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CBI row: SC notice to Centre, CBI on Bassi’s plea challenging his transfer by Nageswara Rao



[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Supreme Court today (Friday, Feb 1) issued notice to the Central government and CBI Interim Director M Nageswara Rao on CBI Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) AK Bassi’s plea challenging his transfer to Port Blair.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked the government to respond within six weeks on the allegations by Bassi.

Bassi approached the apex court contending that Nageswara Rao as interim Director did not have the authority to transfer him and said he has been targeted for undertaking a impartial investigation against former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana and others.

Bassi claimed that his transfer would prejudice the investigation in the alleged corruption case against Rakesh Asthana who is now Chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).

“It is passed by an officer/authority not competent to pass such orders. The impugned order intends to victimize the Petitioner herein. The impugned order seeks to unfairly prejudice the investigation against Rakesh Asthana, in FIR RC 13(A)/ 2018/AC-III dated October 15, 2018,” Bassi said in the plea.

Bassi had also alleged that the transfer order was the first step to implicate him either in a false criminal case or in departmental proceedings for doing his duties in a fair and impartial manner into the FIR against Asthana. He said it was not a routine case of a transfer.

Bassi accused interim CBI chief M Nageshwar Rao of ordering his transfer twice, the second time immediately after the latter took over as interim CBI Director on January 10.

Bassi was first transferred to Port Blair in October 2018 when Alok Verma was divested of his powers as CBI Director and sent on forced leave. Following Verma;s re-instatement on the basis of a Supreme Court judgement of January 8, Bassi was transferred back to the national capital in order to continue with his investigation of case against Asthana.

However, Verma was once again removed as CBI Director, within 48 hours of his re-instatement, on the basis of a recommendation from the high-powered committee. Nageswara Rao, who returned as interim director, transferred Bassi back to Port Blair on January 11.

“Bassi was in charge of an actual investigation of corruption. His transfers relates directly to the governance of the CBI,” senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan argued for Mr. Bassi.

The CBI officer, also represented by advocate Sunil Fernandes, contended that his second transfer order was issued without authority and with malafide intentions. It was meant to “victimise” him and prejudice the investigation against Asthana. He voiced apprehension that he would be implicated in false cases and departmental proceedings. Bassi said his transfer order is non-speaking and fails to disclose reasons for such an “emergent sweeping action”.

“The petitioner (Bassi) apprehends that the course of investigation will be influenced in such a manner that investigators will soon be arraigned as accused persons… he was never a part of any ‘group or faction’ within the CBI and has no concern whatsoever with the alleged disputes that have erupted within the CBI,” the petition said.

It said Bassi was “assigned certain tasks, under lawful authority (ie. investigate the Asthana FIR) and was merely discharging his duties in a free fair and impartial manner”.


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Bandi Parmeshwariji Charitable Trust appeals for donation of books, newspapers, toys

Old and discarded but still usable hardware like i-Pads, Tablets, Note-Books, Desktops, Laptops etc are welcome.



Gopal Singh of the trust

The Bandi Parmeshwariji Trust in Bihar’s Nalanda district has appealed to citizens to donate books, newspapers, toys, clothes for the needy.

The Trust is coming up with several public welfare projects such as a library, distribution of food items, setting up a sanitary pad manufacturing unit. For the same, the Trust has urged the people to extend donations.

The Trust has been created and settled for the uplift of Murgawan village, Nalanda, Bihar. Its primary focus is on education, skill development initiatives towards entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation, dealing with impoverishment and malnutrition, hygiene and health with emphasis on women and children.

The Trust press release listed the projects underway:

  • Setting up a library-reading room at the village community centre for children, youth and the elderly. It needs comics, fables, pictorials and workbooks in Hindi and English for children; newspapers and magazines for the elderly and examination and personality development related books and journals for youth.
  • A free coffee/tea dispenser and RO water dispenser is also being provisioned to draw in people and re-introduce them to reading, interacting and socialising and thereby break the social, gender and caste divide.
  • Combating malnutrition by providing a food supplement which is a mixture of chana, wheat, groundnut, sesame and jaggery. People are being sensitised to prepare it at home. It is proposed to start production and packaging in sachets for single use through a semi-automatic unit to be managed by women.
  • Enabling women to set up a production unit for manufacture and distribution of sanitary pads and providing electrical or solar powered mini-incinerator for their disposal.

Among the items sought for are Tales of Panchatantra in Hindi and English, Chandamama, Phantom, Tarzan, Mandrake, Chacha Chaudhary, Champak, Tinkle etc would draw in the children; newspapers and magazines like Times of India, Hindustan Times, Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Aaj, India Today, Outlook etc in Hindi and English would cater to the young and elderly. Magazines like Competition Success Review, Manorama Year Book, Rapidex, English Speaking, Motivational Books etc would enable students to gain knowledge and acquire skills.

Old and discarded but still usable hardware like i-Pads, Tablets, Note-Books, Desktops, Laptops etc are welcome. Toys of all kinds in working condition are also welcome. Similarly, old/new comics, story books, subscriptions of newspapers and magazines are solicited.

HUDCO, which built the community hall long back, has undertaken to renovate and refurbish it at its own cost, saving the Trust substantial amounts in civil works.

Donors should donate the items by direct delivery to the Trust which has its office and area of operation at the village community hall. Subscriptions may be made in the name of the Trust and the items may be couriered to:

Ramesh Kumar, Office Incharge, Bandi Parmeshwariji Charitable Trust, Village and Post-Murgawan, Block-Ben, District-Nalanda, Bihar-803114, India. Mobile : +91-8409861762

Binod Narayan Singh is the Secretary of the Trust and he can be reached at +91-9431646032.

Please spread the word in your circles so that more people can donate.

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Kanpur policeman sleeping video divides Twitter | Watch

The video also shows two men entering to make the video of the incident, however, the police officer can be seen unphased as he kept on sleeping.



Kanpur policeman sleeping on duty

A video has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur where a police officer can be seen sleeping on duty inside the Barra Police station. The video shows 2 people entering the police precinct and recording the sleeping police officer.

After the video went viral, many users came forward to remark on the incident while many supported the police officer for getting some shut-eye after the hectic work of a police officer. In the video, a police officer can be seen sitting and resting his head on the table as he continues to sleep.

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The video also shows two men entering to make the video of the incident, however, the police officer can be seen unphased as he kept on sleeping.

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Twitter reaction

After the video went viral, many user rushed in to add their takes on the incident as one user came forward and wrote and blasted the people who recorded the incident as the user stated that they should be ashamed of themselves for making such videos. They should have been compassionate and asked the reason for his untimely sleep during duty, suggesting that the officer must have had to work till late due to which he is now sleeping.

Another user added to the conversation and wrote that spend just a day in a policeman’s shoes and one will realise the tolling hours the police are made to work. The user also added at the end of the day the policeman is a human being, after all, implying that everyone gets tired and exhausted after a while.

One more also highlighted the hectic hours they are made to work and sometimes it also has to work 7 days a week. The user also added that taking a break at work shouldn’t be frowned upon, implying that it is important to also take time to rest in the office.

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Politics over Rahul Gandhi’s Mahakal darshan, BJP challenges him to recite Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Furious with the objection, the Congress said that unlike BJP leaders, Rahul Gandhi is not going to conduct a photo session inside the temple.



Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, who is set out on Bharat Jodo Yatra, will visit Mahakal in Ujjain today. And now politics has intensified on Rahul Gandhi’s visit of Mahakal and BJP has challenged the Congress MP to recite the Mahamrityunjaya mantra after calling him an electoral Hindu.

But seems like the Congress Party is in no mood to take on any non-sense from anyone as they were quick to respond and hit back on BJP by saying that BJP is seeing its defeat in 2024 and Rahul’s padyatra (Bharat Jodo Yatra) has shaken the BJP.

Calling Rahul Gandhi as an electoral Hindu, the Bhartiya Janata Party said that he has reached the door of Mahakal on an electoral philosophy. BJP spokesperson Rajpal Singh Sisodia while reciting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra of Mahakal on camera said that if Rahul Gandhi is a true Shiv devotee, then he should recite the Mahamrityunjaya mantra of Mahakal.

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Furious with the objection of the BJP, the Congress said that like the BJP leaders, Rahul Gandhi is not going to conduct a photo session. He is a devotee of Mahakal and is going for darshan. They further said that BJP should not tell how Rahul Gandhi has to worship anyone. Congress spokesperson Mithun Ahirwar said that BJP is seeing its defeat in 2023, that is why Rahul Gandhi’s padyatra is making them agitated.

Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on 23 November after completing a journey of 2000 kilometers in South India. This yatra will now move through 14 assembly seats of 6 districts of Malwa Nimar via Burhanpur. There are 66 assembly seats in this entire region. In this, 22 seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes and 9 seats for Scheduled Castes.

In Rahul Gandhi’s visit to MP, special attention has been given to the geographical conditions as well as the importance of Malwa-Nimar in the politics of the state. This area is also known as the nursery of the Sangh. Congress is trying to reach every section of the society in the state through this yatra.

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