 2012) and Sudhir Kumar of SP from Safipur (SC) constituency with an increase of 4750% (1.29 lakhs in 2007 to 62.90 lakhs in 2012).

I will come out of Chakravyuha: BSY

Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa towed a soft line while stating that he has no ambition for any post. Addressing a mammoth gathering Hubli in North Karnataka today he said that he would commence a state wide tour from tommorrow and ensure that the BJP returns to power with a majorty during the next elections.
The rally was more to send a message to the party’s central leadership that he was still the big in the party. Yeddyurappa had been forced to resign as CM in the aftermath of the mining report. However the High Court cleared him recently from the mining scam which prompted his followers to raise the pitch to reinstate him as CM.
Yeddyurappa managed to draw a huge crowd at Hubli. However leaders from Delhi, the CM of Karnataka, Sadananda Gowda and Party president in the state, K S Eshwarappa were absent. However Yeddyurappa’s close supporters were present.
Yeddyurappa told the crowd that he would never quit the party. I will work for it very hard.
I know a trap has been set for me by H D Kumaraswamy, H D Deve Gowda and some members of my party. I will come out of the Chakravyuha.
I am not going to beg for any post and am not going to Delhi to seek any favours. I will be here and work for the BJP, he also added.

19 criminal candidates in Uttarakhand Assembly

Uttarakhand has 19 criminal candidates in its newly elected assembly as per a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms.
Out of these 70 MLAs analyzed for Uttarakhand Assembly Elections, 19 (27%) have declared criminal cases against them. In 2007 Assembly elections for the whole of Uttarakhand Pradesh, 24% MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.
Out of these 19 MLAs who have declared criminal cases against themselves, 5 (7%) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
A total of 32 out of 70 MLAs i.e. 46% are crorepatis. In 2007, there are 16% crorepati MLAs.
The MLAs with maximum assets in 2012 Uttarakhand Assembly is Rajesh Shukla of BJP from Kichha constituency with assets worth Rs. 26.63 Crores followed by Amrita Rawat of INC from Ramnagar with Rs. 13.57 Crores and Surendra Singh Jeena of BJP from Salt constituency with assets worth Rs. 7.04 crores.
3 MLAs have declared assets of less than 10 lakh.
A total of 6 (9%) MLAs out of 70 analyzed declared liabilities of Rs. 40 lakhs or above.
Among major parties, the average asset per MLA for INC is 1.87 Crore, for BJP is 2.02 Crore, for BSP is 1.21 crores and for UKD (P) is 1.27 Crores.
71% MLAs (50 of 70 analyzed) are graduates and above.
Out of 70 MLAs in Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2012, only 5 (7%) MLAs are women.

Asset Increase:
Number of re-contesting MLAs analyzed for Uttarakhand 2012 Assembly Elections– 50
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2007 is Rs83,34,174(83.34 Lakhs).
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is, Rs 2,30,46,876 (2.30 Crore).
Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 1,47,12,701 (1.47 Crore).
Average percentage growth in assets for these MLA is 177%.
Rajesh Shukla of BJP from Kichha constituency has shown the highest increase in asset worth Rs.25.76 Crores (from 87.57 Lakhs in 2007 to 26.63 Crores in 2012), followed by Surendra Singh Jeena of BJP from Salt constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 6.26 Crores (from 78.00 Lakhs in 2007 to 7.04 Crores in 2012) and Yashpal Arya of INC from Bazpur constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 3.71 Crores (from 81.62 Lakhs in 2007 to 4.52 Crores in 2012).
The highest percentage increase (8433%) has been for Bishan Singh Chuphal of BJP from Didihat constituency. His assets rose from 1.18 Lakhs in 2007 to 1.01 Crores in 2012. He is followed by Mayukh Singh of INC from Pithoragarh constituency with a percentage increase of 4773% (from 6.30 Lakhs in 2007 to 3.07 Crores in 2012) and Banshidhar Bhagat of BJP from Kaladhungi constituency with an increase of 2968% (from 2.38 Lakhs in 2007 to 73.02 Lakhs in 2012).

Not one criminal candidate in Manipur

Manipur could well become a model assembly with no candidate having pending criminal charges against them. A report by the Association for Democratic Reforms states that out of the 60 newly elected MLAs of the Manipur Assembly, no MLA has declared criminal cases against him/her. In the 2007 assembly elections for the whole of Manipur, 2% MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.
Out of all 60 MLAs analyzed from Manipur 2012 Assembly Elections, 16 are crorepatis. In 2007 Assembly Election for the whole of Manipur only 1 MLA was crorepati.
The MLAs with maximum assets in Manipur is of T.N. Haokip of INC from Saikot(ST) constituency with assets worth Rs. 10.07 Crores followed by Ksh. Biren Singh of INC from Lamlai with assets worth Rs. 5.22 Crores and RK IMO Singh of MSCP from Sagoiband constituency with assets worth Rs. 2.72 crores.
6 MLAs have declared assets of less than 5 lakhs.
A total of 5 (8%) MLAs out of 60 analyzed declared liabilities of Rs. 50 Lakhs or above.
Among major parties, the average asset per candidate for INC is 1.05 Crores, for AITC is 69.8 Lakhs, For MSCP is 97.43 Lakhs, and NPF is 68.5 lakhs
A total of 49 (82%) MLAs (out of 60 analyzed) are graduate or with higher educational qualification in the Manipur 2012 Assembly Election.
Only 4 (7%) MLAs (out of 60 analyzed) are 10th pass and below
Out of 60 MLAs of Manipur Assembly Elections 2012, only 3 (5%) MLAs are women.

Asset Increase:
Number of MLAs for Manipur 2012 Assembly Elections, whose 2007 affidavits are also available–35
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2007 was Rs20,02,492 (20.02 Lakhs).
The average asset of these MLAs as declared in 2012 is, Rs 1,18,45,767 (1.18 crore).
Average asset growth for these re-contesting MLAs is Rs 98,43,274 (98.43 Lakhs).
Average percentage growth in assets for these MLA is 492%.
T.N. haokip of INC from Saikot constituency has the highest increase in asset worth Rs.9.77 Crores (from 29.73 Lakhs in 2007 to 10.07 Crores in 2012), followed by Ksh. Biren Singh of INC from Lamlai constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 5.07 Crores (from 14.23 Lakhs in 2007 to 5.22 Crores in 2012) and Kh. Govindas of INC from Bishenpur constituency with an asset increase of Rs. 2.11 Crores (from 38.25 Lakhs in 2007 to 2.49 Crores in 2012)
The highest percentage increase (7108%) has been for K. Meghachandra of INC from Wangkhem constituency. His assets rose from 2.90 lakhs in 2007 to 2.06 Crores in 2012. He is followed by Akoijam Mirabai Devi of INC from Patsoi constituency with a percentage increase of 4621% (30.5 thousand in 2007 to 14.40 Lakhs in 2012) and K. Ranjit Singh of INC from Sugnoo constituency with an increase of 4351% (3.82 lakhs in 2007 to 1.70 crores in 2012).

An alive Ilyas Kashmiri bigger headache for India

A couple of months back there was a lot of confusion surrounding the death of the dreaded Ilyas Kashmiri. However the Long war journal quoting the Daily Times reports that the Brigade 313 leader is very much alive and was spotted at a meeting of the Taliban in Pakistan.

From day one there has been confusion over the death of this man. It was claimed that Kashmiri was killed around 20 days after the death of Osama Bin Laden in a drone strike. However the United States or Pakistan never confirmed this news which led everyone to believe that it was a plant by the Kashmiri followers to lower the heat on the man.

Looking at this from the Indian context, Indian agencies would have wished that he was dead. Him staying alive is of no consequence to India as there is actually no way in which India would ever get access to this man if he were to ever be arrested. He figures in the dossier to Pakistan and also in the charge sheet filed by the National Investigating Agency. The NIA takes his name in the charge sheet while dealing with the David Headley in which it states that he had helped Headley during his stint in India.

Kashmiri being alive is not good news for India as in the recent past he has shown every inclination to make India his primary target. Kashmiri had claimed earlier that the entire 26/11 plot was his baby which was later hijacked by the ISI. Moreover during the David Headley interrogation by Indian agencies, we realised the manner in which he closely cooperated with Headley to the run up to the attack. Further there was also information trickling in which suggested that he had decided to hire a set of boys from India and train them to undertake the ISI’s pet venture known as the Karachi Project. Looking at these developments it becomes clear that since the past four years Kashmiri has shown a great deal of interest in India.

The future of the Kashmiri-India story is something that will unfold in the days to come. His relationship with the ISI has been a love hate affair. Earlier he was a pawn with the ISI and had conducted himself based on their fancies. However he had a falling out when the ISI decided to pull him out of Afghanistan as they wanted him to fight in Kashmir. However he fell out with the ISI and fought his battle on his own.

Today there is a clear patch up and both Kashmiri and the ISI work hand in hand according to intelligence available in India. He has shown clear signs of aggression towards India in the past couple of years. He does not speak of Kashmir alone, but has been thinking of targeting key cities in the country through a programme called as Ghazb-e-Hind.

However since the past 6 months there has not been much information about the motives of this man. It is re-grouping time for the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban after the death of Bin Laden and the organisations are currently busy with that rather than planning their next offensive. However Kashmiri’s role in India would largely depend on how the ISI plans on using him.

Kashmiri is a member of the Al-Qaeda but has been handling a wing of the outfit which is called the 313 Brigade. The 313 Brigade although part of the Al-Qaeda had an independent jurisdiction and most of the decisions were taken independently by Kashmiri himself. If Kashmiri continues to remain in the 313 then it could spell trouble for India as he would continue to focus out here.

However there is a likelihood of Kashmiri being given a bigger role and made the head of the Al-Qaeda. He is most likely to hold the role of Operations Chief of the Al-Qaeda and if that were to happen he would have to continue focusing against the US in Afghanistan and also Pakistan which would mean that his menace would not be a worry for India per se. Being made the head of the Al-Qaeda would also have him more involved in the affairs of the Taliban which is also structure less today.

The IB says that the ISI would surely be expecting a bigger role from Kashmiri. The situation over there is a mess with absolutely no unity among the various forces. Groups such as the Al-Qaeda, Taliban and also the Tehreek-e-Taliban are in doldrums as they face a leadership crisis. In such a circumstance Kashmiri looks like an ideal candidate. He possesses a lot of qualities which have been luring the youth from different parts of the world to take up arms.

India would look with keen interest at the developments regarding Kashmiri since a lot would depend on the way that the ISI handles him.

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The rise of Quds Force

The Delhi police claim that they had made some progress into the Delhi attack in which the target was an Israeli diplomat’s wife. According to the Delhi police the journalist, Mohammad Ahmed Kazmi was the turning point to the investigation and he is said to be spilling out information regarding the attack.

The investigators are looking into the possibility of the Quds Force and the Hezbollah into the attack. Officials however point out that the links to the Quds Force look more of a possibility at the moment when compared to an operation by the Hezbollah. According to Kazmi, he had provided logistic support to men from Iran, but he was unsure as to which outfit the men belonged to. The indications at the moment point towards the Quds Force.

According to the Indian Intelligence, the Hezbolla is an outfit which reports to the Iran intelligence. Looking at the diplomatic ties between Iran and India, it is unlikely that Iran would approve of an attack on Indian soil even if it meant that the targets were Israelis. The Quds Force on the other hand is looking to make its point heard loud and has shown signs of expanding into other countries.

This force was created during the war of Iran with Iraq. Their area of operation remained largely in Iraq and they had helped the Kurds in their battle against Saddam Hussein. However after the death of Saddam, they found themselves wanting for a cause and it was gradually then that they decided to take on Israel and use the Palestine cause. Looking at the manner in which this force has operated it is clear that they have been involved in small ways in possibly every fight that the Muslims are waging worldwide. Traces of their involvement was seen in the fight that the Afghans fought with the Soviet Union, the Yugoslav war and also the fight against the Serbs.

Today the Quds Force has a strength of around 15000 people. They are not directly under the control of the Iran militia at least now although the regime in Iran had supported them way back in the 1980’s while the country was at war with Iraq.

The latest on the agenda for the Quds Force is the battle for Palestine. It appears that they have decided to wage a war against Israel on a large scale and hence could have carried out a series of attacks at India, Georgia and also Thailand. One cannot call it a full fledged attack as the intensity was low in all the three places. It was more to test the waters and also make an announcement on the world stage.

However it appears to be a deliberate attempt that they have maintained a low key despite these attacks and there was no official proclamation from the group regarding their participation in the attack. Either there is no full fledged involvement or it is a deliberate ploy to keep the heat low, Indian Intelligence Bureau officials point out.

While investigators say that there is a link pointing towards the Quds Force, the assessment done by the Intelligence would question the involvement to some extent. This is largely because of the fact that the group has not claimed responsibility as yet. Terrorist groups normally would like to take responsibility for an attack so that they could send out their message loud and clear. However in this case it has not happened. However that should not be a factor to let go of the group since this could be a ploy which was aimed at testing the waters.

Speaking of the capabilities of the Quds Force in carrying out international operations, sources say that the group is well equipped. They have primarily been known for their skills on the battle field and recently have shown signs of being able to stage operations through a remote control in other countries.

When one speaks of their operations in India, it becomes clear that some groups from West Asia have been carrying out surveys here. Although their target has not been India, they have been looking to target Israelis and citizens from the United States of America living on Indian soil. Israel has in particular been paranoid about this development has sent in many of their trained citizens for counter terror operations which they have been doing undercover. Some members of the Iran based terror groups have been in India providing logistic details, collecting funds and also looking for recruitment’s.

The Quds Force in particular which is being probed in this regard could have picked people of Iranian origin living in India to provide details and information of their targets. Kazmi is an example of one such person who provided details of targets to this force, the police say. If the statements of Kazmi are to be believed then it becomes clear that the attack was staged by an Iranian force since he says during his interrogation that the attackers fled to Iran after the incident.

Yeddy to make a come back?

Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will be in New Delhi on March 12 and will seek his reinstatement as CM of Karnataka. Armed with a High Court order which cleared him of charges in the illegal mining case, Yeddyurappa is of the view that he is qualified now to rule the state of Karnataka once again.
Meanwhile preparations are on in full swing for a mammoth rally at Hubli which Yeddyurappa will lead and address. The rally is seen as a show of strength by Yeddyurappa to send a message to the party’s central leadership that he is still the biggest name in the party. His followers have also decided to invite Nithin Gadkari for the rally.
Gadkari would this time be under pressure to take a stand on Yeddyurappa. The last time around he managed to postpone the issue quoting the assembly elections.
After the rally on March 11 Yeddyurappa and his followers would leave for New Delhi the next day and raise the pitch for his reinstatement.

Justice Hegde upset with mining verdict

While B S Yeddyurappa and his followers rejoiced after getting relief from the Karnataka High Court on the mining report, Justice Santhosh Hegde the man who prepared the report says he is disappointed.
Justice Hegde told rediff.com that he was told that that the High Court in its judgment said that he violated the principles of natural justice in my report on illegal mining.
This is their view and it can now only be challenged in the Supreme Court. My major grievance is that the high court has stopped all investigations into illegal mining. The high court has also said that investigating into yeddyurappa dealings with an mining company is out of my jurisdiction, I do not agree with this, he also added.

Del attack- did this scribe play a role?

There is nothing much that the Delhi police has to smile about in the Isreali diplomat car bombing case. Although one journalist has been picked up, the Delhi police are only treating him as a suspect as of now and say that certain movements of his had come under the scanner and that is what is being investigated.

The journalist identified as Mohammad Ahmed Qazmi was detained for questioning by the Delhi police. They are trying to ascertain the role that he may have played in the attack. The 40 year old Qazmi claimed that he was contributing articles to the IRNA news agency, sources said. He is however not a known figure in Delhi and was aloof by nature, the police also add.

During the past couple of weeks he had been regularly in touch with people in Iran and is alleged to have passed on information regarding the attack and also the investigations into the case. He could have passed on information like any journalist does, but his call records are being verified at the moment, the Delhi police also add.

The police however feel that more probing could get them some much needed leads into the case. He could have conspired with some agency in Iran and may have been in the know of the attack, the police also add. The police also state that he had very recently made a trip to Syria. Although there were several other journalists on that trip, the police is trying to ascertain the information he had shared during that trip.

The police also add that he kept largely to himself and was not the sort who inter acted too much. However they also add that he had strong views against Israel and his writings often indicated the same.

The Delhi police however is taking this case extremely slow and have not claimed any major breakthrough. They have always maintained that there is a lot at stake diplomatically and hence there cannot be any rush unless and until there are definitive clues and leads.