Govt rolls out new rules to beat cash crunch; Oppn on warpath Madh man­groves de­stroyed: Po­lice book landowner

IN HOUSE Par­ties de­mand Par­lia­men­tary probe into al­le­ga­tions that BJP knew of de­mon­eti­sa­tion

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Op­po­si­tion par­ties paral­ysed Par­lia­ment on Thurs­day, de­mand­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s pres­ence dur­ing a de­bate on the gov­ern­ment’s shock de­ci­sion to re­call `500 and `1,000 ban­knotes that has caused hard­ship to the peo­ple.

The gov­ern­ment, re­jected the de­mand, cit­ing its pre­rog­a­tive to de­cide who should re­ply to the de­bate and ruled out any roll­back of the de­ci­sion to scrap high-value notes. It also tweaked rules for ex­change of old notes and with­drawals to help more peo­ple get cash in hand.

The po­lit­i­cal blame game took an un­pleas­ant turn in the Ra­jya Sabha as it de­vi­ated from de­mon­eti­sa­tion to pa­tri­o­tism and Pak­istan. It was trig­gered by a con­tro­ver­sial re­mark by leader of the Op­po­si­tion, Ghu­lam Nabi Azad, over the death of 40 peo­ple in long queues out­side banks and ATMs, a com­ment ex­punged later.

Backed by an­gry rul­ing party MPs, in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing min­is­ter Venka­iah Naidu termed Azad’s state­ment “atro­cious, ob­jec­tion­able and anti-na­tional” and de­manded an apol­ogy from him and the Congress party. “Pak­istanspon­sored ter­ror­ism has taken the lives of thou­sands of peo­ple… you are com­par­ing this (deaths of peo­ple out­side banks) with Pak­istani An elderly woman, whose son had been di­ag­nosed with can­cer, was handed a bag con­tain­ing `1 coins against `2,000, which she went to ex­change at a bank in UP’s Mo­han­lal­ganj. Box of­fice earn­ings go ‘south’ af­ter cur­rency ban

Af­ter Hin­dus­tan Times re­ported that more than 500 ve­hi­cles were il­le­gally parked at wet­lands in Madh, Malad (West), on Wed­nes­day, a first in­for­ma­tion re­port (FIR) was filed against the landowner of the area for al­leged de­struc­tion of man­groves.

Of­fi­cials also asked the of­fi­cials to re­move all the ve­hi­cles from the site.

Cit­ing a vi­o­la­tion of Bom­bay high court or­ders and En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Act, 1986, the Borivli rev­enue of­fi­cials di­rected the Mal­wani po­lice on Wed­nes­day to book a case against the of­fender.

“Af­ter the re­port was pub­lished in the newspaper, we di­rected our cir­cle of­fi­cers to sur­vey the area. As per their re­port, there was a clear vi­o­la­tion by the landowner,” said Ar­chana Mule, Bori­vali tehsil­dar (rev­enue of­fi­cer). “The land be­longs to the state and the owner could not pro­vide doc­u­ments to prove his stand.”

Of­fi­cials from the Mal­wani po­lice sta­tion con­firmed that a case has been reg­is­tered against the landowner on Wed­nes­day and they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter. “No ar­rests have been made but our of­fi­cers have vis­ited the site and will take nec­es­sary ac­tion,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial of Mal­wani po­lice sta­tion.

A board room con­fronta­tion be­tween Tata Sons in­terim chair­man Ratan Tata and ousted chair­man Cyrus Mistry was averted on Thurs­day at Bom­bay House.

The much-awaited board meet­ings at Tata Sons and Tata Con­sul­tancy Ser­vices (TCS) did not yield much, with Mistry giv­ing it a miss.

While the Tata Sons board meet­ing did not have any­thing re­lated to Mistry on its agenda, soft­ware ma­jor TCS, where Mistry was also re­placed as chair­man last week, agreed to fi­nalise De­cem­ber 13 as the date for the ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eral meet­ing to re­move Mistry as direc­tor of the com­pany.

Emerg­ing out of the board meet­ing, direc­tor Vi­jay Singh called it a “rou­tine” meet­ing, which in­cluded tak­ing assess­ment of the busi­nesses and the way ahead in the next six months. Two more di­rec­tors apart from Mistry — Farida Kham­batta (who is in the US) and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) chief Ralf Speth — did not at­tend the meet­ing, he added.

OLIVER FREDRICK/HT

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