Dainik Hindustan Advt Scam : next hearing date 13 January

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New Delhi : 200 crore Dainik Hindustan Government Advertisement  scandal, the Supreme Court has listed the Special Leave Petition (Criminal) No.1603/2013 (Shobhana Bhartia Vs State of Bihar & another) for  hearing on January thirteen, 2015 next. Meanwhile, the  Superintendent of Police,Munger(Bihar), Mr.Varun Kumar Sinha has submitted the Counter-Affidavit on behalf of the Bihar Government to Mr.Rudreshwar Singh, the counsel  for the Bihar Government in the Supreme Court in the Special Leave Petition (Criminal) No. 1603 of 2013 .Now, the Counsel for the Bihar Government, Mr. Rudreshwar Singh  has to  file the Counter-Affidavit  in the Supreme Court and has to argue on behalf of the Bihar Government in this case.

Meanwhile, reliable sources  in New Delhi said that the Police Superintendent, Munger (Bihar), Mr.Varun Kumar Sinha, in the Counter-Affidavit to the Supreme Court, had clearly exposed the financial scandal of  M/S. H.T. Media Ventures Limited (New Delhi).

The Police Superintendent, Munger(Bihar) in his Counter-Affidavit said, “During police investigation and supervision, the Munger (Bihar) police have found ”facts”  crystal -clear that the Munger edition of Dainik Hindustan is being printed and published, violating the rules and provisions of the Press & Registration of Books Act, 1867 and getting the government advertisements illegally. On the basis of facts, coming in course of investigations,supervisions and available documents, the police  find sufficient evidences against all the named accused persons  in the Munger Kotwali Police Case No.445/2011 including the Chairperson of M/S. H.T.Media Ventures Limited(NewDelhi) Shobhana Bhartia. I pray  to the Hon’ble Supreme Court  to reject the petition of the petitioner,Shobhana Bhartia in this instant case.”

It is worth mentioning that the senior lawyer of Bihar, ShriKrishna Prasad on January 13,2014 last, appearing on behalf of the O.P No.02, Mantoo Sharma (Munger, Bihar),  had completed his argument in the court of Hon’ble Mr.Justice H.L.Dattu and Hon’ble Mr.Justice S.A.Bobde.

The lawyer,ShriKrishna Prasad told  the court of Hon’ble Mr.Justice H.L.Dattu and Hon’ble Mr.Justice S.A Bobde,” My Lord, this is one of the rarest cases of forgery,cheating and loot of the government revenue on behalf of the powerful media house of India,M/S  H.T.Media Ventures Limited( New Delhi).On the order of the Munger Chief Judicial Magistrate, an F.I.R has been lodged with the Munger Kotwali P.S.,bearing case No.445/2011.After investigations and supervisions, the Dy.S.P and the SP Munger (Bihar) have submitted  their ”Supervision- Reports No.01 & 02 in which  they have found  all charges against the named accused persons ‘prima-facie true’ And the investigations in this instant case is in full progress.The Hon’ble High Court of Patna has also rejected the prayer of the Chairperson of M/S H.T.Media Ventures Limited,Shobhana Bhartia  in the Criminal Miscellaneous Case No.2951 and 16763 of 2012.So, I pray to the Hon’ble Court to reject the prayer of the petitioner,Shobhana Bhartia, and direct the Munger police to expedite the police investigations in this instant case.”

What is the F.I.R ?- On the basis of a Munger court complainant No.993(C)/2011 of the complainant,Mantoo Sharma, s/o Late Ganesh  Sharma, resident -Puraniganj, P.S.- Kasim Bazar,District-Munger, an F.I.R has been  lodged against (1) the Principal accused Shobhana Bhartia (Chairperson, Hindustan Publication Group, Hindustan Media Ventures Limited,Head Office,18-20,Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, (2) Shashi Shekhar,the Chief Editor, Dainik Hindustan (New Delhi), (3) Aakku Srivastawa,Acting Editor, Patna edition of Dainik Hindustan, (4) Binod Bandhu, Regional Editor, Bhagalpur  edition of Dainik Hindustan and (5)  Amit Chopra,Printer & Publisher of M/S Hindustan Media Ventures Limited,New Delhi. All of them have been accused of violating  sections  8(B),14 & 15  of the Press & Registration of Books Act, 1867,  and Sections 420/471 & 476 of Indian   Penal Code, printing and publishing  Bhagalpur and  Munger editions of Dainik Hindustan ,using wrong  Registration No. and obtaining  the government advertisements of the Union and the State governments in crores in the Advertisement Head  by presenting the forged  documents of registration.
Statements under section  164 of Cr.P.C in the Munger Judicial Court: In the process of  investigation, the Investigating Police Officer,Munger Kotwali,Bihar,    has got the statements of the complainant,Mantoo Sharma, and other witnesses,(1) ShriKrishna Prasad,(2) Kashi Prasad,(3) Bipin Kumar Mandal under section 164 of  Cr.P.C  in the Munger judicial court on April, 14,1012.All the witnesses   in their statements   before the court  have fully supported  the allegations against  the accused  persons  in the F.I.R ,bearing No. Munger Kotwali P.S Case No.445/2011.(EOM)

By ShriKrishna Prasad
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