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NSWTA State Conference and Blues Dinner

first_imgIt will be a busy weekend for the NSWTA, with the State Conference as well as their Blues Awards Dinner at the Bankstown Sports Club. The 2010 State Conference held on Saturday, 16 October and Sunday, 17 October 2010, offers the opportunity for New South Wales associations and members to develop through best practice methods and innovative strategies to improve the sport in a holistic manner from grass roots through to the elite levels. The message of ‘work smarter not harder’ will be focused upon to assist the most valuable asset in our sport –  you – in ensuring our sport’s future is secure through the implantation of best practice strategies and solutions.  This year there are two core focuses of the conference – the first being volunteers, their recruitment, retention and development and the other core focus is coaching, educating and skill updating on all versions of the game headed by the attendance of the incumbent national Open coaches, as well as other guest presenters. To view the State Conference Program please click here. Saturday night will see the Annual NSWTA Blues Awards Dinner, also to be held at Bankstown Sports Club. The Awards Dinner is the defining evening where volunteers, coaches, referees, selectors and players are presented with their awards in front of their peers. The night will also have the multi-talented Peter FitzSimons as a guest speaker. The journalist and former Wallaby is an ideal fit for this year’s dinner with his passionate stories and all Australian humour.  The nominees for the awards are: Rod Wise Medal (Volunteer of the Year) Kellie Johnson – Wallsend Touch Association Gary Croft – Parramatta Touch Association John Ryan – Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Lyn Eason – Forster Tuncurry Touch Association Administrator of the Year  Northern Eagles Chris Veech – Port Macquarie Touch Association Kim Coe – Tamworth Touch Association Jenny McFarlane – Lismore Touch Association Graham Goodwin – Taree Touch Association Southern Suns Annette Thomas Schumacher – Jerrabomberra Touch Association Dave Baggio – Wagga Wagga Touch Association Karen Strachan – Griffith Touch Association Gary Brickell – Wollongong Touch Association Hunter Western Hornets Julie Andrews – Wallsend Touch Association Kerry Campbell- Newcastle City Touch Association Neil Webster – Dubbo Touch Association Rod Dillon – Peninsula Senior Touch Association Sydney Scorpions Kim Solomon- Northern Suburbs Touch Association Carol Jones – Hornsby Touch Association Gary Noel – Ryde Eastwood Touch Association Sue Jones – Manly Warringah Touch Association Sydney Mets Deanne Rushworth – Blacktown Touch Association Gary Harvey – Western Suburbs Touch Association Steve Heggety – Concord Touch Association Joe Dougall – Balmain Juniors Touch Association Sydney Rebels John Ryan – Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Aileen May – Taren Point Touch Association Gab Rose – Cronulla Sutherland Touch Association Kylie Mazloum – Bankstown Juniors Touch Association Affiliate of the Year  Northern Eagles Port Macquarie Touch Association Ballina Touch Association Tamworth Touch Association Murwillumbah Touch Association Southern Suns Wollongong Touch Association Wagga Wagga Touch Association Griffith Touch Association Goulburn Touch Association Hunter Western Hornets Wallsend Touch Association Scone Touch Association Dubbo Touch Association Central Coast Touch Association Sydney Scorpions Northern Suburbs Touch Association Warringah Juniors Touch Association Parramatta Touch Association Manly Warringah Touch Association  Sydney Mets Penrith Touch Association  Western Suburbs Touch Association Lower Blue Mountains Touch Association Balmain Juniors Touch Association Sydney Rebels Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Taren Point Touch Association Sydney University Touch Association Bankstown Juniors Touch Association Region of the Year  Southern Suns Sydney Scorpions Hunter Western Hornets Coach of the Year Milad Almaoui – Western Suburbs Touch Association and Sydney Mets Touch Association Tony Trad – Western Suburbs Touch Association and Australia          Terry Cooper – Hornsby Touch Association and Sydney Scorpions   Dave Collins – Penrith Panthers    Junior Coach of the Year  Brooke Playford Dave Nolan Simone Dalton Selector of the Year Barry Gibson Cathy Richards Ron Hanson Kevin Kara Male Player of the Year Dylan Hennessey             Ben Moylan        Anthony Ziade  Nick Good           Female Player of the Year  Kelly Woods       Louise Winchester           Jess McCall         Nicole McHugh Junior Male Player of the Year Sam Brisby          Joe Ng  Jordon Marshall                Josh Gillard         Junior Female Player of the Year Sam Hammond Alicia Quirk          Sarah Peattie     Ash QuinlanFor more information, please visit the New South Wales Touch Association’s website – www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more

ExDMRC staff arrested for duping man on job pretext

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police (Metro unit) arrested a former Delhi Metro Rail Corporation staff for duping person on the pretext of a job.Police said that the accused had provided fake offer letter to the complainant at Barakhamba metro station. Police identified the accused as Deepu Kumar (39), a native of Aurangabad in Bihar. Police said that on September 21 a complaint was received at Pragati Maidan metro police station in which complainant Mithilesh Kumar alleged that one person Deepu Kumar had taken Rs 10,000 from him on the pretext of giving a job of the token operator in Delhi Metro. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesBut later he found that the alleged person is a fraud. He was not in a position to offer any job. The appointment letter given was fake. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Vikram Porwal said that it was found that the accused was a previous employee of DMRC. He had worked in Delhi Metro as Token Operator in Chhatarpur metro station from January 2016 to December 2018. Being an ex-employee of Delhi Metro he was very well aware of the process of appointment of Token Operator in Delhi Metro. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarUsing this knowledge he decided to earn money instantly by deceiving people as he was unemployed. He started taking money from the poor unemployed youth on the pretext of giving job in the metro. He used to contact people on phone numbers shared by them on the internet and then used to lure them in giving job in Delhi Metro. Joint Commissioner of Police (Transport) Atul Katiyar said that after such cases reported in Transport range a first they conduct detailed investigation on the complaint. Later a case is registered and during investigation they nabs accused.last_img read more

Former BCCI chief Srinivasans daughter Rupa Gurunath elected TNCA President

first_imgChennai: Rupa Gurunath, daughter of former BCCI chief N Srinivasan, was on Thursday elected unopposed as president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), making her the first woman to head a state unit of the Indian Board. Rupa is the wife of Gurunath Meiyappan, who is serving a life ban for his involvement in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal. Rupa was elected at the TNCA’s 87th Annual General Meeting here. As the filing of nominations came to a close on Wednesday evening, Rupa’s was the only nomination filed for the post of president, whose election was announced on the floor of the house as per TNCA norms. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Rupa is an executive director in India Cements, her father’s company which owns the star-studded IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. TNCA recently hit the headlines after unnamed officials, coaches and players in its franchise-based Tamil Nadu Premier League were accused of being involved in match-fixing. An inquiry is currently underway in the matter. The Supreme Court had on Friday allowed the TNCA to hold elections for its office-bearers, but said the results will be subject to a final decision on the body’s compliance with Lodha reforms. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters The results of elections will be subject to the order of the top court and legal remedies will be available to parties involved. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) governing Indian cricket, in its submissions before the apex court, had complained that the TNCA did not comply with the new BCCI constitution as mandated by the top court. List of other office-bearers: Vice-presidents: T J Srinivasaraj (City), Dr P Ashok Sigamani (Districts), Secretary: R S Ramasaamy, Joint Secretary: K A Shankar, Assistant Secretary: N Venkatraman. Treasurer: J Parthasarathy.last_img read more

No UN breakthrough Iran rules out talks as US intensifies sanctions

first_imgUnited Nations: Iran’s president has closed the door on meeting Donald Trump despite last-minute European efforts to ease tensions as the United States again ramped up punishing sanctions. French President Emmanuel Macron had shuttled between his US and Iranian counterparts over two days at the United Nations, trying to arrange a historic encounter that he hoped could reduce the risk of all-out war in the Middle East. But Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, addressing the UN General Assembly, saidon Wednesday he would refuse talks so long as the United States maintains its economic pressure. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “I would like to announce that our response to any negotiation under sanctions is negative,” Rouhani said. He dismissed the idea of a photo-op with Trump, who is fond of drama and held three made-for-television meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “Memento photos are the final stage of negotiations, not the first one,” he said. He doubted the sincerity of the Trump administration to negotiate, pointing to officials’ boasts of applying “the harshest sanctions in history” against Iran. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “How can someone believe them when the silent killing of a great nation, and pressure on the lives of 83 million Iranians, especially women and children, are welcomed by American government officials?” “The Iranian nation will never, ever forget and forgive these crimes and these criminals,” he said. Trump had already ruled out easing economic pressure and, hours before Rouhani’s speech, his administration said it was stepping up sanctions. In a proclamation posted on the White House website Wednesday, Trump authorised the restriction and suspension of entry of senior Iranian government officials and their immediate family into the United States, calling Tehran “a state sponsor of terrorism.” “Given that this behaviour threatens peace and stability in the Middle East and beyond, I have determined that it is in the interest of the United States to take action,” the proclamation said. On Trump’s last scheduled day at the annual UN summit of world leaders, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would punish Chinese companies and their chief executives for buying Iranian oil. “We’re telling China, and all nations — know that we will sanction every violation of sanctionable activity,” Pompeo told a pressure group opposed to Iran’s clerical regime on the sidelines of the United Nations. “This is one of the largest sanctions actions the United States has taken against entities and individuals identified as transporting Iranian oil since our sanctions were re-imposed in November 2018,” Pompeo said in a statement. “This action is aimed to deny the Iranian regime critical income to engage in foreign conflicts, advance its ballistic missile development, and fund terror around the world,” he said. China, which is embroiled in a trade war as well as myriad other disputes with the United States, is believed to be the biggest foreign buyer of Iranian oil. The Trump administration in May said it would unilaterally force all countries to stop buying Iran’s oil, its major export, sending tensions soaring. The United States blamed Iran for an attack earlier this month on the oil infrastructure of rival Saudi Arabia, which is waging a devastating offensive in Yemen. France, Britain and Germany this week said they agreed with the US findings. Pompeo, speaking at a news conference with Trump, said the United States had found a united front at the United Nations on Iran — but was open to talks. “We want a peaceful resolution with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Pompeo said. “In the end, it’ll be up to the Iranians to make that decision, or whether they’ll choose violence and hate.” But the European powers, while criticizing Iran, believe that diplomacy is the best way forward. The Europeans remain part of a nuclear accord negotiated by former US president Barack Obama, under which Iran drastically reduced its nuclear program in return for unmet promises of sanctions relief. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini acknowledged struggles to preserve the pact, from which Iran has stopped strict compliance as it presses for economic benefits. “I will not hide that it is increasingly difficult to do it,” she told reporters after talks among European powers. “We will try and continue keeping the agreement in place and overcome the difficulties we are facing,” she said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, which has longstanding relations with Iran despite Tokyo’s alliance with the United States, vowed to keep working to jumpstart talks. “Japan will continue to spare no effort in patiently and persistently seeking dialogue to ease tensions and realize peace and stability in the region,” Abe said. After weeks of speculation over a possible meeting, Trump’s attention was likely elsewhere on Wednesday. Leaders of the rival Democratic Party have opened an impeachment inquiry against him over allegations he pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate the son of his potential 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden.last_img read more

The Hague The Netherlands King WillemAlexander

first_imgThe Hague: The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander has heaped praise on Indian Ambassador Venu Rajamony for his book highlighting the cross-cultural legacy between the two countries ahead of his visit to India this month. The King, who received the first copy of the book titled ‘India and the Netherlands: Past, Present and Future’ authored by Rajamony, attended a seminar along with Queen Maxima on the Indo-Dutch bilateral relations here. The book – an encyclopaedia of the cross-cultural legacy between India and the Netherlands – was released at the event jointly organised by the Royal Asian Art Society in the Netherlands and the Embassy of India. The Dutch royals interacted with representatives who embody the Indo-Dutch connection in the fields of business, science, culture, sports, food and health at the seminar held at the prestigious Rijksmuseum (National Museum) Amsterdam on Monday. Interacting with the media, King Willem-Alexander said that he was looking forward to his trip to India next month.last_img read more

New Delhi The Delhi Police have launched a crackd

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police have launched a crackdown on snatchers in city. The law enforcement agency had nabbed 18 snatchers and apprehended three juveniles after their involvement were found in cases of snatching. All police districts and units have launched operations to nab snatchers, who are mostly target women and senior citizens.Police nabbed Sanjeev Saini (26) and Sunil Chaudhary (27) from the southwest district, they said. Saini’s involvement has been found in 16 cases of theft, snatching and robbery. His accomplice Chaudhary is involved in 34 such cases, police said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccording to police, a Raftaar motor cycle patrolling team of Rohini district nabbed 26-year-old Lalit Singh, who had allegedly snatched a mobile phone from a person near a school in Rohini’s Sector-3. The mobile was recovered, it added. Gautam (25) marked as a “bad character” at the Begampur police station under Rohini district was arrested along with his associate Aman near Sukhi Nahar, Karala, when they were on their way to target victims to commit robberies, police said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaOne country-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from them, they said. In West, Vijay (26), who was previously involved in 17 cases of snatching, was arrested. Police said. A knife was seized from his possession. Karnail Singh (49), Jitender Kumar (36) were arrested by a team of New Delhi district for their alleged involved in cases of robberies and snatching in areas of Mandir Marg, Tilak Marg, Connaught Place, Parliament Street and Barakhamba Road, a police official said. The two had robbed a woman who was visiting RML hospital on September 17, while in another incident on September 25, they targeted another woman near Red Cross Society adjacent to Parliament house, he said. Tafseel (22) and his accomplice Mohsim (19) were arrested in connection with a snatching incident at North Delhi’s Burari and the stolen mobile phone was recovered from them, the official said. The Outer-North district police arrested Zakir and Sawan in connection with cases of snatching and auto-lifting. Eight mobile phones along two stolen motorcycle were recovered from them, he said. In northeast, Kaif and Murtza were arrested in connection with a snatching incident reported on September 28. the snatched I-phone was recovered, police said. Five men were arrested and three juveniles were apprehended by the Shahdara district police, they said. Kishan (19), Mithun (22), Iswar Chander (21), Rahul Kumar (32) and Karthik (22) were nabbed and 12 snatched phones and two two-wheelers were seized from their possession, police said.last_img read more

New Delhi With the biggest attack ever on the Sau

first_imgNew Delhi: With the biggest attack ever on the Saudi oil industry creating volatility in the market, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said securing affordable and sustainable energy tops agenda of “vulnerable” importing nations like India which were exposed to supply concerns. India was able to secure most of its contracted supplies from its second-biggest oil supplier, Saudi Arabia, in the aftermath of the September 14 drone and missile assault on the Kingdom’s main oil facility that knocked out about 5.7 million barrels a day, about half of the country’s output. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “Today, we are meeting in the backdrop of a major oil and gas crisis resulting from attacks on Saudi oil processing plants at Abqaiq and Khurais,” Pradhan said at the World Economic Forum here. “The price volatility and concerns about sustained oil supplies made consuming countries vulnerable given the fact that India, along with most South Asian countries, have a major dependency on crude oil and gas imports. So, securing affordable and sustainable energy figures as a top agenda for all these countries, including India,” he said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days While oil supplies from Saudi Arabia have not been impacted in the aftermath of the attack, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) imports have been impacted. Saudi Arabia has deferred at least two shipments of LPG which India had to make up by importing from other countries such as the UAE and Qatar. “It is only natural that the global energy deliberations pay close attention to the developments in the energy sector in India,” he said. “This has a lot to do with the emergence of India as third-largest energy consumer in the world, and the fact that India is playing a leading role globally by implementing several transformative initiatives to reduce energy poverty in the country.” India, he said, recorded the highest growth of foreign energy investments in the world, which touched USD 85 billion. Pradhan said in pursuit of a USD 5-trillion economy by 2024 from USD 2.9 trillion size now, it was imperative to increase energy availability to 1.3 billion people, whose per capita energy consumption is lower than the global average. “The energy demand, thus, is estimated to grow at 4.2 per cent per annum up to 2035,” he said. The government’s approach to energy policy, he said, covers four pillars of energy access, energy efficiency, energy sustainability and energy security. “As part of our integrated approach towards energy planning, energy justice will also be a key objective in itself,” he said. “As we reorient energy policies, in this age of unprecedented energy transition, we will lay emphasis on advancing inclusive access, secure, affordable and sustainable energy services.” Stating that the challenge ahead is daunting, he said close attention is being paid to innovation and clean energy. “There is a definite need for integrating energy sources be it petroleum products, LPG or LNG (liquefied natural gas) in South Asia through regional electricity and gas grids,” he said. He said the commissioning of the India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline last month, helping the Maldives to change over to energy-efficient LED bulbs and transfer of hydropower from Nepal and Bhutan to India were examples of the government’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. The minister said 8 crore free LPG connections to rural poor have helped increase coverage of environment-friendly fuel to 90 per cent of households in the country from 55 per cent five years ago. “Our success in Ujjwala programme has attracted enormous global interest, including many developing countries keen to emulate this model of providing clean cooking fuel. Our immediate objective will be to enhance the use of LPG in the South Asia region. We will, for the first time, be sourcing LPG from Bangladesh for our northeastern states,” he said. India, he said, is now leading the global movement in embracing renewable energy sources and would have 100 gigawatts of solar generating capacity by 2022. “Our target to transform India to a USD 5-trillion economy by 2024 requires a gradual and measured energy transition by deploying all sources of energy. We seek to provide energy justice to all in the country with wider supply of environmentally-compatible energy sources to its vast population,” he said.last_img read more

Sivasagar Assam A sessions court here on Thursd

first_imgSivasagar (Assam): A sessions court here on Thursday awarded death sentence to Bikash Das for raping two women before murdering them and dumping their bodies in train toilets last year. Besides holding him guilty for his offence under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (murder), sessions judge S K Poddar also awarded Das rigorous life imprisonment for offence punishable under 376(1) IPC (rape) and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000. If he fails to pay the fine, his sentence would continue for another three months, the court said. The sessions judge on September 27 had let off Das’s accomplice due to lack of evidence. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadA 21-year-old student of Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, was on July 10, 2018, found lying murdered with a ‘gamosa’ (an Assamese hand woven towel) tied around her neck in the toilet of an empty coach of Kamakhya Express at Simaluguri Railway Junction. The next day, on July 11, the body of a middle-aged woman was recovered from the toilet of a coach meant for physically challenged people of Dibrugarh-Rajasthan Avadh Assam Express. The woman, too, had a ‘gamosa’ tied around her neck with blood oozing out of the nose. Das was nabbed on July 12 from Tinsukia Railway Junction. He confessed to have raped and murdered the two women along with an accomplice. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe RPF and police officers had said that Das was apprehended after a security man noticed him with a ‘gamosa’, similar to the one used for stifling the two victims. The police had also recovered the mobile phones of the victims from him, a pair of earrings which belonged to the student and an anklet of the middle-aged woman, the officials added. While pronouncing the verdict, the sessions court said that Das’s death sentence, however, is subject to confirmation by the Gauhati High Court, adding that he has been informed about his right to appeal against the judgment in a higher court.last_img read more

Katihar Bihar At least three persons drowned wh

first_imgKatihar (Bihar): At least three persons drowned while more than 20 others went missing after a boat carrying close to 80 people capsized in the Mahananda river in Katihar district, police said on Friday. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Barsoi, Pankaj Kumar said the incident took place on the Bihar-Bengal border at about 8.15 pm on Thursday night close to Jagannathpur Ghat when residents of Wajidpur village here were returning after shopping in Rampur Haat market of the adjoining state, situated right across the river. “Prima facie, it appears to be a case of overloading. The boat had a capacity of 40 passengers but was carrying almost double the number. So far three unidentified bodies of an elderly man, a woman and a child have been recovered”, the DSP said. “Many of those riding the boat either swam to safety or were rescued by onlookers. About two dozen people are yet to be traced … professional divers have been deployed for the purpose,” he added.last_img read more

New Delhi The Supreme Court Friday issued notice

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the CBI, asking it to respond to former finance minister P Chidambaram’s plea seeking bail in the INX Media corruption case. A bench of justices R Banumathi and Hrishikesh Roy asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, to file its response and posted the matter for hearing on October 15. Chidambaram, who is lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial custody, has moved the top court challenging the September 30 verdict of the Delhi High Court which had dismissed his plea seeking bail in the case. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Chidambaram, 74, is in custody since his arrest by the CBI on August 21. A Delhi court on Thursday extended Chidambaram’s judicial custody till October 17. Since his arrest on August 21, he has spent 43 days in custody, both the CBI and judicial, in eight spells. He was sent to Tihar jail for the first time on September 5, till September 19, when his custody was extended till October 3. The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports Thereafter, the ED lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2017. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidmabaram, said the high court had applied three tests — flight risk, tampering of evidence and influencing of witnesses — while deciding the bail petition. Sibal said that on two counts, flight risk and tampering of evidence, the high court has ruled in favour of Chidambaram, while on the third count of influencing witnesses, the verdict has gone against the senior Congress leader. “This is concerning the CBI case. What has happened to the ED’s case,” the bench asked Sibal and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who was also representing Chidambaram. Responding to the query, Sibal said that the Enforcement Directorate has not yet arrested Chidambaram in the money laundering case related to the INX Media. Sibal and Sighvi told the bench that they would take 30 minutes to argue the matter. The bench told Mehta to file the response on behalf of the CBI and posted the mater for hearing on October 15. Mehta told the court that he would file response on behalf of the CBI by October 14. Sibal told the court that they would also find a rejoinder, if necessary, on the CBI’s response. The bench directed that the response and counters to be filed by October 14. Chidambaram had on Thursday moved the top court challenging the Delhi High Court’s September 30 verdict saying his continuing incarceration is in the “form of punishment” and liberty of an individual cannot be denied on the basis of “anonymous and unverified allegations”. The high court had dismissed his bail plea saying the investigation was at an advanced stage and the possibility of his influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out. Chidambaram has said in his plea that “conclusive findings” have been rendered by the high court on the basis of documents placed before it in a “sealed envelope” by the CBI, which were neither part of the record nor shown to him, and he was not given an opportunity to rebut the same. He said that high court has “erred” in dismissing his bail plea on a mere apprehension that he might influence the witnesses, without any supporting material, and on the basis of unverified allegations that do not allege or point anything against him. He also denied the high court’s finding that INX Media’s former promoters Indrani and Peter Mukherjea had met him and “illegal gratification” was paid. Chidambaram has further said that case does not relate to “economic offence” and there is no loss to public exchequer. He also denied the high court’s finding that large amount of money had come into the companies owned or controlled by alleged co-conspirator and his son Karti Chidambaram. He said that other accused in the case, including Karti, have already been granted bail or interim protection by the courts and it would be “manifestly unjust and illegal” to deny him the relief. He has urged the apex court to grant him interim bail till his appeal is decided. In its verdict, the high court had said it cannot be disputed that if the case is proved against Chidambaram, the offence is on society, economy, financial stability and integrity of the country. Chidambaram is not a “flight risk” and there is no chance of tampering with evidence but he can influence the witnesses if granted bail, it had said. The high court had said it was on record that illegal gratification has been paid by and through other companies by Indrani and Peter to the firms controlled and owned by the “co-conspirator and co-accused Karti”.last_img read more