2012 yearender: HC assuages enraged nation, puts sports bodies to task

Delhi High Court

Former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitly also moved the court against framing of charges for allegedly taking bribe to influence a "fictitious" defence deal in 2000. The FIR was lodged against her and others on the basis of a sting of a news-portal to exposing alleged corruption in defence deals.

Jaitly also got a jolt as the court denied her permission to visit 82-year-old socialist leader, George Fernandes, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, at his home, saying she has no locus to claim visitation right.

In other notable developments, the high court, which had suffered a terror attack on September 7, 2011 in which 15 persons died, set aside a lower court order and directed framing of the charge of waging war against the nation against lone arrested accused Wasim Akram Malik in the case.

In an extortion case involving gangster Abu Salem, the court allowed the Centre to drop stringent MCOCA charges against him to enable India to seek reversal of an order of the Portuguese Supreme Court by which his extradition was quashed on the ground of non-observance of extradition terms.

A plethora of PILs, subsequent court notices, observations and decisions in some also hogged the limelight in 2012.

One of the pleas pertained to allotment of 190 acres of IGI Airport land to private consortium Delhi International Airport Limited at a "throw-away" price. The court took note of it and asked the Centre to file documents related to allotment.

On another PIL, alleging scam of whopping Rs 67,000 crore in purchase of 111 planes by Air India, the court, however, refused to order a probe by the CVC, saying the matter was being looked into by Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.

Anti-graft activist Anna Hazare and his supporters got support in the hearing of a PIL alleging that some NGOs got foreign funds which were used in the stir.

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