GMR contract row: Maldives minister calls Khurshid

December 05, 2012 - 7:06:09 am
New Delhi: In an outreach diplomacy aimed at pacifying India, Maldives’ Foreign Minister Abdul Samad Abdullah yesterday rang up External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and explained his government’s view on the cancellation of the airport contract given to Indian firm GMR.
The Maldives minister explained legal and other reasons behind the cancellation of the project, said official sources.
The sources added that Abdullah sought India’s understanding and hoped it will not hurt bilateral ties, said the sources.
Abdullah conveyed to Khurshid that a detailed communication on the GMR issue will be sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. On his part, Khurshid conveyed India’s displeasure at the decision on GMR project and underlined that the scrapping of the biggest single Indian FDI in the Maldives will negatively impact bilateral trade ties and the larger relationship.
In a move to put pressure on Male, India has put on hold aid to the Maldives after the Maldives government on Monday decided to take control of the international airport despite a Singapore court staying the suspension of the contract given to India’s GMR-led consortium.
The High Court of Singapore suspended the Maldives government’s decision last week to terminate the $500m contract awarded to the consortium for developing the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport at Male.
The Maldives government, however, has chosen to defy the court order.

Court rejects Jagan’s bail plea 

Hyderabad: In another blow to YSR Congress party leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the disproportionate assets case against him, a special court yesterday dismissed his bail petition.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court refused to grant bail to Jagan, as the MP from Kadapa is popularly known. This was his second bail petition dismissed by the court in a week and the third since his arrest in May. The Supreme Court had also dismissed his bail plea in October.
The CBI court Nov 28 dismissed the first petition, in which Jagan sought to invoke his statutory right to bail, claiming that the CBI had failed to complete the probe in his case within the stipulated 90 days.
The second bail petition, a regular one, was dismissed by the court on the ground that the investigations into the case were still on. The CBI had opposed the plea saying that if released on bail, Jagan could influence the investigations and tamper with evidence.
Jagan had filed both the petitions in one go on Nov 16 but the court considered on priority the statutory bail which can be moved only once during the entire detention period.IANS