HC approached against 'inflated sales' of BEML

According to petitioner K Subramanya Sastry, the Company has declared inflated sales of Rs 677.25 crore for 2009-10 and Rs 538.88 crore for 2010-11. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has pointed out the irregularity in his report. An FIR has been registered against officials - B R Vishwanath, S Venkatesan, S Venkataramana and others - but no action had been taken against them so far, the petitioner alleged. He has stated that the Central Vigilance Commission too has not made any efforts to act against the managing director. He has sought directions to the CBI and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office to depute their officials to BEML manufacturing units across the country and install CCTVs at all units.

Contempt plea dismissed

The High Court dismissed a contempt petition filed by the Special Task Force (STF) personnel related to allotment of sites.

Derajegowda and 49 others had moved the Court alleging that the government violated the court orders by delaying allotment of sites. When the matter came up,  the State Urban Development Department in its affidavit submitted that the government has issued an order dated December 18, 2010, directing the local authorities to allot sites at places where police personnel were working.

The affidavit, sworn to by Principal Secretary to the department Shambu Dayal Meena, said the authorities had also been directed that in case of non-availability sites, it should be allotted to STF personnel as and when new layouts were formed, on a priority basis.

The GO, according to the affidavit, said that the STF personnel can even avail the monetary benefits instead of sites, if they desired so.

Government counsel V S Hegde in his submission said there was no contempt of court as endorsement had been issued to each applicant and many had even been allotted sites.

Legislation opposed

The Karnataka State Bar Council has termed the draft Legal Practitioners Act as “interfering with the independence of the Bar.”

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, KSBC Chairman Jayakumar S Patil said the legislation intended to cover persons from abroad practising law. Patil said advocates belonging to the State Bar Council will join the nationwide protest against the proposed legislation on March 24 by wearing red ribbons.

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