The Supreme Court held that no approval from the Central Government is required by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute senior bureaucrats in court-monitored corruption cases. The court cleared that the sanction is not necessary under section 6A of the DelhiSpecial Police Establishment (DSPE)Act when the case under the Prevention of Corruption Act is monitored by court.
The court gave this ruling over the petition filed in coal blocks allocation scam to seek its direction to do away with the provisions of prior sanction of the Centre in cases monitored by court.
What is Coal allocation scam?
Coal allocation scam or Coalgate is a political scandal concerning the Indian Government’s allocation of the nation’s coal deposits to Public Sector Entities (PSEs) and private companies by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. As per the audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, allocation of coal blocks without bidding has caused a huge loss of 1.86 lakh crore to the India’s exchequer.
What is the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act?
DSPE Act, 1946is a legislation which provides for the constitution of a special police force in Delhi for the investigation of certain offences in the Union territories, for the superintendence and administration of the said force and for the extension to other areas of the power and jurisdiction of the members of the said force in regards to the investigation of specific offences as mentioned in this law.
Iran space mission sends monkey to space for second time
December 19, 2013
Iran has revealed that it has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time in 2013 as part of a space mission aimed at manned space flight.
As per Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, the monkey – named Fargam, or Auspicious – came back from space in perfect health. For this programme, Iran used a liquid fuel rocket technology for the first time. In January 2013, Iran had claimed to have sent a monkey to an altitude of about 120km (75 miles) in a Pishgam rocket for a sub-orbital flight before returning successfully to Earth. However, the success of the first monkey flight was debated when a different animal was shown in images released after the touchdown. But Iran rebuffed those debates explaining that the picture of another monkey was mistakenly which was undergoing suitability tests.
Why the West apprehends Iran’s space programme?
The Western nations have raised concerns over Iran’s space programme as they fear the technology could be used in ballistic missiles. Iran is already underinternational pressure to give up its alleged nuclear programme and is also underthe US imposed crude oil trade embargo for the same reason.
Peter O’Toole of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ fame passed away
December 19, 2013
Legendary actor Peter O’Toole (81), applauded for his role in the classic 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, passed away in London.
He was an Irish actor who made his film debut in 1959. He rose to stardom playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he was nominated for Academy Award for the first time. He received seven further Oscar nominations – for Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982) and Venus (2006) – and holds the record for the most Academy Award acting nominations without a win. He bagged four Golden Globes, a BAFTA and an Emmy, and was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2003. He bid adieu to his 50-year acting career in 2012.