The judgment remains unconvincing, both by the Supreme Court’s own standards of ensuring probity in public life and the requirements of institutional integrity.
The petitioner NGO, had opposed Asthana’s appointment saying it was illegal as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during an IT raid of Sterling Biotech Ltd.
The NGO Common Cause has petitioned against Asthana’s appointment on the grounds of lack of integrity.
The public interest litigation petition calls for disclosure of all relevant records pertaining to Asthana’s appointment.
NGO Common Cause sought a law to permit passive euthanasia for terminally ill patients so that they are allowed to die by withdrawal of life support if the person has made a “living will” to that effect.
According to NGO Common Cause, Modi missed an opportunity to to set a high benchmark to fight systemic corruption by not putting in place an accountable system to appoint the new Comptroller and Auditor General.
Mining companies on the hook include Tata Steel, Essel Mining & Industries Ltd, Indrani Patnaik, Rungta Mines, Serajuddin & Company.
Was the Supreme Court’s judgement on January 11 in the Sahara-Birla papers case truly free from bias?
The 2015 petition from Common Cause questioning the appointment of the current CVC is still being heard, but the appeal to look into the Sahara-Birla groups’ alleged bribes has been dismissed.
Income tax investigators also comprehensively refuted the company’s theory that a ‘disgruntled employee’ was behind incriminating diary entries recording payments to politicians.
Senior counsel for the petitioners Prashant Bhushan says that they will file a fresh affidavit with more documents.