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Cuttack, 2nd September 2016: Justice Indrajit Mahanty became a judge of Orissa High Court in 2006, and he became a hotelier in 2009. Activist Jayanta Das broke the story on 8th August with documentary evidence given by judiciary whistleblowers. Kamyab TV, an Oriya TV channel, held a panel debate on this issue. In our press release issued three days ago, we asked whether it was ethical for any high court judge to be a businessman.

Justice I. Mahanty maintained a stony silence but on his behalf, the management of his hotel, The Triple C, issued a denial in The Indian Expresson the same day as our press release. The Triple C Hotel's press statement contradicts the signed affidavit of Justice I. Mahanty himself, and it actually makes this high court judge's actions look totally mysterious!

MYSTERY #1. The Indian Express story says, "A spokesperson of Latest Generation Entertainment Pvt Limited (LGPL), which entered into a 15-year pact with Justice Indrajit Mohanty, clarified that lease/rent agreement for “Triple C” was signed in August, 2007. Chartered Accountant of LGPL R Sharma said possession of the property was handed over to the company in 2009 and it has been running the hotel ever since. LGPL has been paying lease rental for the premises after accounting for the income tax." And later on, it says, "Besides, the accusations that working capital had been availed for running hotel were found to be untrue as neither LGPL nor Justice Mohanty had taken any. Instead, a term loan was secured in 2007 for construction of the building. Application for an additional term loan was made in 2009 which was approved later in the year by State Bank of India."

But this begs the question: Why is Justice Indrajit Mahanty servicing a working capital loan of Rs 2.5 cr from State Bank of India, which he took in his own name in February 2009? Read SBI's loan sanction letter issued on 16th Feb 2009 in the name of Justice Indrajit Mahanty himself (and not in the name of Latest Generation Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.) See below image:

Why is Justice Indrajit Mahanty servicing a working capital loan of Rs 2.5 cr from State Bank of India, which he took in his own name in February 2009? Read SBI's loan sanction letter issued on 16th Feb 2009 in the name of Justice Indrajit Mahanty himself (and not in the name of Latest Generation Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.)

Also, why is Justice I. Mahanty (and not the hotel management company) withdrawing and repaying lakhs of rupees every month? Read the bank statements showing drawals and repayments as recent as May 2015. See below image:

If not from The Triple C Hotel, from what source of income does Justice Indrajit Mahanty pay amounts like Rs 2 lakh every month? And if not for working capital of the hotel, for what purpose does Justice I. Mahanty withdraw lakhs of rupees every month? Will his lordship kindly clarify this?

MYSTERY #2: The Indian Express story says: "Contrary to the allegations that Justice Mohanty got record of rights of the land in 2006, available documents revealed that the land on which the hotel is located was purchased on October 16, 1981 by Barrister Ranjit Mohanty for his son, Justice Mohanty."

In that case, did Justice Indrajit Mahanty tell a lie in his affidavit? Why did he state, "That I have obtained a plot of land by way of Court Decree from the Court of the Subordinate Judge, first Court, Cuttack, in Title Suit no. 297 of 1981" Why didn't he mention anything about purchase of land by his father Barrister Ranjit Mahanty? See below image:

Did Justice Indrajit Mahanty tell a lie in his affidavit? Why did he state, "That I have obtained a plot of land by way of Court Decree from the Court of the Subordinate Judge, first Court, Cuttack, in Title Suit no. 297 of 1981" Why didn't he mention anything about purchase of land by his father Barrister Ranjit Mahanty?

The Indian Express story concludes by saying: "Sharma said the attacks on the hotel are not only baseless but also motivated and have adversely affected its functioning."

Mr Sharma, do you really imagine that any of this is about the hotel? Oh come on, get real! It's not about The Triple C Hotel, and no, it's not about one over-privileged person named Indrajit Mahanty either. This is about the judiciary and its functioning, and the fundamental right of 1.3 billion citizens of India to be served by judges who are genuinely impartial and unbiased.

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Sometimes Indian justice system leaves me stunned with the sheer absurdity of it.

The Supreme Court today discarded the contention of the police that the death sentence awarded to former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma should be retained as he shot dead and burnt the body of a helpless woman, his wife Naina Sahni, saying she was "not hapless".

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam discarded the death sentence awarded to Sushil Sharma (ex-youth Congress leader) remarking that Sushil Sharma was not in a "dominant position" with regard to his wife - a qualified pilot and an independent lady capable of taking her own decisions.

"The appellant (Sharma) was the state President of the Youth Congress in Delhi. The deceased was a qualified pilot and she was also the state General Secretary of Youth Congress (Girls Wing), Delhi. She was an independent lady who was capable of taking her own decisions. From the evidence on record, it cannot be said that she was not in touch with people residing outside the four walls of her house.

"She was not a poor illiterate hapless woman. Considering the social status of the deceased, it would be difficult to come to the conclusion that the appellant was in a dominant position qua her," the bench said.

One almost visualizes a judge overwhelmed with pity for the man unjustly punished because a woman chose to get herself killed at his hand. Not to mention the macabre "tu hain meri Kiran" type logic, where the judge describes classic violent domestic abusive behavior - extreme violence followed by remorse - as

"deeply in love" with the victim, was "possessive" about her and the murder was "a result of this possessiveness" as well as his suspicions about her fidelity.

The supposed logic being that wept when shown his wife's body. Well, given that he had screwed up his own life, of course he wept!

A person who shoots his own wife dead cannot be considered to be in love with her by any leap of logic. It is plain controlling behavior, where [fear of] losing control over a possession brings about extreme violence and the tendency to destroy the "possession".

This is the logic that has fathers beheading their beloved daughters over honor on one hand and marrying rape victims to their rapists on the other - destroying, discarding them without being obvious about it. This is the logic that has men throwing acid into the faces of women who dared refuse their romantic/sexual overtures. And this apparently is the logic that drives Supreme Court judges to explain how the person who murdered another wasn't actually dominant.

I think what the Indian judicial system really needs is a means to enforce punishments post mortem. Then we could have this woman serve for the grief she caused this man by causing him to suspect her  and ruin his life in a moment of rage she induced.

What Indian women need is to flock to embassies and apply for asylum - ideally in Nordic states - since they are not safe from the system in this country, let alone the abundant criminals the system is supposed to protect them from.

Insult to National Flag : Activist moves court for action against Subrat Roy and Sahara India Parivaar. On a petition moved by Lucknow based Social Activist Urvashi Sharma under 156(3) CrPc, the court of Judicial Magistrate II has directed the Ashiyana Police Station of State Capital to enquire the matter of filing of First Information Report (FIR) against Subrat Roy and Sahara India Parivaar and submit report within a week. According to the petition filed by Urvashi Sharma, a Lucknow based social Activist,on 06-05-13(Monday) , SAHARA India Parivaar had organized “ Bharat Bhavna Divas” at Ramabai Ground in Lucknow. Later Urvashi came to know through newspaper-reports that the National Flag (Tricolor) was grossly dishonored at the venue.

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On a petition moved by Lucknow based Social Activist Urvashi Sharma under 156(3) CrPc, the court of Judicial Magistrate II has directed the Ashiyana Police Station of State Capital to enquire the matter of filing of First Information Report (FIR) against Subrat Roy and Sahara India Parivaar and submit report within a week.

According to the petition filed by Urvashi Sharma, a Lucknow based social Activist,on 06-05-13(Monday) , SAHARA India Parivaar had organized “ Bharat Bhavna Divas” at Ramabai Ground in Lucknow. Later Urvashi came to know through newspaper-reports that the National Flag (Tricolor) was grossly dishonored at the venue of the program.

According to Urvashi, the organizers of the said feat were solely responsible for this act of gross disrespect to national flag of India and that the Organizers should have acted responsibly and should have made adequate arrangements so as to avert any such situation. If they were not able to manage it, they should have avoided use of tricolor in the event.

On 09-05-13, Urvashi moved an application to Police Station officer of Thana Talkatora to lodge a F.I.R. under the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act 1971 and other relevant sections of I.P.C. against Subrata Roy, managing worker and chairman of Sahara India Pariwar & other staff and workers of Sahara India Parivaar who were directly responsible for dishonoring the National Flag of INDIA .

Police Station officer of Thana Talkatora refused to entertain the application and directed Urvashi to contact Ashiyana Police Station.

On 11-05-13, Urvashi moved the application to Police Station officer of Thana Ashiyana. Police Station Ashiyana too refused to file the F.I.R. and Urvashi was compelled to move an application to S.S.P. of Lucknow.Application dated 15-05-13 to S.S.P. Lucknow was also of no avail so Urvashi has now filed a case u/s 156(3) CrPc to get the F.I.R. registered in this matter of gross disrespect to National Flag of India and the culprits be punished.

“I have informed the matter to Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh and DGP of Uttar Pradesh also but no action from their end is damn surprising to me and shows their lackluster attitude towards safeguarding the honor of National Symbols in Uttar Pradesh ” told Urvashi.

This is going to be short.

See this page. It is about railway accidents in India. It records accidents from the 1980s to now. No need even for details. Just scroll down the page, and get an idea of the size of each year's entries. 2010 and 2011 are massive lists.

Cut to present tense. Or rather yesterday morning. A ten year old picking plastic bottles discarded by train passengers spotted a fracture in the tracks with minutes to spare for the arrival of the Rajdhani Express. He ran ahead and alerted the signalman and on his instructions, waved a red flag to indicate an emergency to the train as it came in. He showed the fracture to the driver, the signal man got the whoevers who handle maintenance and the track was immediately closed for repairs.

To this, the response of SK Sharma, chief public relations officer (CPRO), Northern railways was, "Track fractures happen in winters due to change in temperature. Since all the tracks are circuited, there is no question that we won't get to know about it. Whenever there is a track fracture, there would not be any signal and without that drivers can not drive the trains."

It isn't rocket science to see that the fracture was clearly serious enough to shut the track for immediate repairs. It also isn't rocket science to know that whatever system this guy is talking about clearly didn't function, since it was a ten year old boy flagging an oncoming train to an emergency halt.

By now, you don't need me to tell you why there are so many accidents recently as compared with earlier years. People aren't doing their jobs, and then not even appreciating those who do those jobs for them, let alone learning from either accidents or narrowly missed accidents.

India is paying for this man's salary, and it is paying in lives, compensations, property damage, emotional trauma, inconvenience and many more ways too.

Do the math.