Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former aide Rebekah Brooks will face British lawmakers on Tuesday about the phone-hacking scandal which has engulfed their media empire and rocked police and politicians to the core. The Murdochs will face the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee to answer questions over their involvement in the scandal. News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son James – who is in charge of the company’s European operations – initially declined to appear before the committee but changed their minds after it issued summons for them. Brooks, former chief executive of News International – News Corp’s UK newspaper publishing arm – will appear separately before the committee. On Sunday, she was arrested, interrogated and bailed out in connection with the phone hacking and bribery scandal. Rupert Murdoch’s embattled group has publicly apologised twice during the weekend, promising to make amends in the aftermath of the phone hacking scandal. The company printed apologies in national newspapers on Saturday and Sunday for the wrongdoings and unethical practices adopted by journalists of the now closed News of the World. The MPs have said they have questions over evidence given by Brooks and Andy Coulson – both ex-News of the World editors – at a hearing in 2003. Two senior police figures – Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and Assistant Commissioner John Yates – who quit over the scandal would also face MPs’ questions, BBC reported. Coulson, who was arrested two weeks ago, resigned as editor of the tabloid due to the phone-hacking allegations, but was later hired by David Cameron as his communications director as leader of the opposition and also later as Prime Minister. Meanwhile, investigations continued into the death of former News of the World journalist Sean Hoare, who had made allegations of phone hacking. Hoare’s body was found at his home on Monday. Police say his death is as yet unexplained but not thought to be suspicious. Hoare was the first to allege that illegal practices were being adopted at the tabloid under the editorship of Andy Coulson.advertisement-With PTI inputs
Kolkata: A traffic police constable and a home guard were injured after an errant biker hit them while driving dangerously.The incident happened on Saturday evening near the crossing of Strand Road and Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road. Later, police arrested the accused after he lost balance and fell down on the road just before approaching Howrah Bridge. According to sources, on Saturday evening a traffic sergeant along with a home guard and a constable were managing traffic at the said point. While doing so, the sergeant noticed a bike coming towards the crossing along MG Road recklessly. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe biker was overtaking other vehicles in such a way that there was every possibility of an accident. Seeing this, the traffic sergeant instructed the home guard identified as Raja Ali and constable Subhas Chandra Ghosh, to intercept the bike. As soon as the bike reached near the crossing, the home guard instructed the biker to stop. But the biker, who was later identified as Pravesh Yadav, hit Ali with his bike and fled. Seeing this, Ghosh also tried to stop Yadav but the bike hit him as well and went towards Howrah Bridge. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateImmediately, the traffic sergeant informed about the bike to other police personnel en route. While approaching the Howrah Bridge, Yadav lost control of the vehicle and fell down on the road. At that moment, a few police personnel performing duty nearby rushed there and detained him. Later, Yadav along with his bike was handed over to Burrabazar police station and he was arrested after Ghosh lodged a complaint. Earlier, accidents have taken place in two instances while intercepting errant bikers. In the first case, a police constable was dragged about 100 meters, while trying to stop an errant biker in Beckbagan area. In the second case, two bikers fell on the road and got injured while trying to evade naka-checking at Moulali.