1. Double whammy: Netas in jail can’t fight polls, says SC, Now, Convicts & Those Behind Bars Out Of Fray: New Delhi: The days of politicians fighting elections from jail are over. The Supreme Court has ruled that a person, who is in jail or in police custody, cannot contest elections to legislative bodies. The far-reaching order was passed by the apex court along with its landmark verdict that MPs, MLAs and MLCs would be disqualified the day they are convicted. This double whammy against criminals in Indian legislatures is expected to go a long way in cleaning up politics. [TOI p1]

2. SC strikes again, bars jailed, arrested netas from polls : New Delhi :
A person cannot fight the Lok Sabha or assembly elections from jail even
if not convicted, the Supreme Court has ruled, signalling an end to the
practice of politicians contesting polls from behind bars awaiting trial.
Upholding a 2004 Patna high court verdict, a bench of justice AK Patnaik
and justice SJ Mukopadhyaya said a person would cease to be an
“elector” and cannot vote when in custody (both police and judicial). Such
a person would be disqualified from fighting elections as the
Representation of the People Act allows only qualified “elector” to contest,
it said.[HT p1]
3. Govt disagrees; jurists seek clarity : New Delhi : The government does
not agree with the Tuesday’s judgement of the Supreme Court on
immediate disqualification of convicted MPs and MLAs, and its next step
will be based on the views of different political parties. The possibility of
seeking a review of the verdict and even asking the Supreme Court to set
up a special constitution bench to decide on the matter cannot be ruled
out, government sources indicated.[HT p8]
4. Grey areas in SC order on tainted netas trouble govt, Wary Of
Opposing Popular Ruling, UPA To Seek AG’s View : New Delhi:
Feeling uneasy about some aspects of the Supreme Court order
disqualifying convicted lawmakers, but wary of being seen as opposing a
popular judicial verdict, the government has decided to take the opinion of
attorney general G E Vahanvati. [TOI p11]
5. SC Order Raises Hopes For Cleaner Polity, ’09 LS race saw tainted
faces in 450 of 545 seats : New Delhi: At least one candidate with
pending criminal charges was in the running in 450 of the 545 Lok Sabha
constituencies during the 2009 general election. This indicates that the
Supreme Court order that disqualifies candidates who’ve been convicted
could have far-reaching repercussions on the electoral process. [TOI p15]
6. SC verdict to help clean up electoral process : New Delhi : The bench
also referred to Section 62(5) of the Act which says that no person shall
vote at any election if he is confined in a prison, whether under a sentence
of imprisonment or transportation or otherwise, or is in the lawful custody
of the police. [TOI p15]
7. 30 ministries trip on power misuse order : New Delhi: Around 30
central ministries have failed to comply with a government’s directive to
put in place measures to check arbitrariness in use of discretionary
powers enjoyed by various departments. [TOI p15]
8. Minister wants spl panel on terror cases against Muslims : New
Delhi: Union minority affairs minister Rahman Khan wants the
government to form an all-powerful taskforce to monitor and review terror
cases against Muslims, arguing that it is needed to ensure justice for
“innocent Muslim youth” languishing in jails after being framed in terror
cases. [TOI p1]
9. MSY to oppose food bill in House, Tells PM That Law A Threat To
Farmers, But Assures Support To Govt : New Delhi: The Samajwadi
Party has assured the government of its continued support but asserted
that it would oppose the food security bill in the monsoon session of
Parliament because it posed a threat to farmers who grow food crops.
[TOI p22]
10. Modi likely to attend BJP rally in August : New Delhi: Gujarat chief
minister and chairman of BJP’s national election committee for the 2014
Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi, is going to be the party’s “star
campaigner” for Delhi which goes to polls in less than five months. [TOI
11. Suresh Soni to continue in BJP as RSS liaison man : New Delhi: RSS
leadership has decided to retain Suresh Soni as the Sangh’s liaison
person for the BJP, in what is seen as a setback to those who opposed
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi’s appointment as chief of the party’s national
campaign committee. Top sources in the party told reporters here on
Thursday that the Sangh leadership has decided to keep Soni, joint
general secretary of the RSS, as the pointperson for the BJP in the runup
to the 2014 polls. [TOI p22]
12. RSS may ignore Advani on Soni : New Delhi : The RSS is unlikely to
replace its joint general secretary Suresh Soni as its coordinator in the
BJP, despite saffron party patriarch L.K. Advani’s grouse against the RSS
man for micromanaging party affairs. Sources disclosed that though Mr
Soni will not be replaced, the RSS might depute other senior sangh
leaders to coordinate with the saffron party during election time. Mr
Advani, it was learnt, is miffed with Mr Soni and BJP general secretary
(organisation) Ramlal, another RSS man, for micro-managing party
affairs.[AA p2]
13. BSY’s party puts rider for merger with BJP : Bangalore/New Delhi:
Responding positively to BJP’s truce attempts, former chief minister B S
Yeddyurappa’s Karnataka Janatha Paksha has put forth a condition to
align with the saffron party. The rider: make Yeddyurappa leader of the
opposition in the assembly after the merger. [TOI p12]
14. Yeddy Wants to Retain Separate Identity, Open to LS Seat Sharing,
Welcomes Narendra Modi’s elevation within BJP : NEW DELHI :
Former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa will wait and watch before taking
any decision on merging his Karnataka Janata Party with BJP, but is open
to having seat adjustments with it in the Lok Sabha elections. [ET p2]
15. Tainted babu gifted wife chest of gold: Patna: Police have found
jewellery worth over Rs 42 lakh during raids on Bihar deputy director of
secondary education Radha Krishna Singh Yadav, who splurged his “illgotten”
wealth on expensive gold ornaments for his wife.[TOI p1]
16. Ishrat’s family alleges threat to life, Shinde Assures Security To Kin:
New Delhi: Close on the heels of Ishrat Jahan’s family members seeking
protection from the Centre citing a threat to their lives, home minister
Sushilkumar Shinde said they would be provided security. [TOI p12]
17. Home Ministry May Not Share Records with CBI, Home ministry
official RVS Mani says he was coerced by former CBI officer &
Gujarat Police’s Satish Verma to implicate a senior IB official : NEW
DELHI : The Home Ministry is unwilling to share with CBI its secret
records on the two affidavits in the Ishrat Jahan case and may be
conducting an inquiry into the allegations levelled by its former officer RVS
Mani that CBI had coerced him to give a statement in the case. [ET p3]
18. MHA refers CBI’s plea to law ministry : New Delhi: The Union home
ministry has sought the law ministry’s views on CBI request seeking files
related to two MHA affidavits filed in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
According to sources, the CBI had written to the MHA asking it to furnish
the files pertaining to the affidavits filed by then undersecretary R V S
Mani in the Gujarat high court in 2007 and 2009. [TOI p12]
19. 27 SPs Meet on Naxal Strategy, Union Home Ministry calls a two-day
meeting later this month : NEW DELHI : The Union home ministry has
called police chiefs of 27 districts worst affected by left-wing violence for a
special twoday interactive session in Delhi. The ministry has also chosen
Mohd Suvez Haque, superintendent of police in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli
district, to brief the gathering on the innovative methods adopted by him to
tackle leftwing extremism.[ET p3]
20. Cabinet okays repeal of Rent Act : New Delhi : Keeping in view the
upcoming Delhi Assembly elections, the Union Cabinet on Thursday gave
in-principle approval to withdraw the controversial Rent Act of 1958 and
replace it with a new law under which rent in the capital would be linked to
inflation.[AA p2]
21. PMO computers should be seized to bring out the truth in coal
scam:BJP : New Delhi : With relevant files in the coal scam missing the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded that the computers
in the PMO which store the information on the coal blocks should be
seized for data mining. 'The Congress government stands thoroughly
exposed for its non-cooperation in the probe. [Millennium Post p5]
22. Wily orator who felt he didn't get his due in Cong : Bhopal : A YEAR
ago, when Chaudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi was expelled from the
Assembly for unruly conduct, the question everyone asked was, “Is it more
a loss for the Congress or relief for the ruling BJP?”[IE
23. BSY party says won't merge with BJP as he admits to feelers :
Bangalore : The Karnataka Janata Party of former chief minister B S
Yeddyurappa on Thursday decided to maintain its separate identity and
work towards strengthening its organisation in the run-up to the
parliamentary polls and not merge with the BJP as is being widely
speculated.[IE p12]
24. Moily gives a quiet burial to doubling of gas price : New Delhi : The
much-touted offer of $8.4 mbtu price for natural gas, which had generated
heat and debate, was given a decent burial on Thursday, when Petroleum
Minister M. Veerappa Moily announced that no such rate had been fixed
or approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). He
said the price levels under the Rangarajan formula in April 2014 would be
applicable to domestically produced gas.[The Hindu p1]
25. Chandy's son slaps notice on BJP leader : Thiruvananthapuram :With
political slugfest over the solar scam continuing, Chief Minister Oommen
Chandy's son on Thursday shot off a legal notice to BJP state general
secretary K Surendran for making “defamatory” statements. Taking
serious offence to Surendran's allegation that he had close association
with a solar energy firm, the CM's son, Chandy Oommen, threatened to
sue him unless he withdrew the statement and made a public apology.[IE
26. BJP punches holes in food security plan : New Delhi : The party may
have till now opposed the ordinance route to food security – demanding
that the issue be debated in Parliament and passed with amendments –
but BJP on Thursday spelled out some concrete criticisms of the UPA’s
food security idea.[HT p11]
27. If Modi becomes PM, it would be the blackest day for democracy,
says Mistry : Lucknow : Congress general Secretary and Uttar Pradesh
in-charge Madhusudan Mistry on Thursday said that it would be the
blackest day for the country if Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi
becomes Prime Minister.[Millennium Post p6]
28. Monsoon session delay casts shadow on JPC report : New Delhi :
Uncertainty over Parliament’s monsoon session has put the brakes on the
much-awaited conclusion of the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) on
the 2G spectrum scam. Panel chairman PC Chacko is waiting for two
vacancies to be filled up before calling its meeting where a tussle with the
Opposition looks almost certain over adoption of the JPC report.[HT p11]
29. No formal election team in place for Modi : New Delhi : The BJP is
inlikely to announce a formal national campaign committee , of which
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi was made chairman at the party's recent Goa
conclave.[HT p11]
30. Bodh Gaya: All those detained allowed to go : New Delhi : Central
Following a request from intelligence agencies, the Twitter handle
@Indian Mujahideen has been suspended by the micro-blogging site. The
IP address of the Twitter handle was traced to Pakistan after the IM
claimed responsibility for the Bodh Gaya serial bombings and threatened
to carry out terror strikes in Mumbai.[AA p2]
31. High Court Bans UP Caste Rallies, NEXT HEARING ON JULY 25 EC,
BJP, Cong, SP & BSP Get Notice : LUCKNOW : The Allahabad High
Court has ordered an immediate end to castebased political rallies in UP,
throwing sand in the gears of parties that have been keen on moving
beyond their traditional catchment areas to lure other large untapped
social groupings.[ET p2]
32. HC notice to four major parties on caste rallies : Lucknow: The
Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court on Thursday issued notice to
the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Election Commission of
India and four major political outfits — Congress, BJP, SP and BSP — to
respond to a PIL seeking a ban on rallies and meetings based on caste
and communal lines. The court sought a response by July 30, the next
date of hearing. [TOI p15]
33. Cabinet Approves Two Universities for Congress President Sonia
Gandhi’s Constituency Rae Bareli : NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet, at
a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, cleared two
universities for Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha
Constituency, Rae Bareli. The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University
would be set up on a 26-acre plot at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udaan
Academy (IGRUA) at Fursatganj.[ET p2]
34. 80% turnout in 1st phase of Bengal rural elections, Violence, Rigging
Claims Mar Polling : Kolkata: The first phase of panchayat polls in West
Bengal — in the three Jangmahal districts of West Midnapore, Bankura
and Purulia — held in the presence of central forces on Thursday saw
heavy voter turnout amid sporadic violence and allegations of booth
jamming. [TOI p21]
35. UPA jeopardising relations with Bhutan, says BJP : New Delhi : The
BJP on Thursday attacked the UPA government for jeopardising India's
good relations with Bhutan by withdrawing subsidies on LPG and
kerosene and stopping funding of hydro power projects there.[HT p8]
36. Congress Divided in Digvijaya’s Home, Shivraj Derails No-confidence
Motion, Deputy leader of Opposition Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi joins
BJP later in the day : NEW DELHI : Rift within Madhya Pradesh
Congress came out in the open as its own MLA and deputy leader of
Opposition embarrassed the party by opposing its no-confidence motion in
the Assembly. Within hours Congress MLA had joined the ruling BJP
revealing Congress’ political ignorance of the development. [ET p3]
37. Congress meet today to decide Telangana future : Hyderabad :
Making a strong move, the Congress core committee is meeting on Friday
to finally decide on the crucial Telangana issue. The meeting comes after
a series of consultations at various levels over past several years. During
this period, the state has often witnessed long spells of violent protests
leading to loss of many lives.[HT p9]
38. Fresh charge on JD(S) MLA Thettayil : Kochi: In more trouble for
former LDF minister Jose Thettayil, who is embroiled in a sexual
harassment case, the crime branch has incorporated a fresh charge
against him alleging offence under IPC Section 354.[AA p2]
39. 189 MLAs face criminal cases: Lucknow : The strongest impact of
theSupreme Court ruling on MPs, MLAs facing conviction in criminal
cases will be felt in Uttar Pradesh where 189 legislators out of the 403, are
facing criminal cases.[AA p2]
Exactly a day after the Supreme Court verdict on convicted MPs and
MLAs, the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have started
reviewing their list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha
elections.[AA p2]
Delhi : The Opposition Congress on Tuesday decided to launch an “FIR
campaign” against the BJD government in Orissa, accusing it of diverting
10kg of rice meant for supply under the public distribution system (PDS) to
the BPL families.[AA p2]
42. Cabinet nod to revoke prez rule in J'khand : : Ranchi : Paving the way
for the JMM-led coalition government to be formed in Jharkhand, of which
Congress is also going to be a part, the Union Cabinet on Thursday
recommended revocation of President’s Rule in the state. On Tuesday
last, the JMM had staked claim to form the next government in the state
along with the Congress, RJD and Independents.[AA p2]
43. Food security plan on track : New Delhi: As Delhi Government
prepares to deliver on chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s announcement that
the capital will be the first state to roll out the Congress-led UPA
government’s food security programme, the bureaucratic top brass is
working out a proposal to group the most vulnerable in categories other
than those covered by the state’s own Annshree Yojna. The final proposal
of a roll-out in phases will be put up before the Delhi cabinet next week for
approval. [TOI p6]
44. Firm for NCR rapid rail okayed : New Delhi: In a move to fast track the
ambitious rapid rail network across National Capital Region, the union
cabinet on Thursday cleared the proposal to set up a company to
undertake the task of laying inter-city train network on the lines of Delhi
Metro. Of the eight identified stretches, three priority corridors which the
government plans to complete by 2017, will cost Rs 72,000 crore. [TOI
45. No contamination in supply, claims DJB : New Delhi: A day after one
person died in a JJ cluster at Rajokri Pahari allegedly due to consuming
contaminated water, Delhi Jal Board said water samples picked up from
their borewells were of good quality and safe for human consumption.
[TOI p9]
46. Delegation led by goel meets union power minister : New Delhi :
Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said the state's power tariff has gone up by
60% in the past three years but the Centre was not ready to interfere
saying distribution of power was a state subject. A delegation led by Goel
met union power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday in connection
with the “ever increasing power tariff in Delhi”.[HT p2]
47. PWD gears up for rains : New Delhi : Delhi public works department has
initiated remedial work at 31 locations of the city which had witnessed
water logging and traffic jams earlier this week after a spell of
showers.[HT p6]
48. North civic body wants to be under home ministry : New Delhi : The
North Delhi Municipal Corporation has demanded that the civic bodies of
the Capital should again be made directly answerable to the Home
Ministry and be given its rights by making amendments in the
Constitution.[HT p7]
49. Nirbhaya case: Verdict on juvenile put off : New Delhi : The judgment
on the juvenile accused in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case has
been reserved till July 25 by a juvenile justice board. This would be the
first verdict in the case. The board on Thursday found the juvenile to be
involved in the robbery of a carpenter just before the gang-rape on
December 16 last year. [TOI
50. Open Parties To Public Scrutiny, Political parties’ objections to RTI
being applicable to them are fatuous : Shekhar Singh, Anjali
Bhardwaj & Amrita Joshi : The government’s widely reported intention to
promulgate an ordinance to nullify a recent order of the Central
Information Commission (CIC) confirming that six national political parties
are subject to the Right to Information Act, is condemnable on many
counts. [TOI p24]
51. The game of the name: Jayanthi Natarajan :Arun Jaitley, the Leader of
the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, in his article On the road to 2014
(Hindustan Times, July 8), made two unexceptionable points. He stressed
that the dynamics of assembly and parliamentary elections were
increasingly diverging, and voters were learning to distinguish between
these. Second, he argued that the Third Front was a ‘failed idea’ and a
government without either the Congress or the BJP as a central pillar was
just not feasible. [HT p10]