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Fri, 23rd June 2017

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Archives of “law minister” Tag

Pawan Bansal resigns as Railway Minister

BREAKING NEWS-FLASHPawan Kumar Bansal, under fire over his nephew’s alleged involvement in bribery for a top railway board posting, resigned today as Railway Minister.

According to sources and TV reports, Bansal sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this afternoon.

The sources said Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge may be country’s new Railway Minister. Read More 

AG NOT ONLY SAW, VETTED ALSO: CBI

Not just the Law Minister, but the Attorney General too saw the status report in the coal allocation scam before the CBI presented the same to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover on March 8.

This latest revelation, which forms part of the CBI affidavit to be filed in the apex court on Monday, could put Attorney General GE Vahanvati in serious trouble. The AG had told the court that he did not see the report despite attending a meeting chaired the Law Minister to discuss the report with the CBI director.

In addition, the contents of the latest affidavit discussed by the CBI director with CBI special counsel UU Lalit may also indicate the changes proposed by the Law Minister. According to sources, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha is expected to point out in his affidavit that the Law Minister had proposed a ‘dilution’ of language in the document. The agency may indicate that the objection of the Minister was with regard to a final view being taken by the agency on rules for allocation of coal blocks. Read More 

Coal scam: CBI report altered, BJP demands SIT probe

The UPA government could be in for some major embarrassment in the coal blocks allotment scandal as the CBI is learnt to be inclined to inform the Supreme Court that the controversial probe status report it submitted last month had been vetted by Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and Prime Minister’s Office officials.

Govt vetted coal scam report, CBI will tell Supreme Court

Reacting to this, BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Saturday demanded an SIT probe into the coal block allocation scam.

Jaitley said the UPA government is a rogue govt, which will not allow the CBI to operate independently.

Sources told The Indian Express that senior CBI officials, including director Ranjit Sinha, were summoned by Kumar days before the status report was filed. During the lengthy meeting, also attended by some officials of the law ministry, several amendments in the status report were suggested and some also incorporated by the CBI.

Oil Ministry sanctions ‘scrupulous’ action against Reliance Industries

In an unprecedented move, the Oil Ministry has sanctioned taking “scrupulous” action against Reliance Industries for natural gas output from its KG-D6 fields falling below the target. 

Contrary to the Production Sharing Contract (PSC), the ministry has decided to disallow expenditure incurred in constructing production/processing facilities at Dhirubhai-1 and 3 gas fields in KG-D6 block that are currently under utilised/have excess capacity because of falling output. 

Sources privy to the decision, taken by the ministry earlier this month, said that based on the Solicitor General’s opinion, which was concurred by Law Minister Salman Khurshid, USD 1.85 billion — out of the USD 5.694 billion investment already made — will be disallowed and arbitration initiated to recover that from RIL. 

Oil Minister S Jaipal Reddy on November 9 instructed that “scrupulous” action may be taken against RIL. 

Sub-surface issues like fall in pressure and water ingress have led to fall in output at D1&D3 from 54 million standard cubic meters per day, achieved in March 2010, to under 35 mmscmd currently instead of rising to the targetted 61.88 mmscmd. 

Pranab to hold talks with Anna; PM writes him a letter

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has been appointed to hold talks with Team Anna on the Lokpal bill, activist Arvind Kejriwal said Tuesday.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will also be writing a letter to Anna Hazare over the issue, reports said.

“We were called for discussions by (Law Minister) Salman Khurshid. He informed me that Pranab Mukherjee will hold talks with us,” Kejriwal told the crowds at Ramlila Maidan, where Anna Hazare’s fast to demand a stringent Lokpal bill entered its eighth day.

He said Hazare will appoint a team to speak with Mukherjee. Read More 

Cabinet reshuffle: Top intact, PM announces new team

 

Keeping the top intact, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inducted several fresh faces in his Cabinet’s midriff on Tuesday, reshuffling some ministers, among whom the most high-profile were Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and Law Minister Veerappa Moily.

Jayanthi Natarajan is the new Environment Minister with Independent charge and Ramesh now a full-fledged Cabinet Minister with charge of the Rural Development Ministry. 

Veerappa Moily has been removed from the Law Ministry as Salman Khursheed steps in. Moily is now the new Corporate Affairs Minister, replacing Murli Deora.

Left vacant by Mamata Banerjee, the Railways Ministry has been retained by UPA partner Trinamool Congress with party leader Dinesh Trivedi announced its chief. 

Trinamool’s Mukul Roy has been packed off to the Shipping Ministry from Railways.

Five Cabinet ministers Dayanidhi Maran, M S Gill, Murli Deora, B K Handique, Kanti Lal Bhuria, and Ministers of State A Sai Prathap and Arun S Yadav have been dropped.  Read More