Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2018 13:16:32










AT LAST with the extradition of one of the principal accused, Christian Michel James, in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal bribery case, Indian investigators would be able to bring to justice all those involved in the high profile case. Though the extradition appeal made by the Indian investigating agencies, the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) was pending with the UEA Government with the Interpol already having issued a Red Corner Notice, it was the high level diplomatic efforts by the Indian Government that finally clinched the issue. While this may be considered a major diplomatic victory for the Indian Government, similar success in other cases like that of Mallya, Choksi, Nirav Modi and several others is hard to come by. But this case shows that if efforts are launched on political executive level success can still be achieved. A question then arises, why a foreign Government should give asylum to a person who is facing criminal charges in another country? The answer to this is not easy to come by.



HE MIGHT not have performed very well in the last some time, but the exit of celebrated cricketer Gautam Gambhir from the game will be felt as unwelcome news by fans. He said, in effect, the shouts “It’s over Gauti” finally got to him and he decided to say ‘Quits’. No matter all that jarring jeering, Gautam Gambhir was one of those players without whose presence no team in any version was complete. Not only did he play a pivotal role in the two World Cup titles, but also became an anchor-like power of the Indian team even in Tests. Later, at the Indian Premier League matches, he headed his teams with distinction. His quiet manner, and his silent method earned him a lot of accolades. He was polished in his batsmanship, his leadership and gentlemanliness. However, Gauti suffered from cricket’s changing standards that he himself helped push into a very competitive zone. His innings has ended, but Gautam Gambhir has etched his name on the game’s Wall of Fame permanently. He has left behind countless fans.