Reveal names of black money holders: SC

NEW DELHI, Apr 8: The Supreme Court today pulled up the Union Government and directed it to disclose the identity of other people, besides Pune businessman Hassan Ali Khan, whose names have come up in course of investigation in the black money case. A bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar issued the directions after it found that the Enforcement Directorate was not revealing the names of persons, except Khan, who were being investigated in the case. Petitioner Ram Jethmalani alleged that the top leadership of the ruling Congress party was interfering in the investigations.

The ED officials were reportedly annoyed with the pressure being brought upon them allegedly by some politicians to go slow in the investigation and maintain utmost secrecy with regard to disclosure of the names which are cropping up during the probe.

The Supreme Court had earlier directed the authorities to provide security to Khan and his family who are facing threat to their lives from the underworld.

Khan is reported to have parked about eight billion dollar in his Swiss bank accounts.

The next hearing in the case will be held on April 15. (UNI)

Time bound promotion still exists: Govt

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 8: The Government today clarified that time-bound promotion after every nine years for the State employees would remain intact. "Consequent upon the implementation of Sixth Pay Commission recommendations in the State vide SRO-93 dated 15.4.2009, doubts were expressed from various quarters as to whether J&K Civil Services (Higher Standard Pay Scale Scheme) Rules 1996, issued vide SRO-14 dated 15.1.1996 continued to be operative or otherwise.

"Emergence of pay bands and grade pays instead of scale to scale revision and merger of six scales into single grade pay of Rs 4200 in PB-2 had results in practical impediments in grant of functional as well as non-functional promotions in these scales’’, an official order issued today by Director (Codes) of Finance Department said.

The order said the issue was examined in the Finance Department and the impediments experienced in practical application of Higher Standard Pay Scale Scheme, were removed by introducing re-structure grade pays vide SRO-42 dated 2.2.2011.

Consequent upon removal of impediments vide SRO 42/2011, the Finance Department today clarified that the J&K Civil Services Higher Standard Pay Scale Scheme Rules introduced vide SRO-14/1996 are operative to the State employees subject to the conditions laid down in SRO-14/1996 with modifications carried over from time to time read with SRO-42 of 2011 dated 2.2.2011.

B.Ed holders from J&K can't be disqualified: HC

ALLAHABAD, Apr 8: The Allahabad High Court has said those who have done their B.Ed. from a University in Jammu and Kashmir cannot be disqualified for Special BTC course of Uttar Pradesh just because the State enjoys special status and falls outside the purview of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The order was passed by a Division Bench comprising Justice Sunil Ambawani and Justice Kashi Nath Pandey while allowing a special appeal of one Sadhana Singh who had done B. Ed. from Jammu and Kashmir University and applied for the Special BTC course of U.P., meant for appoint primary school teachers, in 2007 but the same was turned down by concerned authorities on the aforesaid ground.

"The exclusion of some of the candidates, who have taken degrees from universities situated in States where NCTE Act does not apply, would be a hostile and invidious discrimination. Such students cannot be put at fault on account of the special status given to the State of Jammu and Kashmir", the court said in its order dated March 28 this year.

The court also set aside a single Judge’s order of 5.11.2009 whereby the rejection of the petitioner’s plea was upheld with the remark "though NCTE has taken a stand that degree/diploma awarded by the State of Jammu and Kashmir will be valid for giving appointment in the rest of the country, there was justification in the wisdom of the State (U.P.) Government to exclude those candidates who have not obtained B.Ed. Degree from an institute organized by the NCTE".

"The petitioner will not be treated as disqualified and will be considered along with the candidates of Special BTC course, 2007, subject to her comparative merit with other candidates", the Division Bench said in its judgement.

It, however, added a caveat "that only those candidates having degrees from Jammu and Kashmir will be considered qualified who have obtained degrees from universities recognized by the University Grants Commission". (PTI)

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