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Reuters reports one of several legal developments today:

Germany’s DVB Bank SE has sued aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Kingfisher Airlines to have two planes it financed for the troubled carrier deregistered, a possible first step towards recouping its funds.

The case underlines the problems that leasing firms and financing companies face in recovering grounded planes from Kingfisher, as airports, banks and tax authorities scramble for the crisis-hit carrier’s assets.

NDTV reported a second:

Ten months after Saif Ali Khan allegedly assaulted a South-Africa based businessman Iqbal Mir Sharma and his father-in-law at a luxury hotel in Colaba, the Mumbai Police has filed a charge sheet against the Bollywood actor and his two associates in the case.

“Colaba police station filed the charge sheet against Saif Ali Khan in a metropolitan magistrate court on Thursday,” Zonal DCP Ravindra Shishwe told PTI today.

Saif Ali Khan and his two friends — Shakeel Ladak and Bilal Amrohi– have been charge sheeted under section 325 (assault) of IPC. The police have also added the statement of 29 persons in the charge sheet, sources said.

A third case was reported by BS:

Sacked CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi will face trial for allegedly abusing his office and causing loss of over Rs 90 crore to exchequer in a games-related graft case before a Delhi court which ordered today framing of cheating and conspiracy charges against him.

Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh fixed January 10 for framing of charges against Kalmadi and nine others.

Besides cheating and conspiracy, they will also be charged with the offences of forgery under the Indian Penal Code and criminal misconduct by public servants under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

“Charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), read with 201 (destruction of evidence), 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471 (relating to forgery), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 13(1)(d) read with section 13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC Act is ordered to be framed against all the accused,” the court said.

The judge, however, said since accused Swiss firm, Swiss Timing Omega, which was allegedly awarded the contract at exorbitant rates, is not appearing in the court despite proper service of summons, its “trial is separated.”

The Hindu reports yet another case developing:

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned of appropriate action against “a number of illegitimate individuals” who it said were claiming to represent the suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA), despite the “so called elections” having been declared “null and void” and not recognised by it.

In a letter to the IOC member in India, Randhir Singh, IOC director-general Christophe de Kepper, stated that as secretary-general of the suspended IOA, he was being requested to “take all necessary measures and, if appropriate, any legal action at national level against these individuals in order to protect all assets and properties of the suspended IOA”.

It has been reported by some of the national federations that Lalit Bhanot had been communicating with them as the ‘newly-elected’ secretary-general of the IOA, with regard to participation of Indian teams in international competitions.

The IOC had suspended the IOA on December 4, and stated that the IOA had to ‘guarantee its full autonomy’, ‘to ensure free and fair elections in conformity with its own statutes and the Olympic Charter’ and ‘to implement all basic principles of ethics and good governance in its daily management’, to get back into the Olympic family.

In another letter dated December 6, the IOC had stressed that “the so-called elected office-bearers have no legitimacy to claim to represent or act on behalf of the suspended IOA in any capacity whatsoever. In particular, they are not entitled to access the suspended IOA’s bank accounts and the funds of the Olympic Movement”.

Finally, Norway’s IDG reports:

Bharti Airtel and the Indian venture of Vodafone Group were charged Friday by India’s top investigation agency for the alleged irregular allocation of mobile spectrum in 2002.

The charges against the two largest mobile operators in the country by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) continues India’s investigation into alleged corruption in the allotment of government-owned spectrum to the country’s telecom sector.

A. Raja, the country’s telecom minister up to November, 2010, and some executives were charged and arrested in 2011 for allegedly improper allocations of 2G licenses and spectrum at basement prices in 2008.

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