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Year in Review 2016: E-commerce rode on mobility, digitisation, demography

Kolkata/Bengaluru: The increasing use of digital technologies in buying and selling merchandise for convenience and mobility pushed e-commerce in India to an inflection point in 2016.

The rapid growth of smartphones and internet connectivity across the country, especially in tier-II and III cities, has given greater access to virtual shopping and e-tailing for the tech-savvy generation and millennials.

Even as e-tail behemoths Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon vied for a greater pie of the growing e-commerce market, enterprises and businesses in diverse sectors have joined the bandwagon to hard-sell their products by leveraging digital technology.

“E-commerce in India is at an inflection point, thanks to robust growth in consumer demand. Mobile penetration and increasing use of smart phones have led to the emergence of m-commerce, which accounted for about 40 percent of the sector’s sales this year,” Tata CLiQ Chief Executive Officer Ashutosh Pandey told IANS.

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According to a study by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IMAI), transition to mobile shopping is faster in India, which overtook the US this year in terms of active mobile users (220 million) and next only to China in user base.

The emergence of the Omni-channel model in e-tailing has also enabled netizens shop across e-portals, web sites, apps and in stores as per their convenience.

“As a result, e-commerce players are looking at seamless integration of online and offline stores to offer consumers a unique shopping experience in the virtual and real worlds,” Pandey asserted.

With digital payments increasing through multiple gateways for online and offline buying, the push for cashless transactions in the aftermath of the November 8 demonetisation has driven more and more consumers to e-shopping and m-shopping.

Greater use of cloud computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence has made e-commerce players not only competitive and smart in retaining their mass user-base but also map shopping trends and predict purchasing patterns to consolidate their dominant position for sustaining growth.

“The sector, however, continues to face a trust-deficit and last-mile delivery issues persist despite having robust logistics networks and partners. Lack of trust in online transactions makes many shoppers prefer cash on delivery, which is risky and time consuming,” Pandey lamented.

The sector is also bedevilled by infrastructure woes across cities and towns, increasing operational cost for timely delivery and expanding the customer base.

Though demonetisation has impacted the retail sector due to the cash crunch, digital transactions have enabled e-commerce firms to weather the crisis.

Growing at about 40 percent cumulative average growth rate (CAGR), the country’s e-commerce market is projected to touch a whopping $38 billion this fiscal (2016-17), with the online travel segment alone accounting for 70 percent, followed by e-tailing, financial services, classifieds, job searches and matrimony.

“The key drivers of the sector’s growth have been increased internet penetration, growing acceptability of online payments and an increase in per capita income,” a Snapdeal spokesperson said.

Favourable government policies and improving infrastructure have also contributed in connecting consumers and sellers across the country.

“The start-up ecosystem has gone through a phase of consolidation, indicating maturity in the sector for achieving scale, building capabilities and increasing the market share,” the spokesperson explained.

Given the demographics and rapid adoption of the internet, it’s advantage for all the stakeholders to grow and consolidate.

Global audit firm KMPG’s e-commerce partner Sreedhar Prasad said demonetisation had impacted the sector with a 30 percent dip in sales and, as a result, the annual growth may not show a big spike.

“The cost of business, including that of supply chains, remains a challenge. Unless the cost is regulated, profitability will be difficult in the sector,” Prasad added.

First Published On : Dec 29, 2016 13:04 IST

9kg depleted uranium worth Rs 24 crore seized; 2 detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today seized 8.86 kilograms of depleted uranium worth around Rs 24 crore and detained two persons in the adjoining Thane district. The depleted uranium was brought from abroad and was to be sold in India, police said. Anti-chain snatching squad of Thane Crime Branch laid a trap near a hotel on Ghodbundar Road on receiving specific information that two persons were coming there to sell the radioactive element. Police detained two people moving with a blue hand bag which contained two blocks of the sensitive material wrapped in velvet cloth. The bag also had a laboratory report which indicated the said metal was uranium, they said.The metal is banned for sale in the open market as it is used in the atomic energy plants. “We have detained two persons with the metal. As its sale is banned in the open market, we can’t ascertain its value. But, it may be worth around Rs 24 crore,” police officials said. Joint Commissioner of Police Ashutosh Dumbre told PTI, “We are filing a case under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 and sending the metal for laboratory testing. After receiving report, we will take further action accordingly. We will go to the root of the matter.”

Foreign currency racket: Jeweller alleges assault by DRI officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A jeweller, arrested in a foreign currency racket case in which three persons were earlier nabbed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport purportedly hiding €3.9 lakh in their rectums, has alleged in a Delhi court that he was beaten up by DRI officials in custody.The allegation of beating and assault by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) was denied by the agency prosecutor who said that before being produced in the court, the accused was medically examined at RML Hospital and no such incident has taken place.Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Sumit Dass, however, directed that Shakti Mehta be taken to AIIMS for medical examination and sent him to judicial custody till November 25.Advocate Ashutosh, appearing for Mehta, moved a bail plea contending that DRI has procured a false medical record from RML Hospital. The bail plea would come up for hearing on November 15.According to DRI, three men were caught at the IGI Airport in October, hiding 3.9 lakh euros – equivalent to Rs 2.9 crore – in their rectums. The money was wrapped in plastic pouches and inserted into their body cavity, it said.They were accused of carrying foreign currency abroad and during interrogation, they claimed they were doing so at Mehta’s behest. Mehta’s counsel sought bail claiming that he was forced to make some statements under the DRI Act which were incorrect and not voluntary.He alleged that nothing incriminating was recovered from his house in Panipat or jewellery shop which was illegally sealed by DRI officials.The counsel also sought the court to take cognizance of the alleged illegal acts of DRI officials and action against RML Hospital officials for giving false medical certificate. Mehta had earlier approached the Delhi High Court seeking direction to de-seal his shop in Panipat but the court had directed him to appear before the authorities.

Kolkata: Clashes, chaos abound as ATMs run dry and cash in banks run out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Clashes and chaos marred the third day of currency exchange following demonetisation in Kolkata on Saturday, as ATMs ran dry and cash stocks in banks ran out. While people thought that the currency exchange initiative by the banks over the weekend might bring them relief, they were left waiting for hours in long queues. According to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, most of the ATMs remained closed. “People are facing a harrowing time following the demonetisation. As many as 2 lakh ATMs are not working. Those ATMs which are working do not have sufficient cash to dispense,” said Banerjee at the state secretariat – Nabanna. In West Bengal’s Asansol, bank account holders clashed with bank staffers after cash stocks ran out. In one of the districts of Bengal – Hooghly – an infuriated mob broke the window panes of a bank after it discontinued the currency exchange for the day. “The bank suddenly closed down operations for the day. They were supposed to continue operations till 5 pm, but the officials said that cash has been exhausted. We waited for five hours and now have to return home without the purpose being served,” said a resident, Biswanath Karmakar. The scene in Kolkata was no different, with some people having to miss office just to deposit and withdraw cash from the bank. On the other hand, bank officials had to face the heat of angry customers failing to carry out their transactions. Earlier in the day, Mamata Banerjee visited three banks in South Kolkata – Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Ashutosh Mukherjee Road and Sarat Bose Road and ATMs to take stock of the situation. She also spoke to distressed people waiting in line and advised them to ask bank officials to give them Rs 100 notes instead of the Rs 2,000 currency notes. Later, Banerjee even spoke to a bank official, who highlighted that the banks did not have sufficient cash to dispense following the demonetisation.

Kolkata ATMs run dry, Mamata says willing to even work with Left to attack Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee upped the ante against the Centre’s move of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes on Saturday and said that she was ready to work with all opposition parties, including the CPI(M), against the Centre. Serpentine queues were witnessed in front of banks as harassed people waited for hours to withdraw money, even as ATMs ran dry on the second day after ATM withdrawal was allowed following a two-day moratorium. Despite efforts by banks to ease the situation, people complained that ATMs were running dry within hours of re-opening and timely refilling was not being done in the metropolis or in the districts.“The Centre cannot scare us. We are not afraid of them. I appeal to all opposition parties to come together, including CPI(M) to put up a protest against the demonetisation of currency notes,” said Banerjee while addressing reporters at the state secretariat – Nabanna, adding “We thank the parties who have opposed the note ban. There should be more protests. Will Emergency be imposed next?” she asked. Banerjee lashed out at the Central government and termed it ‘anti-poor’. “This anti-people, anti-poor government has no moral right to continue in power. This is a dictatorship. People will teach the BJP a lesson in future elections. I don’t care if I am jailed for voicing my opinions. Are they going to get army to shoot us? I will speak for common people. I supported them on GST. But this is a disaster. There should be a judicial inquiry on the economic loss in the country due to note ban in the last few days. This is not a surgical strike on black money but complete financial surgical anarchy,” said Banerjee. Earlier in the day, Mamata visited some banks and ATMs in South Kolkata to take stock of the situation. She visited three banks at – Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Ashutosh Mukherjee Road and Sarat Bose Road and spoke to people who had been waiting in line for hours. She advised customers who had been waiting in the queue to exchange currency or withdraw cash to ask for Rs 100 notes instead of the Rs 2,000 notes. Later, Banerjee even spoke to a bank official, who highlighted that the banks did not have sufficient cash to dispense, following the demonetisation. (With Agency Inputs)

Delhi CM Avind Kejriwal seeks argument on charge in Arun Jaitley’s defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders on Monday moved a city court seeking chance to be heard before it decided whether they would be put on trial in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against them.Appearing before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass, Jaitley’s counsel informed the court that the Delhi High Court has dismissed the accused’s plea seeking stay on the trial court proceedings in the case. Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for the complainant, urged the court that notice/charge be framed against the accused persons — Kejriwal, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai. Advocate Rahul Mehra, however, moved an application on behalf of all the accused seeking chance to address the argument on point of whether to frame the charges.The court has now put up the matter for further hearing on November 11. The court granted exemption from personal appearance for the day to Kejriwal, Ashutosh and Sanjay. The court had on May 19 dismissed the accused’s plea seeking stay of the proceedings in the criminal defamation case, after which they approached the high court.Jaitley had filed the criminal defamation complaint alleging that the accused had allegedly defamed him in Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy. A civil defamation suit has also been filed by Jaitley before the Delhi High Court in relation to the matter seeking Rs 10 crore in damages.

Kanpur couple fooled into giving kidneys

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seldom happens that unsuspecting patients and perpetrators languish alongside each other in the jail. The kidney racket run out of private-based Apollo Hospital at Sarita Vihar in New Delhi, that was busted by Delhi police in June this year, is a case in point.44-year-old kidney donor Umesh Srivastav is one of the seventeen accused booked by Delhi police in the organ transplant scandal that rocked the city recently. Umesh is currently holed up in Patna along with his wife Neelu (44) at her mother’s residence. Umesh said, “I was unaware of the fact that Neelu’s kidney would be removed at the operation table on the ill-fated day. We only knew so as to what transpired when the police showed up to arrest us.”Neelu has been suffering from a tumour in her abdominal area, since many years. “In October last year, her pain aggravated. We ran from pillar to post for her treatment. The doctors quoted a figure of one and a half lakh to get her surgery done. In the meanwhile, an acquaintance named ‘Gauri,’ made us meet Ashu. They promised us to get Neelu operated for free for her tumour, if I was ready to part with my kidney,” said Umesh.In April earlier this year, Ashu, the accused tout in the scam, brought Umesh and Neelu to Delhi. He put them up at Hotel Dimple Lodge and Signature Inn at Paharganj. “We were served food regularly at the hotel. We were ferried around to the hospital for our medical check ups. We were asked not to open our mouths. The touts assured us that Neelu’s tumour will be removed,” Umesh said.The touts forged Umesh’s identity and showed him to be one ‘Suresh Chand,’ a make-believe uncle of 24-year-old Ghaziabad resident Ashutosh Gautam. Ashutosh was a sick patient, who needed a kidney. “I was taken by Ashutosh’s family before the doctor and made to stand there. After all the documents are forged, it is a mere formality to stand in front of the doctor,” he said.In Neelu’s case, papers were forged and she was shown to be the 54-year-old wife Baby Gupta of 62-year-old Jia Lal Gupta, a Jammu resident. Jia Lal was in need of a Kidney. “The touts promised to get my wife treated for her tumour. They told me that by forging papers they can avail of low-cost treatment for my wife. Just that I would have to part with my kidney. I willingly gave up my kidney hoping that my wife will avail of good treatment in a hi-fi facility. But they removed her kidney as well. They never gave us any money,” said Umesh.Umesh used to work as a mechanic at BK Automobiles in Kanpur until some months ago, where he earned close to Rs 7000 a day. Now he is left jobless and homeless. He and his wife stand accused of ‘selling a kidney.’Their two sons, one 18-year-old and another 17-year-old are in Dhanbad and Allahabad. “We could not manage to collect their mark-sheets from school, neither could we manage to get them admitted to college, after our arrests. We have sent them away to work,” he said. “After our arrest, our landlord came and locked the rented house in Kanpur. We had to flee from Kanpur shame-faced. Neighbours would gossip all day along about the police case, leaving our heads hanging low in shame. We are red-faced.”Neelu’s health is not improving. “They never removed her tumour. Instead they removed her kidney. She kept writhing in pain. We were holed up in jail for almost three months, only a week after our surgeries at Apollo Hospital. There were no check-ups or follow-ups in jail. We languished in utter distress. We had to pay Rs 22,000 to obtain bail,” said Umesh.A harangued Umesh ends up coughing out Rs 20,000 every month as the case progressed in the court. “The lawyers charge close to Rs 14,000 every month for appearance. There are two hearings every month. I end up spending Rs 5000 in travel. My relatives are arranging loans to fight the case. For how long will the ordeal go on?,” Umesh pleads desperately.Umesh and Neelu have been named in the racket chargesheet with fifteen other accused who are donors, recipients and touts, by Delhi police, under the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The doctors who had conducted the transplants were called in for questioning by the police but have not been charge-sheeted. The scam is spread over Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and West Bengal.(Tomorrow, in the series, we explore the plight of a middle-aged donor who sold a kidney to pay off his mounting loans)

PM Modi asks ministers to stop ‘chest-thumping and speaking’ about surgical strikes: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PM Narendra Modi has asked his ministers to stop ‘chest-thumping and speaking out of turn on the surgical strikes, according to a media report. Quoting sources NDTV said that PM Modi indicated in a cabinet meeting that only those who have been authorised should speak about the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army across the LoC last week.While Pakistan is claiming that the surgical strikes never took place, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam and Delhi CM Kejriwal had asked for proof to be shared by the government. Earlier a report in Indian Express, carrying eyewitness accounts of the strikes on the terror launch pads by people living across the LoC, said that the bodies of those killed were loaded onto trucks for secret burials.Corroborating India’s claim, they also said that a brief intense firing took place, which also destroyed makeshift buildings that housed jihadists. The eyewitnesses also provided the details of targeted locations which have not been made public by the government of India and Pakistan.Rejecting BJP’s criticism, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused it of playing politics over the anti-terror surgical strike and said why was the party “scared” when he had only asked the Prime Minister to counter the false propaganda by Pakistan. Maintaining that Aam Aadmi Party believes that surgical strikes did take place, Kejriwal said that in his video message on Tuesday he had only appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give a befitting reply. In a rare gesture, on Tuesday Kejriwal “saluted” Modi for the surgical strikes by the Army on terror launch pads across the LoC.At the same time, he had urged the Centre to counter the smear campaign by Pakistan and international media, but BJP alleged that Kejriwal had in the garb of his statement questioned the Army’s assertion on surgical strike and insulted the armed forces.”I have supported the Prime Minister, applauded the army. I only said that Pakistan is spreading false propaganda in the world that surgical strikes did not happen. We all believe that surgical strikes took place,” Kejriwal told reporters at the Jodhpur civil airport.”Pakistan is spreading the propaganda across the world and international media is running this that surgical strikes did not take place. I had only appealed to the PM that a befitting reply should be given to Pakistan. If I said that we have to counter Pakistan’s false propaganda then why is the BJP so rattled and scared? We all have to counter Pakistan’s propaganda and we should all, irrespective of the party, strengthen PM’s hands in this,” Kejriwal said.Claiming that Kejriwal “sought proof” on the anti-terror operation, the BJP asked him not to belittle the armed forces by getting influenced by Pakistani “propaganda”. At a press conference today, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the AAP leader should answer whether he believed in the Indian Army or not. Kejriwal later retorted: “I am unhappy. Ravi Shankar ji is saying I am playing politics. Am I playing politics or they?””I and my party are with Narendra Modi in his every step against Pakistan and its mischiefs,” said Kejriwal. “It is time that all the citizens and political parties are united and strengthen the hands of the prime minister against Pakistan,” he said. Kejriwal later headed to Bikaner by road to meet a party worker who had lost his mother. Senior AAP leader Ashutosh said Pakistan is insulting ‘Bharat Mata’ and Indian army through its propaganda, but BJP is settling score with Kejriwal. “I am amazed that Ravi Shankar Prasad instead of unmasking Pak Propaganda is questioning AK. Shows BJP’s bankruptcy of ideas,” Ashutosh tweeted.With agency inputs.

Ink attack on Kejriwal in Rajasthan after surgical strike comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An unknown person on Tuesday evening threw ink on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district. According to reports, the AAP chief was attacked with ink for his alleged remarks on Indian Army’s surgical strikes carried out across the Line of Control (LoC) in response to Uri attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. Kejriwal reacted to the ink attack and tweeted, “God bless those who threw ink at me, I wish them well.” As per the latest reports, two men have been detained in this regard.Earlier, Delhi minister Satyendar Jain was targeted in a slipper attack by a woman over Arvind Kejriwal’s remarks on cross-LoC anti-terror surgical strike by army. Bhavana Arora, who had staged an ink attack on Kejriwal in January, hurled a slipper at the AAP leaders’ car outside the Income Tax office here at around 3.15 PM. However, the slipper only hit the vehicle in which the Health Minister was travelling along with AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh as its windows were closed. Jain today appeared before I-T Department and was questioned by its investigating officers for over three hours in connection with a tax evasion probe against certain Kolkata-based firms. “How could the Aam Aadmi Party demand proof of surgical strikes from the Indian Army? Are they agents of Pakistan?,” Arora told reporters here after hurling her slipper at Jain’s vehicle. Arora belongs to Aam Aadmi Sena, a breakaway faction of the Aam Aadmi Party. However, she was not detained by the police after the incident. Arora had also thrown ink on Kejriwal in January this year while he was delivering a speech at a public meeting in Chhatrasal Stadium. Volunteers of the Sena had reached the Central Revenue Building at I P Estate where I-T Department office is located after they got to know about Jain appearing before the department. Jain was last week summoned by the IT to furnish personal financial details and ITRs for the last four years.Rejecting BJP’s criticism, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused it of playing politics over the anti-terror surgical strike and said why was the party “scared” when he had only asked the Prime Minister to counter the false propaganda by Pakistan. Maintaining that Aam Aadmi Party believes that surgical strikes did take place, Kejriwal said that in his video message yesterday he had only appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give a befitting reply. In a rare gesture, Kejriwal has yesterday “saluted” Modi for the surgical strikes by the Army on terror launch pads across the LoC.At the same time, he had urged the Centre to counter the smear campaign by Pakistan and international media, but BJP alleged that Kejriwal had in the garb of his statement questioned the Army’s assertion on surgical strike and insulted the armed forces.”I have supported the Prime Minister, applauded the army. I only said that Pakistan is spreading false propaganda in the world that surgical strikes did not happen. We all believe that surgical strikes took place,” Kejriwal told reporters at the Jodhpur civil airport.”Pakistan is spreading the propaganda across the world and international media is running this that surgical strikes did not take place. I had only appealed to the PM that a befitting reply should be given to Pakistan.”If I said that we have to counter Pakistan’s false propaganda then why is the BJP so rattled and scared? We all have to counter Pakistan’s propaganda and we should all, irrespective of the party, strengthen PM’s hands in this,” Kejriwal said.Claiming that Kejriwal “sought proof” on the anti-terror operation, the BJP asked him not to belittle the armed forces by getting influenced by Pakistani “propaganda”. At a press conference today, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the AAP leader should answer whether he believed in the Indian Army or not. Kejriwal later retorted: “I am unhappy. Ravi Shankar ji is saying I am playing politics. Am I playing politics or they?””I and my party are with Narendra Modi in his every step against Pakistan and its mischiefs,” said Kejriwal. “It is time that all the citiznes and political parties are united and strengthen the hands of the prime minister against Pakistan,” he said. Kejriwal later headed to Bikaner by road to meet a party worker who had lost his mother. Senior AAP leader Ashutosh said Pakistan is insulting ‘Bharat Mata’ and Indian army through its propaganda, but BJP is settling score with Kejriwal. “I am amazed that Ravi Shankar Prasad instead of unmasking Pak Propaganda is questioning AK. Shows BJP’s bankruptcy of ideas,” Ashutosh tweeted.

Shocked they are questioning Army: Chetan Bhagat slams Arvind Kejriwal and Sanjay Nirupam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arvind Kejriwal and Sanjay Nirupam’s comments about the surgical strike hasn’t gone down well at all. Kejriwal had asked PM Modi to show proof and counter Pakistan’s false propaganda. Meanwhile, Nirupam seemed to suggest that the surgical strike was ‘fake’. Reacting to his comments, popular author Chetan Bhagat hit out at Kejriwal and Nirupam on Twitter. He wrote on Twitter: “Stunned and shocked that some political parties are questioning the Indian Army and it’s official statements publicly. Only hurts the nation.” He however did laud Congress leader Milind Deora for his comments.Rejecting BJP’s criticism, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused it of playing politics over the anti-terror surgical strike and said why was the party “scared” when he had only asked the Prime Minister to counter the false propaganda by Pakistan.Maintaining that Aam Aadmi Party believes that surgical strikes did take place, Kejriwal said that in his video message yesterday he had only appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give a befitting reply.In a rare gesture, Kejriwal has yesterday “saluted” Modi for the surgical strikes by the Army on terror launch pads across the LoC.At the same time, he had urged the Centre to counter the smear campaign by Pakistan and international media, but BJP alleged that Kejriwal had in the garb of his statement questioned the Army’s assertion on surgical strike and insulted the armed forces.”I have supported the Prime Minister, applauded the army.I only said that Pakistan is spreading false propaganda in the world that surgical strikes did not happen. We all believe that surgical strikes took place,” Kejriwal told reporters at the Jodhpur civil airport.”Pakistan is spreading the propaganda across the world and international media is running this that surgical strikes did not take place. I had only appealed to the PM that a befitting reply should be given to Pakistan.”If I said that we have to counter Pakistan’s false propaganda then why is the BJP so rattled and scared? We all have to counter Pakistan’s propaganda and we should all, irrespective of the party, strengthen PM’s hands in this,” Kejriwal said.Claiming that Kejriwal “sought proof” on the anti-terror operation, the BJP asked him not to belittle the armed forces by getting influenced by Pakistani “propaganda”.At a press conference today, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the AAP leader should answer whether he believed in the Indian Army or not.Kejriwal later retorted: “I am unhappy. Ravi Shankar ji is saying I am playing politics. Am I playing politics or they?””I and my party are with Narendra Modi in his every step against Pakistan and its mischiefs,” said Kejriwal.”It is time that all the citiznes and political parties are united and strengthen the hands of the prime minister against Pakistan,” he said.Kejriwal later headed to Bikaner by road to meet a party worker who had lost his mother.Senior AAP leader Ashutosh said Pakistan is insulting ‘Bharat Mata’ and Indian army through its propaganda, but BJP is settling score with Kejriwal.”I am amazed that Ravi Shankar Prasad instead of unmasking Pak Propaganda is questioning AK. Shows BJP’s bankruptcy of ideas,” Ashutosh tweeted.A political slugfest erupted over India’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC with Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam calling it “fake”, provoking stinging criticism from BJP even as his own party said it “totally dissociates” from his remarks.”Every Indian wants surgical strikes against Pakistan but not a fake one to extract just political benefit by BJP.politics over national interest(sic),” Nirupam tweeted, kicking up a row over the emotive issue.The Congress leader went on to demand “some evidence” to prove the surgical strikes did take place and accused the Centre’s ruling BJP of indulging in politics over the issue.With patriotic sentiments running high amid soaring tensions with Pakistan, Union Minister Uma Bharti said leaders who cast “doubt over the army’s surgical strike should take Pakistani citizenship”.”Those leaders who say that if Pakistan is demanding evidence about surgical strike, they should be given the evidence, such people should take the citizenship of Pakistan,” Bharti told reporters in Pune.The Congress had yesterday asked the government to put forth “credible” evidence of last week’s surgical strikes, carried out by the Army across the LoC, to “expose” Pakistan which has denied any such action.Congress senior spokesman Anand Sharma had also sought to dismiss the claim that the surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads was the first such retaliation by the Indian Army, insisting that it had responded earlier too “as per the need or provocation”.”Around a week ago when the DGMO on behalf of the government announced that a surgical strike has been carried out against the Pak terror camps in PoK, we all supported.Honourable Sonia Gandhi supported, Rahul Gandhi supported, even I personally supported it.But the way BJP has put banners all over the country, the way surgical strike is being politicised, used for political benefit and simultaneously from all over the world questions are being raised on the reality of the surgical strike, we have the questions to ask the government,” he said.Nirupam said the government will “have to come with some evidence” without compromising national security to give reply to the whole world.As the row erupted, Congress dissociated itself from Sanjay Nirupam’s remarks, saying it had taken a serious note of those.”Congress dissociates itself from Nirupam’s remarks and has taken a serious note. It’s time for the government to expose Pakistan’s malicious propaganda. The evidence should be made public,” said party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

Surgi-chappal strike: AAP minister Satyender Jain attacked with a slipper after Kejriwal’s comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi minister Satyendar Jain and other AAP leaders were once again targeted in a slipper attack by a woman over Arvind Kejriwal’s remarks on cross-LoC anti-terror surgical strike by army. Bhavana Arora, who had staged an ink attack on Kejriwal in January, hurled a slipper at the AAP leaders’ car outside the Income Tax office here at around 3.15 PM. However, the slipper only hit the vehicle in which the Health Minister was travelling along with AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh as its windows were closed. Jain today appeared before I-T Department and was questioned by its investigating officers for over three hours in connection with a tax evasion probe against certain Kolkata-based firms. “How could the Aam Aadmi Party demand proof of surgical strikes from the Indian Army? Are they agents of Pakistan?,” Arora told reporters here after hurling her slipper at Jain’s vehicle. Arora belongs to Aam Aadmi Sena, a breakaway faction of the Aam Aadmi Party. However, she was not detained by the police after the incident. Arora had also thrown ink on Kejriwal in January this year while he was delivering a speech at a public meeting in Chhatrasal Stadium. Volunteers of the Sena had reached the Central Revenue Building at I P Estate where I-T Department office is located after they got to know about Jain appearing before the department. Jain was last week summoned by the IT to furnish personal financial details and ITRs for the last four years.Rejecting BJP’s criticism, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused it of playing politics over the anti-terror surgical strike and said why was the party “scared” when he had only asked the Prime Minister to counter the false propaganda by Pakistan. Maintaining that Aam Aadmi Party believes that surgical strikes did take place, Kejriwal said that in his video message yesterday he had only appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give a befitting reply. In a rare gesture, Kejriwal has yesterday “saluted” Modi for the surgical strikes by the Army on terror launch pads across the LoC.At the same time, he had urged the Centre to counter the smear campaign by Pakistan and international media, but BJP alleged that Kejriwal had in the garb of his statement questioned the Army’s assertion on surgical strike and insulted the armed forces.”I have supported the Prime Minister, applauded the army. I only said that Pakistan is spreading false propaganda in the world that surgical strikes did not happen. We all believe that surgical strikes took place,” Kejriwal told reporters at the Jodhpur civil airport.”Pakistan is spreading the propaganda across the world and international media is running this that surgical strikes did not take place. I had only appealed to the PM that a befitting reply should be given to Pakistan.”If I said that we have to counter Pakistan’s false propaganda then why is the BJP so rattled and scared? We all have to counter Pakistan’s propaganda and we should all, irrespective of the party, strengthen PM’s hands in this,” Kejriwal said.Claiming that Kejriwal “sought proof” on the anti-terror operation, the BJP asked him not to belittle the armed forces by getting influenced by Pakistani “propaganda”. At a press conference today, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the AAP leader should answer whether he believed in the Indian Army or not. Kejriwal later retorted: “I am unhappy. Ravi Shankar ji is saying I am playing politics. Am I playing politics or they?””I and my party are with Narendra Modi in his every step against Pakistan and its mischiefs,” said Kejriwal. “It is time that all the citiznes and political parties are united and strengthen the hands of the prime minister against Pakistan,” he said. Kejriwal later headed to Bikaner by road to meet a party worker who had lost his mother. Senior AAP leader Ashutosh said Pakistan is insulting ‘Bharat Mata’ and Indian army through its propaganda, but BJP is settling score with Kejriwal. “I am amazed that Ravi Shankar Prasad instead of unmasking Pak Propaganda is questioning AK. Shows BJP’s bankruptcy of ideas,” Ashutosh tweeted.

PhD student rape: JNU asks students, staff to be vigilant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking serious note of the alleged rape of first-year PhD student on Sunday, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has advised students, staff and teachers to remain vigilant against such incidences, adding that the administration does not tolerate such incidents and resolves to take appropriate measures to prevent them in the future. In an advisory, the JNU authorities said, “The University always stands for dignity of the individual, respect for women and democratic values. It is in this light that the JNU administration strongly condemns the incident of heinous rape in a hostel on the campus on August 20. This has completely shaken the JNU Community and has tarnished the image of the university. The administration does not tolerate such incidences and resolves to take appropriate measures to prevent them in the future. The entire JNU community stands with the victim,” the university authorities added.On Sunday, the PhD student accused an All India Students’ Association (AISA) activist, Anmol Ratan, of raping her, taking a serious note of the allegation, the organisation expelled Ratan from the primary membership, stating that they stand by the complainant in her fight for justice.”AISA takes serious note of the fact that Ratan, a leading activist of AISA, is facing a criminal complaint of sexual assault. He is, henceforth, expelled from the primary membership of AISA. AISA will reflect on and deal with this issue with all the firmness it deserves,” said Ashutosh Kumar, AISA’s Delhi State Secretary, in a statement.Following the complaint by the 28-year-old victim, the Vasant Kunj (North) Police Station registered a case in this connection under sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Police are investigating the matter.

JNU student files case against AISA activist who allegedly spiked drink, raped her

New Delhi: A 28-year-old JNU student has filed a rape case against an AISA activist accusing him of raping her in a hostel room on the university campus, police said on Sunday.

The woman is a first-year PhD student and she has alleged that Anmol Ratan, a JNU student and AISA activist raped her on Saturday, police said.

According to the complaint filed by her at Vasant Kunj (North) police station, she had posted on her Facebook profile that she wanted to watch Sairat movie and asked if anyone had a CD of it.

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It said Ratan apparently messaged her saying that he had a copy. Thereafter, he picked her up on Saturday on the pretext of giving her a CD of the film and took her to Brahamputra Hostel, where he stays.

She said in the complaint that he offered her a spiked drink and allegedly raped her. He also threatened her and asked her to not report the matter.

However, the woman approached the police on Sunday and a case of rape was registered and further investigation is underway.

When contacted AISA said it has taken strong note of the allegations and has expelled Ratan from the membership.

“AISA takes serious note of the fact that Anmol Ratan, a leading activist of AISA, is facing a criminal complaint of sexual assault. He is, henceforth, expelled from the primary membership of AISA.

“AISA will reflect on and deal with this issue with all the firmness it deserves. AISA will be unflinching for the principles of gender justice even if it involves a leading member of the organisation. We stand by the complainant in her fight for justice,” Ashutosh Kumar, AISA Delhi State Secretary, said.

JNU PHD scholar files rape case against fellow student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old JNU student has filed a rape case against an AISA activist accusing him of raping her in a hostel room on the university campus, police said today. The woman is a first-year Ph.D student and she has alleged that Anmol Ratan, a JNU student and AISA activist raped her yesterday, police said. According to the complaint filed by her at Vasant Kunj (North) police station, she had posted on her Facebook profile that she wanted to watch ‘Sairat’ movie and asked if anyone had a CD of it. It said Ratan apparently messaged her saying that he had a copy. Thereafter, he picked her up yesterday on the pretext of giving her a CD of the film and took her to Brahamputra Hostel, where he stays. She said in the complaint that he offered her a spiked drink and allegedly raped her. He also threatened her and asked her to not report the matter. However, the woman approached the police today and a case of rape was registered and further investigation is underway. When contacted AISA said it has taken strong note of the allegations and has expelled Ratan from the membership. “AISA takes serious note of the fact that Anmol Ratan, a leading activist of AISA, is facing a criminal complaint of sexual assault. He is, henceforth, expelled from the primary membership of AISA. “AISA will reflect on and deal with this issue with all the firmness it deserves. AISA will be unflinching for the principles of gender justice even if it involves a leading member of the organisation. We stand by the complainant in her fight for justice,” Ashutosh Kumar, AISA Delhi State Secretary, said.

Delhi: 22-year-old recipient in kidney racket arrested

A 22-year-old recipient has been arrested in connection with a kidney racket which was busted at a private hospital in New Delhi earlier this month, police said on Friday.The accused, identified as Ashutosh (22), is the first kidney recipient arrested in the high-profile case in which 12 people, including personal assistant of senior nephrologists, middlemen, donors and the racket’s kingpin, have been nabbed so far, a senior police official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The man, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from a hospital in central Delhi, where he had come for a check-up on Thursday. His father is a junior engineer at Delhi Jal Board, the official said.
ALSO READ Delhi: Three Apollo doctors to be questioned in kidney racket caseAshutosh is believed to have paid Rs 25 lakh for the kidney transplant, of which Rs 3 lakh was paid to the Kanpur-based donor. Efforts are on to identity more recipients in connection with the case, of which three more have been identified, the official said.The middlemen used to forge documents to adhere to organ transplantation laws. So far, the police have come across at least 10 cases facilitated by the racket, the official added.

Sangeet Som seeks ban on Jimmy Shergill-starrer ‘Shorgul’ based on Muzaffarnagar riots

Controversial BJP leader Sangeet Som on Thursday demanded a ban on the screening of the riot-themed film Shorgul in Muzaffarnagar.Som, who has been under the scanner for his alleged role in the Muzaffarnagar riots, claimed that several political leaders had been portrayed in a factually incorrect manner in the film.”The district administration should ban the screening of the film in Muzaffarnagar. If they do not do that, then I will be forced to take some action,” the Sardhana MLA told PTI here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Shorgul’, which is slated for release this Friday, has been shot in the backdrop of Muzaffarnagar communal riots in Uttar Pradesh.The movie, featuring Jimmy Shergill and Ashutosh Rana in lead roles, is based on friendship between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl that snowballs into a political issue leading to unrest and chaos in society. Police officers in the state, have been put on alert in this regard, IG Sujit Pandey said, and added that the law and order situation will not be allowed to deteriorate.Meanwhile, the owner of a movie theatre here, Deepak Seth, said that the film could be screened only if police and administration make adequate security arrangements.

AAP and BJP lawmakers fight it out over NDMC officer’s murder

A high drama ensued between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and BJP lawmaker Mahesh Girri, as he sat on a hunger strike outside chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Sunday, demanding allegations on him regarding the murder of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) official M M Khan be proved.Kejriwal, in a recent letter to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, had accused him of protecting Girri and NDMC vice-chairman Karan Singh Tanwar in Khan’s murder.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khan, an estate officer of NDMC, was shot dead on May 16, a day before he was scheduled to pass the final order on lease terms of a hotel which was operating out of a property leased out by the NDMC. The owner of the hotel, Ramesh Kakkar, was arrested on charges of murder.Refuting the allegations, Girri had challenged Kejriwal for a public debate over his allegations. Girri had also written a letter to Kejriwal inviting him to Constitution Club to produce evidence against him.After Kejriwal refused to respond to Girri, the BJP MP, reached his residence on Sunday and sat on hunger strike. Girri had challenged Kejriwal to either prove his charge against him or resign from his chief ministerial position.”If he manages to prove, then I will quit politics, otherwise he should do so,” Girri said.On Monday, AAP leader Ashutosh slammed Girri saying said that the lawmaker must sit on hunger strike for 20 days.”Mahesh Girri should sit on hunger strike for 20 days. Arvind (Kejriwal) sat for 15 days,” Ashutosh tweeted.”Arvind is diabetic. He sat on hunger protest twice for 15 days. Mahesh Giri should definitely sit on hunger dharna for at least three weeks,” he tweeted.AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey slammed Girri, stressing that an open debate with Kejriwal would not solve the problem, and that he should get ready for a free and fair probe.Pandey added, “Those who are murder accused they don’t sit on dharna but are interrogated and arrested.”The party also demanded Girri and Tanwar’s arrest on Khan’s murder.

AAP to contest 2018 Madhya Pradesh elections: Ashutosh

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced it will contest the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections in 2018, alleging that the BJP government in the state has “failed on all fronts”.”We are going to contest 2018 MP Assembly elections. For this, our organisational structure with 10 youth for one booth will be in place by December 2016,” AAP leader Ashutosh told reporters.”The party has already decided to fight (the) Assembly elections in Gujarat and Goa,” he said, adding the party stands to gain abundantly in different parts of the state as Congress has now become a spent force.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ashutosh alleged that “rampant corruption is prevailing in MP and the ‘Vyapam scam’ stands witness to it”.”Lawlessness was prevailing in the state and the crime against women was highest in the state,” the AAP leader claimed.”The price of electricity was highest in MP, which was producing surplus energy. Delhi doesn’t generate power, but its price was too low in that state,” he said.”Health services are so bad that ants are eating dead bodies in Madhya Pradesh,” he said referring to three-day-old baby girl who died after allegedly being administered a vaccine in Indore District Hospital, and her body, kept in a morgue, was eaten by ants on June 6.

AAP ready to face polls any time in Goa

The Aam Aadmi Party has said it is ready to face elections in Goa any time.The elections to the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly are due in March next year.”People are so sick and tired of this BJP government. People can demand an early election as well,” AAP leader Ashish Khetan told PTI.”We are ready to face election anytime from now in all the constituencies,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP has already announced it will contest all the 40 constituencies of the state. Party’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also recently addressed a public rally in Panaji.Meanwhile, senior party leader Ashutosh expressed confidence that the party will form the government on its own in Goa after the polls.However, he also said that AAP would prefer to sit in opposition if it has to take help of any other political outfit to gain power.He said Kejriwal is likely to visit Goa at least once a month and later more frequently when the polls approach.Notably, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had ruled out early polls in the state, saying he was not in favour of elections before completion of five years of the government.

Many big leaders in Goa wanted to join AAP: Ashutosh

Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday claimed that many big leaders from Goa wanted to join the party but it has said no to them as they did not qualify. “There are many big leaders in Goa who want to join AAP but the party has shut doors for them. I will not take the names of the leaders and parties but there are many who are big enough knocking the doors of AAP. We have said no to them. We believe they don’t qualify,” AAP national spokesperson Ashutosh told PTI in an interview here. The party’s claim comes days after it held a massive rally in Panaji addressed by its national convenor Arvind Kejriwal. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP has already announced to contest all 40 seats in the forthcoming state Assembly polls next year. “I can only say that anybody and everybody who is honest and believes in AAP philosophy, our doors are open. Anybody who is a criminal, communal, corrupt or does not have good moral character cannot join AAP,” he said The journalist-turned-politician is currently camping in the tourist state and has been holding several constituency level meetings. Elucidating on their plans for the 2017 elections, Ashutosh said the process to identify candidates has begun. “We have declared campaign committee. Very soon we will declare selection and search committees. The search committee will select few names in a particular constituency. These names will be given to the selection committee which will short list the names. And then the campaign committee will finally decide the candidates,” he said. The party has also decided to start ‘Goa Dialogues’ wherein it will interact with a cross section of people who will help in drafting the manifesto for Goa Assembly Elections 2017. “Identification of issues in a particular state and finding their solutions is not the domain of few individuals but of the people. We will be identifying the issues and we will have an expert of that particular issue,” he said. Ashutosh said Kejriwal will visit Goa at least once a month and later more frequently as the election approaches. “Now, he is planning to devote his time to Punjab and Goa both. He will be spending a lot of time in Goa. He will be meeting different sections of the society,” he said. To a query if Goans will accept AAP’s trademark cap, Ashutosh said if anybody felt the “topi” did not fit or suit him, one could create their own topi. “One can have a Goan topi,” he added.

After Bassi’s appointment as UPSC member, AAP accuses BJP of favouritism

New Delhi: The AAP on Tuesday said that appointment of former Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi as a member of the UPSC proves that “BJP’s senior spokesperson” has been “obliged” by the government.

“Appointment is the prerogative of the government. This has become clear on whose instructions Mr Bassi was working and he has been obliged.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. AFPDelhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

“The AAP has been saying very categorically that Mr Bassi was acting as the senior spokesperson of the BJP. So his appointment with the UPSC as a member proves the fact that he was and he is the senior spokesperson of the BJP, which is why he has been appointed,” AAP leader Ashutosh said.

BS Bassi, who had a controversial tenure as Delhi Police Commissioner with frequent run-ins with the AAP government, was on Tuesday appointed a member of UPSC, a Constitutional post, with a five year tenure.

Bassi’s tenure as Delhi Police Commissioner, especially towards the end, had come for criticism after the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar over sedition row.

The former police Chief was involved in a running battle with the AAP government led by Arvind Kejriwal with five of its legislators arrested under different counts during Bassi’s tenure.

Dombivli boiler blast: Police book factory owners for culpable homicide

Thane (Maharashta): A day after six people were killed and more then 150 others injured in a boiler blast in a factory here, charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder were slapped on owners of Probace Enterprises, a police official said here on Friday.

“We have sought help from the factory inspector and other departments to determine the exact cause of the blast and fire,” said an official of Manpada police, which is probing the case under the direction of Joint Police Commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre.

On Thursday, Dombivali, around 35 km north of Mumbai, was shaken to its foundation when a deafening blast occurred in a boiler in the Probace chemical factory. PTI

On Thursday, Dombivli, around 35 km north of Mumbai, was shaken to its foundation when a deafening blast occurred in a boiler in the Probace chemical factory. PTI

Police have registered a case against the owners of the factory in Dombivli city here under Indian Penal Code’s section 304A (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) which attracts upto 10 years jail term and a fine.

On Thursday, Dombivli, around 35 km north of Mumbai, was shaken to its foundation when a deafening blast occurred in a boiler in the Probace chemical factory.

The impact of the blast followed by a massive fire resulted in massive damage to two neighboring factories in the MIDC complex here.

While six peoples died in the blast and its after-effects, more than 150 people suffered different types of injuries.

One man died due to heart attack soon after the blast, the sound of which was heard 4-5 kms away.

The explosion impact saw damage to more than 600 homes, offices, shops, etc. in a two-km vicinity.

In some homes, locked doors flew off hinges, all glass items, fittings, TV sets, crockery, vehicle glasses and even spectacles worn by people were blown to sharp shreds.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the city has ordered a probe into the tragedy.

Industry Minister Subhash Desai ordered a weeklong shutdown of all chemical factories in and around the city to facilitate a thorough safety and security audit.

Meanwhile since last night, the police and district officials started a survey of all the homes, shops, commercial complexes, vehicles amd other public and private assets which were hit by the blast.

Modi degree row: AAP targets DU officials for authenticating ‘fake marksheets’

Continuing its attack over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualification issue, the AAP targeted Delhi University officials for authenticating “fake mark sheet” and raised fresh doubts over discrepancies in it.Posing questions to DU Registrar Tarun Das, AAP leader Ashutosh said why is it that the mark sheets of other students released during the same time, name and subjects of the applicants are hand written, but in the mark sheet of Modi released by BJP, name and subjects of the applicant are not handwritten.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In mark sheets available with us the marks obtained by the students are handwritten, whereas in the mark sheet of Mr Modi the marks are not handwritten. Why? In mark sheets available with us the word ‘Passed’ is handwritten. Why the word ‘passed’ is not handwritten in Mr Modi’s marksheet?” AAP leader Ashutosh said.He said the mark sheets available with them also have signatures of the competent authorities under the heads, ‘Checked By’ and ‘Prepared By’, but Modi’s mark sheet has been signed off only under the head ‘Checked by’ and why the signatures under the head ‘Prepared by’ is missing in his marks sheet?”In the mark sheets of Mr Modi for all the years 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978 a digit 2366 is written by hand at the top right corner. How this digit is written in all the mark sheets in same handwriting. This is a clinching evidence that the mark sheet has been forged.”In the mark sheets available with us ‘University of Delhi’ is written in simple font, whereas, in Modi ji’s mark sheet ‘University of Delhi’ is written in modern font. How it is possible?”Modi ji’s mark sheet appears to be computer generated.Did the Delhi University have computers in 1975? Modern fonts have been used in Modi ji’s mark sheet. Were these fonts available in 1975? Did Bill Gates send a special computer at that time to print Modi’s degrees?” Ashutosh added.The party said the varsity were “under the pressure” from the Centre as they were worried about “saving their job”.”When we went to the university yesterday, no one met us.But the Registrar gave an interview to a channel saying the degree is authentic.”You all are aware what happened in Gujarat and its model. Whoever goes against Modi is targeted. In Gujarat 36 IPS officers were behind bars,” Ashutosh said.The party parried questions on what would be their next plan of action. “We are not naive players in the game. First let us get the varsity comply with the Chief Information Commissioner’s (CIC) order, but we will take the case to a logical conclusion,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.

Modi degree row: DU Registrar is under pressure from Centre, alleges AAP

AAP on Tuesday alleged Delhi University Registrar Tarun Das, who termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BA degree as “genuine”, is “under pressure” from the Centre to authenticate “forged” degree and mark sheets and indulging in a “cover-up operation”.”When we went to DU, the VC and the Registrar both refused to meet us. Now we know why? They were busy saving the PM. It is not a coincidence that just after we came back from DU, the Registrar gave a byte to a news channel that blatantly favours the Modi government. But let me say this that the cover-up operation will not last long. The names of those involved in fabrication of degrees will be made public. Twice we have been to DU. Why is it shying away from producing documents and inspecting the whole process?” AAP leader Ashutosh said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It’s beyond comprehension why the DU is not complying with the CIC order and allowing inspection of these documents,” he said.
ALSO READ PM Modi’s degree is ‘authentic’, says Delhi UniversityThe AAP leader said the “weak defence” put forth by the Registrar was “shrouded” in secrecy, which “strengthens the fact that the DU is under pressure of the central government to authenticate a forged degree and mark sheets.””A look at the three documents shows that only Modi’s mark sheet has marks typed on it, whereas the other two mark sheets have marks handwritten. Not just that, both the other mark sheets have signatures of both, the person who prepared the mark sheets and the person who checked them. But Modi’s marksheet does not have signatures of the person who prepared the mark sheet. It only bears signatures of the person who checked the mark sheet. It clearly shows that Modi’s mark sheet released by BJP is a forged document,” he claimed.An AAP leader, among others, had filed an RTI application seeking inspection of 14 records including the enrollment register, the degree register, the convocation register.”BJP President Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also claimed that Modi stayed at the ABVP office during that period. The Indira Gandhi government had clamped Emergency in 1975, which continued for 19 months. By Modi’s own admission, he was underground during this period and was living in disguise as a Sikh. Is it possible that he wrote the exam with his real identity in the disguise as a Sikh? The office of ABVP was also sealed during the Emergency period. How is it possible that Modi stayed in that sealed office?” Ashutosh said.

PM Modi’s degree authentic, year discrepancy just a minor error: DU

New Delhi: Downplaying allegations of glaring discrepancies, Delhi University on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s BA degree as circulated by BJP is “authentic” and it has all the relevant records relating to his graduation while terming as “minor error” mention of 1979 in his degree when he passed out a year earlier.

The clarification by Delhi University’s registrar Tarun Das came amid the raging controversy over Modi’s educational qualifications with AAP continuing to question genuiness of the BA degree.

“We have checked our records and it has been authenticated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s degree is authentic. He cleared the examination in 1978 and was awarded the degree in 1979,” he said hours after an AAP delegation went to the university seeking details of the degree.

Narendra Modi. File photo. Getty imagesNarendra Modi. File photo. Getty images

Narendra Modi. File photo. Getty images

Asked about certain discrepencies being alleged by AAP in his marksheets and degree certificate, he said, “the discrepancies in names in two marksheets exist in university records as well.”

“The university seeks to maintain privacy of any student who is getting enrolled with it. In view of the queries and reports in media, we would like to state that Narendra Damodardas Modi had qualified for degree of Bachelors in Arts. His enrollment number was CC 594/74 and his examination roll number number was 16594,” Das said.

Asked about variations in Modi’s names in marksheets, Das said it is a common error as far as middle names are concerned. “Similar errors are often pointed out by other students as well which are rectified when requested.”

On being asked about AAP’s allegation that why he was awarded the degree in 1979 when he graduated in 1978, Das said “It is difficult to comment on minor errors.”

On Monday, BJP president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had released copies of Modi’s BA and MA degrees in response to AAP’s allegations.

The AAP had said the documents were “forged” and had “glaring discrepancies” in them.

When asked about discrepancies in calculation of marks and the marksheets being “typed ones” while other degrees issued by the university during that period had handwritten details, Das said, “it is not possible to comment on every variation. I can only confirm that the degree is genuine”.

An AAP delegation led by Ashutosh visited the university to check records of Modi’s graduation degree. The authorities asked the AAP leaders to come on Wednesday as they did not have prior appointment.

“We have two degrees of different individuals one from 1978 and another from 1980. While in the other degrees all the details including the name, course name and marks are hand-written, it is only Modi’s degree that has been typed.

“The ones forging the degree tried to be smart so that the handwriting doesn’t get caught in forensic tests but they forgot to use the proper format as well,” Ashutosh told reporters.

Another AAP leader Sanjay Singh wondered why the DU had not heeded to the CIC order of making the degree public.

“Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley had yesterday (Monday) made public and said the same can be verified from the university. We came to DU but there is an atmosphere of fear and we were not allowed to meet anyone.

“If his degree so authentic then why is DU not making it public despite CIC orders. Why records are not being allowed to be inspected? We have to keep some facts before you and our doubts are coming true that the degree has been forged,” said Singh.

Top BJP leaders show PM Narendra Modi’s degrees, demands apology from Arvind Kejriwal

BJP on Monday released copies of BA and MA degrees of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in response to Aam Aadmi Party’s allegations questioning his degree from Delhi but AAP hit back saying the documents were “forged” and had “glaring discrepancies” in them.In a bid to set at rest the row over Modi’s educational qualifications, BJP President Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressed a press conference where they released the graduation degree taken from Delhi University and the masters’ degree from Gujarat University. The two leaders launched a blistering attack on AAP leader and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing him of lowering the public discourse by spreading “lies” and substituting governance with “politics of adventurism”. They demanded an apology from him.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shah and Jaitley alleged that Kejriwal has tried to turn a “lie” into truth by running a campaign to mislead the people of the country.
ALSO READ Degree row: AAP refuses to back down, says BJP displayed PM Modi’s fake BA and MA degreesJaitley said the kind of allegations that have been levelled against Modi threatens “federal polity” in the country when a Union Territory indulges in “irresponsible behaviour” to attack the Prime Minister. They challenged the Delhi Chief Minister to verify his claims. “Arvind Kejriwal has been spreading lies about the Prime Minister’s credentials. He has committed the sin of defaming the country. It is very unfortunate that we have to hold a press conference about the Prime Minister’s educational qualification. When you do not have any proof, how can you spread allegations. He should apologise to the entire nation,” said Shah, adding he will also write a letter to Kejriwal to satisfy his queries.When asked about the authenticity of Modi’s BA degree, Shah told a reporter to check it with the Delhi University. Jaitley said it was ironical that such a charge has come from a political party several of whose MLAs are being prosecuted for having fake degrees. “The politics of adventurism is being treated as a substitute for governance,” he said.
ALSO READ Nitish Kumar terms PM Modi’s degree controversy ‘non-issue’AAP’s allegationKejriwal has been alleging that the Prime Minister’s BA degree is fake and that it was obtained by a namesake of him from Alwar. Shortly later, however, an unfazed AAP continued to persist with its claims on the issue.AAP leader Ashutosh addressed a press conference in which he claimed Modi’s name does not match in the BA mark sheet and that of the MA degree and even claimed that there were discrepancies in the year of passing as well. “Nakal ke liye bhi akal ki zaroorat hai (One needs brains even to copy). The BA mark sheet is dated 1978 while the degree is of the year 1979. His name in the BA mark sheet is Narendra Kumar Damodardas Modi while in Masters degree, it is Narendra Damoderdas Modi,” said the AAP leader.He said there were discrepancies in the PM’s name even at the BA level with it being recorded as ‘Narendra Kumar Damodardas Modi’ in one of the mark sheets while it was spelt as ‘Narendra Damoderdas Modi’ in the degree certificate.Even in BA mark sheets, another AAP leader Dilip Pandey said, surname is spelt “Modi” in one case while it changes to “Mody” in another. BJP counters AAP’s chargesRefuting AAP’s allegations that the degrees released by BJP were “forged”, party’s National Secretary Shrikant Sharma blamed “clerical mistakes” for discrepancies in the names and pointed out that they were the same in the final marksheet and the certificate of BA course. He also lashed out at Kejriwal saying AAP was an “infection” that was “poisoning” the nation’s polity and said he had once gone to jail for levelling “false” charges and will be behind bars again.Giving point-by-point rebuttal of AAP’s charges levelled at a press conference, Sharma said there were two mark sheets in 1977 as Modi had taken examinations twice. Modi had failed in the first examination, according to the mark sheet, and had to reappear.”Modi’s names in the BA marks sheet and certificate of 1978 were same. As far as some differences in his names in other papers are concerned, these are nothing but clerical errors,” Sharma said.Hitting out at AAP, he said the party had earlier claimed that the DU degree belonged to a Alwar-based person, whose name resembled that of the Prime Minister, but that person has already clarified that he was in the commerce stream.To AAP’s question about Modi’s master’s degrees in Political Science, he said the Gujarat University Vice Chancellor has also confirmed its authenticity. “AAP is a champion of lies. It is working at the behest of Congress and has become its B-team. Modi stands for probity and transparency in the public life. AAP had emerged with its claim of reforming politics but it has become an infection poisoning it,” he said. Last week, the Delhi Chief Minister had said that he can assert with “full responsibility” that Delhi University’s records have no mention of “Narendra Damodardas Modi” and that one “Narendra Kumar Mahavir Prasad Modi” from Alwar had taken admission in 1975. Kejriwal had said the issue was not whether the PM was “10th pass or 12th pass” but that he has furnished “fake” certificates and “cheated” the people of the country. Jaitley said there cannot be a bigger example of an “Aam Aadmi” than Modi as despite being in public life, he would travel from Gujarat to Delhi in the 70s to take BA examination as an external student.”I knew this because I was a student union leader in Delhi University then as he would stay in ABVP office in 33, Bungalow Road here,” he added.Taking a jibe at AAP, he said it should have rather praised Modi for his educational achievements as a common man for whom it is supposed to speak. “Without checking up any fact, AAP levelled such allegations. It is public discourse at its lowest level,” he said.Asked whether a case of defamation would be filed against Kejriwal, Shah ruled it out.He also attacked Congress’ Manish Tewari and JD (U) leader K C Tyagi for supporting Kejriwal on the issue. “Congress should first clear the air on the AgustaWestland issue,” he said.Asked to comment on the CIC order over the issue, Shah refused to react saying it was a legal issue whether the order was wrong or right. AAP demands apologyAshutosh said striking off the part of one’s name was not possible without an affidavit and asked Jaitley and Shah to produce copy of the affidavit. “His MA degree says he had done his post-graduation in ‘Entire Political Science’. Is that even possible. There are lots of discrepancies in his degrees and masters’ degree,” said Ashutosh. The AAP leader also said Modi had failed once while doing the BA degree. “We have proved that the degrees are forged. Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley and Modi should apologise for this forgery which is a crime,” Ashutosh added.He said he has filed RTI seeking copies of enrolment register and convocation register for PM’s degree from Delhi University. Ashutosh also asked the BJP leaders to come with the AAP leaders to Delhi University and jointly check out the facts about Modi’s educational documents there.

PM degree row: Kejriwal’s #12thPassModi campaign is not dying anytime soon

The BJP-led government and the Congress are locked in a battle over the controversial Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, the AAP leaders on the other hand have trained their sights on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While the prime minister is particularly proud of his humble beginnings and stories of his chaiwallah days had managed to strike a chord with the voters in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party members have claimed that Modi’s college degrees are fake.

If their tweets are to be believed, then the Aam Aadmi Party have launched a full blown attack on Modi and they are not ready to let go of the issue anytime soon.

Kejriwal on Thursday asked the Delhi University (DU) to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s BA degree public. AAP leader Ashutosh  has filed an RTI requesting Delhi University and Gujarat University to provide details of Modi’s graduation and post graduation degree.

Modi’s election affidavit in the 2014 General Election claimed he had undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. According to the affidavit, he completed a distance education course from DU in 1978. His subject was Political Science. His election affidavits for the 2012 and 2007 Gujarat Assembly polls too made the same claim.

Referring to the election affidavits, Kejriwal in a letter to Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, requested him to put up all the documents related to Modi’s education on the university website.

“The people of this country have a right to know how educated their prime minister is,” Kejriwal wrote.

On 4 May, three AAP leaders alleged that the DU refused to share details regarding Modi’s BA degree and told them to approach the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) instead. The Central Information Commission (CIC) had on 29 April directed the universities of Delhi and Gujarat to respond to the RTI application regarding Modi’s educational qualifications.

Earlier, the Delhi University declined to give information related to Modi’s BA degree despite RTI requests.

According to Scroll, a video clip have been doing the rounds on social media with Modi claiming to have studied till 12 standard during an interview with Rajeev Shukla.

However, if you watch the full interview, Modi says though he has never been to college, he got his degrees as an external student.

The row over college degree started when Neeraj Saxena, on behalf of NGO Maulik Bharat Trust, moved the Delhi High Court alleging that Kejriwal had submitted incorrect details in the election affidavit and had violated its provisions, according to the DNA. Saxena had claimed that Kejriwal had provided the wrong residential address, the Delhi CM had then furnished a document stating change of address.

In a letter to the CIC, Kejriwal wrote that while he is willing to share his records with the public, but the Prime Minister should do the same and make information of his college degrees public, the report said.

“There are allegations that Narendra Modi does not have any degree. The people of the country want to know the truth. Despite that, you have refused to make records regarding his degree public. Why did you do this? This is wrong,” Kejriwal said in the letter.

Controversies around college degrees tend to remain in the news cycle though in most cases there is no actual outcome. Take for instance, the HRD minister Smriti Irani’s ‘five-day Yale degree.’ If not staging dharnas, AAP government fight against Modi and the Centre has kept them in the news. Whether this has anything to with the education bills — the Fee Regulation Bill and amendment to the Delhi Education Bill — and what is touted as the “AAP’s Education Revolution” is pure conjecture.

CBI arrests Delhi Police Inspector, Govt official in bribery case

CBI on Monday arrested an Inspector of Delhi Police and a Government official, who allegedly conned people posing as an IAS officer, in a case related to bribery of Rs 3 lakh.Kehar Singh, Inspector (Investigation), Police Station, Janakpuri and Ashutosh Singh, Deputy GM of the Handicrafts and Handloom Export Corporation of India Ltd, Ministry of Textile were arrested in an alleged bribery case of Rs three lakh, the sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is alleged that Janakpuri police was probing a complaint against Ashutosh Singh alleging that he had duped the complainant of Rs one crore which he had taken from him for releasing of pending arrears/wages from FCI.CBI alleged that Ashutosh was in touch with Kehar seeking relief in the matter. The Police Inspector had allegedly demanded a bribe to settle the matter.”CBI laid a trap and the Inspector (Investigation) of Delhi Police was caught red handed while accepting the bribe of Rs 3,00,000 from the Deputy GM. The Deputy GM was also arrested,” CBI spokesperson said on Monday.During the searches CBI found number of Ashutosh Singh’s visiting and I-cards mentioning him as Officer on Special Duty or Personal Secretary to Union Ministers. The agency also found cash of over Rs 40 lakh and number of properties in Noida and Mumbai.”Searches were conducted at seven places including Delhi, Noida and Mumbai at the office and residential premises of the accused persons. Cash of Rs 40.5 lakh (approx); documents including six immovable properties comprising of four flats in Mumbai; one flat at Noida and one bungalow in Mumbai,” the spokesperson said.She said identity cards/Visiting cards in the designation of Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Lok Sabha Secretariat, OSD to MoS (Home Affairs), OSD to Chief Minister (Government of Uttarakhand) and Secretary (P&A), Prasar Bharti, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting have been recovered from the residence of said Deputy GM.”During investigation, it has also come to light that he had earlier worked as OSD/ Additional PS to few then MOS including Labour, Home, Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs,” she said.

JNU punishes rebels for sedition: Rs 10,000 for Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban rusticated

New Delhi: The JNU on Monday slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and rusticated three others for varying durations over their alleged role in the controversial 9 February event for which they were charged with sedition, an action which had sparked outrage and triggered protests.

Based on the findings of a high-level enquiry committee (HLEC), Umar Khalid has been rusticated for one semester and another leader Anirban Bhattacharya till 15 July. Umar has also been slapped a fine of Rs 20,000. Anirban has also been barred from JNU campus for a period of five years from 23 July.

Kashmiri student, Mujeeb Gattoo, has been rusticated for two semesters. A penalty of Rs 10,000 has been imposed on JNU students union (JNUSU) joint secretary Saurabh Sharma, the only ABVP member in the union.

JNU students union president Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban were arrested on charges of sedition in February in connection with the controversial event and are out on bail.

Their arrests had triggered widespread protests at JNU and many other universities, following which the Opposition had accused the government of attempting to stifle dissent.

While Umar and Anirban were blamed for “triggering communal violence” and “disrupting” communal harmony on the campus, Mujeeb was found guilty of participating sloganeering. Kanhaiya was pronounced guilty of indiscipline and misconduct.

JNU students Umar Khalid (left) and Anirban Bhattacharya. PTI

JNU students Umar Khalid (left) and Anirban Bhattacharya. PTI

Those who have been imposed fine of Rs 20,000 each include former JNUSU President Ashutosh Kumar, former general secretary Chintu Kumari, current General Secretary Rama Naga, Aishwarya Adhikari, former Vice President Anant Prakash Narayan and Gargi for “violating” dissciplinary norms.

The campus has been made out of bounds for two former students — Banojyotsana Lahiri and Draupadi — while hostel facilities of Ashutosh Kumar have been withdrawn for a year and Komal Mohite till July 21.

In his reaction, Kanhaiya said the punitive action announced by the authorities was “simply unacceptable” and that the students rejected it. The students will hold an “all party” meeting later tonight to finalise future course of action.

“We completely reject this farcical enquiry report, as it is based on sheer vendetta and a biased enquiry. These are all innocent students, coming from extremely humble and underprivileged backgrounds,” JNUSU Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora said.

The JNU had constituted a five-member high-level enquiry committee to investigate the controversial event at the campus on February 9 and the panel had found some students guilty of violating disciplinary norms and disrupting communal harmony. on the campus.

An official of the JNU said financial penalty has been imposed on 14 students including Kanhaiya.

Anirban’s punishment is the harshest as he has been debarred from the university for five years.

When asked about punishment to Anirban, the official said, “During the period of rustication, the student ceases to exist on rolls of the university but has an option of joining back and re-enrolling in the same course after period of rustication is over.

“However, following debarment from the university for a period the student cannot enroll in any course or join any academic activities on campus,” the official said.

He said while Umar and Gattoo will have the option of resuming their courses once the period of rustication is over, Anirban has been given a window of a week (July 16-23) to complete his thesis.

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. AFP

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. AFP

“If he is unable to do so, he will not be able to seek an extension or re-enroll as he has been debarred from university for five years on completion of that week. If his PhD is not completed during this period he will not be able to do it from JNU for five years however he can enroll at some other university,” he said.

The official said disciplinary measures have been taken for not following university procedures, misinforming the university, misconduct and indiscipline, causing and colluding in the unauthorised entry of persons into the campus, putting up objectionable posters, arousing communal, caste or regional feelings and creating disharmony, blockade or forceful prevention of any normal movement of traffic and violation of security, safety rules notified by the university.

The committee imposed the fine on Sharma, who had objected to the event, for blocking traffic on the day it happened. Surprisingly, Aishwarya whose name was not mentioned in the report, has also been imposed the financial penalty.

“A farce is what this enquiry has been made from day 1 to witch-hunt students and punish them by hook and crook. I want to tell the VC that his friend Appa Rao did the same in Hyderabad university but our friends fought back. We will also do the same,” said Umar.

A senior university official said, “Based on the report of the high-level committee which arrived at its conclusion based on depositions, perusal of video clips (provided by JNU security and authenticated by forensic tests), and examination of documents on record, the university has decided to rusticate three students.

The report of the five-member panel has underlined lapses on part of administration and taken into account the role of outsiders in the event. However, no action has been taken against any administrative official.

“As per the committee findings, application for holding this event circumvented the permission process and the organisers disobeyed the instructions from the administration not to hold it and that amounted to wilful defiance,” the JNU official said.

Following the preliminary report of the committee, the university had suspended eight students. However, their suspension was revoked when the panel submitted it report on March 11.

Slamming the authorities for the action against the students, Shora said,”They are all dedicated activists and this is a conspiracy to crush anti-Modi voices.

“Not only will we not remain silent against this anti-people government, we will also challenge this sham of a report. The punishments are all based on one-sided statements from ABVP members, and our repeated calls to conduct a fair enquiry were ignored.”

Accusing the Vice Chancellor of “taking directions” from the Centre and acting as an “RSS loyalist”, she said the students will launch a countrywide campaign to “expose” the government’s “anti-student and anti-Dalit” character.

“Rakesh Bhatnagar, the head of the committee, is the treasurer of anti-reservationist Youth for Equality, and most students who have been punished belong to Dalit, Muslim and backward castes,” she said.

ABVP’s Sharma said punishments announced by JNU is a “compromise and not penalty”.

“Penalising me for blocking traffic for stopping the event is injustice,” he said.

Arvind Kejriwal, others delaying defamation proceedings: Arun Jaitley tells Delhi HC

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday claimed in Delhi High Court that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five others were doing “everything possible” to delay the proceedings against them in a civil defamation suit filed by him.Jaitley’s counsel made the statement to this effect before a bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi, after the lawyer representing Kejriwal and others informed the court that they have filed fresh applications seeking a direction to the petitioner to strike off new allegations levelled by him in his replication (a plaintiff’s reply to the defendant’s plea).<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am opposing this. Today, the matter is for framing of issues. They (defendants) have done everything possible to delay the proceedings,” senior advocate Pratibha Maninder Singh, who appeared for Jaitley, said.The lawyer appearing for the defendants sought adjournment saying all applications should be heard together.”There is no question of delay. I must have the liberty to argue on behalf of my clients,” the counsel said. The court, after hearing the submissions, posted the matter for April 29.Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh, who is one of the defendants in the suit, had earlier filed a similar plea in the court seeking direction to strike off fresh allegations levelled by Jaitley. Ashutosh had alleged that Jaitley had “exploited the opportunity of filing replication for the purpose of introducing fresh allegations of defamation to make out a fresh case”. His plea was opposed by Jaitley’s counsel who had said that whatever was said in his reply, was very much part of the main plaint filed before the Joint Registrar.They had said that replication by the minister was merely an elaboration of the plaint, which is part of the documents, and there was only one quotation which has not been mentioned in the main plaint.The application was filed in a suit in which Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal, Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai for issuing allegedly false and defamatory statements against him and his family in connection with alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when he was its President.The minister has already denied all the allegations. Jaitley had filed the suit in the backdrop of attacks on him by Kejriwal and other AAP leaders over alleged irregularities and financial bungling in DDCA of which he was the president for about 13 years till 2013.The minister has also filed a criminal defamation complaint in a Delhi court on the same issue. DDCA has also filed a criminal defamation suit against Kejriwal and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad.

BJP in Gujarat and Haryana is incompetent: AAP leader Ashutosh

Attacking the BJP government in Gujarat over the violence in connection with the Patel quota stir, the AAP today termed it as not only “incompetent,” but also “anti-people”.Condemning the “police assault” on Patidar community, senior AAP leader Ashutosh said the “Gujarat government has no business to continue.” He also took a dig at the M L Khattar government in Haryana over the recent Jat protests that had turned violent.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”BJP in Gujarat and BJP in Haryana, both are incompetent, anti-people and assaults its own people. They will be punished by people. Gujarat govt has no business to continue. Police assault on Patidar community is condemnable,” Ashutosh tweeted.Interestingly, the AAP is trying hard to make inroads in the state, once headed by Narendra Modi. Curfew was clamped on Sunday in Mehsana town in Gujarat and mobile internet service banned as a massive rally of the Patel community demanding reservation and immediate release of their jailed leaders turned violent.Today, a state-wide bandh call was given by the Patel community over the quota issue but it had little impact except in some pockets dominated by the community members in different cities of the state.

Students issued show cause notices based on complaint by ABVP

Twenty students of Jawaharlal Nehru University were issued show cause notices by the administration in connection to the Afzal Guru event row, with their names given to the administration and then to the police by ABVP leader Saurabh Sharma in his official complaint.A total of 21 students were issued show cause notices including Sharma himself. While most of the students have been found guilty of violating the discipline and conduct of the university, some students among the 21 have been accused of serious charges including disturbing communal harmony.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Show cause notices to Umar Khalid and Anirban read that they have, “been found guilty of arousing communal, caste or regional feeling or creating disharmony among students.”Furnishing false certificates or false information in any manner to the university. Arousing communal, caste or regional feeling or creating disharmony among students,” reads the letter to Umar and Anirban.The notice further reads,”Causing or colluding in the unauthorised entry of any person into the campus or in the unauthorised occupation of any portion of the University premises, including hall of residences, by any person”.This particular portion is also part of the notice to Ashutosh Kumar who was also accused of sedition by the Delhi police.The five-member panel, constituted on February 10 by the university became a target of the JNU teachers association not only for not including members belonging to SC/ST community, but also for the decision to ‘arbitrarily’ suspend eight JNU students, six of whom were charged with sedition, including Kanhaiya Kumar.

Delhi HC rejects plea for IB probe against Kanhaiya Kumar for his ‘seditious remarks’

The Delhi HC dismissed a plea seeking seeking for an IB probe against Kanhaiya Kumar for his allegedly seditious remarks. Justice Pratibha Rani was quoted saying by ANI ‘our law and order can take care of itself, your type of activists are not needed’.Earlier, a petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court against Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar seeking an Intelligence Bureau (IB) probe in the February 9 incident where ‘anti-national’ slogans were allegedly raised in the campus. In the petition, the petitioner demanded an SIT probe stating that Kanhaiya’s speech on the Indian Army falls under ‘sedition’.Speaking at a student’s gathering on International Women’s Day, Kanhaiya alleged that the Indian Army personnel have committed atrocities against women in Jammu and Kashmir. “No matter how much you try to stop us, we will speak up against human rights violations. We will raise our voice against AFSPA. While we have a lot of respect for our soldiers, we will still talk about the fact that in Kashmir women are raped by security personnel,” Kanhaiya said on March 8.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The petitioner alleged that Kanhaiya had violated the terms and conditions on which he was granted a six-month interim bail by the court. Last week, the JNU had revoked the suspension of eight students after the high-level probe panel submitted its report on the February 9 incident.Besides Kanhaiya Kumar, the eight suspended students include Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Ashutosh, Rama Naga, Anant Kumar, Shweta Raj and Aishwarya Adhikari. They were suspended on February 12 for their alleged involvement in organising an event to protest the hanging of the parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on his third death anniversary.

JNU row: Kanhaiya Kumar to lead push for Umar and Anirban’s release from custody

New Delhi: JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar will lead the movement demanding release of two other varsity students who are still in judicial custody in a sedition case.

“Though I have got bail in the case despite both the government and police trying their best to delay it as far as they can but our fight is not over yet. Umar and Anirban are yet to be released. I will now lead the ongoing student movement,” Kanhaiya said.

Soni Sori (l) with Kanhaiya Kumar. Tarique Anwar/FirstpostSoni Sori (l) with Kanhaiya Kumar. Tarique Anwar/Firstpost

Soni Sori (l) with Kanhaiya Kumar. Tarique Anwar/Firstpost

Kanhaiya was released from Tihar Jail last week after the Delhi High Court granted him bail.

“Though our primary focus is to get them released but one thing I am sure of is if I adopt this ideology of raising our voice these trips to prison will become a frequent thing,” he added.

Jawaharlal Nehru University is caught in a row over an event on the campus to commemorate the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, where “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised.

While Kanhaiya spent 18 days in jail, two other students — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya are also in judicial custody in a sedition case over the event.

The JNU Students Union led by Kanhaiya has called a council meeting on Monday to discuss the “onslaught on JNU” and finalise their future course of action.

In Kanhaiya’s absence, JNUSU Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora had led the student agitation.

The JNUSU president was arrested in connection with the February 9 event. Five other students — Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Anant Prakash and Ashutosh Kumar — had gone in hiding since then but resurfaced on the campus 10 days later.

While Umar and Anirban surrendered before the police, the remaining three refused to do so but maintained that they are open to questioning by police as and when needed.

PTI

After historic mandate in Delhi, AAP to contest Goa Assembly polls in 2017

After their historic mandate in New Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set to contest the Assembly elections in Goa in February next year.Sources from the party have confirmed that that AAP leadership has given a go ahead to contest the Goa assembly polls next year.The AAP national organization building in charge Durgesh Pathak, who has also worked for organisation building in Punjab had recently paid a 5-day visit to Goa.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While speaking to ANI, Pathak confirmed about his visit and the party’s plans in Goa.AAP leader Ashutosh also visited Goa on 10th March and while speaking to media he said that, “Aam Aadmi party is in serious view to contest assembly election in the state”.Sources from AAP also claim that the party may project a face for the Assembly polls.Goa has 40 Assembly constituencies and the average population of each assembly is in thousands. AAP is also eyeing the 25% Catholic population of Goa.Once the organization building process is completed party may make the formal announcement in next 2 months.AAP has already announced to contest Punjab assembly election in Feb 2017. Goa will also go to polls along with the four other states in February 2017.

JNU row: University panel revokes suspension of Kanhaiya Kumar, 7 others

The JNU on Friday revoked the academic suspension of eight students including its students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar in connection with the controversial event at its campus to protest the hanging of Afzal Guru.The suspension was revoked after a high-level committee of the university probing the issue submitted its report to JNU authorities. The varsity, however, clarified that it does not signify a “clean chit” to the students and that the final decision in this regard will be taken after examination of the report by the Vice Chancellor. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The five-member panel was constituted on February 10 by the university, a day after an event to protest the hanging of the Parliament attack convict on his third death anniversary was held during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. The eight students were suspended on February 12. On the basis of a preliminary report by the panel, the varsity had debarred the eight students from academic activity while allowing them to stay as guests in hostels till the inquiry proceedings were over. “The High-Level Inquiry Committee (HLIC)constituted by the Vice Chancellor to investigate the February 9 incident that took place in JNU Campus, has submitted its report. The report is under consideration by the JNU Administration,” a senior university official said.”Since the enquiry is over, their suspension has been revoked. The suspended students can now resume their classes and academic activities. However, it should not be seen as a clean-chit, the decision about punishment if any or for whom will be taken after the university administration has deliberated upon the recommendations of the committee,” he added.The committee has faced a series of hiccups since its constitution. While the varsity’s proctorial committee was first given the task to probe the issue, a day later it was replaced by a high-level committee. The committee initially had three members but under pressure from teachers and students for broadening its scope, the university had added two more members to the panel. The panel, which was granted three extensions before it finally submitted its report, also faced a challenge with the students refusing to depose before it demanding that the enquiry be constituted afresh.The varsity, however, turned down the demand and maintained that the students will be given three chances to appear before the disciplinary committee and if they fail to do so the committee will finalise its recommendations on the basis of the evidence, eyewitness accounts, students’ deposition (if any) and material available on hand. Besides Kumar, the eight suspended students included Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Ashutosh, Rama Naga, Anant Kumar, Shweta Raj and Aishwarya Adhikari.While Kanhaiya was granted bail in a sedition case over the event last week, Umar and Anirban are still in custody.

Delhi HC seeks Arun Jaitley’s response on plea to strike off allegations

The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought response from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on a plea by a AAP leader seeking a direction to strike off the fresh allegations levelled by him in the civil defamation suit against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five others.Justice Vipin Sanghi issued notice to Jaitley for April 19 on a plea alleging that the Union Minister has “exploited the opportunity of filing replication (a plaintiff’s reply to the defendant’s plea) for the purpose of introducing fresh allegations of defamation to make out a fresh case”. The plea by AAP leader Ashutosh was opposed by Jaitley, saying whatever said in his reply was very much part of the main plaint filed before the Joint Registrar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior advocates Sandeep Sethi, Rajiv Nayar and Pratibha Maninder Singh, who appeared for Jaitley, submitted that the replication by the minister was merely an elaboration of the plaint, which is part of the documents.Sethi further submitted that there was only one quotation which has not been mentioned in the main plaint.Senior advocate H S Phoolka, counsel for Ashutosh, wished to examine the tabulation given by the minister’s counsel showing that they have already said so in their suit. The court made it clear that the proceedings before the Joint Registrar, who is hearing the suit, will not postpone the matter in pursuance to pendency of this application. The application was filed in a suit in which Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal, Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai for issuing allegedly false and defamatory statements against him and his family in connection with alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when he was its President.The minister has already denied all the allegations. The AAP leader said in his application that the additional grounds were not only inconsistent with the pleadings of the original plaint but were also unnecessary, frivolous, scandalous, vexatious and would prejudice, embarrass and delay fair trial.Jaitley in his reply had told the court that Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders had launched a “calculated” defamatory campaign against him and his family with “ulterior motives” to get political mileage. He had said the right to freedom of speech and expression was “not absolute” and it “did not extend a licence to anyone to defame any other citizen having fundamental rights under the Constitution”.He had made the submission in response to the written statements filed by Kejriwal and others on a civil defamation suit moved against them by him. Jaitley had filed the suit in the backdrop of attacks on him by Kejriwal and other AAP leaders over alleged irregularities and financial bungling in DDCA of which he was the president for about 13 years till 2013.The minister also filed a criminal defamation complaint in a Delhi court on the same issue, on which Kejriwal and five other leaders were summoned as accused and asked to appear before it on April seven. DDCA has also filed a criminal defamation suit against Kejriwal and Kirti Azad.

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1. Indo-Pak World T20 match shifted from Dharamsala to Eden Gardens, Kolkata: ICC CEO RichardsonICC CEO Dave Richardson cited security concerns for the change of venue. Read more here.2. NGT clears Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s event, slaps Rs 5 crore fine on Art of Living<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NGT has also imposed Rs 1 lakh fine on Delhi Pollution Control Committee. Read more here.3. Modi appeals for passage of pending bills; says Cong is like death, never gets blamed for anythingAddressing Rajya Sabha, Modi said, “There is a funny thing about ‘death’, no one blames death. They blame the reason why people die. Sometimes I feel Congress has a boon like that. When we criticise the Congress, it is reported as – criticism on Opposition, not criticism on Congress. Congress never gets a bad name.” Full story here.4. DDCA scam: Court summons Arvind Kejriwal, 5 others in Arun Jaitley’s defamation caseKumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai were asked to appear before court. Read more here.5. Uttar Pradesh: Infant dies after falling from mother’s lap as she was rapedThe 14-day-old baby died as he fell from her lap during the scuffle, police said on Wednesday. Full report here.

Magisterial probe confirms anti-national slogans were shouted at JNU

The magisterial probe on an alleged anti-national event carried out at the Jawaharlal Nehru University has stated that anti-national slogans were indeed shouted at the campus while JNU administration has already identified the faces who were apparently shouting them.The probe report, carried out by New Delhi district magistrate Sanjay Kumar, was submitted to the Delhi government on Wednesday evening.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>dna on Thursday had reported that the probe report had not found any evidence of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar shouting any anti-national slogan at the event, while it has not found a conclusive evidence against the other JNU student Umar Khalid, though he was present in many of the videos.Hence, the probe report has suggested that Khalid’s role should be further investigated, given that he was the organiser of the event and ‘his support for the role of Kashmir and Afzal Guru was well-known.’ The report also stated that he had organised similar programmes earlier, even when they were canceled sometimes and fines were imposed.The report also suggested that he could have raised slogans in support for Kashmiris.Kumar, who was arrested on sedition charges by the Delhi police nearly three weeks ago, walked free from Tihar jail on Thursday evening after he was granted bail a day ago. A Delhi court on Tuesday sent Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, also a JNU student to a 14-day judicial custody in Tihar jail.The report states that Bhattacharya and JNU student Ashutosh could have raised slogans on Kashmir’s independence and against hanging of Afzal Guru, as they were with Khalid, but that could not be ascertained from video footages or witness statements.The report also said that of the seven videos of the event on February 9, three were found to be doctored including one clipping of a news channel, as per forensic reports of a Hyderabad-based lab.The report also noted that the videos had many outsiders of Kashmiri descent with their faces covered and they were shouting anti-India slogans and pro-Afzal Guru slogans. “Their identity and role need to be investigated,” the report stated.

JNU row: HC reserves verdict on Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea for March 2

The Delhi Police, which faced a slew of questions from the high court, on Monday, told that there is no direct video footage which could show that JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar had raised the anti-India slogans on February 9.However, the investigating agency claimed that it has the statements of independent witnesses and other documents which attracted the sedition charge against Kanhaiya.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Justice Pratibha Rani, who is hearing the bail plea of Kanhaiya, asked the counsel for Delhi Police “Do you have video evidence that Kanhaiya was raising anti-national slogans to establish his active role during the protest earlier this month ?” , to which, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta denied of having any video in this regard.In a more than three hours-long hearing, also pulling up the police officers who were present there did not take any action, the court said, “Event was on February 9. SHO was stationed at the JNU gate. When your three policemen were present inside the campus in civil dress, why didn’t they take cognisance when anti-national slogans were raised? Why did they not video record it?, asked the court.Police said independent video was made by someone in his mobile phone in JNU after chief security officer was asked to oversee the event and the video shows Kanhaiya’s presence at the spot.To this, high court questioned whether Kanhaiya was seen shouting slogans. The police admitted that Kanhaiya was present but it has “no footage of him shouting anti-national slogans”.While, the police opposed Kanhaiya’s bail plea, the Delhi government prayed the court to grant him bail, saying “no innocent should be punished” and there is not a single evidence of video/CCTV footage that he raised anti-national slogans.Kanhaiya’s lawyer senior advocate and former Union law minister Kapil Sibal said that he did not raise any anti-national national slogans and did not lead any protest. Kanhaiya reached the venue when he heard that two groups of students were quarrelling.Sibal said, Kanhaiya had intervened to maintain peace between two groups. Kanhaiya was arrested in a sedition case on February 12 after the event held on the university campus to mark the third anniversary of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru’s execution. Police alleged that he was present and had shouted anti-India slogans at the event.Sibal argued Kanhaiya cannot be held responsible for anti-national slogans, posters or holding of event since he did not take permission for it. Neither the poster carried his name, he added. “People who shouted anti-national students were outsiders,” he said.ASG Mehta countered the argument saying “… Nation can’t permit our students to be infected with such thoughts.”He told the court that joint interrogation of IB and local police showed Kanhaiya was not co-operating. He gave contradictory statements and denied his role, police said.All the independent eyewitnesses identified Kanhaiya and said he was leading to procession. They said Kanhaiya was ‘participating’ in anti-national slogan shouting. “It is a very delicate situation. There appeared to be a movement. And this was beginning of movement. We have to see who has financed it. There were people whose faces were covered,” said ASG.As per police, if Kanhaiya is released, it can have pan India impact. After this incidents similar slogans were raised in Jadavpur university and if he is given bail “then such incidents will get a boost”.During the hearing High Court asked if there were two groups at the spot then “is there any proof that Kanhaiya was leading any group?”. Police said as per witnesses Kanhaiya was there and was leading the slogan shouting, but has no video evidence. Police read out the statements of witnesses in the court.Police told the court a JNU official recorded the protest on his mobile phone, to which high court slammed police for not sealing the phone and sending it to forensic lab. The police said phone was sent to lab but it could not produce documents in support of its submission that mobile was sent to forensic lab.After hearing both parties argument, the court reserved the order for day after.Court extends police custody of Umar, Anirban by one more dayA trial court here on Monday extended the police custody by one day of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. The two students have been charged with sedition in connection to an event held on the JNU campus where anti-national slogans were apparently raised. The court extended custody of the duo, who allegedly organised the event in question, after the police argued that they were required for further investigation to unearth a “larger conspiracy.”As stated by recently retired police commissioner BS Bassi, the case has been transferred to the special cell which deals with anti-terror cases. The request for further probe came from a unit from within this cell. In the joint interrogation of Khalid, Bhattacharya and JNU student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, the police stated that 22 people present at the event, that include outsiders, have been identified.Bassi had on Saturday told media persons that the investigation was ongoing and people would be arrested as per the investigation.Besides the three students, Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anand Narayan Prakash are also allegedly involved. The police have invited the three to join the probe. Ashutosh volunteered and answered the police summons on Saturday morning and has been cooperating with the probe officials since. Ashutosh has been called in for questioning again on Tuesday.Khalid and Bhattacharya have been in police remand since they surrendered and their eventual arrest on February 24.

Thane murders: Police to enlist help of psychiatrists

The Thane police, yet to ascertain the motive behind the gruesome act of 35 year-old Hasnain Warekar who murdered 14 members of his family including his parents, wife and two children and then committed suicide, today said they would also seek the help of psychiatrists.The macabre killings took place in the early hours of Sunday in Kasarwadvali area of neighbouring Thane city. “Until we record the statement of the lone survivor Subiya Barmar (one of Hasnain’s sisters) we cannot say anything about his motive,” said the joint commissioner of police Ashutosh Dumbre at a press conference in Thane today.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are considering all the angles such as property dispute, psychological disorder, etc,” he said, adding that the investigators would also seek the help of psychiatrists. According to the neighbours, he said, Hasnain and his family enjoyed a good reputation, and nobody thought he “would even harm an ant”. As to property dispute being a possible trigger, Dumbre said police hadn’t yet come across any evidence of the family owning huge assets, but the probe was on.
ALSO READ Hasnain had a golden heart, say neighbours about Thane man who killed 14 family membersIn July 2012, the accused, his wife and their elder daughter were admitted in Thane’s Titan hospital for food poisoning after taking medicines given by some `hakim’, Dumbre said, adding the police would check the record related to this incident too. The investigators were waiting for the autopsy reports of the victims to find out if they had been sedated before the murder, said Dumbre. The reports were expected in a couple of days.Police learnt from the neighbours that Hasnain used to kill goats for the ritual `kurbani’ (sacrifice), and therefore knew how to use butcher’s knife, the weapon used in the macabre crime. Police had noted that among the victims, Hasnain’s father and Subiya had cuts on the two fingers of the left hand, indicating attempt to resist, the JCP said.Hasnain had invited his three sisters and their children for a weekend get-together and feast. He had himself gone to Subiya’s house to bring her. The police however did not know why he did not invite his brothers-in-law for the `dawat’, Dumbre said.Police were examining the cell-phones and laptops of the accused, and had also seized some medicines found in the house. Teams had been formed to speak to various people who knew the family and the accused, the officer said. Subiya was not in the right frame of mind (because of the shock), the JCP said. “After answering some questions of the investigators, she starts asking about her daughter, as she thinks that her daughter is still alive,” the JCP said.”We think by tonight she would be in a condition to talk precisely,” added Dumbre. Of late Hasnain, a commerce graduate who used to file income tax returns for a CA’s firm, didn’t have any permanent job, according to the police

I was beaten up in front of cops, Kanhaiya Kumar tells Supreme Court panel

As the court trials in the Jawaharlal Nehru University row continued on day 16, a court here extended the police custody of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya by two more days. The two have been arrested for sedition in connection with an Afzal Guru event, held on campus on February 9, where apparently anti-national slogans were raised.Khalid and Bhattacharya were earlier sent to three days’ police custody on February 24, following their midnight surrender and subsequent arrest. JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar is already behind bars in Tihar Jail, again for sedition.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday night, police had issued summons to three others – Rama Naga, Anant Prakash Narayan and Ashutosh Kumar – to join the interrogation. Ashutosh reported at the South Campus police station at 9 am on Saturday. He was interrogated individually and jointly for close to 11 hours before he was let go at 8 pm.Ashutosh’s lawyer Sarim Naved said, “The police conducted a thorough interrogation and let Ashutosh go. However, they have a right to recall him as and when they deem fit.”Meanwhile, Kanhaiya told a Supreme Court-appointed lawyers’ probe panel that he was beaten up, pushed to the ground and injured by men in lawyers’ robes before the police, when he was brought to the Patiala House court premises on February 17. “The police escorting me tried to save me but they were also beaten up,” he said adding that in another instance when he was attacked, the police did not do anything.The panel of six advocates – Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, Dushyant Dave, ADN Rao, Ajit Kumar Sinha and Haren Raval – had visited the Patiala House courts premises on February 17 after the apex court was informed that Kanhaiya was beaten up during his production before the magistrate.After Kanhaiya narrated the incident to the panel inside the courtroom, Sibal called DCP Jatin Narwal and enquired from him about it.”How did you allow the attack to take place inside court premises? Your men were there. What were they doing?,” the panel members asked the DCP, to which Narwal said, “He came with the escort party and entered the room adjacent to the courtroom.”The panel members then called other police officials and asked them about the incident and they replied that the person who attacked Kanhaiya had claimed that he was his lawyer.Case transferred to spl cell: BassiDelhi police commissioner BS Bassi said the sedition case in connection with the controversial JNU event has been transferred to the force’s counter-terrorism unit special cell. “This is a special crime that needs specific investigation,” said Bassi adding that it may take a couple of days before the special cell takes over the case.

JNU Row: Another sedition accused student Ashutosh Kumar grilled by Delhi Police

Another Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Ashtosh Kumar, who is among one of the five students who have been charged with sedition, was questioned by the Delhi Police on Saturday in connection with the controversial event at the University campus on February 9 where ‘anti-India’ slogans were raised. The Delhi Police had earlier on February 20 issued a look-out notice against Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khalid and Bhattacharya surrendered to the police and with their three-day police custody ending today, the Delhi police will produce both of them in a makeshift court room following an order by the Delhi High Court to “maintain confidentiality” during their remand proceedings.Meanwhile, the Congress on Saturday demanded that the case of JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is booked on charges of sedition, should be transferred to a non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled state of either Uttar Pradesh or Bihar, so that the truth in the case is revealed.

Torch light march at JNU against ‘witch-hunt’ of students

The students and teachers agitating at JNU against the sedition charges imposed on six students of the varsity, today took out a torch light march from Ganga Dhaba to Chandrabhaga hostel demanding that the ongoing “witch-hunt” should stop.Holding “mashaals” in their hands, the students shouted “JNU long-live” and “Save JNU” slogans as they carried out the solidarity march. “We had carried out a similar march when our president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested. Yesterday two of our comrades surrendered before police so we are taking out a similar march praying for justice for them. The way students are being targeted and witch-hunted needs to stop,” JNUSU Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora told reporters.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Candle light marches and protest rallies which are common sight at JNU have intensified ever since Kanhaiya was arrested in a sedition case in connection with an event on campus against hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.Sucheta De, National President, All India Students Association said, “we do not believe in any sort of confrontation with any other group or indulging in any violence. We are carrying out peaceful protests and marches and we want student unity will long live and so will JNU”.Ever since the controversy broke out, the teachers have been taking open-air “nationalism” lectures at varsity’s administration block, however, no session took place today as the students gathered for the solidarity march which began around 9.30 PM.Expressing happiness over the statements being received by the students union from varsities across the globe, Shehla said, “we have not been targeted for the so called anti-national tag but because we have stood by students of all varsities whenever need be. We kick-started the Occupy UGC movement, we demanded justice for Rohith Vemula and we are overwhelmed in the manner the varsities across the country have reciprocated the support”.The five students, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, JNUSU General Secretary Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash had gone missing from the campus since February 12 after Kanhaiya was arrested on sedition charge for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in a controversial event at the campus.While Khalid and Anirban surrendered late last night, the remaining trio have refused to surrender maintaining that they are ready to cooperate with police as and when approached.

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JNU row: Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya ‘cooperating’ with Delhi Police in interrogation

The Delhi Police interrogated Jawaharlal Nehru University students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who have been booked on charges of sedition, in the wee hours on Wednesday and asked them about the sequence of events that took place on February 9.In an interrogation that lasted for almost five hours, the police asked the two about their whereabouts during the incident and also on their alleged raising anti-national sloganeering.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police also asked Umar about his call detail records. Both Umar and Anirban revealed to the police about their location when they were absconding and also assisted the police in the interrogation. The Delhi Police have made a plan based on which the two would be presented before the Magistrate, ensuring their safety.Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who have been booked on charges of sedition, surrendered before the Delhi Police late last night following which they were questioned for at least five hours. Earlier during the day, the Delhi High Court had refused to grant them protection from arrest and told them that they will have to surrender and face the law.The two have been placed under police custody at South Campus police station. A medical check was conducted on both the students in the police station and they were questioned for around five hours.The duo returned to the JNU campus last Sunday after remaining underground since February 12.Khalid and Bhattacharya are among the five students who, along with JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, had allegedly shouted anti-national slogans at an event organised in the university campus on February 9.Besides Kumar, Khalid and Bhattacharya, the other students are Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash. Delhi Police had issued a look-out notice on February 20 against Khalid, Bhattacharya, Naga, Ashutosh and Prakash.

Kanhaiya Kumar’s release, revoking sedition charge beyond control, says JNU

Amid demands from teachers and students that the JNU administration should seek JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s release and dropping of sedition charge, the varsity today said both the issues are beyond its control.”We have not arrested Kanhaiya, we have also not charged anyone with sedition. It is for the police and court to take a call in this matter. Both these demands are beyond our control,” JNU Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU students and teachers yesterday appealed to Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar to take a stand in favour of the five students who were being looked for by the police in a sedition case and surfaced on the campus after being on the run for over 10 days.
ALSO READ JNU row: Sting video shows lawyers claiming they thrashed Kanhaiya for 3 hours, had police support A meeting of the top JNU officials, chaired by VC yesterday, deliberated on return of the five students to the campus but could not take a decision whether police should be allowed to enter the campus to arrest them or the students should be asked to surrender.”Police have not approached us so far for any permission to enter the campus for arrest of these students. Neither we have approached them,” Zutshi said.The five students, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, JNUSU General Secretary Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash had gone missing from the campus since February 12 after Kanhaiya was arrested on sedition charge for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in a controversial event at the campus.They had yesterday refused to surrender, saying they are ready to be arrested but police officials maintained that their team kept waiting outside the varsity premises for permission from the VC.

JNU campus row: Kanhaiya Kumar’s plea to be heard today; students say will surrender only before a court

After eluding the Delhi police for over 10 days, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, accused of sedition, seemed to be divided on whether to surrender or continue to barricade themselves among their supporters.The students, Omar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Anant, Ashutosh Kumar and Rama Naga, resurfaced on the campus on Sunday night, days after they were declared absconding by the Delhi police.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All of them are in favour of surrender but in front of a court and not before the police. Fear of public lynching is what is prompting them to do so.”They want to surrender as they have a feeling that they should not take on the judiciary. However, surrendering to the police is a different ball game. They believe police didn’t protect Kanhaiya. How will they save them if the same goons attack them?” said a student.JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was attacked twice inside the Patiala Court complex, and scores of students and journalists were thrashed by lawyers, allegedly sympathetic to the BJP. Kanhaiya’s bail plea is being heard by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday.The students also said that they do not want a situation where the police feel powerless. “It is no doubt a confrontation but security concerns are greater,” said a student.The police, meanwhile, refused to speak to dna when asked how the students emerged from the campus when they were declared absconding.After facing criticism over their alleged excessive action during a raid last week, the police hesitated to enter the campus and preferred to wait for the Vice Chancellor’s (VC) nod.A series of meetings were held by senior officers to decide whether the police should risk ‘going in’.A case of sedition was filed against the students after a video of them allegedly raising anti-India slogans on February 10 surfaced. There are also allegations that video was doctored.”We are not terrorists. Is talking about the rights of the oppressed and the poor terrorism?” Khalid said. “I don’t have a passport and they are saying I went to Pakistan. I want to be in India, so I could work for the people here and I will continue to do so. My sisters have been threatened with rape, my family with death threats but all of this will not deter me,” he said.Ashutosh and Rama said that they went into hiding because of the atmosphere that was being created. They said that they came out because they feared for the safety of their parents and friends.Later in the day, the JNU teachers association made four demands – sedition charges against students be dropped, no arbitrary arrests, reconstitution of the internal committee probing the incident and creation of a conducive atmosphere to appear before the committee.The demands irked ABVP leaders, who accused the JNU faculty of shielding the absconding students.The faculty later met VC Jagdish Kumar, who, according to sources, initially granted them only a few minutes. Later, it lasted for 40 minutes. “The VC kept on smiling and did not give concrete answers. We asked for the sacking of the registrar and inquired about the fate of the students. He said he will look into it,” said a faculty member.

I am not a terrorist: Umar Khalid says upon his return to JNU

‘My name is Umar Khalid, and I am not a terrorist,” is what Umar Khalid said as soon as he resurfaced after going missing following Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest over sedition charges. Khalid was one of the six students accused of raising ‘anti-national’ slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Khalid addressed his supporters late on Sunday night upon his return. He said that he was hurt by the way his sister was targetted on social media. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also refuted all reports about him having made ‘800 calls to Gulf or Kashmir’ few days prior to the program organised at JNU. Khalid said that he was amused by the way media said that he had ‘visited Pakistan two times, when actually he doesn’t have a passport.’He also condemned the his media trial. “The media, all this while, presented a lot of things about me. The media trial, this propaganda… I know what my family is going through,” he said. The five students who went missing since were- Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash.Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi on Monday asked the students, who surfaced on Sunday night, to join the join probe and present evidence of their innocence.”I would say if the police is looking for them then they should join the police investigation. And if they are innocent, they should present evidence of their innocence,” Bassi said. When asked if the police would enter the JNU campus to arrest the students, the top cop said that his men are competent enough to deal with the situation. “The investigating officer would exercise the best available option. As far as the Delhi Police is concerned, we always aim for maintaining the law and order situation of the city,” he added.He further said that the police entering the JNU campus won’t deteriorate the situation in the varsity. “I don’t want to comment on what the students told the media, the officers of the Delhi Police are competent enough to deal with it,” he added.

JNU Row: We are not terrorists, but feared we would be lynched, say students who returned to campus

The JNU students, who according to the police, were absconding since a case of sedition was registered against unknown persons last week, resurfaced in the campus on Sunday night. Among the students were Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant. The students surfaced late on Sunday night and were congratulated and hugged by hundreds of JNU students who had assembled at the administration block to welcome them. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to dna, Rama Naga said that they went into hiding only because of the atmosphere created against them. “We feared we would be lynched,” said Naga, a Dalit student from Odisha. Naga’s parents who sell bangles for a living were also allegedly questioned by the police. “It was getting too much. The risk of getting attacked is still there, but out families are being threatened as well as our friends.
ALSO READ JNU row: Police can arrest us, we will not resist, says Rama Naga on sedition chargesAshutosh who was named by police as one of the students who allegedly raised anti-national slogans said, “We have faith in the judiciary. We know there isn’t any evidence against us. We are not criminals that we will disappear forever, we have done nothing wrong and it will be proven.” The development comes after it came to light that a doctored video of students raising anti-national slogans was doing the rounds on social media.
ALSO READ Umar Khalid’s father says he received call ‘threatening to kill’ his son, lodges complaintUmar Khalid who was also being sought by the police said, “Over the period of a week, I have been called all sorts of things, my sisters have been threatened with rape. I have been accused of being a terrorist. I am not a terrorist and if they think we will get intimidated by this crackdown, they are mistaken. We speak for the downtrodden of the country and continue to do so,” he said. The situation at JNU meanwhile remains tense with police refusing to enter the campus after it came under criticism for launching an alleged crackdown on the campus.
ALSO READ JNU row: Umar Khalid a ‘true son’ of India, says his sisterThe students have said that they would meet the JNU VC to apprise him of the situation and decide when to join the police investigation. The President of the JNU teachers association narrated three demands – charges be dropped against the students, no arbitrary arrests, reconstitution of the internal committee that is probing the incident and conducive atmosphere to appear before the internal committee.

JNU row: Police can arrest us, we will not resist, says Rama Naga on sedition charges

Refuting charges that he had raised ‘anti-national’ slogans, JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) general secretary Rama Naga, who is one of the five students booked by the police, said on Monday that they would abide the Vice Chancellor’s decision and not resist arrest.”If the police is called inside the campus by the Vice Chancellor, then yes, they can arrest us. We will not put up any resistance. We have not met him (VC) yet, but will agree with whatever decision he makes,” Naga told the media here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Talking about the incident on February 9 at JNU, he said that it was students from ‘outside’ who had entered the campus and chanted the alleged ‘anti-national’ slogans.”There were some students, who were not from JNU who were making those statements and when we saw them chanting, we asked them to stop. Before we begun our march, I warned the organisers of the event that there are two groups present here,” Naga said.When asked that why the group of booked students went into hiding, he asserted that the atmosphere was unstable at the time and added that attempts were being made to target some students and associate them with terrorism.”In such a situation, we felt that we needed to be safe. We were near the JNU itself and we decided that once normalcy returns, we will come back to the campus. We have submitted a letter to the Committee telling them we should be kept in the loop while making a decision,” Naga said.Earlier, five JNU students, including Umar Khalid, who were being looked for by the police for making ‘anti-national’ statements at the campus surfaced at the varsity today.The five students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash had gone missing from the campus since February 12 after JNU Student’s Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in a sedition case.The police teams have been positioned outside the JNU and have been asked to wait for the students to surrender themselves.Meanwhile, JNU vice-chancellor Jagdesh Kumar said the entry for police as well as the media has been barred for now.

Arun Jaitley opposes AAP leader Ashutosh’s plea in defamation suit

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has filed a defamation suit against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five others, on Tuesday opposed in Delhi High Court the plea of AAP leader who claimed that fresh allegations levelled against him by the complainant should be struck off.Jaitley was responding to the application by AAP leader Ashutosh, who alleged that the Union Minister has “exploited the opportunity of filing replication (a plaintiff’s reply to the defendant’s plea) for the purpose of introducing fresh allegations of defamation to make out a fresh case”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The application was filed in a suit in which Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal, Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai for issuing allegedly false and defamatory statements against him and his family in connection with alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when he was its President. The minister has already denied all allegations.Ashutosh, represented by senior advocate HS Phoolka, told Joint Registrar Kovai Venugopal, that additional grounds were not only inconsistent to the pleadings of the original plaint but were also unnecessary, frivolous, scandalous, vexatious and would prejudice, embarrass and delay fair trial.Senior advocates Rajiv Nayar and Pratibha Maninder Singh, who appeared for Jaitley, opposed the application contending that Registrar has no domain to hear it and the same should be transferred to the regular court which has jurisdiction.On this, the Joint Registrar also said that it can only hear this application with the consent of both the parties.”This application be listed for hearing before the court on March 10,” Joint Registrar then said.Jaitley in his reply had told the court that Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders had launched a “calculated” defamatory campaign against him and his family with “ulterior motives” to get political mileage. He had said the right to freedom of speech and expression was “not absolute” and it “did not extend a licence to anyone to defame any other citizen having fundamental rights under the Constitution”. He had made the submission in response to the written statements filed by Kejriwal and others on a civil defamation suit filed against them by him.Jaitley had filed the suit in the backdrop of attacks on him by Kejriwal and other AAP leaders over alleged irregularities and financial bungling in DDCA of which he was the president for about 13 years till 2013.The minister also filed a criminal defamation complaint in a Delhi court on the same issue. Now, DDCA has also filed a criminal defamation suit against Kejriwal and Kriti Azad.

Received life threat again on JNU issue, says AAP leader Ashutosh

Senior AAP leader Ashutosh on Monday claimed that he has received life threat for the second time over the ongoing JNU controversy.The AAP leader said he has approached the police over the issue.On JNU i received Life threat on Whatsapp,Saying as terrorist are killed we will kill you.Informed DELHI POLICE.It was 2nd time in 24 Hrs.
February 15, 2016

Delhi government denies ‘missing’ of 1984 anti-Sikh riot files

The Delhi government on Friday denied reports that the files related to 1984 anti-Sikh riots had gone “missing”, while attacking the Centre over delay in submission of its findings on the carnage.”The report of missing files is wrong. Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain held a meeting with his officials yesterday and discussed the matter,” said a senior Delhi government official. The government’s reaction comes after BJP accused the AAP dispensation of not being serious on the issue. Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay had alleged that the “missing” files indicated that someone in Delhi Secretariat was trying to “save” Congress leaders whose names must be in the file.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The issue came to the fore after a Delhi government circular claimed that the 1984 Sikh riots files were “untraceable”. Defending the circular, a government official said “untraceable does not mean that the files had gone missing. Soft copy of the same is available”.”A section of media is running wrong reports that the files related to 1984 riots had gone missing. The party wants to make it clear that no SIT was formed by AAP because the Centre, a day before Arvind Kejriwal took oath as the Chief Minister for the second time, had announced a committee under former IPS officer Pradeep Asthana,” senior AAP leader Ashutosh said.Jarnail Singh, AAP’s Rajouri Garden MLA and its prominent Sikh face, also alleged that over an year has passed, but the central government’s committee formed to probe the riots has not come up with a report. “It’s been a year that the investigation is going on. Around 230-232 cases require reopening or re-trial. CBI and the Delhi Police, working under the Centre, have not been able to arrest Jagdish Tyler, main accused in the case,” Singh said.

Delhi Police ‘leaking’ details of Kejriwal’s security, alleges AAP

Amid a controversy over the ink attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP on Tuesday alleged Delhi Police was “leaking” details of his security, even as it claimed that it had not asked for any kind of security cover for the party supremo.The Aam Aadmi Party also targeted Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the Mudgal Committee report, saying that even it had pointed out alleged irregularities in the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) and that the BJP leader should now tender his resignation. Following reports in a section of media that Kejriwal’s PA had asked a policeman to get off the stage at the last minute, AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey said Delhi Police should reveal the name of the policeman concerned so that the lapse could be probed into.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Delhi Police is leaking out details of Delhi CM’s security and exposing him to threat. It is creating a ground that tomorrow if there is any kind of attack on Delhi CM, they can play safe. It should name the officer who was asked by the so called PA of Kejriwal to get off the stage so that a probe can be initiated into this matter,” Pandey said. A young woman threw ink at Kejriwal in a public rally on Sunday.The party claimed that there was no police personnel accompanying Kejriwal while he was returning from Ludhiana to the national capital last week. “There was no security cover provided to Arvind Kejriwal when he was returning from Ludhiana to Delhi. Who would have been responsible in case of any untoward incident? In terms of security, it is a written protocol on who will be accompanying (the person to whom the cover has been given),” senior AAP leader Ashutosh said.Kejriwal had gone to Amritsar on January 13 taking a flight and was given security cover till the airport. After he deboarded at Amritsar, Punjab Police took care of his security. He also addressed a rally at Muktsar on January 14. The party, however, claimed that there was no security cover when he left from Ludhiana to Delhi. “We never claimed any security cover. This security has been imposed on us,” Pandey said.Renewing its demand for Jaitley’s resignation, Ashutosh said the Mudgal Committee has pointed out several anomalies in the functioning of DDCA. “The report states that the records were not made available to the committee, there were flaws in the tendering process and it was not transparent and there were no minutes of record available. “It is also important to note that it was for the first time that the DDCA made profit when India-South Africa match was held at the Ferozshah Kotla under the supervision of Justice (retd.) Mudgal,” Ashutosh said.

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