Dainik Hindustan 200 cr Government Advt Scam : SC to hear SLP of Shobhana Bharatia on 24 March

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New Delhi : 200 crore Dainik Hindustan Government Advertisement scandal, the Supreme Court of India(New Delhi) has listed the Special Leave Petition (Criminal) No. 1603 / 2013 (Shobhana Bhartia Vs State of Bihar & another) for hearing on March, twenty four 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.

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 theMunger 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 (New Delhi) 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 S.P,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.

I, here, annex  the court documents that   have been submitted to the Hon’ble Supreme Court by the Respondent No.02 of the S.L.P(Criminal) No.1603/2013,Mantoo Sharma of Munger(Bihar)

Here, I have annexed the (1)the Synopsis,(2) The List of Important Dates and(3)  the Counter-Affidavit of the Respondent No.02,Mantoo Sharma,Munger,Bihar in PDF files. 

By ShriKrishna Prasad
a senior advocate

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