Muslim law board to file Ayodhya appeal next week


The appeal in the Ayodhya case will be filed before the Supreme Court of India in the first week of November, a senior member of the All India Muslim Law Personal Law Board said. Professor Sulaiman, senior member of the Board who has been in the core committee told rediff.com that the final copy is more or less ready and the appeal will be filed before the Supreme Court in the first week of November.

On the line of arguments that they would advance before the Supreme Court of India, he said that the main point of contention would be that that the verdict of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court is more of a suggestion than a direction. It is not possible to implement such an order and more importantly the very foundation of their case has not been considered while the order was passed. He further said that various issues had been framed during the course of the arguments before the High Court and the final judgment was not pronounced on the basis of the issues that were framed.

When asked about the possibility of a settlement as suggested by the High Court, he said that the question does not arise. Even now despite the High Court saying that the land be divided into three parts the other party continues to insist that we Muslims let go of the entire land. Nothing has changed in the past 19 years. In the past two decades we have had discussions 11 times and each of those times, we were told to let go of the land.

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How India needs to tackle fake currency menace


On one hand India speaks of taking preventive measures to curb the menace of fake currency and on the other statistics show that there is nearly Rs 12,00,000 crore worth of fake currency still in circulation in India.

While India managed to seal the Pakistan and Nepal route into India to a large extent, ISI sponsored operatives shifted their base to Thailand to further their business. These elements have been pumping in fake currency into the Indian market with help of operatives of the D Gang who have a strong base in Thailand.

The key player today in this racket is Aftab Bhakti, a D Gang operative who reports directly to Major Ali and Arshad Khan, both top ranking officers in the ISI. Bhakti has become a key player ever since the ISI decided to shift base to Thailand and this man was picked since he has been operating out of there for nearly a decade now. During his earlier stint, he coordinated with the mafia in Thailand on behalf of the D-Gand and they were primarily into smuggling of drugs. The D-Gangs network is very deep rooted in Thailand and there was already an existing route between this country and Bangladesh through which drugs were being smuggled. Moreover this particular route was not on the radar of the Indian agencies and hence the ISI thought it would be best to use this route to transport fake currency.

Earlier all the notes were being printed in Pakistan and then it used to be transported into Nepal and then made its entry into India. However post 26/11 there has been a sea change in the manner in which Indian agencies have been treating both the Nepal and Pakistan borders which prompted the ISI to rethink its strategy. In the current scenario the notes are being printed in Thailand and then local operatives smuggle it into Bangladesh and then pump it into India.

Intelligence Bureau officials told rediff.com that they have shared information to this effect with the Central Bureau of Investigation which is looking into this case in India. The IB says that earlier the ISI had managed to create its own route and were sending in the notes through operatives who infiltrated into India. However there is a lot of scrutiny now and hence they are unable to do so easily. Moreover there is also international pressure on this issue and that is when the ISI thought it would be best to move the operation to Thailand and more importantly use the route used by the D-Gang to further their business. Even today the routes used by the D Gang are considered to be potentially safer since the scrutiny on its members is comparatively less when compared to operatives of a terror outfit.

The IB says that the ISI is using the D Gang for the same purpose which it used it to smuggle arms and ammunition just before the 1993 blasts. The D Gang which was actively smuggling drugs in and out of Pakistan were given an ultimatum by the ISI to smuggle arms along with the drugs into India if they wanted to continue with their business. The same tactic has been used now too by the ISI this time around too. Intelligence bureau officials say that in the days to come they will use more routes such as the one existing in Dubai too to transport fake currency into India.

Experts point out that the reason why fake currency continues to exist in India despite all the security restriction is due to the meager control we have on the paper. Almost 98 per cent of the paper which is used to print Indian currency is exported from European nations. Currently India relies on 11 firms abroad to import paper. This means that India does not have absolute control over the security features and are heavily reliant on these firms. When the paper is imported security features such as water mark, magnetic thread, and also the windowed security thread are already existing. Experts say that it is not hard for these terror groups to get access to these notes and they have already done so in the past. All they need to do is incorporate micro lettering and also the face of the father of the nation into it which is the easiest job since the rest of the main security features come ready made.

It is time for India to rethink about this aspect. Guarding the borders and other entry points will only solve ten per cent of the problem since these persons will continue to innovate and create newer routes to smuggle in fake currency. India needs to stop depending on foreign nations completely to manufacture paper and should ensure that it is entirely done here so that the entire control rests here.

Karnataka: IT raids on BJP MLA’s


Sleuths of the Income Tax department have conducted raids on the residences and offices of two BJP MLAs and have seized unaccounted money according to sources. Raids were conducted in 60 different places this morning and have also seized documents.

Sources told rediff.com that raids were conducted at the residences and offices of Suresh Babu and Nagendra. Their offices at Bellary, Bangalore and also their residence were raided and searched by IT department officials. The sleuths have seized money which is unaccounted and documents. The two leaders will be questioned further in this regard. Sources also maintained that more such raids will be conducted in the days to come.

The raids coincide with the statements of Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa who after winning his second trust vote had said that he would launch an inquiry into the unaccounted and illegal money that had been used to horse trade MLAs in Karnataka leading to destabilizing of his government.

Key RSS man linked to Ajmer Blasts


The Central Bureau of Investigation today named an important person in the RSS in the chargesheet pertaining to the Ajmer blasts. Indresh Kumar whose name had been doing the rounds for quite some time finds himself today in the chargesheet and the man himself has denied any involvement in the case and has termed it as a political conspiracy.

Indresh Kumar, is the national executive member and the sah prachar pramukh in the RSS. His name cropped for the first time when prime accused in the Malegaon blasts, Colonel Shrikanth Purohith revealed the same.

The ATS which was investigating the case had said that Purohith had a grouse against Kumar since he believed that the latter was responsible for killing of Hindus in Nepal. It was also said that Purohith believed that it was Kumar who had leaked information about him and Sadhvi Pragya Singh to the police which eventually led to their arrest.

Indresh Kumar has been in the thick of the action at all times. He had played an active role in the Amarnath stir and also the Jammu issue. He had spent years coordinating activities of the Sangh Parivar in the region. Apart from this he had also coordinated the activities of the Rashtriya Muslim Manch, an affiliate of the RSS which terms itself as a nationalistic organization of the Muslims. In the RSS circles, Kumar was no ordinary man and many term him as one of the most dynamic leaders.

Problems for Indresh Kumar started only once the interrogation of Purohith commenced. Purohith claimed that he had met with the RSS Sarsanghchalak in Jabalpur in the year 2009 to complain about Kumar. Purohith who was part of the Abhinav Bharath had said that Kumar was responsible for the death of Hindus in Nepal. Investigators told rediff.com that the problem was a difference of opinion. Kumar felt that democracy should be restored in Nepal while Abhinav Bharath felt that King Gyanendra ought to be supported. Purohith felt that supporting democracy meant supporting the Maoists in Nepal which in turn led to the death of many Hindus.

CBI sources told rediff.com that the name of Kumar has now cropped up in the chargesheet since they have information that he was part of a meeting held in Jaipur in which six others were present. The information with us suggests that the meeting that was held was to plan the Ajmer blasts. We are yet to investigate further into the matter, sources also pointed out. There were five others in that meeting of 2005 and once we are able to corroborate all that can we come to a final conclusion, sources further pointed out.

Ganesh Sovani, advocate for Sadhvi Pragya Singh, an accused in the Malegaon blasts case says that this is ridicoulous. This is a meeting that has taken place in 2005 and the investigating agency is not sure about it too. They have not been able to prove till date the conspiracy in the Malegaon case. There is a claim that Sadhvi had revealed the name of Kumar, but to the best of my knowledge she has never taken his name. In this case only Sameer Dange and Kakasangra have been shown as the wanted accused. Both Sadhvi and Kumar are not shown as wanted accused and that leads to suspicion. If the charge was really that strong then the CBI would not have let him roam around and would have picked him up immediately. There is no warrant against Sadhvi too in this case.

Deve Gowda questions CJ’s order in rebel MLA case


Former Prime Minister of India, H D Deve Gowda has cast aspersions on the order of the Chief Justice of Karnataka with regard to the order passed by him in the case pertaining to the 11 rebel BJP MLAs. Addressing media persons in Bangalore he questioned the order of the Chief Justice which had upheld the order of the speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in which 11 rebel BJP MLAs were disqualified.

Gowda said that the Chief Justice should introspect in this regard. This is the second allegation being made against the Chief Justice in the past three days. On Monday another MLA, Vishwanath too had made a similar allegation against the Chief Justice. These allegations come in the wake of the Chief Justice sharing the dais with Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa at the Mysore Dusshera celebrations that were held last week.

Gowda also accused both the Congress and the BJP in Karnataka of making attempts to finish off regional parties. He said that desperate attempts were being made to wipe out regional parties from Karnataka and other parts and such things ought to stop immediately.

Meanwhile the Congress in Karnataka has launched a second round of protest against the ruling BJP. The Congress leaders have been protesting the horse trading of their MLAs by the BJP.

Congress demands yet another trust vote!


The Congress in Karnataka has demanded that the B S Yeddyurappa government take another floor test following the verdict of the High Court. Congress leaders in Bangalore issued this statement in view of the High Court hearing the matter on October 18 where it will decide whether the 5 independent MLAs will be able to vote or not.

However sources in the Government’s legal team said that with the BJP maintaing a lead of over 5 now over the opposition the order pertaining to the 5 mlas becomes inconsequential and it would make no difference whether they vote or not. Let us not assume that the High Court will give its verdict on Monday and moreover todays proceedings cannot be scrutinized by the judiciary since there is a clear bar on that. Let us assume that the high court does grant permission to the five independents. There is no provision for them to cast a vote separately. There has to be another trust vote for that and it is unlikely that another one will be ordered.

K’taka: Opposition numbers take a dip


The strength of the opposition dropped further in Karnataka with another Congress man joining the BJP today. Narayan Swamy was the second Congress MLA after S Ramachandrappa to join the BJP. With this Lleislative Assembly where the magic number required today is 106.

The Congress has been protesting these developments and had even courted arrest a day ago in this regard. The BJP has however accursed the opposition of trying and bribing their mlas and cause in stability to the government in Karnataka.

Meanwhile the high command of the BJP is yet to consider the plea of the rebel BJP MLA’s who had said that they had only sought a change of the leader and had never indulged in anti party activities. The high command is likely to await the verdict of the high court which has reserved orders on their dis qualification plea.

Telgi about to open pandora’s box


Abdul Karim Telgi, the kingpin in the multi crore fake stamp paper case will reveal the names of 40 politicians both from Karnataka and Maharashtra in a confessional statement before the court, his lawyer informed at a press briefing in Bangalore a while ago. His advocate said that this confessional statement revealing all the top names will be made in the next 15 days.

His advocate Vidhyadhar Koshe further informed that Telgi would also name the relatives of the politicians, police officials and also a couple of builders who were involved in the scam and had helped him further his business in the country. His lawyer also said that the politicians who would be named would include Union Ministers, ministers both in the Karnataka and Maharashtra government apart from other MLAs.

Telgi feels that this is his last and final chance to bring to the fore all those powerful names and the time was right to do so since all the 48 cases pending against him are on the verge of disposal, he also added.

A Pune court had permitted Telgi to confess before the Magistrate. Since Telgi is housed in a Bangalore jail, the confession would be made before a Magistrate in the city. This matter had come up last week and there was a confusion whether the confession should be made before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Urban or Rural. The Pune court has now clarified that the confessional statement shall be made before the CJM, Urban.

JDS ‘sting’ cd shows BJP poaching MLA’s


JD S leader and former chief minister of Karnataka H D Kumaraswamy has alleged that a BJP MLA had tried to bribe one of his MLA’s to cross over. Kumaraswamy showed a cd in which BJP MLA Suresh Gowda is seen talking to JDS MLA Srinivas and offering him money to change his party.

Kumaraswamy explained that Gowda had told his MLA that they would pay any amount that he sought. Kumnaraswamy further alleged that home minister of Karnataka R Ashok too had a conversation regarding the same issue with the JD S MLA.