Dr Subramanian Swamy spoke exclusively to The Daily Guardian and explained his interest in ensuring that a fair investigation is done in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. He has written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for a CBI inquiry and the letter has been acknowledged by the PM himself. Excerpts:
Q: What is the update on the Sushant Singh Rajput death probe?
A: Bihar Police has turned up. His father apparently told the Bihar Police that he (Rajput) had no internal turmoil or depression. Once Bihar Police turns up in Mumbai, CBI is inescapable. Can’t have two agencies investigating the same crime. It’s good for everyone for the CBI to investigate. Mumbai Police should recommend it. They are busy with corona.
Q: You have alleged that there is a Dubai link, not just with Bollywood but also with the state’s politicians.
A: Why is the state’s Home Minister (who is from the NCP) against a CBI inquiry? And then he is giving a running commentary as to who is being questioned and who is not. That is not the job of the Home Minister. This shows a certain nervousness of the outcome.
Q: You have also stated that Sushant changed 50 SIM cards.
A: Yes, I have been asked as to how I know this, but if I know so should the investigating agencies. It’s their job to know. His servant has also said that Sushant often slept in his car. What was he scared of? All these things don’t add up to voluntary suicide. I don’t understand the resistance to a CBI inquiry. In the Indrani Mukherjea case, they immediately opted for a CBI inquiry. There is a national upsurge to know the truth.
Q: How did you get interested in the case?
A: Judging from the evidence that came on record, there seemed to be some haste in concluding the matter.
Few things alerted my attention. First is that after his body was taken to the morgue, I was a bit surprised because RC Cooper Hospital is really meant for road accidents so why take him there? Even there, the three doctors who examined him said death is due to asphyxiation which means robbed of his breath. That could mean death by hanging or it could be by someone squeezing his neck. They also said that the postmortem was provisional; yet the next day, they cremated his body. What was the hurry? This was the first thing that alerted me because he was a superstar, he was a celebrity and also someone who was getting threats to fall in line, that there is a cartel in Bollywood and three names were given… all of whom share the last name Khan. There is no religion in this because there are others who are with them who are Hindus. Ishkaran (Bhandari and Kangana Ranaut’s lawyer) who is looking into the case, found out that the flat he had been found in was not sealed. Even in Sunanda’s (Pushkar) case, the hotel room was sealed. This is a case where injustice is being done. Even if it was suicide, was it induced suicide, was it assisted suicide? We want to know which it was. Was he driven to it? We are told that many of his contracts got cancelled and he was told his career is over. Therefore, I have taken up his case to see that justice is being done.
Q: Well, the conspiracy theory is that the BJP-RSS is interested in this as it wants to sideline the three Khans.
A: Intellectuals belonging to the RSS pool have been writing about it because a lot of the nation’s money goes into the making of films. And don’t forget I am a two-term MP from Mumbai North East. I have knowledge of how things were happening in those days when Haji Mastan was there. But today, Bollywood has become a major money-laundering activity. And even the Pakistanis have got into the act because they are experts in money laundering. Now, it is a national security issue; it is no more just about the film world. Take a look at Sridevi’s death. I would have liked to go into that as well because she was from Tamil Nadu and I knew her, but I couldn’t as it happened in Dubai. And there are many other unreported mysterious deaths that are hushed up. Why is this happening in Bollywood?
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Tejashwi to meet Jharkhand CM as Lalu Yadav’s health condition becomes serious
Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India], January 23 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav has said that he will be meeting Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday as his ailing father and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s situation is serious and his family wants better treatment for him.
“Our family wants better treatment for him (Lalu Prasad Yadav) but it is for doctors to analyse what treatments can be provided here, after all the test reports come. His situation is serious, I will meet the Chief Minister tomorrow (Saturday),” said Tejashwi Yadav while speaking to the reporters here.
“He has already undergone heart surgery earlier and only 25 per cent of his kidney is functional. He has also been diagnosed with pneumonia. He is facing difficulty while breathing,” he added.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s wife Rabri Devi, daughter Misa Bharti and sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav left from Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi after visiting him today.
The former Chief Minister who is admitted here has an infection in the lungs and his condition is stable, a senior doctor said on Thursday.
“Lalu Prasad Yadav is stable. There’s an infection in the lungs. Treatment is going on. This is a kind of pneumonia. We have consulted with the HOD of lungs dept of AIIMS. Rapid antigen test for COVID-19 is negative. RT-PCR report will come on Friday,” he said.
Lalu Prasad’s son Tejaswi Yadav, who is the leader of the opposition in the state assembly, spoke to Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta and Chief Minister Hemant Soren regarding his health.
Dr Umesh Prasad, the physician of the jailed RJD chief, had said last month that his kidney was functioning at 25 per cent capacity and the situation can deteriorate.
Lalu Prasad has been convicted in the fodder scam cases. (ANI)
Amit Shah arrives in Guwahati, to hold public meetings on Jan 24
Guwahati (Assam) [India], January 23 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Guwahati in the early hours of Saturday.
Shah, on January 24, will hold two public meetings in Assam, which is scheduled to go to the polls later this year. In Assam’s Kokrajhar, he will hold a meeting of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
Later, he will address a public meeting organised by the BJP in Nalbari.
BJP Vice President and party in-charge of Assam, Baijayant Jay Panda, is currently camping in Assam and looking after the preparations for Shah’s rally.
“The Home Minister will be visiting Assam for the second time in less than a month. Besides government programmes, including a meeting of the Bodoland Tribal Council area, he will also be reviewing the political situation and addressing a public rally organised by BJP at Nalbari,” Panda told ANI.
During Shah’s last visit to Assam, several Congress MLAs joined the BJP.
The term of the 126-member Assam Assembly is ending on 31 May 2021. (ANI)
Amid speculations of his joining Left front, KV Thomas to meet AICC team
By Hari Mohan
Kochi (Kerala) [India], January 23 (ANI): Amid speculations that senior Congress leader and former Union Minister KV Thomas would join the Left front, he revealed he spoke to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and would meet the All India Congress Committee (AICC) team headed by Ashok Gehlot who is in Kerala on Saturday.
Speaking to ANI he said, “Sonia Gandhi called me and asked to meet the AICC team deputed by High Command in Kerala. I will go to Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday (today) and will meet them.”
He said he was called by senior Congress leaders from Kerala, Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala, in the evening. “They also asked me to meet the AICC team,” he added.
He further said, “I have so much respect and gratitude for Sonia Gandhi. I will obey any instruction from her without any complaint. I have never said no to her so far and won’t say in the future as well.”
Regarding the alleged ‘rift’ with the Congress party, he said that he had not demanded any post in the party or any seat in the upcoming assembly polls.
“But I didn’t get any role in the local body polls. I recommended just one person’s name for a seat in the local body polls. That was rejected,” said the senior Congress leader.
The revelation comes after he cancelled a press meet scheduled tomorrow, in which he had said that he would make his future plans clear. In the last Lok Sabha polls, Thomas was not given any seat to contest, on which he had then openly expressed his displeasure. (ANI)
Telangana introduces 10 pc quota for economically weaker sections
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], January 23 (ANI): Telangana IT and Municipal Minister KTR on Friday said that a 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker section is being introduced while the current reservation will be as usual.
Officials met IT minister KT Rama Rao and minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan yesterday. Errabelli has been felicitated for his decision of making the economic backward category get 10 per cent reservation in public sector jobs and education.
The officials felicitated minister KTR and he expressed his happiness. KTR said, “The government’s goal is to create opportunities for everyone in society.”
He said that if equal opportunities are provided, there will be equality in society. The CM has decided to provide 10 per cent reservation to the economically weaker sections for achieving social harmony.
“Reservations would remain the same at present. He said the reservations would be extended to Vaishya Reddy, Velam, Kamma, Brahmin, Marwari Jain, Muslim minorities like Syed and Khan,” said KTR.
“10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections is being introduced and the current reservation will be as usual. According to the family survey conducted in 2025, there are 10 per cent SCs, 12 per cent STs, 51 per cent BCs, and 22 per cent others in the State. We provided 24 hours electricity to farmers and introduced Rhythu Bandhu scheme. Kalyana Lakshmi, Shadi Mubarak, KCR kits and many such developmental schemes have been introduced. That is the reason the KCR’s government is a government with a heart. CM’s aim is to see everyone happy and he should be one of them. They introduced several schemes which give support starting from before birth to after death,” he added. (ANI)
Fire breaks out in Delhi’s Uttam Nagar area, fire tenders at spot
New Delhi [India], January 23 (ANI): A fire broke out at an automobile workshop in Uttam Nagar area’s Main Rajapuri Road on Friday.
At least 15 fire tenders have reached the spot and are engaged in firefighting operations here.
Further details are awaited. (ANI)
Krishna police detain man in Nandi idol desecration case
Krishna District (Andhra Pradesh) [India], January 23 (ANI): Krishna district police have detained the accused in the Nandi idol desecration case in Makkapeta village of Vatsavai mandal here. Police found that the idol vandalisation on 16 September 2020 was the handiwork of treasure hunters.
Krishna district superintendent of police (SP) Ravindranath Babu and SIT officer Ashok Kumar shared details of the case before the media at Nandigama DSP office.
“The idol of Nandi at Lord Kasi Visweswara temple in Makkapeta village, Vatsavai Mandal of Krishna district was desecrated on 16 September 2020. The ear of the Nandi idol was broken. The police filed a case and launched an investigation. The police have today detained the accused in this case. Srinivas from Hyderabad is found to be the main accused,” they said.
SP Ravindranath Babu said that Srinivas and others have been detained.
He added, “The accused believed that there are diamonds in the Nandi idol. They planned to commit the crime to get a treasure trove from this temple. At first, they did a recce here. After that Srinivas brought a temple priest from Gampalagudem and did a recce for the second time. Srinivas, that priest and his accomplices named Vijay and Mahesh came in a car to the temple on 16 September 2020 night. They broke the ear of Nandi idol and took it away. They broke that ear part into pieces for diamonds but found nothing. Then they left the place.”
“Srinivas further enquired from some other persons at Hyderabad. They said that diamonds would be in the stomach or back part of the Nandi idol but not in the ear. Then the gang again came to the temple to take the idol. They asked the local people and came to know that the idol was removed,” said SP Ravindranath Babu.
The Superintendent of Police said they asked the temple priest about the idol who got suspicious and informed the police. The accused admitted that they did a recce several times and vandalised the idol for hidden treasure, the SP added.
He further added that a case has been filed against the accused under sections 447, 427, 295, 295A,153 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 20 of the Indian Treasure Trove Act. The police seized two cars, six mobile phones. They further seized a hammer and other equipment used for breaking the idol. (ANI)
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