Time and time again, the CBI and ED have acted a little too late and have been frustrated by various procedural issues that get in the way of extraditing the accused back to India.
Under Narendra Modi’s rule, a string of well-connected businessmen have been able to escape legal consequences.
How does the Modi government fare on tackling cronyism within its ranks? Not well, it would appear.
The extradition process of the liquor baron from the UK, who owes Indian banks over Rs 9,000 crore, will begin now that he has been produced in a UK court and granted bail.
When India’s most aggressive anchor meets India’s most aggressive politician, one expects sparks to fly. Instead, Arnab Goswami looked like a favourite nephew lobbing the ball gently to a benign elderly uncle. More “noora-kushti” and less a sharp interview, there were many questions that ought to have been […]
The BJP is trying to take the moral high-ground on corruption by laying the blame for corporate loan defaults on the previous regime. But it is equally on test for the way it handles these cases.
Jagmohan Dalmiya always thought paying too much money to cricketers would eventually spoil the game
Why are liberal souls losing their shirt just because the Prime Minister and his ministerial colleagues all chose to put in an appearance before the RSS chief and his advisers?
Jaipur: It is celebration time for the Bharatiya Janata Party in Rajasthan. After all the sound and fury of Lalitgate in Parliament and outside—with the Congress demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for having helped the fugitive Lalit Modi evade the long arm of the law—the BJP managed to handily […]
India still not sure about WW-II parade China is set to host a large parade marking 70 years of the Allied victory in World War II at Tiananmen Square on the 3rd of September. Several countries have been invited to attend this large celebration. India’s attendance is, however, […]
In a series of four tweets that add up to an open declaration of war against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has threatened to take the Enforcement Directorate to court for engaging in a “witch hunt” against him. Earlier this week, the […]
For nearly three weeks, the country has been treated to a spectacle of unappetising connections and connivances.
The transformation of the NDA government from a harbinger of purposive leadership into the gang that couldn’t shoot straight is one of the fastest rides downhill in Indian politics.
Even if the ED files a chargesheet, he can cite Vasundhara Raje’s witness statement and ask the British courts to refuse extradition for want of good faith on India’s part.
The scandal surrounding Lalit Modi and senior BJP leaders has snowballed because Narendra Modi has committed himself to just one course of action, which is not to act at all.
The BJP has not contested the authenticity of the signed document, instead urging that the “context” in which the Rajasthan Chief Minister backed the fugitive ex-IPL boss needs to be understood.
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1. Lalit Modi drags in NaMo, Amit Shah, Omita Paul Lalit Modi, the fugitive former IPL commissioner is currently embroiled in a controversy over alleged favours extended to him by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, has sent out tweets in which he accused Omita Paul, secretary to […]
New Delhi: BJP MP RK Singh today struck a discordant note over party leaders Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje extending help to the former IPL boss Lalit Modi, saying “any help to a fugitive is legally and morally wrong”. He urged the government to take all measures to […]
Sushma is guilty, not just because she has opened a special, secret and informal “humanitarian” desk in the foreign office for special people but because she has abused her office and violated the law.
1. Trouble for the NDA in Bihar Ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) – a part of the BJP-led NDA – has declared party leader and Union Minister of State Upendra Kushwaha as its Chief Ministerial nominee, leaving the BJP embarrassed. In […]
The fact is that under the kind of conflict of interest laws other democracies have, Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje would have no defence at all.
1. Air pollution kills 80 people in Delhi everyday A new study has revealed that air pollution claims the lives of between 20,000 and 30,000 people annually in Delhi, amounting to close to 80 deaths per day. Air pollution is the fifth largest killer in India. The study predicts […]
Was the release of the Vasundhara document by Lalit Modi the act of an artless man who believed he was clearing his name by showing the support he enjoys? Or was it a warning shot across the collective bow of the BJP?
To a BJP charge that Congress has raked up the issue because there are woman leaders, he said it was rubbish and told journalists not to lend dignity to such allegations by raising them
No details on Sujatha ouster Following an RTI application that was filed requesting details of the sacking of then foreign secretary Sujatha Singh, the Cabinet Secretary has refused to divulge the information on the grounds that it is exempted from the RTI Act as the papers being demanded are ‘Cabinet […]
The document she provided had a confidentiality clause in which Raje supported Modi’s case but did not want it to be revealed to Indian authorities.
The government will probably ride over this scandal, though now it will have to go after Lalit Modi in a big way, if only to show that it is impartial. But the claim of being a scam free administration has been dented.
The real essence of cronyism flows from how deeply the link between business and politics is embedded in the larger system, and no individual politician has the power to alter this.
The correct procedure would have been for Sushma Swaraj to inform the Enforcement Directorate of the ‘humanitarian’ grounds on which Lalit Modi needed to be helped, and to then authorise the issue of a short-duration Indian passport
Lalit Modi’s absence from India suits the cosy, Big Money world of Indian cricket, whose intersection with Big Politics is now an indisputable, and ugly, part of life
Swaraj’s daughter, Bansuri Swaraj, represented Lalit Modi before the Delhi High Court when the scandal-tainted former cricket administrator challenged the revocation of his passport by the government of India.