It was probably one of the most important extraditions in recent times. James Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam was brought down to India on Tuesday after he lost his appeal against extradition was rejected by the Court of Cassation in Dubai.
The debate is back—the decision of the Karnataka government to celebrate Tipu Jayanti has once again come under question. A freedom fighter for some and a religious bigot, who partook in religious conversions, for many, the talk about Tipu is back as the state government celebrates his birth anniversary today (10 November).
The arrest of BrahMos Aerospace engineer Nishant Agrawal for leaking data from the centre’s Nagpur facility, has once again exposed the faultiness of a system, revealing how vulnerable some are to international agencies such as Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The by-election results in Karnataka were 4:1 in favour of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) combine against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Elections were held to the assembly constituencies of Ramanagara and Jamakhandi, while in the Lok Sabha segments it was conducted at Bellary, Shivamogga and Mandya.
Khurshid Alam, who was killed in Nepal under mysterious circumstances, was one of the top assets of the ISI and Indian Mujahideen. Indian agencies would sure be heaving a sigh of relief with this development after having failed to get him extradited almost two decades back.
B S Yeddyurappa, the tallest Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Karnataka, took a shot earlier this year to become the Chief Minister of the state again. The BJP won the Karnataka elections, but fell short of the majority mark.
Siddaramaiah, the former chief minister of Karnataka, dropped a bombshell, so to speak, created a flutter, and left with his family to Europe on a holiday. The man who led the state for five years is still bitter that the Congress formed the government with the Janata Dal (Secular), which he was part of once upon a time.
On 28 August, in furtherance of the probe into the Bhima Koregaon violence, the Pune police conducted nation-wide raids and arrested five people who are alleged sympathisers of naxalites. On expected lines, there was a hue and cry by a large section of people, who termed these arrests as a blot on democracy.
The problems for the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) alliance in Karnataka seem to be never-ending. After a showdown over the allocation of portfolios, the two parties sparred on whether to present a full budget or an interim one. There were differences over the issue of farm loan waiver too, which the Congress did not seem to be in agreement with.
H D Kumaraswamy, whose Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) formed the government with the Congress in Karnataka despite not having the mandate made an interesting comment last week on how long he would continue to be Chief Minister.