“Coutinho left and we only lost one game in the season”

first_imgSince he landed on the Barcelona, his performance diminished a little, but in spite of it he has been put back in the last months in the team he directs Jürgen Klopp. However, the executive director of the English club, Peter MooreHe talked about the idea of ​​the player returning, explaining that when things left they started to go better, according to Mirror: “When Philippe Coutinho left there was a change, not only in the structure of the team, but also in the way of playing football. If you remember, when he left two years ago, there was a complete change in the style of play and we did not lose a game for the rest of the season. “Finally, he acknowledges that his sale to Barça served to reinforce the foundations of a team that would end up achieving the Champions League: “I don’t despise Coutinho, but we play differently, and the money we put in from Barcelona helped bring Alisson Becker.”During this season, the Brazilian has intervened in 27 official meetings with Bayern Munich, scoring seven goals and giving eight goal passes. Premier League* Data updated as of February 12, 2020 10 Philippe Coutinho spent five years in Liverpool in which he was one of the idols of the hobby net. The Brazilian did all kinds of wonders in Anfield, although now owned by Barcelona and is on loan in the Bayern Munich With purchase option.last_img read more

LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Concluding a day of fun and games at an amusement park, James turned serious when speaking about the recent violence and tragedy in Charlottesville. James also took a pointed swipe at President Donald Trump, calling him the “so-called president.”While holding his young daughter, Zhuri, James stood on stage before an excited crowd of students, parents and others connected to the LeBron James Family Foundation and delivered his emotional message.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I know there’s a lot of tragic things happening in Charlottesville,” James said to cap the annual event at Cedar Point amusement park. “I have this platform and I’m somebody that has a voice of command, and the only way for us to get better as a society and for us to get better as people is love. And that’s the only way we’re going to be able to conquer something as one.”Then, James, who endorsed Hillary Clinton last year and introduced her at a rally in Cleveland just two days before the election, went at Trump, whom he has criticized in the past. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Now in its sixth year, James’ foundation has brought hope to children who might not have any otherwise. If the students meet certain criteria, stay in the program and graduate, they can receive full tuition to the University of Akron.“That means everything,” Latasha McCullough said as she sat with her husband, Arthur, and children Arlissa and Arsea while waiting for James to appear on stage.The McCulloughs have been directly impacted by James and his work, and they’re forever grateful.“He doesn’t have to do anything,” Latasha said. “All he is responsible for are his kids, his family, go to work and provide for his, but he does it for his city. He does it for everybody, everybody’s kids. All the things he didn’t have growing up, he’s giving it to our kids with no problem and he’s not being selfish. It’s constant and consistent, you earn what you get.”James has grown his foundation beyond its initial goals of tackling the city’s drop-out rate. Next year, the charity will open the I Promise School, designed to help students who have already fallen behind and need extra attention.Michelle Campbell, executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, is awed by what the group has accomplished.James has led the way.“It’s never enough with him,” she said. “He is always pushing, just like on the basketball court, pushing and pushing. I could have never imagined what we have done and are doing, but with his belief and what he wants to do and his drive and his ability to put all these partners around us. We can’t fail.“It started out with working with kids and changing a child, then OK, we got the family involved and we learned that some didn’t have their high school diplomas, so we broke down those barriers. Now he’s changing a whole community. He’s uplifting this whole community, on his back.” Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James speaks while holding his daughter, Zhuri, during the We Are Family Reunion at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (Erin McLaughlin/The Sandusky Register via AP)SANDUSKY, Ohio — Along with getting good grades and listening to their parents, LeBron James has encouraged kids in his foundation’s educational program to stand up for their beliefs.On Tuesday night, the superstar gave a lesson in how it’s done.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her “It’s not about the guy that’s the so-called president of the United States, or whatever the case. It’s not about a teacher that you don’t feel like cares about what’s going on with you every day. It’s not about people that you just don’t feel like want to give the best energy and effort to you. It’s about us. It’s about us looking in the mirror. Kids all the way up to the adults. All of us looking in the mirror and saying, ‘What can we do better to help change?’ And if we can all do that and give 110 percent, then that’s all you can ask for.“So, shout-out to the innocent people in Charlottesville and shout-out to everybody across the world that just want to be great and just want to love. Thank you, and I love you all.”James’ remarks ended a star-studded show that included pop stars Jordin Sparks and Usher as well as his Cavaliers’ teammate J.R. Smith. They stood alongside him for his message along with his sons, Bronny and Bryce.There had been a celebratory vibe all day, as James hosted nearly 7,000 of his foundation’s students and their families, who strolled around the immense park best known for its roller-coasters wearing light blue T-shirts with “We Are Family” across the fronts.It was as if James’ hometown of Akron had all gone out together for the day, and that was exactly the point of the event — to celebrate the successes of kids committed to making more of their lives.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Joel Embiid lifts 76ers past Pacers in return from knee injury

first_img“I just felt like I had to play this game just to make sure we were in good position,” Embiid said.Embiid was greeted with a rousing standing ovation in his first game for the Sixers since he took a flying leap over actress Regina King on Feb. 13 in New York. Embiid hadn’t played since he was on the court for 23 minutes in the All-Star game, though the team has denied a link between playing in the game and his knee injury.“I felt like at some point after the All-Star game, I was uncomfortable,” Embiid said. “We did some tests and I’m glad everything was good. It’s just about making sure that I’m pretty strong.”Embiid made 11 of 21 shots in 28 minutes and showed the Sixers what they missed in his absence.Early in the fourth, Embiid pump-faked from the top of the 3-point arc, drove the lane and was fouled as he tossed up a one-handed layup. Embiid extended his arms and pointed at himself, mouthing “I’m back” as Sixers fans went wild. He sank the free throw for an 83-74 lead and hit the bench to a standing ovation. Embiid cupped an ear toward the crowd, a signature move from former 76ers great Allen Iverson.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a month, leading Philadelphia past the Indiana Pacers 106-89 in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday.“He is a difference maker in all ways, shapes and forms,” coach Brett Brown said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEmbiid returned to the lineup after being sidelined by a sore left knee. The Sixers were just 4-4 in his absence, including a blowout loss Friday at Houston that only exacerbated the problem.With Embiid back, the Sixers (42-25) moved into a tie with Indiana for third in the East, and they hold the tiebreaker over the Pacers by virtue of their 3-1 record in the season series. 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The Pacers went the final 6:55 of the third without scoring a basket and never got going in the fourth.Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 18 points.“All of them hurt,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Certainly, this game, with a team so close to you, big game. Had an opportunity to split the series and didn’t get that done.”Embiid was out of basketball shape — conditioning has always been a factor for the 7-footer — and he was whistled for three fouls in his first 9 minutes of play. He was already wiped from a scrimmage on Saturday that left him concerned he’d miss the game.“Yesterday, I was on the floor, crying for my life,” Embiid said. “I didn’t think I was going to come in and play.”Embiid, who missed his first two seasons with injuries, said he expected to sit out other games for rest the remainder of the regular season.Embiid went wild when he was called for a foul on Domantas Sabonis’ drive to the basket in the first quarter. Sabonis appeared to drive the baseline untouched by Embiid and hit the court to toss up a shot. Embiid was called for the foul and was quickly banged for a technical foul for yelling at the referees. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) goes up for a shot past Indiana Pacers’ Kyle O’Quinn (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid mouthed “I’m back” to a roaring 76ers crowd that had missed the popular big man.The Sixers will need him to stick around to get back among the NBA’s elite.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid was fatigued and frustrated in the first half — and the fans were fed up.The Sixers were soundly booed off the court by 20,636 fans as they trudged into a timeout down 14 points in the second quarter. JJ Redick buried a 3 out of the timeout and Ben Simmons threw down a dunk to help get the crowd going again.Sabonis gave the Pacers a big lift after he missed with five games with an ankle injury. Sabonis, one of the top reserves in the NBA, had five assists in the first half to help Indiana to a 59-51 lead.“If we’re the team that we think we are, these are the kind of games we’ve got to win,” Pacers center Myles Turner said.TIP INS:Pacers: Tyreke Evans, a native of nearby, Chester, Pennsylvania, did not play because of an illness. … The Pacers wore their “Hickory” uniforms.76ers: The 11 points scored by Indiana in the third were the fewest scored against 76ers in any quarter since New Orleans also had 11 in the third on Feb. 9, 2018.UP NEXTPacers: Return home to play New York on Tuesday.Sixers: Host Cleveland on Tuesday. 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Green Bartica Development Plan presented

first_imgThe proposed Green Bartica Development and Land Use Plan (GBDLUP) was presented for consideration to the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon last week, in his Office at the Ministry of Presidency.Presidential Adviser on the Environment, Rear Admiral (Rt’d) Gary Best made the presentation and was accompanied by Land Use Expert on the project, Charles Griffith.Best explained that the objective was to present a consistent and integrated green plan to generate policies that would lead to the sustainable development of the natural capital of Bartica, in an effort to maximise revenue generation and the provision of services to the residents.Presidential Adviser Gary Best presenting the development planAccording to the plan, Bartica will set the tone of the green economy as Guyana’s first green model town.The Presidential Adviser pointed to the importance of Bartica as a pathway for Guyana’s green economy.Several main pillars of the green economy were presented including: sustainable harvesting of natural capital, integrated planning and data management, environmental security, disaster risk reduction, financial mobilisation and technology and science innovation.Griffith also presented on the aspect of land use, to modernise and industrialise Bartica.He explained that this aspect of the plan was influenced by the “probable patterns of global and local outcomes”.Modernisation aspects include the construction of a modern sewer and wastewater treatment system, retrofitting of current infrastructure, climate proofing of future development, the establishment of the following zones: industrial, Government, business, housing, tourism, recreational, research and culture.Minister Harmon noted that the presentation was impressive and, as such, assured of the Government’s full support towards ensuring that all studies and assessments were completed.The GBDLUP was also presented to the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Communities, Commissioner and staff of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Land Use Committee, and the Bartica Town Council.last_img read more

Benitez says Newcastle need ‘another miracle’ to stay up

first_img0Shares0000Rafael Benitez says his club Newcastle United need another miracle to stay up © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 24 – Rafael Benitez believes it will be “another miracle” if his Newcastle side retain their Premier League status.The Spanish manager said finishing 10th last season was an extraordinary performance but added that would be matched simply by beating the drop this term give the fact that the Magpies’ relegation rivals had all outspent the north-east side in pre-season. Newcastle’s position has also been complicated by owner Mike Ashley being frustrated in his wish to sell the club.“We have to be realistic and understand that we will be in the bottom half during the whole season,” said Benitez ahead of the Boxing Day clash away to his former side Liverpool who are looking to cement their lead at the top of the table.“For me, it is almost clear and if we can be better than three teams, it will be another miracle.“It was a miracle last year. People were thinking, ‘Oh, you finished 10th…’, but with a couple fewer wins, we could have been in the bottom five, so it was a miracle.“If we do the same this year with teams spending even more money than last year, it will be a miracle.”He added: “I know what is coming now and I know where we are. You can see the team — the team is trying a lot of things, but still it’s not enough sometimes to get the points, and it will be like that.“If we are under pressure and we feel this pressure, we will not be better, we can make more mistakes,” explained Benitez.Newcastle are currently five points above the bottom three heading into the busy holiday period after last weekend’s goalless draw with Fulham.“I’m trying to tell everyone, realise where we are, realise what we have to do and if we do well, fine, we can finish 10th or whatever.“But if we think we have to beat these teams which have spent £100 million ($126 million), every one of them, during the summer, if we think we can beat them easily every game, no chance. We are wrong, 100 percent.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

One-third drop in Enterprise Ireland-supported companies in Donegal

first_imgThere has been a one-third drop in Enterprise Ireland supported companies and one thousand less jobs in Donegal since 2001.Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has today revealed that there has been a huge drop of one third in Enterprise Ireland supported companies in Donegal since 2001, from 194 then to 125 today.“Since 2001, across Ireland, jobs at Enterprise Ireland supported companies have grown by one third but here in Donegal, we are down a thousand jobs,” Senator Mac Lochlainn said. He has also revealed that today there are more than 1000 less jobs in Enterprise Ireland supported companies than there were in 2001 (dropping from 4581 to 3552). This news follows recent revelations from Senator Mac Lochlainn that the growth in IDA supported jobs in Donegal since 2000 is less than half the national average. He also revealed that the IDA support less companies today in Donegal (12) than they did in 2000 (14). Two of those companies, Pramerica and Optum (United Health Group) employ more than two thirds of the total IDA supported jobs in Donegal.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “When I revealed the shocking IDA figures for Donegal a few weeks back, I described them as “a story of government failure” and “ a story of lost prosperity for the people of Donegal”. These Enterprise Ireland figures are even more shocking. Since 2001, across Ireland, jobs at Enterprise Ireland supported companies has grown by one third but here in Donegal, we are down a thousand jobs.“All of this must now be a serious wake up call for the Government and the job creation agencies “The context of my questions to the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys and these revelations is that back in July 1999, the report from the Donegal Employment Initiative Task Force targeted 4,750 new jobs for Donegal in Foreign Direct Investment and Internationally Traded Services over the following seven years. The Task Force, led by the then County Manager, Michael McLoone had been established by the Government following the loss of over 1,000 jobs in Donegal’s textile industry at the time.“This report was launched just over a year after the Good Friday Agreement that heralded a new era of peace on the island of Ireland. So the Task Force’s job targets for Donegal reflected a time of hope and post- conflict ambition”.“The reality is that rather than catch up with the rest of Ireland in job creation over these years, Donegal has fallen even further behind. This is a true scandal.I am calling on Minister Humphreys to urgently meet with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland and for both agencies to then outline their plan to reverse this neglect and to deliver investment and job creation fairness to the people of Donegal.“I am also again demanding the fast tracking of all funding commitments made to the people of Donegal and the North West under the Project 2040- The National Planning Framework. Investment in roads, bridges, airports, water infrastructure, harbours, and broadband all need to be moved forward”.Table 1: Employment in Enterprise Ireland supported companies in Donegal across the period 2001 – 2017CountyDonegalYearTotal Jobs2001458120024486200339322004376120053744200638172007394920083719200933742010335320113518201233612013334220143302201535672016358120173552Source of data: Annual Employment Survey 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,2006, 2007,2008,2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.Table 2: Number of plants in Donegal supported by Enterprise Ireland across the period 2001 – 2017.CountyDonegalAES dataNo. of Plants20011942002197200319220041892005193200619220071972008184200918820101822011181201218020131652014144201514220161392017125Source of data: Annual Employment Survey 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,2006, 2007,2008,2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.— One-third drop in Enterprise Ireland-supported companies in Donegal was last modified: April 30th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dispute threatens Knight’s rap label

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A judge said Thursday that Death Row Records will be placed in receivership unless label founder Marion “Suge” Knight appears at a debtor hearing next month. Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian ruled in a lawsuit by an imprisoned drug dealer who is seeking half of a $107 million award to the inmate’s ex-wife, who claimed she helped start the rap record empire and that Knight owed her the money. Michael Harris, who is serving a 28-year sentence at San Quentin State Prison, is claiming half of the $107 million as community property in his divorce from Lydia Harris. He also claims he put up $1.5 million from behind bars to help start the record label, a contention that Knight has repeatedly denied. Lydia Harris received the $107 million judgment a year ago and the parties have been fighting in court ever since. In a contentious hearing, lawyers for Michael Harris accused Knight of trying to evade his legal obligations by failing to show up for debtor examinations three times. He was also absent from Thursday’s hearing. “There is no explanation or excuse for not coming,” said attorney Steve Goldberg, who represents Michael Harris. “Enough is enough. It is time for a receiver and an order for contempt. There are rules of court that should be obeyed and Mr. Knight is making a mockery of it.” Knight’s lawyer, Dermot Givens, asked the judge for a postponement on grounds that Knight was hiring a new team of lawyers for the case. But the judge refused. “There has been a very, very protracted history of difficulty in this case,” said Sohigian. Attorney Rex Beaber, who represents Lydia Harris, cited a long string of what he termed “frivolous motions” by Knight including an effort to move the case to federal court where it was rejected and sent back to state court. He also accused Knight of shifting his assets and said, “As we speak, the transfer of these assets may continue…. The court should appoint a receiver today.” Givens reluctantly agreed to a debtor examination before a court referee on April 1, promising Knight would appear.last_img read more


first_imgThis week with so many confirmation and first Communions in the area I thought it would be a great idea to give a recipe for a Beef Stroganoff. It’s ideal for a family get together.The No Salt chef Brian McDermottBeef & Mushroom Stroganoff – the Brian McDermott way!This is an ideal One Pot Dish for any family function. Serves 4-6 Ingredients400g Beef Strips1 Onion Diced5 Mushrooms Sliced or 15 Button Mushrooms100 ml White Wine250 ml Beef Stock1 Table Spoon Paprika1 Table Spoon Tomato Puree1 Table Spoon Rapeseed Oil2-3 Cloves Garlic Crushed1 Lemon JuicedDrop Worchester SauceFresh ParsleyCrème FraichePinch Black PepperMethodHeat your pot dry add the Rapeseed Oil Add your beef pieces and brown on all sides. Add Onion, Garlic and Mushroom and sweat for few minutes then add flour and tomato puree.Season with pepper and paprika then add the white wine and reduce by half then add the stock.Cook for 40 minutes on low heat until or until meat is tender then add in Worchester Sauce , lemon juice & fresh parsley and crème Fraiche.Serve with RiceBrian’s Tips: Feel free to add sweet peppers to this dish. Ideal dish also to be cooked in slow cooker. Brian’s Top Tips: If making for a large party brown of your meat in batches rather than all at once to ensure your keep it tender.FRIDAY COOKING – THE IDEAL COMMUNION DISH WITH NO SALT CHEF BRIAN McDERMOTT was last modified: May 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beefBrian McDermottdonegalNo Salt Cheflast_img read more

Boxing offers a way out of a life of crime

first_imgThe African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha needs your help to keep youngsters off the streets. (Image: Lead SA)Township life has its harsh realities and those who have experienced them should try to uplift those youngsters who are at risk of being sucked into a life of crime, violence and drugs – Thembani “Terror” Gqeku, a former professional boxer, is that person.Gqeku runs the African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha, which he established in 2011 to get more youngsters off the streets. He was driven to open his boxing club after he saw two youngsters trying to stab each other.Khayelitsha is a partially informal township in Western Cape, located on the Cape Flats in Cape Town. The name is isiXhosa for “new home”. It is reputed to be the largest and fastest-growing township in South Africa.“I was looking out of the window and saw two boys fighting with knives and I thought, ‘No, this is not right. Two people should not be fighting like this,’” Gqeku said.Gqeku is playing his part to develop his community and improve skills of those youngsters with whom he works. In his way, in his area, he is working to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan or Vision 2030.DISCIPLINEAlthough all townships have a reputation for violence and the youngsters need to know how to protect themselves, this is not the only thing they learn at the African Youth Boxing Club. “It teaches the youngsters discipline, style… how to survive in life and how to protect themselves,” said Gqeku.He took up boxing when he was just nine years old. It gave him a reason not to smoke, drink, or hang out with gangsters, as do so many other young boys in the township.Gqeku trains a total of 38 children, mostly boys, and aged seven to 15. Training happens six days a week but the schedule is informal. Children start arriving at 3pm and the class starts once enough children are at the gym.“If I get the boys into boxing, I get them out of crime… The boys who train with me, they think twice before committing crimes.”GYM DREAMSGqeku, who is unemployed and has five children of his own, runs the gym for free. “I’d love to have a kit for them,” he said. “My dream is that they can walk in the street and everyone will see that they are from African Youth Boxing Club.”Another need was for essential boxing equipment such as gum guards, boxing gloves, headgear and funds for the boxers to enter tournaments, he said. “When I think of all the challenges, I could cry but these are my boys and I will do anything for them.”He is not alone in his quest. South African township gyms have a long history of creating national and international boxing champions.Gqeku was named Lead SA’s Hero of the Month in September 2014. You can contact Lead SA if you would like to help African Youth Boxing Club.last_img read more

Only seeking lifting of protection granted to former Kolkata CP: CBI

first_imgThe CBI on Thursday clarified that it is seeking lifting of protection granted to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar by the Supreme Court on February 8 and not permission for his “custodial interrogation” in connection with its probe into the Saradha Ponzi scam.A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had in February 2019 granted a stay on any “coercive action” against Mr. Kumar provided he cooperate with the agency during a questioning session scheduled in Shillong.Appearing for the CBI, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued that Mr. Kumar had met the agency’s queries on the alleged suppression of crucial evidence in the case like call data records with evasive or “arrogant” answers.Mr. Mehta dismissed submissions made by senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Mr. Kumar, that her client was being targeted as “a castle built in the air”. Mr. Kumar claimed that the allegations raised against him in connection with the multi-core Saradha chit fund scam was part of a “larger conspiracy” by two prominent Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijayvargiya.At the end of the hearing, the Bench reserved the case for orders.Complete evidence Mr. Mehta said the CBI has been asking for the complete evidence since August 2014, after the court transferred the case from the West Bengal government-appointed SIT of which Mr. Kumar was the functional head. The CBI has been making consistent efforts for Mr. Kumar to cooperate in the probe for the past five years, and this has not been a recent development as is portrayed by his lawyers.“The impression created that we have been hounding him has to be removed,” Mr. Mehta urged.The CJI said the data was collected through multiple agencies, indicating that the delay from the SIT’s side may have been due to the time taken to gather the evidence. The West Bengal government has told the Supreme Court that the CBI plea against Mr. Kumar is merely a “political game”.“The whole episode is a political game to keep the pot boiling and to paint people black,” senior advocate A.M. Singhvi, appearing for the West Bengal establishment, had submitted.The CBI has alleged that both the “big Ponzi” Saradha and Rose Valley companies were “flourishing” when Mr. Kumar was the Commissioner of Police at Bidhan Nagar Police Commisionerate from 2012 to 2015.While the investigation was being done by the SIT, “crucial original, primary and fundamental evidence” such as laptops, mobile phones, etc. were handed back to the main accused in the Saradha scam case by the I.O. of the West Bengal Police working under his direct supervision, the CBI alleged.last_img read more