After Laloo…Chor Mandali in queue

J Jayalalitha

Now that Laloo Prasad Yadav has been disgraced and convicted, let’s take a look at the others waiting for a verdict in similar cases.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who is facing trial in a disproportionate assets (DA).


Former Telecom minister A Raja and DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s daughter and MP K Kanimozhi. (2G case)

Former chief minister Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa and his two sons.

G Janardhana Reddy has been in jail for illegal mining for over two years.

In Andhra Pradesh, Jagan Mohan Reddy‘s disproportionate assets case. He might have got bail but not clean chit. Five ministers too fear conviction in the same case. BCCI chief N Srinivasan is also one of the accused.

Congress MP from Pune and former chief of Indian Olympic Association Suresh Kalmadi is also staring at the possibility of being convicted in the Common Wealth Games (CWG) scam.

Former Haryana chief minister and the INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala and his son have already been convicted in the teachers’ recruitment scam.

Former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh in disproportionate assets case.
Former BJP President Nitin Gadkari involved in the financial deals of Purti Group

Those who got away with clean chit:
The BSP chief and former UP chief minister Mayawati.
SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Solving the mystery around Guru Dutt’s death

I am going to watch ‘Kagaz Ke Phool’ today, at Jagran Film Festival. I missed ‘Pyasa’ this time but have seen it a number of times, including the time it was released. I don’t intend to miss ‘Kagaz Ke Phool’, not that I’ve not seen it earlier.
Press didn’t value him, and in fact ignored him during his life time –  partly because he didn’t flaunt his love life like, say, Raj Kapoor. And mainly because they found him a little ‘boring’ and not one of ‘the beautiful people’. He got his due share of limelight when he died mysteriously at 39 and recognition when he was included in Time magazine’s “All-TIME” 100 best movies in 2005 and by the Sight & Sound critics’ and directors’ poll in 2002, where Dutt himself is included among the greatest film directors of all time.
At the same time, I feel sorry for the kind of media we have. There have been books and now someone is making a biopic but there has been no serious attempt to explore the mystery behind his death. Alcohol and sleeping pills – Sonarils.
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