1. Court seeks CBI action against Jagdish Tytler who gave false info for passport renewal:
NEW DELHI: A special court on Tuesday directed the CBI to take action against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler for allegedly furnishing false information before the passport office while applying for renewal of the document. Special Judge Bharta Parashar said “though, an FIR should be registered, I am leaving it to the agency (CBI) to take any action as it may deem appropriate.” The matter came into light after Tytler withdrew from the court his application seeking a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the renewal of his passport.
The court noted that he has already received the renewed passport and asked the CBI to probe how he had procured it without an NOC.
The CBI, then informed the court that Tytler had falsely submitted before the passport office that no criminal case was pending against him.
2. Arnab Goswami gets notice from Delhi HC for alleged Times Now ‘theft’
The Delhi High court has issued a notice to former Arnab Goswami, the former editor-in-chief of the group’s Times Now channel, in the case pertaining to the alleged breach of employment contract and misusing intellectual property of Times Now, the channel owned by Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd (BCCL), Live Law reported.
The Group had filed a criminal complaint against Arnab Goswami. Soft copies of the complaint and an executive summary thereof were reviewed by Business Standard.
Times Now, Goswami’s previous employer, alleged that the audio tapes played during the Sunanda Pushkar story and the earlier Lalu Prasad controversy on Republic TV were ‘procured and accessed’ by Goswami and Sridevi while they were employed by Times Now.Republic TV is the name of the news channel that Goswami launched on May 6, months after he quit Times Now last November.
In its complaint, BCCL sought to slap Goswami and Sridevi with various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act, for allegedly using material that belonged to BCCL on Republic TV. BCCL claims the duo had access to stories, audio-video content, documents, tapes, while they were still employees of Times Now, and had used some of these in the channel that Goswami launched on May 6.
In its executive summary, BCCL submitted that on the first day of its launch, Republic TV carried an expose on Lalu Prasad Yadav in which audio tapes containing phone conversations between the ex-chief minister of Bihar and Shahabuddin allegedly while he was still in prison were played out.
BCCL further claimed that another expose was done on Republic TV by Goswami on May 8 in which audio tapes of phone conversations between Prema Sridevi (former News Reporter of Times Now) and the Late Sunanda Pushkar (wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor) and their house help Narayan was broadcast.
BCCL alleged that both these exposes displayed material (in the form of audio tapes of phone conversations) that was procured and accessed while Goswami and Sridevi were in the employment of Times Now. It said that an internal inquiry clearly pointed out that these tapes were procured and in the possession of Goswami and Sridevi while they were in the service of BCCL.
The complainant also alleges that Goswami and Sridevi had on Republic TV admitted and claimed that the audio conversation in the Sunanda Pushkar case aired on May 8 was in their possession for the last two years when they were with Times Now.
Accusing Goswami and Sridevi of wilfully and deliberately using Times Now’s intellectual property, BCCL has sought to prosecute the duo for criminal misappropriation of property under section 403 and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code, and certain sections of the Information Technology Act.
3. Delhi HC seeks Arvind Kejriwal’s reply on fresh defamation suit
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the response of Arvind Kejriwalon a fresh Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed by Union minister Arun Jaitley over the use of an objectionable word by the chief minister’s lawyer Ram Jethmalani recently.
4. 40 JNU teachers complain to President
Forty faculty members of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), in a signed letter to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, alleged that a handful of their colleagues have been raising baseless allegations and frequent disruptions that are causing harm to the “smooth functioning of the university.” The letter alleges that these teachers “instigated and prompted students to storm into the 142nd AC meeting,” and that these were the same students who blocked the administrative block of the university for 20 days.