HC notice to C’garh govt on poem advt

Written by Express News Service | Raipur | Published:January 25, 2012 12:09 am

The Bilaspur High Court Tuesday issued a notice to the Chhattisgarh government,asking whether it had paid local newspapers to carry poems by some BJP leaders. It also asked the newspapers if the government had ordered them to do so.

The Indian Express had first reported about poems by some unidentified BJP leaders that were published as a government advertisement — Nai Duniya and Haribhoomi mentioned they were released by Samvad,the government’s PR agency — on November 9,2011.

Government spokesman N Baijendra Kumar claimed the newspapers mentioned Samvad’s name by mistake. A bench asked the newspapers to explain who paid them for the advertisement.

CWG: Court cites parity,3 get bail

A special CBI court granted bail to three accused,including two former CWG Organising Committee (OC) officials,in the Commonwealth Games case on grounds of parity. The court granted bail to OC’s former joint director general (Sports) A S V Prasad,former director general (Procurement) Surjit Lal and promoter of Gem International P D Arya,observing that four other accused,including former OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi,were already out on bail.

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