“No Question Of Black Marketing When Government Has Not Fixed MRP”: Navneet Kalra Submits, Delhi Court Reserves Order In His Anticipatory Bail Plea

first_imgNews Updates”No Question Of Black Marketing When Government Has Not Fixed MRP”: Navneet Kalra Submits, Delhi Court Reserves Order In His Anticipatory Bail Plea Nupur Thapliyal12 May 2021 5:17 AMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Wednesday reserved orders in the anticipatory bail plea filed by businessman Navneet Kalra accused in connection with the recovery and seizure of Oxygen Concentrators by the Delhi Police recently.Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Garg reserved the orders for tomorrow after hearing Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa and Advocate Vineet Malhotra appearing for Kalra and Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava for the State. The Court will be pronouncing the order tomorrow at 10 AM.Advertisement During the course of hearing today, Senior Advocate Pahwa submitted before the Court that the arrest was effected in a mala fide manner by the Delhi Police and that as the Government has not regulated or fixed the MRP for oxygen concentrators, selling the same in an open market will not amount to black marketing.It was also submitted by Pahwa that since the offences involving in the FIR involves punishment for less than 7 years, the Anticipatory bail must be granted to Kalra in view of the recent decision of the High Powered Committee constituted by the Delhi High Court for decongesting prisons and also in view of the Supreme Court directions following the Arnesh Kumar guidelines.Advertisement “When custom authorities of the government approves the transactions, that means they are aware about the same. The invoices are given and returns are filed so the GST department is also aware of it.” Pahwa argued at the outset.Moreover, Pahwa also submitted that “Who decides it is sold on exorbitant price? There is no MRP fixed by the government till date. So how will one decide it’s an exorbitant price? In this case there is no notification which fixes price of oxygen Concentrators.”Advertisement Advertisement Highlighting that the transactions were effected through proper banking channels, Pahwa submitted that GST was paid by Matrix and that such transactions were all legitimate.”It’s a case which has been registered and investigated only to divert the attention of people. My photos are circulated on social media. It was all deliberately done. I am surprised that why an independent investigation is not conducted.” Pahwa submitted.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Relying on the Pahwa Drugs Price Control Order 2013, Pahwa further submitted that In June 2020, when the Country was in the middle of the pandemic, an effort was made by the Government of India to regulate the MRP in terms of Drugs Price Control Order 2013, however, the same has not been fixed by the Government till date.”I will demonstrate that there is no order under sec. 2 and 3 of the Essential Commodities Act till date. They are not essential commodities. They are saying that we have not informed about the MRP. I say, the government has not fixed the MRP till date.” Pahwa argued at the outset.During the course of hearing, the Court was apprised by Pahwa that a complaint was filed by Kalra few days prior to the arrest alleging that he was being threatened. In view of this, Pahwa submitted thus:”Three days prior to the raid while I’m in the Hospital, I inform the police that this is the person trying to harass us because he is using this for black marketing. I am making a complaint and I am being held responsible today. It was a task undertaken for the purpose helping people. I am not asking for quashing of FIR. I am only saying is the custodial interrogation required when I myself had filed a complaint for black marketing.” “Where is the mala fide? Where is the criminal intent to cheat in this case which is required under sec. 420 IPC? What I have argued today, I dont get the right of audience. They should not arrest me and then investigate.” Argued Pahwa while concluding the submissions.On the other hand, Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava submitted that since Kalra is an influential person, granting him anticipatory bail in the matter would not be suitable and that police custody must be granted to them so that the investigating agency can ask relevant questions as regards to the alleged black marketing. “There is no selling price fixed. But the price they have quoted is their own thing. Government has invited you to quote your rate so that they can be regularised. It’s exactly like how an Act is made. Prior to declaring the price, they invite others. They gave time of 10 days in June 2020. But they are charging people 70,000.” PP argued.Furthermore, it was also submitted by Shrivastava thus:”As per IPC, this is a wrongful gain. What you have given to other person under a belief that it is sufficient for two persons whereas its not even enough for one person. Can we expect each and everything at such an initial stage of investigation? Specially in Covid.” During the course of hearing, a report from Shri Ram Laboratory was received by the Prosecution to which samples of oxygen Concentrators seized were sent for the purpose of their testing.Highlighting that the report so recieved showed that the Concentration was found 20.8% in the sample, PP argued thus:”Is it not an inducement? We need custodial interrogation. Entire society is watching it. They are on their toes. This anticipatory bail application be please dismissed and allow us to ensure not only this court but also the society to prove our case.” In view of the aforesaid submissions, the Court reserved the order and adjourned the case for pronouncement of order tomorrow at 10 AM.Yesterday, Additional Sessions Judge Sumit Dass refused to grant interim relief or protection against arrest to Kalra and sent the case to the District Judge for deciding jurisdiction of the matter.The Delhi Police had registered a case under sec. 420,188,120B,34 of the Indian Penal Code and sec. 3 and 7 of the Essential Commodity Act 1955 for recovery of over 500 oxygen Concentrators from some restaurants in the national capital. The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch last week.Tagsdelhi court navneet kalra delhi oxygen concentrators hoarding c ase black marketing oxygen concentrators covid 19 second covid wave Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Eagles Surge By Tritons, 86-76

first_imgEagles Surge By Tritons, 86-76The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team used a second half offensive surge to defeat University of Missouri-St. Louis, 86-76, on Homecoming Saturday afternoon at the Physical Activities Center. USI watched its record rise to 16-9 overall and 8-7 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, while UMSL went to 10-14, 4-11 GLVC.The Screaming Eagles grabbed an early 7-6 lead before the Tritons used a 9-1 run to post the largest margin of the opening half, 15-8. USI rallied to tie the score, 15-15, but was unable to push ahead as UMSL pulled into the lead and took a 33-32 advantage into halftime.USI got back on track offensively in the second half, beginning with a 5-0 run to take command, 37-33, and the lead for good. The Tritons closed the gap to one point, three more times before the Eagles re-extended the lead to a comfortable margin. USI would lead by as many as 12 points, 83-71, with 1:20 to play before settling for the 10-point, 86-76 victory.As a team, USI shot a blistering 69.6 percent from the field (16-23), 30 percent better than the first half, and 75 percent from beyond the arc (6-8), 35 percent better than the preceding 20 minutes.Leading the second half charge was junior forward T.J. Tisdell (Cape Girardeau, Missouri), who finished the game with a team-high 20 points. Tisdell, who scored 14 of the 20 points in the final half, was eight-of-10 from the field, six-of-six in the second half, and four-of-nine from the stripe.Junior guard Bobo Drummond (Peoria, Illinois) followed Tisdell in the scoring column with 17 points, hitting four bombs from long range, while freshman guard Alex Stein (Evansville, Indiana) dropped in 13 points. The final USI double-digit scorer was junior guard Jeril Taylor (Louisville, Kentucky), who had 11 points.The Eagles hit the road for their final road trip of the regular season next week when they travel to play the University of Illinois Springfield Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and McKendree University Saturday at 3 p.m.Following the final road swing of 2015-16, USI will host its regular season finale and Senior Day February 25 when Bellarmine University comes to visit the PAC for a 7:30 p.m. contest. The GLVC Tournament is set to begin February 28 with first games at campus sites. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City’s Green Fair Shows Off Seashore Marine Life

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiFinley Corcory, 3, and her 1-year-old sister, Tatum, didn’t hesitate or flinch when Haley Faith of the Wetlands Institute held out a horseshoe crab for them to touch.Letting out a few giggles, the girls, who live in Marmora, gently caressed the helmet-like shell as though they were petting an adorable puppy – not a creature that has creepy legs and nearly 20 eyes.“He’s smooth. He’s also hard,” Finley said. “He’s kind of scary looking and has spikes.”Finley, Tatum and others – children and adults – were able to learn about horseshoe crabs and other marine life Friday during the annual Ocean City Green Fair, an environmental forum at the Music Pier that touched on an array of topics about the Jersey Shore and its diverse eco-system.Faith, who serves as outreach coordinator for the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, smiled while listening to Finley’s comments about the horseshoe crab. The hope is that by exposing Finley, Tatum and other youngsters to marine life when they are children, they will grow up to become the next generation of environmentally conscious people, Faith explained“I think it’s critical because they’re the future for wildlife and nature,” Faith said. “If not for them, there wouldn’t be a future for wildlife and nature.”Ryan Kanoff, of Horsham, Pa., and his daughters, Victoria, 7, and Ryleigh, 5, check out a ball python held by Kendra Verity of the Cape May County Zoo.The Green Fair gave people of all ages an opportunity to see land animals and marine creatures in an entirely different setting. They were close enough to touch them – if they dared.After a bit of coaxing, MaryJo Fallon tentatively stroked the body of a ball python that was wrapped around the hand of a curator from the Cape May County Zoo.“Never,” Fallon exclaimed when asked whether she thought she would have the nerve to pet a snake. “But it was so smooth and cool. It’s all about overcoming fears.”Fallon, who lives in Haddon Heights and was visiting Ocean City during a trip to the shore, said the Green Fair appealed to her on a personal level.“I consider myself to be environmentally conscious,” she said. “We recycle paper, plastic and glass. We also try to conserve water.”The Green Fair included environmentally friendly exhibits on recycling, gardening, electricity, solar power and climate change.The Green Fair features an array of environmentally friendly exhibits, including recycling, solar power and climate change.Sponsored by the Ocean City Environmental Commission, the fair underscores the importance of the shore’s fragile eco-system and how to protect it. The commission plays a key role in that process by educating the public about the ocean, the beaches, the dunes and the marine life.Among other topics, the commission has published a series of fliers to educate the public about the dunes, the diamondback terrapins, the dangers of pesticides and fertilizers and the potential harm to turtles from deflated balloons.Summer is a particularly crucial time for the seashore environment. Ocean City and other beach towns are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. The Environmental Commission serves as a go-between to try to help avoid any conflicts between so many visitors and the shore’s natural resources. The Green Fair is one way it fulfills its mission.Organizations such as the Wetlands Institute and Cape May County Zoo participate in the Green Fair to help the Environmental Commission educate the public.Kendra Verity, an education curator at the zoo, said she often takes animals to schools, libraries, campgrounds, senior centers and environmental fairs to let people see them up close in an unintimidating way.“It’s all about making a connection between people and the animals, so we can inspire them to protect the animals,” Verity said.A diamondback terrapin, native to the marshlands of the Jersey Shore, rests on a rock in a display tank. Sisters Finley and Tatum Corcory, of Marmora, pet a horseshoe crab held by Haley Faith of the Wetlands Institute during the 2018 Green Fair.last_img read more

Thievery Corporation Shares Free Stream Of New Album, “The Temple Of I & I” [Listen]

first_imgExciting news for fans of Thievery Corporation, as the Florida-based collective has just released a free stream of their new studio album due out on Friday, February 10th. Titled The Temple Of I & I, the new album was recorded entirely in Jamaica, allowing the band’s members to authentically capture their island influences. Much like their previous release, Saudade, the element of Latin American music is strongly featured on the new album.Though the album doesn’t come out until Friday, the band is offering up a free stream to anyone who registers on their website. All you have to do is go to this website and set up an account, and you will be greeted with 15 glorious tracks of Thievery Corporation’s downtempo goodness.Let us know what you think of the new album! Enjoy.last_img read more

After Years Of Collecting Dust, David Bowie’s Oldest-Known Recording Is Set To Be Auctioned Off [Listen]

first_imgYou’re most likely not familiar with former British rock drummer David Hadfield. You’re slightly more likely to be familiar with one of his early ’60s bandmates, a 15-year-old young saxophonist by the name of David Jones, who went by the name David Jay once he joined up with Hadfield to form The Konrads. However, virtually everyone is well-acquainted with the man that young saxophonist became: In 1963, he started going by David Bowie, and the rest, as they say, is history.According to Rolling Stone, 20 years ago Hadfield found some old, forgotten tapes of his and David Jones’ band, which had sat in an old bread basket for years. After listening through some instrumental tracks, he happened upon a recording of an original tune, “I Never Dreamed”, written and sung by Jones. While it was simply a demo tape when it was made, it now represents the oldest-known David Bowie original.As Hadfield explained to Rolling Stone, “[Bowie] kept saying, ‘I’m not a singer, I’m a saxophone player.’” However, the success of 1962’s “A Picture of You” by Joe Brown—who bared a notable resemblance to Bowie—helped persuade the future superstar to change his tune. “Brown looked very similar to David with a shock of blonde hair,” noted Hadfield. “I persuaded David to do a cover version of it and he did it onstage and it went down very well.”Hadfield made numerous attempts to alert Bowie’s camp to the found recording over the years, but after receiving no responses, he has now decided to put the tape up for sale. As Hadfield noted to Rolling Stone, “I decided to cut my losses and put it up for auction. Otherwise, it’s going to die with me in a corner somewhere. The sale will also help me expand my pension.”The recording of “I Never Heard” is set to be auctioned off via British auction house Omega Auction in September, with experts predicting it to garner a roughly $13,000 sum. As Hadfield notes, “It’s worth what someone wants to buy it for. … I suppose if you’re going to make an anthology or box set of David Bowie this would be ideal since it’s the very first one.” The recording will be sold alongside various other pieces of Hadfield’s Bowie- and Konrads-related memorabilia, including letters, bills, photos, promo sketches, booking forms, and more.You can listen to a clip of the recording below:[Video: OmegaAuctionsUK]For more information on the auction, head here.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more