How Congress has law a ‘zero’: No detriment in 2G, no detriment in spark scam, no detriment in Vadra deals, no detriment in National Herald!

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The judgment of 0 (sūnya) as extinction and also as a number in a decimal place value notation, it is argued, originated in India, presumably in a 5th century.

Though some scholars also give credit to ancient Babylonians and Mayans for a concept, it is not famous if a Indian National Congress celebration is among a claimants.

But a approach Congress’s authorised eagles and spokespersons have, over a years, propounded a speculation of ‘zero’ whenever allegations of crime have flush (which is utterly frequently), one could be forgiven for meditative that Congress celebration invented a figure.

“Zero loss”, Kapil Sibal had thundered when a CAG pegged a detriment to Union exchequer during a towering Rs 1.76 lakh crore due to a 2G scam.

Sibal, who transposed a ashamed A Raja as Telecom apportion in UPA 2, attempted to disprove a CAG during a news discussion in Jan 2011 by insisting a supervision suffered “no loss” by giving divided second era or 2G telecom licences to new players on first-come-first-serve basement in 2008.

Sibal was roundly slammed by a media, analysts, a Opposition and even a Supreme Court for perplexing to disprove a CAG guess that was after advanced to be in balance with tangible marketplace potential. The 2015 spectrum auction, subsequently, fetched a record Rs 109,874 crore for a government.

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In 2011, Time repository listed a fraud during No.2 on their “Top 10 Abuses of Power” list (just behind a Watergate scandal). Congress’s courtship of zero, however, continued unabated.

In 2012, Sibal’s associate traveller in a Congress and another tip lawyer, P Chidambaram, done a marvellous explain that given spark stays buried underneath mom earth, there was “no loss” to exchequer if it isn’t mined.

The afterwards Finance minister’s comments came in a arise of a Coalgate (also coal-block allocation scam), when a CAG, in a news tabled in a council in Aug 2012, estimated that private firms are expected to benefit Rs 1.86 lakh crore from spark blocks that were allocated to them on assignment basement instead of rival bidding.

In a news discussion hold a week after a CAG news surfaced, Chidambaram said: “If spark is not mined, if it stays buried in mom earth, where is a loss? The detriment can arise usually once a spark is taken out of mom earth, mined and sole during unsuitable cost or value. But if a spark is not mined, where is a loss?”

Subsequently, a Supreme Court cancelled 214 out of 218 spark blocks allocated given 1993 and in 2015, state governments warranted Rs 80000 crore after auctioning of 11 spark blocks.

In Oct 2012, Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan of India Against Corruption (IAC) expelled papers that showed how Congress boss Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra has acquired land resources in and around a National Capital Region value hundreds of crores of rupees, infrequently during prices next marketplace value — saved by interest-free loans disbursed to him by DLF and other companies for no apparent reason.

IAC purported that Vadra’s resources grew from Rs 50 lakh to over Rs 300 crore in 3 years. Subsequently, countless reports have questioned a sincerity of a balance-sheets of Vadra-owned companies.

Though a “zero loss” speculation was invoked again, this time by Gurgaon district justice PC Meena who claimed a Haryana state supervision did not remove any income in a Vadra-DLF land deals, a Justice S N Dhingra Commission, probing purported irregularities in extend of licences to developers in 4 villages of Gurgaon by a prior Congress supervision in Haryana, is set to serve Vadra early in 2016.

The “zero loss” speculation has come full round for Sibal as a Congress celebration now battles a National Herald case. With a Delhi High Court directing Congress boss Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to seem before a Delhi justice on 19 Dec to face allegations that they illegally acquired skill value Rs 5,000 crore belonging to a National Herald newspaper, former Union apportion and comparison counsel Sibal has again taken chance to a “zero loss” to inhibit ascent criticism.

Sibal pronounced nobody had claimed to have been cheated while nobody could benefit from a change in shareholding from Associated Journals Limited (AJL) to Young Indian Limited (YIL) since it was a free association underneath a Companies Act.
In an talk to The Times of India, Sibal says: “Who has been cheated? No shareholder of AJL has complained, no Congressman has either. Subramanian Swamy, a complainant, belongs to BJP. We would like to know who has been cheated, whose trust has been breached?”

Another Congress lawyer, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, pronounced most a same thing. He told a Economic Times that no one ‘from a Congress or a company’ had complained of carrying been cheated and questioned because BJP personality Swamy, who had ‘no area standi’ was creation a allegations.

Try as a Congress competence though, “zero” has so distant proven to be a rather wily suitor. It ditched a Congress during 2G and Coalgate and indications are, it might do so again.

Taking on a Congress line that “no one has complained of being cheated”, former law apportion Shanti Bhushan on Friday claimed to have been influenced by a “wholly illegal” send of AJL shares to Sonia-Rahul Gandhi tranquil YIL and vowed to plea a move.

Bhushan pronounced he has hereditary 300 AJL shares from his father. “I have instituted a routine for transformation of his authorised heirs as owners of those shares,” Bhushan was quoted as saying, adding: “I will plea it in court. This send of shares is unconditionally illegal.”

From a looks of it, a three-pronged Congress plan of fighting a authorised conflict in court, holding a Parliament to release and branch an sequence upheld in a justice of law into a domestic censure diversion by alleging domestic fight opposite a Prime Minister is expected to outcome in a really thing it has courted so assiduously over a years and that ancient India might justly explain to have invented: Zero.