S.C. stays release of Veerappan aides
The Supreme Court today directed that pending
further orders none of the 115 ``Veerappan aides'' shall be
released on ``bail'' or otherwise.
Detenus' kin disappointed
The Supreme Court verdict today staying the bail
order issued by the Principal and Sessions Court, Mysore, on
Monday, for the release of 51 alleged associates of the forest
brigand, Veerappan, has come as a shock for the detenus. The
prisoners' kin, who arrived at the jail this morning expecting
the release, returned dejected.
'Stay not related to Rajkumar release'
The Chief Minister, Mr. S. M. Krishna, today
said that the State Advocate- General, Mr. A. N. Jayaram, would
be asked to defend the Government's action in the Supreme Court
with regard to the special leave petition (SLP) filed by Mr.
Abdul Kareem seeking a stay on the bail of the 51 TADA detenus,
whose release the brigand, Veerappan, had demanded.
Violence mars A.P. bandh
Andhra Pradesh today observed a bandh, marred
by stray incidents of violence, including stone-throwing, on a
call given by the Congress (I) and nine Left parties in protest
against police firing and lathicharge on demonstrators during the
``Chalo Assembly'' rally on Monday.
Foreign Secretary leaves for U.S.
On the eve of the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal
Behari Vajpayee's visit to the United States, the Foreign
Secretary, Mr. Lalit Mansingh, left tonight for two days of
consultations with the Clinton administration.
Changes likely among BJP office-bearers
The new BJP president, Mr. Bangaru Laxman,
has already begun consultations with senior party leaders as well
as those in Government on the reconstitution of the list of
office- bearers, appointment of presidents of front
organisations, and reconstitution of the national executive
I am firmly in saddle, says U.P. CM
On his return from Nagpur after attending the
BJP's national council meeting, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister,
Mr. Ram Prakash Gupta, today scotched all speculation about his
imminent exit from office. ``I shall complete my tenure and the
next assembly election in U.P. would be held in due time under my
leadership,'' he asserted.
Help break U.S. tax barrier, PM urged
The information technology industry is hoping
that the Indian delegation to the U.S. led by the Prime Minister,
Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, will be able to broach the subject of
``double taxation'' on software companies doing business in the
We won't go back on our word: Karunanidhi
Even as the emissary-journalist, Mr. R. R.
Gopal's third forest mission seemed to have become
``complicated'', following the Supreme Court today staying the
bail proceedings in the Mysore Sessions Court regarding the TADA
detenus the brigand Veerappan wanted to be freed, the Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, was optimistic that Mr.
Gopal's mission would not be affected.
Sonia is grandmother
Mrs. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of the
Congress (I) president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, gave birth to a baby
boy at the Ganga Ram Hospital here today.