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INS Betwa mishap: Sailor’s remains cremated, professional salvers arrive to rescue the frigate

Teams of professionals are assisting the Indian Navy salvage INS Betwa, a naval frigate that tipped over at the Mumbai docks while it was being undocked on Monday.

According to The Asian Age report, “Teams of professional salvers, including from abroad, have reached the accident site to assess the damage with more teams expected to arrive later.”

The Navy said that it’s determined to salvage the frigate and make it fighting-fit by 2018. “Come what may, INS Betwa will be salvaged. The Indian Navy is looking at first to make the flipped ship stand upright, then to assess the damage and to undertake salvage operations and finally to make it battle-ready by 2018. Every equipment that the ship had can be made indigenously,” Indian Navy spokesperson Captain DK Sharma told the newspaper.

The frigate INS Betwa lies on its side. PTI

The frigate INS Betwa lies on its side. PTI

According to a report in Free Press Journal, the team is expected to complete its initial assessment within a couple of days on the extent of damage the battleship has suffered and chalk out plans to make the 126-metre frigate upright.

INS Betwa, a Brahmaputra-class guided missile warship (F-39), slipped on the dock blocks during a refit at about 1.50 pm on Monday. Weighing around 3,850-tonne, with a length of 126 metres, the ship fell sideways while it was being undocked for return to water thus breaking the main mast of the frigate. The accident claimed two lives  and injured 15 others.

Mortal remains of sailors consigned to flames

The mortal remains of sailor Ashutosh Pande, who lost his life in the mishap were consigned to flames with full military honours at his hometown in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh.

His body was brought by a Navy plane to Dhana airstrip near here and then was taken to his home in Sadbhavna Nagar in a military vehicle for the last rites. His kin and a large number of people were present for the cremation which took place on the 10th Battalion cremation ground on Wednesday.

However, reportedly no senior official from the district administration attended the cremation.

A “miscalculation of balance”

Meanwhile, Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar has called the incident a “miscalculation of balance”. Parrikar explained that when a ship undergoes refit, a lot of machines and fixtures like propeller, engine, etc are removed due to which the balance gets disturbed.

“You are supposed to maintain it. Something must have gone wrong in that,” he said on Wednesday while responding to a question as to whether the INS Betwa accident showed Navy’s inability to absorb high technology.

He also said that a Board of Inquiry is on and it will pinpoint the reasons.

The Board of Inquiry, formed on Tuesday, is headed by rear Admiral Deepak Bali and Flag-Officer Offshore Defence Advisory Group.

The ship had run aground in January 2014 and collided with an unidentified object which led to a crack in its sonar system, and had also seen salt water ingress into sensitive equipment.

Named after the river Betwa, the frigate has been in service for over 12 years. It was indigenously designed and built with the capability to operate at extended ranges, with speeds up to 30 knots.

It is one of the key warships of the Western Naval Command. It is armed with Uran anti-ship missiles, Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles and torpedoes.

With input from agencies

First Published On : Dec 8, 2016 16:08 IST

INS Betwa could have tipped over due to miscalculation says Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday indicated that one of the reasons for tipping over of guided missile frigate INS Betwa during undocking at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai could be “miscalculation of balance.”

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Parrikar, who has been briefed by Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, spoke about the importance of centre of gravity.

He explained that when a ship undergoes refit, a lot of machines and fixtures like propeller, engine, etc are removed due to which the balance gets disturbed.

“You are supposed to maintain it. Something must have gone wrong in that,” Parrikar said speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak.

He said there could have been a “miscalculation” and added that a Board of Inquiry is on and it will pinpoint the reasons.

Parrikar was responding to a question as to whether the INS Betwa accident showed Navy’s inability to absorb high technology.

Rear Admiral Deepak Bali, Flag-Officer Offshore Defence Advisory Group, is heading the Board of Inquiry.

The 3,850-tonne ship, with a length of 126 metres, tipped over while it was being undocked. The mast of the ship hit the dockyard ground.

It was docked for repairs and while being returned to the water — a process that involves tipping the ship, the system tripped and the entire ship fell sideways. The main mast of the frigate broke.

INS Betwa, a Brahmaputra-class guided missile warship (F-39), slipped on the dock blocks during a refit at about 1350 hours on Monday.

The ship had run aground in January 2014 and collided with an unidentified object which led to a crack in its sonar system, and had also seen salt water ingress into sensitive equipment.

Named after the river Betwa, the frigate has been in service for over 12 years. It was indigenously designed and built with the capability to operate at extended ranges, with speeds up to 30 knots.

It is one of the key warships of the Western Naval Command. It is armed with Uran anti-ship missiles, Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles and torpedoes.

First Published On : Dec 7, 2016 18:02 IST

8 held with unaccounted cash of Rs 58 lakh in new Rs 2,000 notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight persons were apprehended in Hyderabad and unaccounted money of Rs 58 lakh in new Rs 2,000 notes was seized from their possession, police said.The eight persons were apprehended after finding Rs 58 lakh in their possession during vehicle checking, a police release said. They belonged to different places in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.During the course of inquiry, they stated they collected the amounts from local people of their respective native places, villages on 8 to 10 per cent commission basis.”They came to Hyderabad with an intention to exchange the new currency of Rs 2,000 with old currency of Rs 1,000 or Rs 500 with commission of 25 to 30 per cent to make easy money. On further inquiry with them about the exchange of old currency, they stated that they will return to the people from whom they collected the amounts and again they will deposit in their respective accounts,” the release said.The apprehended persons, along with the seized unaccounted new currency and seizure report, would be sent to the Income Tax office for initiating appropriate action against them as per Income Tax Act, the release added.

2 Delhi Metro trains collide during trial run; no causalities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Delhi Metro trains had a head-on collision with each other on Friday. The trains were on a trial run. No causalities have been reported.As per India TV, the incident happened at Kalindi Kunj depot. An Inquiry ordered has been ordered by the DMRC. A statement by Delhi Metro said, “An incident occurred yesterday at 3:45 pm at Kalindi Kunj Depot of Line-8, in which a train, which was under complete control of Hyundai ROTEM for commissioning was moved perhaps inadvertently in reverse direction by the ROTEM staff. “Responsibility for the incident is of ROTEM and prima facie it appears to be negligence on part of the ROTEM staff. However detailed inquiry is being conducted by ROTEM to look into this lapse and for suitable action.” The Delhi Metro has a centralised automated system called the centralised automatic train control (CATC) which involves automatic train operation (ATO), automatic train protection (ATP) and automatic train signalling (ATS) systems. The incident has lead to commuters raising security concerns about the Metro’s operational capability.

Sub-lieutenant killed in accidental firing onboard INS Kuthar

Navy sources said Sub Lt Tejveer Singh of INS Kuthar, whilst handling firearms onboard, accidentally fired a round and was injured around 1430 hours. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sub lieutenant of the Indian Navy was killed on Tuesday after he accidentally fired his 9mm pistol onboard INS Kuthar, a Khukri-class corvette.Navy sources said Sub Lt Tejveer Singh of INS Kuthar, whilst handling firearms onboard, accidentally fired a round and was injured around 1430 hours. He was immediately shifted to the Naval Hospital INHS Kalyani where he died, the sources said.Singh hailed from Haryana. His family has been informed of the incident. A Board of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident.

Rajasthan: Indian Air Force aircraft crashes near Indo-Pak border

Mon, 3 Oct 2016-06:26pm , Jaipur , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jaguar aircraft of Indian Air Force crashed on Monday in Pokhran area of Rajasthan, but both the pilots ejected safely.The aircraft was on routine training sortie when the incident occurred in the area which is near the Indo-Pak border, defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha said. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered, he said.

Uri base commander ‘shifted out’ as investigation begins to probe security lapses

Heads have begun rolling in Uri post the deadly terror attack on 18 September that claimed the lives of 19 soldiers and left several others injured. According to reports, the Brigade Commander of the Uri-based army brigade has been “side stepped” for fair, comprehensive and objective inquiry.

19 soldiers were killed in 18 September attack on Uri Army base. PTI

19 soldiers were killed in 18 September attack on Uri Army base. PTI

“The Brigade Commander has been “side stepped” for fair, comprehensive and objective inquiry,’ an Army source told IANS on Saturday. Army sources also informed the news agency that this was a part of the protocol of inquiry.

Brigadier K Somashanker has been shifted out of the sensitive brigade, PTI said. Quoting sources from the Army, it added: “An officer from the 28 Mountain Division of the Army is scheduled to take over as the Uri Brigade commander”.

Though, according to PTI, Army sources in New Delhi insisted late Saturday night that no such orders have been issued by the army headquarters, a The Times of India report mentioned that “Colonel Yashpal Ahlawat, who has been approved for the next rank and was posted in the Kilo Force of the Rashtriya Rifles, which looks after counter-insurgency operations in Kupwara, Baramulla and Srinagar areas, was sent to Uri on Saturday to take charge of the Uri brigade.”

“The CoIonel is probing the series of lapses and poor perimeter security, despite prior intelligence alerts, which allowed the four fidayeen terrorists to storm the camp, next to the brigade headquarters in Uri, early on September 18,” it added.

India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads inflicting “significant casualties”across the LoC on the 28 and 29 September, seen as a reprisal for the Uri attack. The Uri Army base was attacked by heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists on September 18. India has maintained that the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed was behind the attack.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle crashes near Jaisalmer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of the IAF on Thursday crashed near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.The UAV crashed near Bada Bagh, about 5 kms from Jaisalmer city, this morning, Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha said.The UAV was on a routine sortie.A court of Inquiry has been ordered, he said.

Kejriwal won’t be probed in DCW case as of now: ACB chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reacted sharply after an FIR was registered against him in connection with the “irregularities” in the functioning of the DCW, the ACB said it won’t probe the case against him for now as his name “doesn’t figure in the inquiry report”.ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena said Kejriwal, whose name figures in an FIR pertaining to “irregularities” in the functioning of Delhi Commission for Women, is not an accused in the case till now.”Till now, we are not probing the role of Arvind Kejriwal since his name doesn’t figure in the report. As on date, he is not an accused,” he said, “In the FIR, the essence of the complaint is written. If someone gives a complaint, it is written verbatim in the FIR.We don’t have any power to manipulate the language of the complaint. This is procedural law,” Meena said. The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh, who alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel since Swati Maliwal was made its chief. Maliwal was on Monday booked by the Anti-Corruption Branch on charges of alleged irregularities Singh, in her complaint, had listed 85 names who, she claimed, got jobs “without requisite credentials”.Meena said the CM hasn’t been named in the inquiry report prepared on the basis of the preliminary inquiry. “He needs to read the report in totality and not in isolation. His name doesn’t figure in the inquiry report. The inquiry report will be considered final,” he asserted. He said the inquiry is based on documentary evidence.”Till now, we have found irregularities in appointments made in DCW by Swati Maliwal and others,” he said. Earlier in the day, Kejriwal had reacted angrily saying the ACB has registered the FIR against him at the “behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. “In the FIR registered by the ACB, my name is also there…But it does not contain any detail on my alleged role.One does not put the name of the Chief Minister in the FIR just like that,” he had said. “It cannot happen without the Prime Minister’s approval.” ACB has already sent a notice to Maliwal that a team will be interrogating her on September 29 at her office, Meena said. He said other officers will also be probed. “The role of Deputy Director (Finance), Delhi government is also under scanner and he has been summoned to explain why he authorised DCW as a body with financial autonomy,” said Meena.

Case against Arvind Kejriwal in connection with DCW appointments not to be probed for now: ACB

New Delhi: Hours after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reacted sharply after an FIR was registered against him in connection with the “irregularities” in the functioning of the DCW, the ACB said it won’t probe the case against him for now as his name “doesn’t figure in the inquiry report”.

File image of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

File image of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena said Kejriwal, whose name figures in an FIR pertaining to “irregularities” in the functioning of Delhi Commission for Women, is not an accused in the case till now.

“Till now, we are not probing the role of Arvind Kejriwal since his name doesn’t figure in the report. As on date, he is not an accused,” he said,

“In the FIR, the essence of the complaint is written. If someone gives a complaint, it is written verbatim in the FIR. We don’t have any power to manipulate the language of the complaint. This is procedural law,” Meena said.

The ACB had taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh, who alleged that several AAP supporters were given plum posts in the women’s panel since Swati Maliwal was made its chief. Maliwal was on Monday booked by the Anti-Corruption Branch on charges of alleged irregularities.

Singh, in her complaint, had listed 85 names who, she claimed, got jobs “without requisite credentials”. Meena said the CM hasn’t been named in the inquiry report prepared on the basis of the preliminary inquiry. “He needs to read the report in totality and not in isolation. His name doesn’t figure in the inquiry report. The inquiry report will be considered final,” he asserted.

He said the inquiry is based on documentary evidence. “Till now, we have found irregularities in appointments made in DCW by Swati Maliwal and others,” he said. Earlier in the day, Kejriwal had reacted angrily saying the ACB has registered the FIR against him at the “behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi“.

“In the FIR registered by the ACB, my name is also there…But it does not contain any detail on my alleged role. One does not put the name of the Chief Minister in the FIR just like that,” he had said.

“It cannot happen without the Prime Minister’s approval.” ACB has already sent a notice to Maliwal that a team will be interrogating her on 29 September at her office, Meena said. He said other officers will also be probed. “The role of Deputy Director (Finance), Delhi government is also under scanner and he has been summoned to explain why he authorised DCW as a body with financial autonomy,” said Meena.

New Delhi: CISF jawan commits suicide at National Museum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A CISF jawan on Monday allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in the National Museum complex in New Delhi. The incident was reported around 1:30 PM. The body of Constable M K Roy (30) was found hanging at the forces’ unit lines in the museum complex near the India Gate, officials said. The Central Industrial Security Force is tasked to secure the complex and Roy was posted as a washerman of the said unit.”A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the reasons behind Roy taking the extreme step. Police have registered a case in this regard,” they said.

Subramanian Swamy bats for VK Singh, alleges paid slander against former Army chief

New Delhi: Outspoken BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday came out in support of VK Singh, amid the ongoing row over the Army chief’s affidavit against him, saying the Minister was continuously being targeted by “certain corrupt forces” and there was a “paid slander campaign” against him.

Swamy said that the government should take steps to protect Singh since as a Minister he cannot defend himself in a “slugfest with the present Chief of Army Staff” Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag.

He claimed the corrupt forces are unhappy with Singh as he as the Army chief had prevented illegal kickbacks in weapons purchase and exposed certain officials to vigilance inquries.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. PTIBJP leader Subramanian Swamy. PTI

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. PTI

Singh is now the Minister of State for External Affairs.

Citing examples, he said that the culprits in Adarsh Housing Society and the Sukhna Land scam were exposed during Singh’s tenure as Army chief.

“The DV (Discipline and Vigilance) Ban on appointment of certain Generals was issued after due process. No COAS (Chief of Army Staff) can issue a DV Ban on a whim,” the Rajya Sabha MP said in a statement. Suhag had this week in an affidavit in Supreme Court accused Singh of victimising him when he was the Army chief.

In 2012, Suhag was placed under a discipline and vigilance (DV) ban by Singh, for his alleged “failure of command and control” after a Court of Inquiry was ordered into an operation carried out in Jorhat, Assam, on the night of 20-21 December, 2011 by the 3 Corps Intelligence and Surveillance Unit.

Suhag, who was the then General Officer Commanding of the unit, said the imposition of DV ban on him and issuance of a show cause notice by the then COAS “was illegal and premeditated”.

Swamy said that DV Ban is a matter which is examined by not just the Vigilance Branch but also by MoD at the highest levels.

Only after these three bodies recommend DV ban, can the process be initiated, he said.

“The most recent attempt to slander Gen Singh for the vigilance inquiry was so ordered against Lt Gen D S Suhag in May 2012 and not by Gen V K Singh as part of the alleged personal animosity between them,” he said.

Swamy said the government should take steps to protect Singh from this “paid slander campaign” since being a Minister, he cannot defend himself in a slugfest with the present Army chief.

Vadra land scam: Extended inquiry time for fair probe, says Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said that he extended the tenure of the SN Dhingra Commission of enquiry so that it could look in to all the aspects thoroughly.”Justice Dhingra would know the reason, he asked me for some more time, and following my duties, I gave him time. I gave him time so that he could properly look into all aspects, because it would create problem if any new issue comes up in the end,” said Khattar. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Khattar rejected Robert Vadra’s allegation that the Vadra’s allegation that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is targeting him for political gain. “On the basis of some legitimate facts we constituted this commission a year ago. And the point to be noted here is this commission was constituted long back, why are they making statements at a time when the result is about to be declared. Such actions show that there is something fishy,” said Khattar.After Justice Dhingra sought six more weeks to probe land licences to companies, including that of Robert Vadra’s in Gurgaon, the Congress party had accused him of compromising his position and taking undue advantage of his proximity to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The Haryana government has already extended the term of the Dhingra Commission of Inquiry twice. The controversy around Vadra is based on a 3.5-acre plot in Gurugram, which he bought in 2008 for Rs. 7.5 crores and sold just months later for 58 crores to DLF, India’s largest real estate developer.

Justice Dhingra Commission seeks 6 weeks time to give report on Robert Vadra’s land deals

Justice S N Dhingra Commission, which was set up to probe into grant of land licences to some companies including that of Robert Vadra’s in Gurgaon during the Congress rule in Haryana, on Thursday sought six weeks more time to submit its report hours before the deadline was to end. Justice Dhingra said he sought more time in order to go through some documents from a person stating “that they are documents of benami transactions of who benefitted from the grant of licence.” Haryana government had earlier twice extended the term of the Dhingra Commission of Inquiry.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP government in the state had in December last year extended the Commission’s term for a period of six months and on June 17 this year its term had been extended till Thursday.
ALSO READ Robert Vadra cries foul, says being ‘used for political gains’Earlier, media reports had said the Commission was ready with its report which would have gone into mutation of a land deal between a firm M/S Skylight Hospitality owned by Robert Vadra and realty major DLF. The Rs 58-crore deal related to 3.5 acre land in Gurgaon’s Shikohpur village which was sold by Vadra to DLF.In October, 2012, senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka had cancelled the mutation of the land deal between Skylight Hospitality and DLF. It was mired by controversy over allegations of undervaluation.
ALSO READ Robert Vadra property row: IT dept impounds Sanjay Bhandari’s passportThe request for extension came in the midst of a row after Congress alleged that Justice S N Dhingra, a retired judge of the Delhi High Court, “has sought favours from government of Haryana, making him incompetent and unsuitable to deliver any verdict or report in the matter.”Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had also sought scrapping the Dhingra Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday, pointing out that it was “contrary to established rules and norms, without due cabinet approval and prompted by malice and political considerations”.The present Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana had on May 14, 2015 set up the Dhingra Commission to probe issues concerning the grant of license(s) for developing commercial colonies by the Department of Town and Country Planning to some entities in Sector 83, Gurgaon.The Commission was to probe transfer or disposal of land, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules, and other connected matters, bringing Vadra land deal under the scanner.BJP had made the land deals under the previous Congress government in Haryana a major poll issue during the 2014 Lok Sabha and the state Assembly polls, alleging rules were relaxed to favour a few including Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.The Commission had summoned former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda but he was represented by his counsel on the two dates. The Commission also summoned 26 government officers as witnesses and examined at least 250 files pertaining to approval, grant or rejection of colony licences to various builders, and change of land use and development plans.Anil Vij hits out at former Haryana CM HoodaHaryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij on Thursday hit out at Hooda’s criticism of the Dhingra Commission, saying “undue favours” to builders by the previous Congress regime had come under attack even from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).”CAG had also said a lot in its report earlier that government bent rules to benefit Vadra’s company,” Vij told reporters in Ambala.”To keep him and his the then political masters happy, Hooda had gone out of the way to dole out benefits. Why is he feeling guilty conscious? What is the need to write a letter to the Governor when the Commission was about to submit its report?”The day when the Commission of Inquiry was formed, Hooda could have said the same thing then. Now, why are the Congress leaders feeling scared and why are they making a noise about the whole thing,” Vij asked.Congress alleges Justice Dhingra sought favours from Haryana govtMeanwhile, senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala charged that “Justice S N Dhingra has sought favours from government of Haryana, making him incompetent and unsuitable to deliver any verdict or report in the matter.”Surjewala claimed said that Justice Dhingra is also chairman of Delhi-based Justice Gopal Singh Public Charitable Trust.”The facts are very very clear which are now in public domain. Dhingra Commission is constituted on May 14, 2015. On December 8, 2015, Justice Dhingra as head of his own Trust, that is Justice Gopal Singh Charitable Trust, moves an application to the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, asking that a particular individual in Gurgaon has gifted him land for construction of a school and that money should now be utlilised out of public ex-chequer’s funds, for construction of a road thereupon as also electricity poles etc. The Deputy Commissioner Gurgaon, where Dhingra Commission is headquartered, works with great urgency and says the road be constructed out of district planning funds within a week. When they realise that it can’t be done, then the HRDF (Haryana Rural Development Fund) Board headed by the Chief Minister proceeds to sanction Rs 97 lakh out of which road is being constructed..,” Surjewala alleged while talking to reporters.”..Why is government’s ex-chequer’s money being utilised to build a road to the Trust property when many other villages in surrounding areas have been demanding for construction of roads, none of which has been undertaken.

Justice SN Dhingra Commission seeks six weeks to give report on Robert Vadra’s land deals

Chandigarh: Justice SN Dhingra Commission, which was set up to probe into grant of land licences to some companies including that of Robert Vadra‘s in Gurgaon during the Congress rule in Haryana, on Thursday sought six weeks more time to submit its report hours before the deadline was to end.

Official sources said the Commission has sought six weeks more to submit its report.

Justice Dhingra said he sought more time in order to go through some documents from a person stating “that they are documents of benami transactions of who benefitted from the grant of licence.”

Haryana government had earlier twice extended the term of the Dhingra Commission of Inquiry.

The BJP government in the state had in December last year extended the Commission’s term for a period of six months and on 17 June this year its term had been extended till Thursday.

Earlier, media reports had said the Commission was ready with its report which would have gone into mutation of a land deal between a firm M/S Skylight Hospitality owned by Robert Vadra and realty major DLF. The Rs 58-crore deal related to 3.5 acre land in Gurgaon’s Shikohpur village which was sold by Vadra to DLF.

Justice SN Dhingra. Getty ImagesJustice SN Dhingra. Getty Images

Justice SN Dhingra. Getty Images

In October, 2012, senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka had cancelled the mutation of the land deal between Skylight Hospitality and DLF. It was mired by controversy over allegations of undervaluation.

The request for extension came in the midst of a row after Congress alleged that Justice S N Dhingra, a retired judge of the Delhi High Court, “has sought favours from government of Haryana, making him incompetent and unsuitable to deliver any verdict or report in the matter.”

Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had also on Wednesday sought scrapping the Dhingra Commission of Inquiry, pointing out that it was “contrary to established rules and norms, without due cabinet approval and prompted by malice and political considerations”.

The present Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana had on 14 May, 2015 set up the Dhingra Commission to probe issues concerning the grant of license(s) for developing commercial colonies by the Department of Town and Country Planning to some entities in Sector 83, Gurgaon.

The Commission was to probe transfer or disposal of land, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules, and other connected matters, bringing Vadra land deal under the scanner.

BJP had made the land deals under the previous Congress government in Haryana a major poll issue during the 2014 Lok Sabha and the state Assembly polls, alleging rules were relaxed to favour a few including Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

The Commission had summoned former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda but he was represented by his counsel on the two dates.

The Commission also summoned 26 government officers as witnesses and examined at least 250 files pertaining to approval, grant or rejection of colony licences to various builders, and change of land use and development plans. Haryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij on Thursday hit out at Hooda’s criticism of the Dhingra Commission, saying “undue favours” to builders by the previous Congress regime had come under attack even from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

“CAG had also said a lot in its report earlier that government bent rules to benefit Vadra’s company,” Vij told reporters in Ambala.

“To keep him and his the then political masters happy, Hooda had gone out of the way to dole out benefits. Why is he feeling guilty conscious? What is the need to write a letter to the Governor when the Commission was about to submit its report?

“The day when the Commission of Inquiry was formed, Hooda could have said the same thing then. Now, why are the Congress leaders feeling scared and why are they making a noise about the whole thing,” Vij asked.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala charged that “Justice SN Dhingra has sought favours from government of Haryana, making him incompetent and unsuitable to deliver any verdict or report in the matter.”

Surjewala claimed said that Justice Dhingra is also chairman of Delhi-based Justice Gopal Singh Public Charitable Trust.

“The facts are very very clear which are now in public domain. Dhingra Commission is constituted on 14 May, 2015. On 8 December, 2015, Justice Dhingra as head of his own Trust, that is Justice Gopal Singh Charitable Trust, moves an application to the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, asking that a particular individual in Gurgaon has gifted him land for construction of a school and that money should now be utlilised out of public ex-chequer’s funds, for construction of a road thereupon as also electricity poles etc.

The Deputy Commissioner Gurgaon, where Dhingra Commissionis headquartered, works with great urgency and says the road be constructed out of district planning funds within a week. When they realise that it can’t be done, then the HRDF (Haryana Rural Development Fund) Board headed by the Chief Minister proceeds to sanction Rs 97 lakh out of which road is being constructed..,” Surjewala alleged while talking to reporters.

“..Why is government’s ex-chequer’s money being utilised to build a road to the Trust property when many other villages in surrounding areas have been demanding for construction of roads, none of which has been undertaken.

Haryana govt extends term of commission inquiring Robert Vadra’s land deals

The Haryana government on Friday extended the term of the Justice SN Dhingra Commission till June 30, which is making inquiries into grant of land licences to some companies including that of Robert Vadra’s in Gurgaon.”The Haryana government has extended the term of the Justice SN Dhingra Commission of Inquiry till June 30, 2016,” an official release said. A notification to this effect was issued by the state’s Chief Secretary. The Haryana government had in December last year extended the Commission’s term for a period of six months.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Manohar Lal Khattar government had in May last year set up the one-man inquiry commission under Dhingra, a retired judge of Delhi High Court, to probe issues concerning the grant of license(s) for developing commercial colonies by the Department of Town and Country Planning to some entities in Sector 83, Gurgaon.
ALSO READ Robert Vadra property row: IT dept impounds Sanjay Bhandari’s passportThe Commission was to probe transfer or disposal of land, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules, and other connected matters, bringing Vadra land deal under the scanner. It was asked to submit its report within six months from the date of its first sitting.BJP had made the land deals under the previous Congress government in Haryana a major poll issue during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, alleging rules were relaxed to favour a few including Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

P Chidambaram attempted to give clean-chit to Ishrat Jahan: Kiren Rijiju

With Home Ministry Additional Secretary BK Prasad-led one-man inquiry committee in its report stating that four of the five missing documents continue to be untraceable, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday alleged that former home minister P Chidambaram attempted to give a clean-chit to Ishrat Jahan during the UPA rule.”We have already got the reports by the one-man committee constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs. We have seen the report and some of the important documents are still untraceable. And the intention is very clear. How these important documents are taken out of the records in the Home Ministry and why a hard core terrorist was declared as innocent through an affidavit?” he said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I can’t tell you what next steps would be. And it is not advisable to spell out at this point of time. But the steps taken by the UPA government, particularly during Chidambaram’s time, are very unfortunate. We will see what is to be done next,” Rijiju added.Meanwhile, Chidambaram today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of creating a ‘fake controversy’ over two affidavits filed in the Ishrat Jahan case and preparing a ‘doctored’ report on the missing files.”The news report published today (16 June 2016) comprehensively exposes the fake controversy created by the NDA government on the two affidavits filed by the Central government in the Ishrat Jahan case,” Chidambaram said.He further said Judge Tamang in his report on September 7, 2009, found that Ishrat Jahan and three others had been killed in a fake encounter. The former union minister said he takes full responsibility for filing the ‘further affidavit’ which was absolutely the correct thing to do. “The moral of the story is that even a doctored report (of the Inquiry Officer) cannot hide the truth. The real issue is whether Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed in a genuine encounter or a fake encounter. Only the trial of the case, pending since July 2013, will bring out the truth,” he added.According to a report published in a daily, a Union Home Ministry official, who headed the probe into the missing documents in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, not only told a witness the questions he would ask but also suggested to him what answers he should give – that he had not seen any of the documents.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier said many documents related to the preparation of the ministry’s second affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case are missing and an internal inquiry has been ordered.

MiG-27 crashes near Jodhpur airbase; pilots eject safely

The MiG-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force has reportedly crashed about five kilometers from the Jodhpur airbase. No injuries have been reported yet, according to Times Now. However, two houses were damaged in the crash.

The Indian Express reported that a man who was on a motorcycle was injured in the incident. He got hit by a burning portion of the plane.

Air Force sources said that the pilots were ejected safely after the engine failed. “The plane was on a routine sortie from Jodhpur airbase to Uttarlai airbase in Barmer when it crashed,” the report quoted Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha as saying.

The plane crashed adjacent to a house in an open area in Mahaveer Nagar, SHO Basni Police Station Rajesh Yadav said.

The area has been cordoned off and police officials have reached the spot. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

With inputs from PTI.

Bombay HC dismisses PIL seeking new Commission to probe Mahatma Gandhi murder

The Bombay High Court on dismissed a public interest litigation seeking appointment of a Commission of Inquiry to probe afresh the murder of Mahatma Gandhi in January 1948, and the conspiracy behind it. A bench headed by Justice V M Kanade was of the opinion that it cannot hear a matter that had concluded long ago. “We are inclined to dismiss the petition…the writ jurisdiction of the high court cannot be exercised in a matter which has concluded long ago. As a long time has lapsed, we cannot go into the issue now,” said the bench. The judges said they would give a reasoned order later for dismissing the petition. The petitioner, Dr Pankaj Phadnis, arguing in person, said he had forensic evidence with him to justify a fresh probe into Gandhi’s killing. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also said that even Supreme Court was hearing the 150-year-old matter pertaining to precious ‘Kohinoor’ diamond in public interest. On the same ground, the PIL, seeking new Commission to probe Gandhi’s death, should be heard by the HC. Notably, All India Human Rights and Social Justice Front has filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding that Kohinoor and other famous antiques, including the ring and sword of Tipu Sultan, should be returned to India by the United Kingdom. The judges rejected the plea of Phadnis and dismissed his petition seeking fresh probe into Gandhi’s murder. Phadnis, author, researcher and trustee of Abhinav Bharat, Mumbai, had claimed that the then J L Kapur Commission of Inquiry had not been able to unearth the entire conspiracy that culminated in the killing of Gandhi. According to the prosecution’s story, the Father of the Nation was shot at by the assassin with a revolver which had seven compartments of bullets. Gandhi received three bullet injuries while the remaining four bullets were recovered by police from the weapon, says the petition. However, the PIL alleged that Gandhi had received four bullet wounds on his person on January 30, 1948, when he was shot dead. In this regard, the petitioner has produced several media clippings to show that Gandhi had sustained four bullet injuries. The petition said that the new Commission of Inquiry should conduct a probe to find out who had fired the fourth shot and to establish whether there was any other assassin besides Nathuram Godse.

Jung v/s AAP: Lt Guv refuses to give go-ahead to AAP’s app-based bus service scheme

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has refused to give a go-ahead to the AAP government’s ambitious ‘app-based premium bus service’ which was to be rolled out from June 1 and sought explanation from Transport Commissioner Sanjay Kumar for “misusing” his name while issuing a notification in this regard.A senior Delhi government official, however, said the Lt Governor has asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to give a re-look into the proposed scheme. The move may trigger another round of confrontation between the LG’s office and the Kejriwal government which have been at loggerheads over a range of issues.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Lt Governor has refused to give go-ahead to the government’s notified app-based premium bus scheme which was not introduced as per laid down rules. The LG has also sought explanation from the transport commissioner and asked him to file his reply within three days,” a source said.Earlier this month, the Delhi Cabinet had approved the scheme to allow app-based bus service in the national capital on the lines of app-based taxis services. Sources further said Kumar was also asked by the LG why he did not apprise the Cabinet that the scheme is in violation of rules.Earlier this week, Delhi government had notified app-based premium bus scheme through which Delhiites would be able to book their seat in a bus through their smart phones on the lines of app-based taxi services. Three days ago, Jung had, however, sought the file pertaining to the scheme from the Delhi government.The AAP dispensation did not seek prior approval from the LG to notify the scheme with government officials claiming that there is no need to do the same before rolling out the scheme.Since the Aam Aadmi Party came to power in Delhi, Lt Governor and Delhi Government have sparred over a number of issues including transfer and postings of bureaucrats, formation of Commission of Inquiry. In March, the AAP government had alleged that the Lt Governor had turned down its proposal to create bus lanes in the city streets and imposition of Rs 2,000 against the violators of the rules.However, the LG office refuted the charges, saying it had only sought clarification from the government on the proposal. In the past, Kejriwal had also slammed Jung for annulling his government orders on several occasions.

Decorated naval officer sent on leave over molestation charge

New Delhi: A senior decorated Navy officer has been sent on leave and a Board of Inquiry ordered against him after a junior woman officer accused him of molesting her twice, including once at the house of a top admiral.

Senior naval officer in the dock. ReutersSenior naval officer in the dock. Reuters

Senior naval officer in the dock. Reuters

Navy sources said the incident happened this month.

“We are seized of the matter and a Board of Inquiry has been ordered into the incident which is likely to submit its report soon.

“Navy has a zero tolerance policy for such issues. Appropriate action will be taken once the inquiry is completed and the report is submitted,” Navy spokesperson Captain DK Sharma said.

Sources said the woman, a Lieutenant, has complained that her senior, a surgeon commander rank, molested her twice.

Incidentally, one of the incident happened at the house of a senior Admiral. At the time of the incident, the senior Admiral was on official duty in Vishakapatnam.

He had called for the medical team to check on his 95-year-old mother who is bed ridden.

The accused doctor was awarded with Vishist Seva Medal this year.

PTI

Rohith Vemula suicide: Inquiry Commission to submit report by August 1

The one-man commission of Inquiry constituted by the HRD ministry to look into the circumstances of research scholar Rohith Vemula’s death at the Hyderabad Central University has been given more time and it will now submit its report by August 1, this year.The HRD ministry has issued a notification in this regard. The suicide by Vemula had triggered a huge political storm with opposition parties launching a massive attack at the Union Government over the issue.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to official sources, the Justice (retd) Ashok Kumar Roopanwal commission has met all the stakeholders and examining the voluminous representations received from them requires three months more time to draw a conclusion.
ALSO READ Rohith Vemula suicide: Hyderabad University VC Appa Rao’s office ransackedConsequently, the ministry has extended the tenure of the Commission till August 1, 2016.Earlier, following Vemula’s death, which also triggered a massive political storm, the Ministry had in January this year decided to constitute a Judicial Commission to review the entire sequence of events and the circumstances and to establish the facts and correctives in the context of the University.
ALSO READ Rohith Vemula suicide: BJP seeks probe into funding for Hyderabad University protests

CRPF jawan commits suicide at Ajmer campus

A 48-year-old CRPF jawan has allegedly committed suicide after hanging himself at the forces’ camp in Ajmer.The incident was reported around 9:00 PM on Monday from the Group Centre-II when Head Constable Dharamveer Singh was found hanging in his room, officials said. They said Singh, a resident of Haryana, had been reportedly suffering from some psychiatric illness for some time.”A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the reasons for Singh taking the extreme step and committing suicide. The local police has registered a case,” a senior official has said.

2008 Malegaon blasts: Court of Inquiry papers will prove my husband’s innocence, Col Purohit’s wife

Aparna Purohit, the wife of Indian Army Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit, who is lodged in Mumbai’s Taloja central jail facing trial for his role in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, has claimed that all the three Commanding Officers (COs), he worked under between 2005-08 has testified in his favour during the Court of Inquiry (CoI) proceedings.Speaking exclusively to dna, she said “Once the court goes through the entire CoI papers, it will prove that my husband was involved only up to the extent of gathering intelligence for the Army and his seniors were in constant loop. During the CoI, his superiors have admitted to this.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that filed a fresh charge sheet in the case in a Mumbai court while dropped charges against activist Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and five others accused in the case citing lack of evidence, it sought prosecution of Purohit and nine others. Purohit has been charged for criminal conspiracy and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Arms Act and the Explosive substance Act but absolved of any charge under the stricter anti-terror law, the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act or MCOCA.Pragya and Purohit have been called the face of saffron terror by the Congress.”CoI will prove key to his exoneration,” Aparna who recently got a copy of it after “approaching the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) and courts for more than five years” said.”But a large part of the inquiry details have been blackened citing Official Secrets Act. It is these portions that hold the key for us,” she said.Army has told the court that it will provide it a fresh set of the document without blackening sensitive portions in a sealed envelope as and when the court would need it.”We know which part is blackened. Once the court gets the entire CoI document, we will plead to the judge to read those parts. It will prove that whatever he did was to gather intelligence keeping the army seniors in the loop. He did not do this in his individual capacity, something that we have been maintaining all along,” she said.On April 22, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said that Purohit will be made available the documents he sought to prove his innocence in the blasts at the communally sensitive Maharashtra town that killed seven and injured 80 people.Purohit wrote to Parrikar on April 4, asking for his the documents to support his claims in court. In his letter, he claimed that “the meetings termed as conspiracy meetings were duly reported by me before, during and after their conduct.”In November 2008, Purohit, who formerly worked in military intelligence unit was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for his alleged role in the Malegaon blasts conspired purportedly by Hindu radicals in September the same year. Purohit allegedly came in contact with Upadhyay when posted at Deolali near Nashik in Maharashtra as a liaison unit officer.

VVIP chopper scam: Defence Ministry has not opened any inquiry into navy tankers

Contrary to reports, the Defence Ministry has not opened any other deal for investigation besides the AgustaWestland chopper contract, defence sources said on Friday. The remarks came in backdrop of media reports that the MoD has opened an inquiry into a 2009 purchase of two naval tankers. The allegations were that inferior quality of steel was used by the Italian firm which caused an incident on board the tanker in 2010. “MoD has not opened any inquiry into navy tankers with so called sub standard steel,” sources said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, the deal had come under criticism of the CAG in 2010. A Navy spokesperson said necessary procedures were followed diligently prior to acquisition of these tankers. The official said a few minor cracks were observed on the superstructure when the ship was coming back from Russia with aircraft carrier Vikramaditya. “The cracks probably occurred due to a combination of factors like sub-zero temp in the region, heavy sea, stormy conditions among others. The repairs were carried out in Lisbon by original equipment manufacturer and the ship was made ready in a few hours. “Board of Inquiry to investigate the cause was conducted and there was no material failure found. The ship is fully operational since and has been deployed extensively,” the official said adding the ship is on deployment in the Persian Gulf as of now.

‘Where are the proofs?’ Sonia rejects allegations in AgustaWestland case

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday rejected allegations linking her and party leaders to bribes in the AgustaWestland chopper deal and said she is not “afraid” of being “cornered” on the issue.

She asked the government what it has been doing in power for the last two years on the issue and demanded that the
ongoing inquiry be completed impartially.

“I am not afraid of anyone cornering me as there is no basis to that. All the accusations they are throwing at us are
false,” Gandhi told reporters in Parliament complex as BJP sought to target her on the deal.

File photo of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. PTIFile photo of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. PTI

File photo of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. PTI

“Where are the proofs. They are lying. They are part of a strategy of character assassination which we have known these people indulge in,” Gandhi said.

Referring to the Modi government, Gandhi asked what has it been doing over the last two years.

“The government is there for the last 2 years. What are they doing? Inquiry is there, why don’t they complete it? Complete it as soon as possible, impartially,” she added.

Gandhi’s political secretary and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel also rubbished the allegations against him and the party as “absolutely baseless.”

“This government, when they are saying all these things outside and inside the Parliament, why can’t they investigate,” Patel said.

“If there is something against me, they should find out and they should hang me,” he said when asked by reporters for his reactions over the allegations.

The comments of Sonia Gandhi and Patel come in the backdrop of BJP move to target the Congress President and
other party leaders on the issue of bribes in the AugustaWestland chopper deal during the UPA regime in a bid to corner the main opposition party which has been paralysing Rajya Sabha on the Uttarakhand affair.

Malegaon blast accused Col Purohit writes to Manohar Parrikar, requests ‘restoration of honour’

Lt Col. Prasad Purohit, one of the main accused in the Samjhauta and Malegaon blasts cases, has written to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar requesting restoration of his honour.In his letter dated April 4, he claims he has been falsely implicated in the case and has been behind the bars for more than seven years now. “I have been robbed of honour, dignity and rank and punished for serving the nation,” he said. Purohit claimed he had infiltrated groups like SIMI and Naxals as a military intelligence operative and added that he had shared every detail of his operation with his seniors.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is not the first time that Purohit has written to Parrikar. In November 2015, he had written to him requesting copies of the Court of Inquiry against him by the army. He finally has got copies of the CoI after court intervention.”It remains a matter of fact, which one may care to pursue from the CoI papers, now with the Sessions Court in Mumbai, that as many as 14 reports were initiated by me during my tenure in Maharashtra after successfully infiltrating SIMI, IM and Naxals operating in Northern Maharashtra,” he said.Meanwhile, asked what she expects as a result of the letter, his wife Aparna Purohit said “I don’t know what will come of it. We are hopeful that the minister will look into the facts of the case and the CoI report. He will know that my husband had been reporting all his activities to his seniors.” In 2014, Purohit had written a similar letter to the then Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

Dantewada blast: Information on troop movement was leaked, says CRPF

The CRPF believes that information regarding the movement of its troops, killed in a deadly landmine blast in Dantewada, was “leaked” and it has begun a probe to find out the mole who could be from “within or outside” the paramilitary.LIVE INDIA vs WEST INDIES 2nd semi final T20, ICC World T20″It is certain that the information about their movement was leaked. Somewhere or at some stage this has happened.The boys were doing a surprise non-operational movement and hence were in mufti. We are looking into it,” CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad told PTI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven CRPF men were killed on Wednesday in a deadly landmine blast carried out by Naxals that also left a massive four-feet deep crater on the road in the worst Maoist violence-affected Dantewada district.The DG reached Chhattisgarh late on Wednesday night and will travel to the blast site near Melawada village in the said district where Naxals blew off a Tata-709 mini-truck being used by the CRPF men to go from one camp to the other.A senior CRPF official said that apart from a Court of Inquiry instituted into the incident, the force is also probing the role of a “suspect mole who can be from either from within the force or outside. ” DG Prasad, who rushed to the state from a tour of Maharashtra, said they are working on the leak theory due to a number of facts visible in the incident.”The men were travelling in normal, non-force vehicle and were not going for any operation. There has been no attack on that road and hence no advance road opening party used to be deployed there. But, information got leaked about their movement. We are looking into all the aspects,” he said.The DG said the blast was “big” and it is suspected that about 50-60 kgs of explosive could have been planted beneath the ‘pucca’ metalled road to trigger the explosive. Officials in the intelligence wing of the force indicated that about 2-3 Naxals were present in the vicinity of the blast spot and are suspected to have “joined the wires” to ignite the hidden improvised explosive device as soon as the vehicle went over it.The force has called in a team of its bomb and IED experts from Pune to go into the details, the official said. The attack occurred near the Basaras-Kuakonda axis in Melawada village when a Tata-709 mini-truck of the force went over a landmine at about 3:30 PM. The troops, most of whom had just returned from leave, were going to their nearby camp.A Court of Inquiry has been ordered by the force into the incident and to find out under what circumstances the troops were travelling in a four-wheeler, banned for force personnel in these areas due to the threat of hidden IEDs, and why were they not carrying arms as it is mandatory for them while even moving for non-operational tasks. They said the troops belonged to the 230th battalion of the force deployed in south Bastar area for anti-Naxal operations.

Robert Vadra land case: My summoning is politically motivated, cries Bhoopinder Singh Hooda

Maintaining that nothing wrong was done during his tenure as the chief minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said his summoning by the Justice S N Dhingra commission of inquiry in connection with the Robert Vadra land deal case is politically motivated.”I will go on 25th, there was nothing wrong done during my tenure, we will tell that (to the commission)…just because someone is a relative of a big political leader, they want to politicise it,” Hooda told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When asked if the entire episode was politically motivated, he said, “Obviously, there is no doubt in it. Everyone knows who the target is.”Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy had earlier welcomed the Justice SN Dhingra Commission’s move to summon Hooda and maintained that the former Haryana chief minister has behaved like a ‘servant’ of the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.The Justice S N Dhingra Commission of Inquiry has asked Hooda to appear before it in fourth week of March and record his statements regarding the allotment of land to the Vadra promoted Skylight Hospitality company.The Justice Dhingra Commission was setup in 2015 to probe the grant of commercial licence of land to hundreds of private companies, including Skylight Hospitality and DLF.Last month, the commission had reportedly summoned Haryana Chief Secretary Deepinder Singh Dhesi and officials of several private firms for recording of statements.

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.

Ishrat Jahan case: Jaitley targets Congress, says second affidavit filed was ‘fraudulent’

In a sharp attack on P Chidambaram, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the second affidavit filed in the Supreme Court by the UPA government in the Ishrat Jahan case was “fraudulent”.Saying the encounter in which Jahan and her other alleged LeT operatives were killed in Gujarat was “honest”, he asked if the Congress believed it was fake why did it then allow those officers involved in the actual shootout to get bail on the 90th day by not filing chargesheets and make them a witness. In an interview to a private news channel, he said the first affidavit by the UPA government mentioning her terror links “was not ambiguous. It was as clear as day light. The second affidavit was fraudulent.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked if the UPA government played around with the intelligence framework, the Minister said, “Obviously.” Chidambaram had on Monday justified the filing of second affidavit as absolutely correct and as Minister owned up the decision. Recalling his 2013 blog on the issue, he said he had raised questions about allowing CBI to investigate the Intelligence Bureau operations and compromising of national security.”Obviously when the encounter took place, there were some officers who were physically present in the encounter. The CBI arrested all of them. It consciously did not file a chargesheet within 90 days. So those officers were let out on bail,” he said.He claimed that those offers were then “asked to give statements under Section 164 against senior political leaders of the Gujarat government.” Those officers, he said, were not even named in the chargesheet. On Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s statement that she stood by what Chidambaram said, Jaitley said the series of facts brought out by him “make out a perfect case of how a concoction” was taking place.”This has been a tradition of this political party. After all didn’t they cook up the fake bank account against V P Singh when they saw a possible threat in him becoming a future Prime Minister,” he said.Fake bank accounts in VP Singh’s sons’ name were opened in St Kitts but this time “they were trying to fabricate a case of murder in this manner. This is the extent which the Congress party can stoop.”Asked if he wanted reopening of Ishrat Jahan files, Jaitley quoted from his 2013 blog where he had stated that governments are not immortals and they change. “But officers who are indulging in this would one day have to answer many questions. I had further said that I hope one day a Commission of Inquiry is set up to go into the functioning of CBI in this. This I had written in 2013,” he said.When pressed further if he wanted a Commission of Inquiry, he said he did not want to say anything more than what he had written in the blog. Jaitley said it was unheard in criminal law that an accused becomes a witness against an alleged co-accused. “So since they had no evidence, that’s the only one they could fabricate,” he said. He claimed that a senior officer of the CBI, who was pushing for this prosecution during the period running up to the 2014 election, was rewarded with a position in the Disaster Management Department of Government.”So now if you see the sum total of the facts, you change an affidavit, you censor a paragraph of the FBI, you bring in pressure on SIT — it had to be reconstituted three times. “You have the Home Ministry interfering in a CBI investigation, you get the CBI to open out the covert operations of a security intelligence agency, the IB and then you have friendly bails being granted to certain people who were actually involved in the encounter in a quid-pro-quo that they should name political leaders, this is what was going on,” he said. He said the sense of truth cannot indefinitely be hold back. “Officers with a conscience are speaking out and ultimately every word of what I had written in my Blog in 2013 each fact is now being corroborated.”Questioning composition of Special Investigation Team (SIT) on the issue, he said the first officer appointed by the Central government was extremely independent but was transferred to the North East.”They made it physically impossible for him to Chair the committee,” he said adding the second officer recused himself because he probably felt pressures. “The third officer and contemporaneous evidence would be available as to how his arm twisting took place in order to get him agree to a fabricated report,” he said.CBI, he said, does not come under the Home Ministry and is supposed to be independent. “Was the Director (of CBI) being called repeatedly and asked to continue with a particular officer in the SIT who could not do a frame up and then you get a CBI inquiry or investigation into the functioning of IB. The covert operations of a security intelligence agency are made public and made bare,” he said

Here’s why LG Najeeb Jung praised Kejriwal government

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, who has been at loggerheads with the AAP government, has praised its Delhi Jal Board for tackling water crisis in the national capital triggered by the Jat quota stir in neighbouring Haryana.In his letter to Keshav Chandra, CEO of DJB, which comes under Delhi government, Jung said the work to tackle the water crisis was “admirable”. “I wish to place on record my appreciation for your admirable performance in course of the management of recent water crisis in Delhi… “The professionalism and calibre displayed by you in the management of this acute crisis situation was of a very high order,” Jung said in his letter to the CEO.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since the Aam Aadmi Party has come to power, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Jung have been at loggerheads on several issues like transfer and postings of bureaucrats in the government and formation of Commission of Inquiry. Recently, water supply was severely hit in many parts of Delhi after Jat agitators damaged Munak Canal in Haryana.The AAP government has decided to prepare a backup plan for alternative sources of water so that residents don’t face such a problem in future. The DJB has been directed by the government to prepare a plan so that the city has 7-10 days water backup to cope with any crisis.

Panels to probe BSF plane and Katra chopper crash formed

The two committees, formed to investigate the crash of a BSF plane and helicopter in Katra, have been given six months to submit their reports.A four-member Committee of Inquiry will investigate and determine the causes and contributory factors leading to the crash of a Border Security Force (BSF) Super King Air B200 aircraft after taking off from Palam airport here last month, official sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All 10 people on board the plane, which was to go to Ranchi, were killed in the accident that took place shortly after it take-off on December 22, 2015.The Committee will be headed by by R S Passi, Deputy Director of Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) and will have Captain Anant Sethi, Chief Pilot of Madhya Pradesh government, K Ramachandra, Air Safety of AAIB and Raje Bhatnagar of AAIB as its members.Three-member Committee, headed by Yash Pall, former Deputy General Manager (Maintenance) of Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited, will investigate the chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir’s Katra in November last year.Seven people, including a woman pilot and a newly-wed couple, were killed when a chopper ferrying them to base camp of over 700-year-old Vaishnodevi shrine on November 23.The Ecureuil AS350 B3 helicopter was being operated by Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd to ferry pilgrims between Katra’s base camp and ‘Sanjhi Chhat’ helipad at the shrine.Both the Committees will make recommendations to avoid recurrence of such accidents in future, the sources said.The Committees can also take the assistance of other experts or agencies whenever required. They will complete its inquiry and submit its report to the central government preferably within six months, they said. The panels, formed late last month, will submit their report in June, the sources said.

‘I would like to sleep a while’: Netaji’s last words on Aug 18, 1945 after a plane crash

The latest set of witness statements released by a UK-based website set up to unravel the mystery surrounding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s death seem to confirm that the freedom fighter died as a result of a plane crash in Taiwan.Five witnesses, which include Netaji’s close associate, two Japanese doctors, an interpreter and a Taiwanese nurse, have been quoted as corroborating that the founder of the Indian National Army (INA) died on 18 August 1945 following a plane crash on the outskirts of an airfield in Taipei.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There are no two opinions between the five witnesses about the fact that Bose’s end came on the night of 18 August 1945,” www.bosefiles.info said in a statement.Colonel Habibur Rehman Khan, Bose’s aide-de-camp (ADC) who was with him on the fateful day and survived the crash, submitted a statement written and signed on 24 August 1945 six days after the crash confirming Bose’s last words to him.”I would like to sleep a while”: Netaji’s last words on August 18, 1945 before a plane crash”Prior to his death he (Bose) told me that his end was near and asked me to convey a message from him to our countrymen to the following effect:’I have fought to the last for India’s independence and now am giving my life in the same attempt. Countrymen! Continue the independence fight. Before long India will be free. Long Live Azad Hind’,” the statement reads.Dr Taneyoshi Yoshimi (second from right) with Ashis Ray (third from right) during the latter’s interview of the former at Miyazaki, Japan in 1995. Dr Yoshimi treated Subhas Bose for several hours at a hospital in Taipei in 1945 after the Indian leader met with a plane crash and ultimately declared him dead. (Image courtesy: Bosefiles.info)In September 1945, two intelligence teams from India led by police officers named Finney and Davis, assisted by H K Roy and K.P. De, went to Bangkok, Saigon and Taipei to investigate. They concluded Bose had died as a result of the air tragedy.They seized a copy of a telegram from the Chief of Staff of the Japanese Southern Army to Hikari Kikan, a body set up to liaise between the Japanese government and Bose’s “Provisional Government of Free India”.Using the code “T” for Bose, the cable dated 20 August 1945 said: “T”, while on his way to the capital (Tokyo), as a result of an accident to his aircraft at TAIHOKU (Japanese name for Taipei) at 1400 hours on the 18th was seriously injured and died at midnight on the same date.” Between May and July of 1946, Lt Col J G Figgess of the British Army interrogated six Japanese officials in Tokyo in connection with the incident, including Japanese doctor Toyoshi Tsuruta, who was present at the Nanmon Military Hospital near the crash site where Bose was rushed to after the crash.Dr Tsuruta submitted to Figgess: “…Bose asked him in English if he would sit with him throughout the night.However, shortly after seven o’clock (in the evening) he suffered a relapse and although the doctor once again administered a camphor injection he sank into a coma and died shortly afterwards.”Tsan Pi Sha, a nurse at the same hospital, confirmed this account in in September 1946 to Harin Shah, a journalist with Mumbai’s ‘Free Press Journal’, who visited Taipei to investigate the matter.She said: “He died here. I was by his side…He died on 18 August last year (1945), (Subhas) Chandra Bose.”I am a surgical nurse and took care of him till he died…I was instructed to apply olive oil all over his body and that I did.””Whenever he regained briefly his consciousness, he felt thirsty. With slight groaning, he would ask for water. I gave him water several times.”She, then, took Shah to the south-west corner of the ward and to the bed where Bose passed away.The medical officer in charge of the hospital was Captain Taneyoshi Yoshimi of the Japanese Army. The first of several testimonies provided by Dr Yoshimi was on 19 October 1946 at Stanley Gaol in Hong Kong, where he was imprisoned by British authorities after World War II. This was recorded by Captain Alfred Turner of the War Crimes Liaison Section of Taiwan.He said: “When he was laid on the bed (of the hospital), I personally cleaned his (Bose’s) injuries with oils and dressed them. He was suffering from extensive burns over the whole of his body, though the most serious were those on his head, chest and thighs. There was very little left on his head in the way of hair or other identification marks.”As most of his speaking was in English, a request for an interpreter was made, and one was sent from the civil government offices named Nakamura. He informed me that he had very often interpreted for (Subhas) Chandra Bose and had had many conversations with him. He appeared to have no doubt that the man he was speaking with was Chandra Bose.”After the fourth hour (following his admission to the hospital) he appeared to be sinking into unconsciousness. He murmured and muttered in his state of coma, but never regained consciousness. At about 2300 hours he died.” Dr Yoshimi went on to appear before both the Major General. Shah Nawaz led Netaji Inquiry Committee in 1956 and the 1974 Justice G.D. Khosla Commission.In one of his later interviews to Ashis Ray, creator of www.bosefiles.info, in 1995, Dr Yoshimi said: “A lieutenant called Nonomiya told me this is Mr Chandra Bose, a very important person, and that I should save his life at any cost.That’s how I knew who he (Bose) was.”He recalled that when it seemed obvious to him that Bose s condition was sinking, he asked the patient: “What can I do for you?”Bose replied: “I feel as if blood is rushing to my head.I would like to sleep a while.” Dr Yoshimi gave him an injection and after some time he was no more.The interpreter, Nakamura, deposed before the Inquiry Committee that there was “not a word of complaint either of pain or suffering from his lips This composure of Netaji (Bose) surprised all of us.”He went on to say that after Bose expired, the Japanese officers in the room stood in one line and saluted his body.

Missing Mumbai engineer Hamid Ansari in Pak custody; facing trial in military court

More than three years after an Indian engineer from Mumbai went missing in Pakistan where he had reportedly gone to meet a girl he had befriended on the Internet, authorities have admitted that he has been in army custody and is facing a trial in military courts there. However, the officials did not provide details about the charges that have been slapped on him.According to Pakistan media reports, deputy attorney general Musarratullah presented a reply from the ministry of defence in a divisional bench of the Peshawar High Court, which stated that an Indian identified as Nehal Hamid Ansari, 28, was being held by the army and would be tried by a military court. On hearing this, the divisional bench of Peshawar High court disposed of the case which was heard for over 18 months before the government admitted that Ansari was being held in the country.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In November 2012 Ansari had travelled to Afghanistan for job prospects. He later crossed over to Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a Kohat-based woman whom he had befriended through social media. It was also reported that Ansari was staying at a hotel in Kohat when police, assisted by the Intelligence Bureau officials, arrested him on November 12, 2012. Since his arrest his family and friends in India were totally unaware of Ansari’s whereabouts.After Ansari went missing, his mother, Fauzia Ansari, ran from pillar to post to know the whereabouts of her son. She then filed a complaint at a police station in Mumbai and contacted the Afghan consulate. She later sent an application to the human rights cell of the Supreme Court in Islamabad, which forwarded the case to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances in March 2014. In April, the commission directed the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Home and Tribal Affairs department to form a joint investigation team to trace Ansari. An FIR was subsequently lodged at the city police station in Karak district in connection with Ansari’s case.Meanwhile, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy in a press statement said “It is heartening to know that young Hamid Ansari is alive and in the custody of Pakistan’s army. There is no doubt that it is only through a sustained judicial effort that brought the Pakistan army and government to respond to the court and at least acknowledge that Hamid Ansari is in their custody. Though, he should have been produced in a court long back.”The statement further said, “We take this opportunity to recognise the humanitarian efforts of friends, well-wishers and lawyers. It has been a long struggle for Hamid’s parents. We appeal to the Pakistan government to release him as he has already been in their custody for more than three years. We also request the Pakistan government to allow Hamid Ansari’s parents to meet him in person”.

Here’s what happened when Jaitley and Kejriwal shared stage at Bengal Business summit today

Kejriwal followed up his charge by his government’s decision to constitute a probe under the Commission of Inquiry Act headed by former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, who has contended that Delhi government has the authority to constitute such a probe which he would go ahead with.

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