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Tech colleges cannot charge more: AP High Court

Hyderabad, July 9: Justice Noushad Ali of the AP High Court on Tuesday refused to permit private engineering colleges to collect more money than the fee fixed by the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC).

However, the judge directed the Eamcet convener to inform students during admissions about their impending liability to pay the differential amount, if any, depending on the result of the writ petitions.

The judge also granted liberty to private engineering colleges’ managements to obtain an undertaking from each student who intends to join their colleges that their final fees will be subject to the outcome of the petitions pending before the court.

The judge was dealing with writ petitions by managements of engineering colleges challenging the GO 57 issued on July 6 fixing and notifying a fee of Rs 30,000 in majority of colleges per student for the first year.

While granting the interim order by refusing the plea of the colleges to charge higher fee, the judge said that the court should keep the interests of not only the petitioner colleges, but also the interests of the students on whom the ultimate burden lies.

Counsels appearing for the colleges contended that the recommendations of the AFRC for fixing fee at the government level were not based on objective criteria and without taking into account the material produced by them.

They said that the AFRC gave a formal hearing to the engineering colleges on May 25, 2013 to fix the fee for each of the colleges. They argued that the colleges would face difficulties if they are not permitted to charge a higher fee than the one fixed by the AFRC.

Refuting the contentions of the colleges, K.G. Krishna Murthy additional advocate general said that the AFRC made recommendations by taking the assistance of auditors and payscale expert consultants in fixing the fee.

The judge directed the AFRC to communicate the reasons supporting the issuance of the GO to all the petitioner colleges within two weeks and posted the case after three weeks.

Justice Noushad Ali made it clear that this stage the court was not inclined to grant an exparte order permitting the petitioner colleges to charge a fee higher than the fee statutorily notified.

He observed that the right of the managements to fix their own fee on the basis of the principles laid down by the Supreme Court in P.A. Inamdar versus State of Maharashtra does not really fall for consideration as the decision making process adopted by the AFRC was raised as a core ground against the GO.

State not to block colleges

Hyderabad: The state government on Tuesday submitted before the AP High Court that it has no intention to interfere in the administration or finances of the private engineering colleges.

Advocate general A. Sudarshan Reddy made the submission before a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice G. Rohini in a batch of writ petitions by the managements of private engineering colleges challenging the online admissions of management quota seats.

He said GO 66 was issued to regulate and compliment the process of admissions of management quota seats more transparent and merit based, without there being exploitations.

Mr. Reddy said that the government has issued the GO 66 following complaints by the students that several private engineering colleges were not willing to give applications to them for admissions and also the colleges have failed to give reasons for non-admission of meritorious students.

He contended that the competent authority would be in a position to address such issues if the colleges gives the reasons for non-admission of such students and also keeping various aspects in view, the government wanted the colleges to have a common web portal which would act as a “single window for category B seats” for both the colleges and students for filling up the seats.
Arguments would continue tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

SC order: Jagan’s fate hangs fire

By S A Ishaqui

Hyderabad, July 11: In a major shock to YSR Congress which is pinning hopes for a return to power in coming polls,  the judgment of the Supreme Court barring persons who in jail or police custody from contesting polls will likely shut doors for its chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy who was planning to contest  the 2014 general elections.

A bench comprising Justices A.K. Patnaik and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhayay, upholding a verdict of the Patna High Court barring people in police custody to contest polls, said, “We do not find any infirmity in the findings of the High Court in the common order that a  person who has no right to vote by virtue of the provisions of sub-section (5) of Section 62 of the Representation of Peoples’ Act  1951 is not an elector and is therefore not qualified to contest  the election to the House of the People or the Legislative Assembly  of a State.”

Besides Jaganmohan Reddy, Gali Janardhan Reddy, former minister of Karnataka, Mopidevi  Venkata Ramana, former Andhra Pradesh excise minister are under judicial custody in Chanchalguda Central Prison.

Gali Janardhan Reddy is facing prison in illegal mining case of Obulapuram Mining Company and Jagan-mohan Reddy and Mopidevi are  languishing in jail as undertrials  in illegal investments case.

Praduymna Kumar Reddy, one of the leading criminal lawyers of the  AP High Court said, that the latest Supreme Court verdict will put an end to era of under-trial politicians fighting polls from behind the bars.

“Once the Apex Court ruled that the person who is behind the bars is  no more is an elector, the question of contesting him polls does not arise,” he added.

C. Nageswar Rao, former public prosecutor opined that the finding  of the apex court would not have any bar for the persons who are on  bail.

The lawyer said granting of bail  amounts to be pending trial in a case and as along as trial is pending; the person has every right to vote and contest in elections.The order will also be effective for panchayat polls.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Andhra Pradesh High Court dismisses third plea against Y S Jagan

The AP High Court on Wednesday dismissed third petition by Mr K.K. Sherwani, a practicing advocate from Kadapa, against YSR Congress chief, Mr Jaganmohan Reddy.

By S A Ishaqui
Hyderabad, Aug 10:The AP High Court on Wednesday dismissed third petition by Mr K.K. Sherwani, a practicing advocate from Kadapa, against YSR Congress chief, Mr Jaganmohan Reddy.

The petitioners sought the direction from the court to call for and examine the records connected with three GOs issued by the state government in favour of Vanpic, Raghuram cements, when Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy was the chief minister and also to probe into the investments in Jagan firms.

The court dismissed the plea by observing that the petitioner has failed to explain and substantiate the source and authenticity of the information

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

AP High Court lets CBI loose on Jagan & Co.

 
The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to register a case against the YSR Congress chief and Kadapa MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, and his associate companies including his investors
By S A Ishaqui

Hyderabad, Aug 10 : The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to register a case against the YSR Congress chief and Kadapa MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, and his associate companies including his investors.

The High Court directed the CBI to register the case under the provisions of the IPC, Prevention of Corru-ption Act, and Prevention of Money Laundering Act, apart from criminal conspiracy.

While disposing two petitions by the textile minister, Dr P. Shankar Rao, and the Telugu Desam’s Mr Yerrannaidu, and others, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Nisar Ahmad Kakru and Justice Vilas V. Afzulpurkar pointed out that the investments made in Mr Jagan’s companies were nothing but a form of corruption that attracted Section 3 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Referring to the allegations of Dr Shankar Rao and the TD leaders, the Bench pointed out that prima facie it had emerged from records that from May 2004, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy had floated a number of firms, which got investment from several companies which in turn benefited from the government in various forms like SEZs, irrigation contracts, relaxation and permission for real estate ventures.

The bench observed that he was connected with companies which were showing phenomenal growth and these facts made it necessary to ascertain the role of individuals, firms and public servants

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Taxman says will try Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on false IT returns

By S A Ishaqui
Hyderabad, Aug3:

The Income-Tax department on Wednesday informed the Andhra Pradesh High Court that it would prosecute the YSR Congress chief and Kadapa MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the promoter of Jagati Publication, under the provisions of the Income-Tax Act.

Mr J.V. Prasad, counsel for the I-T department, submitted before a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Nisar Ahmad Kakru and Justice Vilas V. Afzulpurkar, that the department had filed an affidavit in this regard.

The Bench was dealing with a petition by the Telugu Desam leaders seeking a direction to prosecute Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy under the provisions of the I-T Act for filing false assessments regarding the publications owned by him.

According to the I-T department’s affidavit, Jagati Publication’s total taxable income for 2008-2009 was Rs.272.65 crore.

The affidavit disclosed that penalty proceedings under provisions of the I-T Act had already been initiated against the Kadapa MP’s publication

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Court: Can’t make AP take Jagan stand

By S A Ishaqui

Hyderabad, Aug 2 : The AP High Court on Tuesday was not inclined to insist that the state government spell out its stand on petitions seeking a CBI probe into alleged amassing of wealth by the YSR Congress president, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Mr K.T.S. Tulsi, senior counsel appearing for Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy, contended that the fate and political future of his client depended on the stand being taken by the government as the allegations have been levelled against him by none other than a member of the present council of ministers.

Mr Tulsi also pointed out that none of the Government Orders giving land allotments to firms associated with Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy have been challenged and cautioned that the High Court should be careful when such wild and reckless allegations are made.

Jagan says plea against him has political slant

Mr K.T.S. Tulsi, senior counsel appearing for Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy, said if an investigation was ordered on him, nearly 75 per cent of the Cabinet will be under investigation.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Nisar Ahmad Kakru and Justice Vilas V. Afzulpurkar of the AP High Court was hearing the suo motu plea based on a letter by Mr P. Shankar Rao, the textiles minister alleging disproportionate assets of Mr Jagan.While urging the bench to insist that the government spell out its stand, Mr Tulsi said it cannot hide behind the court to gain credibility for its baseless allegations.

Indicating disinclination of the bench to insist that the state spells out its stand, Chief Justice Kakru said, “We issued notice to the government and we granted time but it did not respond.”

Mr Tulsi’s contention was that the petitions against his client were political and personal and therefore should not be entertained, and based on such pleas, the court cannot order a probe.He said a day after the decision of his client to quit the Congress, the letter of the MLA (Mr Shankar Rao) had landed in the High Court with an intention to compel his client not to resign from the party.

Mr Tulsi alleged that Mr Shankar Rao was rewarded with a Cabinet berth just a week after writing the letter.Mr Tulsi argued that the investors paid a premium to buy shares in Mr Jagan’s firms, including Bharati Cements and Jagati Publications, after following the progress and success of his ventures.

He said the Vanpic project was actually awarded to the Kingdom of Ras-al-Khaima, which in turn roped in Mr N. Prasad, ex-promoter of Matrix Laboratories, as a local partner.

Mr L. Nageswara Rao, senior counsel for Mr N. Prasad objected to the petitioners terming the Vanpic project illegal. He said after filing the writs the state did not scrap the project nor did it change any earlier policy under which such projects were awarded.

The counsels representing other respondent firms in the pleas told the court that their clients had made investments only on business considerations.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

CBI submits ‘damning’ report on Jagan asset

By S A Ishaqui

Hyderabad,July 26: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday submitted its preliminary inquiry reports into the alleged amassing of wealth by the YSR Congress president, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, and controversial land deals of the AP Industrial Corporation, in sealed covers to the AP High Court. CBI sources said that there was prima facie evidence of irregularities in land allotments made to many companies, which had in turn invested huge amounts of money in Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy’s company during YSR’s regime. The CBI said that these had been brought to the notice of the High Court through the preliminary inquiry report and it was now up to the court to pass appropriate orders for further investigation. The Joint director of the CBI, Mr V. Lakshmi-narayana, submitted four sealed covers to the registry at the High Court on Tuesday. The High Court has listed the petitions for hearing on Wednesday. The High Court, on July 11 and 12, had passed orders directing the CBI to initiate a probe against Emaar Properties and the YSR Congress chief and had asked them to complete it within two weeks. HC to decide on giving CBI probe report The Central Bureau of Investigation has sought directions from the High Court regarding the Supreme Court’s permission to furnish copies of the reports to the Kadapa MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Tuesday. The Kadapa MP and three other companies had challenged the High Court’s order before the apex court. While dismissing their petition, a Bench of the apex court had observed that the respondents might seek the copies of the report. Sources said that the High Court thus issued necessary instructions to the CBI for furnishing copies of the reports to Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy and his associates. The High Court had asked the CBI to probe into Emaar and Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy’s assets following two letters from the textile minister, Dr P. Shankar Rao, and the TD leader, Mr Yerrannaidu, and others.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Uncategorized