New Delhi: Three-months after the western District Court of Washington ordered for enforcement and payment of $1.2 billion compensation to Devas, the Central Government has authorised Rakesh Sasibhushan, Chairman- cum- Managing Director, Antrix Corporation Limited (a Government Company) to present a petition before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for winding up of Devas Multimedia Private Limited on the grounds specified under clause (c) of Sub-section (1) of Section 271 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013).
Under Section 271 of the Companies Act, a company may, on a petition under section 272, be wound up by the Tribunal. Clause (c) of this section specifies – on an application made by the Registrar or any other person authorised by the Central Government by notification under this Act, the Tribunal is of the opinion that the affairs of the company have been conducted in a fraudulent manner or the company was formed for fraudulent and unlawful purpose or the persons concerned in the formation or management of its affairs have been guilty of fraud, misfeasance or misconduct in connection therewith and that it is proper that the company be wound up.
Once Devas gets wound up there will be no entity left to demand compensation.
New Delhi: Muslim bodies are opposing the initiative taken by the Law Commission of India to seek views from the stakeholders on the important issue of Uniform Civil Code.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and a number of Muslim outfits today opposed the Law Commission’s questionnaire on Uniform Civil Code.
At a press conference here, representatives of (AIMPLB) and other Muslim bodies took the stand that that if implemented, the Uniform Civil Code, will strike at pluralism and diversity of this country. Prominent among those present were AIMPLB general secretary Wali Rehmani and Jamiat-Ulema -e-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani.
Criticizing the Central government on the issue of triple talaq and the stand it has taken before the Supreme Court on this issue, those representing the Muslim organisations said that among the Muslims fewer divorce cases have been reported in comparison with Hindus as per Census 2011. It was also underscored that besides Muslim women, even the Sikhs and Christians were opposed to Uniform Civil Code.
The Government of India last week opposed in the Supreme Court the practice of ‘Nikah Halala’ (triple talaq) and polygamy among Muslims and pressed for a review on grounds of gender equality and secularism. To put forward this stand of the Centre, the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, on October 7 filed an affidavit in the Apex Court referring to principle of gender equality and secularism enshrined in the Constitution to drive home the point that the practice of triple talaq and polygamy needed to be adjudicated by the apex court.
Simultaneously on October 7, the Law Commission of India urged all concerned to engage with it on the comprehensive exercise of the revision and reform of family laws, citing Article 44 of the Indian Constitution that goes on to assert that ‘the state shall endeavour to provide for its citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India’.
In an appeal, the Chairman Law Commission of India Dr. Justice B.S. Chauhan said that the objective behind this endeavour is to address discrimination against vulnerable groups and harmonise the various cultural practices. The commission invites suggestions on all possible models and templates of a common civil code.
Justice Chauhan said that the Commission hopes to begin a healthy conversation about the viability of a uniform civil code and will focus on family laws of all religions and the diversity of customary practices, to address social injustice rather than plurality of laws. Responding to the demands of social change, the Commission will consider the opinions of all stake-holders and the general public for ensuring that the norms of no one class, group or community dominate the tone or tenor of family law reforms.
In his appeal, Justice Chauhan has emphasised that family law reform, inter-alia has to view women’s rights as an end in itself rather than a matter of constitutional provisions, religious rights and political debate alone. With this in the background the Commission has opened the debate on uniform civil code.
The Commission has prepared a questionnaire to solicit opinions and ideas of the public about the ways in which family law reforms could be introduced in the most integrative manner without compromising the diversity and the plurality that constitutes the core of India’s social fabric.
New Delhi, Jan. 9: The appointments of Srinivas Shashidhar Kukatlapalli , IAS (Kl. 1997) as Director in the department of Agriculture and Cooepration and Gyanendra Dev Tripathi, IAS (AM:1998) as private secretary to the Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation Chaudhary Birendra Singh were cleared by the competent authority today.
The appointment of Durga Shakti Nagpal, IAS (UP 2010) as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the department of Agriculture and Cooperation was cleared yesterday.
Durga Shakti was in news earlier after she had launched a drive against illegal sand mining in Gautam Budh Nagar.
More senior appointments, all barring one at the additional secretary level that were cleared yesterday, include Rajiv Kumar , IAS, JH , 1984, as additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure, A.B Pandey, IAS (MH:84) as Deputy Director General UIDAI, Mumbai in the rank of Additional secretary, Ashok M.R. Dalawai , IAS , OR , 1984, as Deputy Director General UIDAI, Bangalore in the rank of Additional Secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla , IAS , AM , 1984, as Additional Secretary Ministry of Coal and Thulasi Maddineni , Indian Administrative Service , KN , 2005 as Deputy Director Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.
Earlier this week on Wednesday with the concurrence of the Government of Manipur, Government of Tripura and the Government of Haryana, the Central Government transferred Mani Ram Sharma, IAS(MT:09) from Manipur-Tripura cadre to Haryana cadre on the basis of DoPT (AIS Division) policy guidelines .
Bhopal, Jan. 6: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked the Central government to extend milling period for paddy procured during Kharif marketing year 2013-14 up to March 31, 2015.
The Chief Minister, in a letter to Union Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, has said that rice received after milling of paddy procured in 2013-14 and 2014-15 will meet requirements of public distribution system and other schemes in the state till 2016.
The Chief Minister has ifnormed the Centre that that production of paddy in Madhya Pradesh has increased from 14 lakh MT in 2009-10 to 43 lakh MT in 2013-14. As a result of limited milling capacity of state’s 337 rice millers, procured paddy in the state is not being milled within the time-limit prescribed by the Central government.
The Chief Minister has further informed that 15.59 lakh MT paddy was procured in the state in year 2013-14. Due to limited milling capacity, only 9.44 lakh MT has been milled so far and 6.08 lakh MT remains to be milled. Permission was sought from the Central government to extend the deadline for paddy milling from December 31, 2014 to March 31, 2015, which the Centre declined.
The Chief Minister informed that only 1.94 lakh MT rice is available in the state for distribution under schemes of public distribution system. As much as 12.10 lakh MT rice will be needed by March 2016.