SC Dismisses VVIP Chopper Scam Accused Christian Michel’s Plea For Bail

first_imgTop StoriesSC Dismisses VVIP Chopper Scam Accused Christian Michel’s Plea For Bail Sanya Talwar22 April 2020 12:20 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court today refused to grant bail to Christian Michel’s who is accused in the Augusta Westland Chopper scam.A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul & BR Gavai upheld the Delhi High Court’s decision of rejecting his interim bail plea which had noted that Michel’s apprehension of catching COVID19 virus due to the overcrowding of prison and his vulnerable age was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court today refused to grant bail to Christian Michel’s who is accused in the Augusta Westland Chopper scam.A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul & BR Gavai upheld the Delhi High Court’s decision of rejecting his interim bail plea which had noted that Michel’s apprehension of catching COVID19 virus due to the overcrowding of prison and his vulnerable age was “unfounded”.On April 11, the Delhi High Court, while denying his plea for interim bail, the Single Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta had noted that, ‘As regards the apprehension of the petitioner being infected by Covid-19 pandemic, it may be noted that the petitioner is lodged in separate cell with only two other prisoners and thus, is not in a Barrack or dormitory where there are number of prisons. It is not the case of the petitioner that any of the two inmates residing with him are suffering from Covid-19 pandemic. Hence, the apprehension of the petitioner also because of the vulnerable age and overcrowding in jail that he is likely to contact Covid-19 which may be detrimental to his health, is unfounded.’On April 1, Supreme Court had denied his plea for grant of interim bail amid the coronavirus outbreak and had directed him to move the Delhi High Court, wherein his baip plea was pending.The Supreme court on March 23, 2020 had directed a high powered committee to square in on those prisoners who could be released on parole in order to de-congest jails and effectuate social distancing in prisons. However, the committee did not consider Michel’s case for grant of parole, following which, he approached the Top Court.Stating that his health was extremely critical, he had sought bail through a plea by Advocates Sriram Prakkat, Vishnu Shankar & Ajlo Joseph. It was also averred that being contained in congested prisons in times of such crisis could further substantiate expose him to disease which could in turn be fatal for him.Michel has been in judicial custody since January 5, 2019 and his regular bail is pending before the high court where the CBI and the ED have contended that he should not be granted relief, citing his influence and nexus which may hamper proceedings.Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the cases filed by the ED and the CBI. The other two are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

In lives of others, a compass for his own

first_imgIt took Pedro Spivakovsky-Gonzalez several years and nearly 10,000 miles, on a journey that included several cities around the world, to find his calling in his hometown.The son of a political refugee from the former Soviet Union, Spivakovsky-Gonzalez, J.D. ’17, was born in Boston and grew up in Spain, Canada, and the United States. He studied economics at the University of California at Berkeley, completed a master’s in development studies at the University of Cambridge in England, and went to work as a research economist in Washington, D.C.It was after his stints in Cambridge and Washington that he experienced “the dissonance” of studying poverty and inequality in wealthy institutions, and the limits to making a direct impact on people’s lives as a researcher.Yearning for a career that resolved that discord, he applied to Harvard Law School. When he was accepted, it felt like a homecoming of sorts. The first house he lived in was three blocks from the Law School.But the real epiphany came while working at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, one of the School’s clinical programs and the oldest student-run organization in the United States. The bureau provides free civil legal services to people who cannot afford an attorney. It was there that he found his passion.“We help people who are often forgotten and live different lives from what we often see either in Washington, D.C., or the Law School,” said Spivakovsky-Gonzalez on a recent morning near Harvard Yard.Entering his second semester as the bureau’s president, he plans to become a public-interest lawyer. As a student attorney with the bureau, he has represented East Boston residents facing eviction in Boston Housing Court, and helped veterans apply for benefits at the Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain. Both experiences left deep marks on him.“Before, I felt a little bit removed from a lot of the populations that are most affected by the decisions and policies that are made in Washington,” he said. “Here, I can help people more directly.”Case in point: In August 2015, Spivakovsky-Gonzalez represented tenants of a four-unit apartment building on Bennington Street in East Boston, who were being forced to either pay twice their past rent or lose their homes. With his legal advice and representation and that of three other students, the cases were settled in favor of the tenants, who stayed put.“Many people are unaware of the law,” he said. “They think they don’t have legal rights but in fact under the law they have rights and leverage to improve their situation.”Spivakovsky-Gonzalez kept his poise throughout the trial, said instructor Eloise Lawrence, who supervised the students.“He was the picture of grace under pressure,” said Lawrence. “For example, he kept  his composure even when he was conducting a direct examination and the interpreter was incorrectly translating the witness’s testimony — which Pedro knew because he is fluent in Spanish — and the judge was berating him for raising his concerns. When the verdict came down in our client’s favor, he would not let any of us smile at counsel table for fear of appearing  that we were gloating.  He’s the opposite of today’s professional athlete who does a victory dance at a mere good play.”As the bureau’s leader, Spivakovsky-Gonzalez has to uphold its dual mission of providing civic legal aid to low-income residents in the Greater Boston area while giving students a chance to practice housing, family, benefits, and wage and hour law. Students practice under Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:03, which allows them to offer legal assistance under the supervision of clinical instructors who are working attorneys.Students who work on housing issues attend weekly meetings organized by City Life/Vida Urbana, a community group that helps Boston area residents fight eviction, foreclosure, and displacement. That is where they meet potential clients.The bureau’s assistance has proved crucial, said Andres Del Castillo, an organizer with City Life/Vida Urbana, who led a recent meeting in the basement of a church near the Maverick T station. About 30 people were on hand to ask for assistance with problems such as eviction, sudden rent increases, and cockroach infestation.“We have very limited resources,” said Del Castillo. “It’s a miracle what happens here. The law students do their best to help people in the community.”This summer, as well as attending community meetings in East Boston, Spivakovsky-Gonzalez worked with veterans in Jamaica Plain. Both experiences helped him recognize that public-interest law is his calling, and that giving back to the community is a way to honor his own history. His parents came to the United States after living in dictatorships in their home countries.“It’s hard to know where one will end up,” he said of his return to Boston. “But it’s nice to be back to the place where I’m originally from to work in public-interest law and give help to people who need it.”last_img read more

Sharapova reveals failed drug test

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP):Tennis star Maria Sharapova says she failed a drug test at the Australian Open.The five-time major champion took full responsibility for her mistake when she made the announcement at a news conference yesterday in Los Angeles.”I know that with this, I face consequences,” Sharapova said. “I don’t want to end my career this way and I really hope I will be given another chance to play this game.”The 28-year-old Sharapova said she tested positive for meldonium, which she said she has been taking for 10 years for numerous health issues. Meldonium, which is thought to be widely used by Russian athletes, became a banned substance this year under the WADA code and Sharapova claimed she didn’t notice its addition to the banned list.”I take great responsibility and professionalism in my job and I made a huge mistake,” Sharapova said. “I let my fans down. I let the sport down that I’ve been playing since the age of four, that I love so deeply.”Boosts exercise capacityMeldonium, also known as mildronate, is a Latvian-manufactured drug popular for fighting heart disease in former Soviet Union countries. Meldonium treats ischemia, or lack of blood flow, but can be taken in large doses as a performance enhancer that increases exercise capacity.WADA President Craig Reedie told The Associated Press that any athlete found guilty of using meldonium would normally face a one-year suspension.The ITF’s anti-doping programme announced in a statement that Sharapova will be provisionally suspended starting this weekend while her case is examined.Sharapova said she tested positive in an in-competition test at the Australian Open, where she lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals on January 26. Sharapova hasn’t played since then while recovering from a forearm injury and she had already dropped out of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which begins this week.Several athletes have tested positive for meldonium since it was banned in January, including two Ukrainian biathletes and Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov. Earlier yesterday, Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova, a European champion ice dancer, told local media she had tested positive for meldonium.Sharapova said she began taking meldonium for “several health issues I had back in 2006,” including a magnesium deficiency, regular influenza, “irregular” heart test results and early indications of diabetes, of which she has a family history. Sharapova and her attorney declined to say where Sharapova was put on the drug or where she gets it now, citing the ongoing process with the ITF.”I have to take full responsibility for it,” Sharapova said. “It’s my body, and I’m responsible for what I put into it.”Reedie said he was unaware of Sharapova’s case until she announced it at the news conference.”I understand the drug is sold particularly in Eastern Europe,” he told the AP in a telephone interview. “You can almost get it over the counter. For stronger versions, you might need a prescription. There has been a whole rash of these cases since the first of January when it appeared on the banned list.”last_img read more