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FIR against Kapil Sharma for destroying mangroves, violating Environment Act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Andheri court on Wednesday directed Versova police to register an FIR against popular stand-up Comedian Kapil Sharma under section 187 of the Indian Penal code for alleged violation of the Environment Act.The Versova police will book the actor under Environment and MRTP act too.Sharma allegedly dumped the debris near mangroves behind his bungalow in suburban Versova.A controversy erupted after Sharma alleged that he had been asked to pay a bribe of Rs 5 lakh by an official of the civic body Kapil had levelled the bribe allegation in tweets in which he tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking if this was the “achche din” he had promised.
ALSO READ BMC defends its stand of issuing notice to Kapil SharmaSection 187(Omission to assist public servant when bound by law to give assistance) of the Indian Penal code would be registered against Sharma.”The allegations that BMC official demanded bribe should be named by Kapil and if he fails to do so which means he is protecting the corrupt person”, said Abha Singh, Advocate and social activist.”Also the case under MRTP and Environment act would be registered against Kapil for destroying mangroves and illega constructions”, said Singh.

You people are making it a fish market: CJI blasts junior lawyers while hearing demonetization plea

Fri, 9 Dec 2016-09:22pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”What kind of memory I would take with me,” was how a dejected Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, who is demitting office early next month, reacted when lawyers tried to out-shout each other during the hearing on demonetization.A visibly pained CJI made his displeasure known by saying that never in his career as a judge for 23 years he has seen such unruly behaviour when junior lawyers are shouting and attempting to pin down senior advocates and making the atmosphere of the court akin to a “fish market”. Justice Thakur was anguished when some of the lawyers raised their voice to interrupt the submission of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who was arguing for the government, and senior advocates like Kapil Sibal and P Chidambaram. “This is not a way to argue. You people are making it a fish market. You people don’t want senior advocates like Sibal to speak. See Mr Chidambaram has not yet stood up. This is very unfortunate. In 23 years of me as a judge, I have not seen such behaviour. This is the last week as a judge and I would be going with a heavy heart. What kind of decorum is maintained? This is CJI’s court and yet no decorum. You can’t be allowed this kind of behaviour,” the CJI, who will be demitting office on January 3, said.

Kejriwal permanently exempted from appearance in defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi High Court on Monday granted permanent exemption to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from appearing in person before a trial court here in a criminal defamation case filed by Amit Sibal, lawyer son of former union minster Kapil Sibal.Justice Mukta Gupta, however, said that if the proceedings in the matter are delayed due to Kejriwal’s absence, the “trial court has liberty to modify the order and direct the AAP leader to appear before it whenever required.” It also asked the leader to give an undertaking before a trial court that he will have no objection if the matter proceeds in his absence.The counsel appearing for Kejriwal agreed to the condition imposed by the high court.Taking note of this, the court said in its order that “the petitioner (Kejriwal) undertakes that in case permanent exemption is granted he will not dispute his identity, the witness identity and the evidence recorded in the matter”.”Affidavit in this regard shall be filed before a trial court in one week from today. Considering his responsibilities and duties and in interest of justice, permanent exemption from personal appearance before a trial court is granted to the petitioner,” the court said.It also clarified that the counsel duly nominated by the Chief Minister shall also not seek adjournment on any ground in the matter before a trial court.The court said that if on any specific date the trial court needs the presence of Kejriwal, it can direct him to appear before it and the chief minister “will have to comply”.The court’s order came on Kejriwal’s plea seeking permanent exemption from personal appearance before a trial court in the defamation case filed against him by Amit Sibal.Senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, appearing for Kejriwal, submitted that it was not possible for his client to appear on each and every date before a trial court as he, being the Chief Minister of Delhi, had many other things to look after.”Notice has been framed in the matter. Cross examination is going on,” the counsel said and asked why his client was required on each and every date.

Odisha: Eight arrested, over Rs 1.42 crore seized

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight persons, including a country liquor baron and a bank employee, were arrested in Sambalpur and more than Rs 1.42 crore in both new and scrapped currency notes were seized from them.”Of Rs 1,42,91,500 cash seized last night, Rs 85,62,000 was in new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 currency notes, while Rs 25,29,000 was in demonetized banknotes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations,” Sambalpur Superintendent of police Akhilesvar Singh said. The remaining amount was in Rs 100 and other smaller denominations, he said. Those arrested have been identified as country liquor baron Zeyarat Ali (59), his three sons, Md. Qazzafi (35), Riffat Ali (33) and Sabtin Ali (31), Public Relation Officer of the main branch of SBI in Sambalpur Rashmiranjan Rout (36), his elder brother Pankaj Kumar Rout (43), Kapil Jhajharia (37) and Rabi Trivedi (40).Acting on a tip-off, police intercepted a vehicle near Dhanupali Chawk in Sambalpur and found Zeyarat Ali and his three sons in the car. During search, huge amount of cash in bags was recovered, police said, adding two firearms were seized from them. During questioning, police came to know about the involvement of Rout and his elder brother. Later, they also came to know about involvement of two agents, Kapil Jhajharia and Rabi Trivedi, they said. Preliminary investigation revealed that the cash belonged to Zeyarat Ali. It was brought here for exchange, police said. “Some more people are also involved in the case. Probe is on and the Income Tax Department has been informed about the seizure,” the SP said.

PM Modi carried out demonetization to win UP polls: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said the motive behind launching the ‘Akrosh Diwas’ is not to hurt anyone but to express anger against the government’s demonetization of high-value currency notes.’We will keep pressuring the Centre till the time they don’t accept our demand. We will not destruct property, but will protest peacefully. We will take out a procession. The motive of the protest is not to hurt anyone. It is just to demonstrate our rage against the Centre’s demonetization drive,’ Azad told ANI. Azad said the anarchy that is being witnessed has never been seen anywhere. ‘They implemented such a scheme which destroyed the entire economy,’ he said. The opposition parties will launch a country wide protest ‘Aakrosh Diwas’ on November 28 over the BJP-led NDA regime’s demonetization move.This come as the deadlock continues in Parliament with the government refusing to agree to a discussion in the Lok Sabha that ends in a vote. The ruling dispensation has also rejected the opposition’s demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi speak in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Amit Shah calls a meeting of office bearers ahead of Bharat bandhModi sleeping peacefully: Kapil Sibal Acccusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of shying away from Parliament, Congress leader Kapil Sibal today said “desh ka chowkidar” was taking a peaceful nap while the poor were having sleepless nights.”The Prime minister who had made an entrance to the Parliament by bowing his head in respect to it, is today shying away from speaking there …the chowkidar of the country has closed his eyes and is sleeping peacefully while the poor are spending sleepless nights,” he told reporters here.”Currency is never black…those who think it is, have their thinking flawed… actually it is the transaction which is black…The Prime Minister does not have the right understanding of economic situation,” Sibal said.He alleged that a note in the hands of a poor has also been rendered as black money.”The actual reason behind demonetization is political and not economic…it is only for winning the UP polls …to spring a surprise and help Modi emerge as the messiah of the poor,” the Congress spokesperson said.Sibal further said the Prime Minister does not know how to follow up demonetization. “Modi could not think as to how the labourers, farmers and others will run their livelihood…he could not think how the wholesale and retail market will manage…vegetable vendors will not take the payment in cheque”.Citing statistics, he claimed that of the 125 crore population, only 60 crores have bank accounts whereas no transaction has taken place in the accounts of 32 crore people for years and asked whether they all have black money.Demanding that the names of those having foreign accounts be made public, Sibal asked “when the government has the list why it is not being made public?”

Delhi: Manish Sisodi, Kapil Sharma detained while leading march against demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and his cabinet colleague Kapil Mishra were detained on Tuesday when they tried to march to Parliament from Jantar Mantar protesting the Centre’s demonetization move.Before beginning the march, Sisodia launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetization alleging he is making people cry and shedding “crocodile tears”.”We don’t like Modi for what he has done in his personal and political life. This is not notebandi but note-badli. The terrorists in Kashmir today were found with Rs 2000 notes. From where are terrorists getting them? Either you are unaware of the lapse or are involved in it.”He keeps crying all the time and makes people cry. But he sheds crocodile tears. The demonetization drive should be rolled back. This is what people want,” Sisodia said while addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar.He was joined by his cabinet colleagues Gopal Rai, Kapil Mishra and Satyendar Jain. “Neither terrorist funding has stopped nor counterfeit notes nor blackmarketeering. The government has no money to give for OROP to soldiers but waives the loans of industrialists,” Sisodia added.A day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is presently in Punjab, exhorted people to “change” the Prime Minister instead of the defunct notes, slogans of “note nahi, PM badlo” were raised at the march. “The PM again became emotional… he is not getting any support. Hence, he is crying. The need is to take the fight to the streets,” Gopal Rai said. The Prime Minister had on November 8 announced withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. The decision has been drawing criticism from opposition parties. Kumar (49), a resident of Uttam Nagar who sold vegetables in Keshopur Mandi, collapsed outside the Oriental Bank of Commerce branch on Najafgarh Road, while he was standing in a queue to deposit Rs 50,000.Sisodia said the wife of the deceased told him that they did not have any money on them for the past 10-12 days. Kumar was distressed and talked of returning to his native village.The Deputy Chief Minister claimed that Satish fainted after standing in the queue for six hours.Attacking the Prime Minister, he tweeted, “Modiji, after how many deaths will you realise that poor people and not the rich are dying due to your surgical strike (sic),” he tweeted.The AAP has been vocal about their opposition to PM Modi’s demonetization drive.

Congress opposes govt’s move to reintroduce CBSE Class X board exam

Tue, 15 Nov 2016-09:50pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress on Tuesday opposed the move to reintroduce compulsory Class 10 board examination for CBSE schools from the 2017-18 academic year.”The government should not decide what the child should do? This is my firm belief. “CBSE Class ‘X’ Board were optional. Whichever child wants to take, he should be allowed to take the exam. If he does not want, he need not take it. Why should the government have to decide what the child must take?” party spokesman Kapil Sibal told reporters.Sibal, a former HRD Minister, was asked to react on the decision of his successor Prakash Javadekar of reintroducing the exam. Javadekar had yesterday announced that the government will reintroduce compulsory class X board examination for CBSE schools from the 2017-18 academic year.

DNA Morning Must Reads: India’s virtual wall to ‘seal’ Pak border; AT&T to buy Time Warner; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. DNA Exclusive: India upgrades tech, puts up virtual wall to ‘seal’ Pakistan borderA laser wall across LoC. Read more.2. BSF scuttles infiltration bid in Jammu sector, kills 7 Pak RangersStrong retaliation comes after Pak border force opened fire to give cover to infiltrators in Hira Nagar sector of Jammu & Kashmir’s Kathua district. Read more.3. AT&T agrees to buy Time Warner, which owns HBO, CNN and Warner Bros, for $85 billion* Deal could be announced as early as Sunday – sources * AT&T set to pay $110 per Time Warner share. Read more.4. Why did Anushka call Ranbir All India Radio?Anushka Sharma revealed on the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show that when it comes to gossip, Ranbir beats everyone hollow. Read more.5. How higher do you want to bat, MS Dhoni?Having failed to see India cross the finish line in the second ODI against New Zealand at the Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday night, questions are being asked if Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the finisher is finished. Read more.

AAP alleges Parrikar demeaned armed forces, threatens to file complaint against him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP-AAP war of words on cross-LOC surgical strikes on Thursday intensified as the Arvind Kejriwal-led party accused Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar of “demeaning” the armed forces and threatened to file a police complaint against him.Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra called Parrikar “Shah Rangeela”, the Mughal Emperor who it is claimed indulged in merrymaking instead of paying attention to his empire, and said while a high alert has been issued across the country, the Defence Minister was busy “celebrating over the corpses of martyred soldiers”. It also lashed out Parrikar for his remarks comparing the army to Hanuman.On October 1, at an event in Dehradun, Parrikar had made a reference to the Ramayana in which the monkey god crossed an ocean in a single stride after he was reminded about his extraordinary powers by Jamwant.”Indian troops were like Hanuman who did not quite know their prowess before the surgical strikes,” Parrikar had said.Addressing a news conference, senior party leader Sanjay Singh said by giving such a statement, Parrikar was insulting the army which has time and again proved itself and did a remarkable job in the 1948, 1965, 1971 and Kargil war with Pakistan.The AAP said it will approach the police to file a compliant against Parrikar in the matter. Its attack came on a day Parrikar questioned the “loyalty” of those who doubted the Army and sought proof of surgical strikes across the LoC.BJP had earlier accused AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal of seeking proof in the garb of his statement congratulating the PM and army on the surgical strike. AAP also alleged that BJP was doing politics over surgical strikes and claimed that such a military operation was not carried out for the first time as being “tom-tommed” by the saffron party.”BJP’s GVL Narsimha Rao said that for the first time the army has been made aware of its capability. By saying this, we are demeaning the military and its sacrifice. Such statements are shameful and both Parrikar and Rao should apologise to the armed forces,” Sanjay Singh said, adding that in the last 15 years, surgical strikes were carried out nine times.The AAP leader’s criticism came after posters congratulating the Prime Minister came up across Delhi and also in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. Mishra asked whether Parrikar has forgotten that army has been honoured with 21 Param Vir Chakra and 63 Ashok Chakra awards.”You are not aware of army’s strength, which is why the BJP is kneeling before (PDP chief and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister) Mehbooba Mufti. Parrikar is not aware of army’s strength which is why you invited the ISI to investigate the Pathankot attack. Give army the free hand and then it will show the enemy its place,” Kapil Mishra said in his blog post.On Tuesday, Mishra had publicly taken on Mehbooba at an event here asking her if she considered Burhwan Wani and Afzal Guru as terrorists or not, inviting protests from her entourage. Later he left the venue, saying he does not want to share the dais with her.Taking a jibe at Prime Minister, Mishra said even Narendra Modi has not applauded the army. “They have made a 56 inch stage and the show is on.”

AAP alleges Manohar Parrikar of demeaning armed forces, threatens to file police complain

New Delhi: The BJP-AAP war of words on cross-LOC surgical strikes on Thursday intensified as the Arvind Kejriwal-led party accused Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar of “demeaning” the armed forces and threatened to file a police complaint against him.

Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra called Parrikar “Shah Rangeela”, the Mughal Emperor who it is claimed indulged in merrymaking instead of paying attention to his empire, and said while a high alert has been issued across the country, the Defence Minister was busy “celebrating over the corpses of martyred soldiers”.

A file photo of Manohar Parrikar. PTIA file photo of Manohar Parrikar. PTI

A file photo of Manohar Parrikar. PTI

It also lashed out Parrikar for his remarks comparing the army to Hanuman.

On 1 October, at an event in Dehradun, Parrikar had made a reference to the Ramayana in which the monkey god crossed an ocean in a single stride after he was reminded about his extraordinary powers by Jamwant.

“Indian troops were like Hanuman who did not quite know their prowess before the surgical strikes,” Parrikar had said.

Addressing a news conference, senior party leader Sanjay Singh said by giving such a statement, Parrikar was insulting the army which has time and again proved itself and did a remarkable job in 1948, 1965, 1971 and Kargil war with Pakistan.

The AAP said it will approach the police to file a compliant against Parrikar in the matter.

Its attack came on a day Parrikar questioned the “loyalty” of those who doubted the Army and sought proof of surgical strikes across the LoC.

BJP had earlier accused AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal of seeking proof in the garb of his statement congratulating the PM and army on the surgical strike.

AAP also alleged that BJP was doing politics over surgical strikes and claimed that such a military operation was not carried out for the first time as being “tom-tommed” by the saffron party.

“BJP’s GVL Narsimha Rao said that for the first time the army has been made aware of its capability. By saying this, we are demeaning the military and its sacrifice. Such statements are shameful and both Parrikar and Rao should apologise to the armed forces,” Sanjay Singh said, adding that in the last 15 years, surgical strikes were carried out nine times.

The AAP leader’s criticism came after posters congratulating the Prime Minister came up across Delhi and also in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

Mishra asked whether Parrikar has forgotten that army has been honoured with 21 Param Vir Chakra and 63 Ashok Chakra awards.

“You are not aware of army’s strength, which is why the BJP is kneeling before (PDP chief and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister) Mehbooba Mufti.

“Parrikar is not aware of army’s strength which is why you invited the ISI to investigate the Pathankot attack. Give army the free hand and then it will show the enemy its place,” Kapil Mishra said in his blog post.

On Tuesday, Mishra had publicly taken on Mehbooba at an event here asking her if she considered Burhwan Wani and Afzal Guru as terrorists or not, inviting protests from her entourage. Later he left the venue, saying he does not want to share the dais with her.

Taking a jibe at Prime Minister, Mishra said even Narendra Modi has not applauded the army. “They have made a 56 inch stage and the show is on.”

‘We are electing people who can’t say Bharat Mata Ki Jai’: Kapil Mishra ‘ashamed’ to share stage with Mehbooba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after launching an attack at Mehbooba Mufti by saying tourism would not thrive in Kashmir as long as terrorism existed in the state, Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra on Tuesday said sharing stage with the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister would be an insult for him. ‘This is the first time I met Mehbooba Mufti. I have asked her four questions. She once said that had they knew that Burhan Wani was hiding, he could have been saved. They consider Afzal Guru as a freedom fighter. If she does not answer, the BJP must answer as to why such people are coming to power who don’t love the nation and aren’t ready to recognise terrorists as terrorists,’ Mishra told the reporters.‘We are electing such people who are not even ready to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai.’I do not want to share any stage with her. Sharing stage with her is an insult. I am not questioning Mehbooba Mufti’s election; I am questioning her stand on this sensitive issue,’ he added. Speaking at the launch function of the Bharat International Travel Bazaar (BITB), Mishra earlier had said, “It does not work this way that we will not call Burhan Wani a terrorist but tourism will have to flourish in India. How will that happen’ You will say Afzal Guru is not a terrorist and that he should not be hanged. How will tourism develop’ It is not going to happen.”Earlier, the Delhi Minister asked Mehbooba “if she considered Burhan Wani a terrorist.’ ‘It can’t be that you don’t accept Burhan Wani as a terrorist and then expect tourism to increase. Terrorism and tourism can’t go together. Mahesh Sharma said Kashmir is our pride, but terrorists are treated as tourists there,’ said Mishra.‘We can fight Pakistan, but how do we fight with people who give shelter to terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir,’ he added.The AAP leader underlined that it is “painful” to see that “terrorists are being treated as tourists in Kashmir.”After Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Sharma taunted Mehbooba Mufti for not accepting Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as a terrorist; the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister retorted that women are the safest in Kashmir. Speaking at the launch function of the Bharat International Travel Bazaar (BITB), Mehbooba said, ‘Any place in the world, including Delhi, women are safest in my Kashmir. They move around in shikaras and houseboats. That’s the biggest thing my state can offer. As compared to any place in the world, including Delhi, women and girls are safest; there is no fear of getting raped in a car.’She also said that the biggest confidence building measure would be if a visit is paid to Jammu and Kashmir.‘The biggest confidence building measure is if you visit our state, it shows that you trust us. We need you, I don’t know if you need Kashmir or not, but Kashmir needs you,’ Mehbooba said.‘People of our nation are so nice and so are the people of Jammu and Kashmir,’ she added.

Kapil Sharma effect: To stop encroachment, all mangrove land in Mumbai to be fenced

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the aftermath of the Kapil Sharma episode of encroachment on mangrove land and other similar incidents, Maharashtra’s Mangrove Cell has decided to fence such areas with a Rs 20 crore budget for the project.”There is 5,469 hectares of mangrove land in Mumbai, which is notified as a reserved forest. Of this, 2-3% is vulnerable to encroachments,” Chief Conservator of Forests N Vasudevan told PTI. “This is the same area where encroachments have taken place. A Rs 20 crore project of fencing the same vulnerable area, along with CCTV and satellite-based monitoring has been decided by the Cell,” Vasudevan, who heads the Mangrove Cell, said.Most of the encroachments have taken place in areas like Colaba, Trombay, Malvani and Charkop, the senior IFS officer said. According to police, popular stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma allegedly dumped the debris near mangroves behind his bungalow in suburban Versova and also undertook illegal construction near it.

People threatening to attack me: Delhi minister Kapil Mishra tells Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra on Monday wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding action against “fake” social media accounts impersonating him and trying to incite “communal and caste-based” tensions. Mishra, who is known for his active social media presence, alleged that the way these fake accounts and posts are being promoted betrays a “systematic, professional and organised attempt” to incite violence.”Some posts are so…poisonous that people reading and spreading (them are) openly giving threats of attacking me,” Mishra’s letter to Singh and Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma, said.Mishra listed ‘@kapilmishrapp and @JalMantri’ as the fake Twitter handles and ‘@unofficial KapilMishra and @KapilMishraG’ to be the fake Facebook accounts.”I am writing to you to ensure strict criminal action against such people as people running these accounts are causing a threat to communal harmony in an organised and criminal manner,” the AAP leader said.

Modi interview: Congress’ Kapil Sibal asks PM to take questions from ‘our journalists’

Congress found itself in a spot of bother when their official Twitter handle quoted Kapil Sibal’s reaction to PM Modi’s interview with Arnab Goswami on Times Now. Sibal criticised the anchor and asked Modi to take questions from ‘our journalist’. Sibal was quoted saying by Indian Express: “Modi ji, have a press conference. Let our journalists ask you questions. This is better than an interview with one person.” The tweet was then deleted from the Congress Twitter handle but it was thoroughly trolled by internet users who asked the Congress leader who he meant by ‘our journalists’.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Sheila Dixit, Arvind Kejriwal to be quizzed as ACB files FIR in tanker scam

The Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Monday filed an FIR against the erstwhile Sheila Dixit government and the current AAP government in the Rs 400 crore water tanker ‘scam’ of the capital. Both Dixit and Kejriwal could be called for questioning as part of the probe into the scam, which apparently took place during Dixit’s regime.”FIR is against both the previous Delhi Govt and present government,” said ACB chief MK Meena. Sources said the FIR was registered against the current AAP government for delaying the probe into the scam.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meena said two complaints were received with regard to the scam and those named in the complaints include Dikshit and Kejriwal. He said both Dikshit and Kejriwal will be quizzed.”An FIR has been registered under relevant sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act and both of them will be quizzed,” Meena said.The ACB is acting on the complaint filed by AAP Minister Kapil Mishra. Last week, LG Najeeb Jung forwarded a complaint by AAP against Dikshit to the ACB, over her alleged role in the water tanker scam. Dixit had claimed that the allegations are “politically motivated”.”We got a complain from Kapil Mishra that they got an inquiry conducted and found out that the scam was during Sheila Dikshit government,” said Meena.Dikshit, last week, claimed that the decision to procure the water tanker was not “hers alone”. She said a board comprising the Delhi Jal Board CEO, engineers and experts took the decision to procure them. “One BJP MLA and two municipal councillors were also part of the decision-making process,” she had said.The FIR was registered under sections of Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC.The Delhi ACB was taken over by the Centre last year by the Delhi government.

No evidence of conspiracy in Gulbarg Society massacre, says court

Ahmedabad: Rejecting the theory of a conspiracy behind the Gulbarg Society massacre here during the 2002 Gujarat riots, the special SIT court on  said there was no evidence to support it.

“There was absolutely no pre-planned conspiracy to butcher or kill members of the minority community, more particularly at Gulbarg society,” special judge PB Desai said in the order.

“The evidence…with regard to the elements of criminal conspiracy is extremely flimsy,” it said.

File photo of Gulbarg society. PTIFile photo of Gulbarg society. PTI

File photo of Gulbarg society. PTI

The court sentenced 11 convicts to life imprisonment in the case related to the massacre where 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were burnt alive on 28 February, 2002.

The court awarded a 10-year jail term to one accused while 12 others were given a seven-year sentence.

Testimony of one of the witnesses that Kapil Munna, an accused, told him that he was going to attend a meeting where the murder of Muslims would be planned was “uninspiring and downright ridiculous,” the judge said.

According to this witness, Munna told him this between 9 and 10 a.m on 28 February, while other witnesses had said the violence had begun at around 9 a.m itself, the court noted.

The prosecution had also referred to a visit by the senior police officers including the then police commissioner P C Pandey and joint commissioner of police M K Tandon to the Gulbarg Society before the incident to assure the residents that there would be proper police security.

The police officers stayed away when the carnage began, which supported the theory of criminal conspiracy involving high- ranking government officials, political leaders and police, said the prosecution.

Mocking icons

Novelist Samit Basu on what a controversy over a video mocking national icons tells us about comedy in India.

Two years of Modi govt: Why celebrate during agrarian crisis in the country, Kapil Sibal asks

Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday questioned the propriety of BJP celebrating two years of Narendra Modi government, saying such celebrations were out of place at a time when there was “agrarian crisis” in the country.”I don’t understand what the celebrations are for when the entire country is going through an agrarian crisis,” Sibal told reporters.”There’s no reason for this government to celebrate,” the former Union minister said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Claiming that inflation had increased under the Modi government, Sibal, who has been nominated by the party for the Rajya Sabha, said.Replying to a query on “surgery” advises by senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh after the Congress’ dismal performance in the recent Assembly elections, Sibal said, “Yes, there must be surgery, but in national politics.””We have done enough Introspection shouldn’t we go for a Major Surgery?” Singh had tweeted after the poll results.

Articles used by APJ Abdul Kalam to be placed for public view in Delhi

Various articles used by former president Dr Abdul Kalam, including 1,000 books, would be collected from his house by Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra and taken to the national capital to be placed for public view from July 21, his grandson Salim said on Tuesday.”Kapil Mishra, Delhi Tourism Minister will collect the things used by Kalam from his house here and these will be placed at Sarojini Nagar in New Delhi for public view from July 21″ he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Salim told PTI that Mishra would morning visit Paikarumbu on Wednesday, where Kalam is buried, from where he would go to Kalam’s house at around 9.30 AM to collect the items, including 1,000 books and various clothes worn by him. Kapil Mishra too had taken to twitter to share the news:

Domestic Violence case: Somnath Bharti chargesheeted for attempt to murder

AAP MLA and former law minister Somnath Bharti has been chargesheeted by Delhi Police for alleged offences of attempt to murder and cruelty to his wife in a domestic violence case lodged by her.The charge sheet was filed before a magistrate who took cognizance on the final report and fixed the case for April 23 for further proceedings. It has alleged that Bharti, who is out on bail, had tried to endanger the life of an unborn child which his wife Lipika Mitra was carrying by unleashing his dog on her.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The accused unleashed his dog on the complainant (Lipika) which bit her badly, it is pertinent to mention that the complainant was in an advance stage of pregnancy and she being further diabetic, the act by the accused not only was an attempt (to endanger) the life of the complainant but also seriously endangered the life of the unborn child which the complainant was carrying,” the charge sheet said. “…There are sufficient evidence on record and as per the statements of the witnesses there are sufficient evidence on record to file a charge sheet under section 307 (attempt to murder), 315 (act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 417 (punishment for cheating), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of IPC against accused Somnath Bharti,” it said.Besides Bharti, the police has also named Kapil Vajpayee, Baney Singh and one Natish as accused in the case. The charge sheet also mentions the name of Bharti’s mother Manorama Bharti but did not make her an accused saying there was lack of evidence against her.

Uttarakhand: Congress will move court if Centre issues expenditure ordinance, says Sibal

New Delhi: Congress will move court if the Centre issues ordinance to authorise expenditure beyond 1 April in Uttarakhand which is under President’s rule, party leader Kapil Sibal said on Thursday.

“Promulgation of any such ordinance would be unprecedented and unconstitutional,” Sibal, a senior Supreme Court lawyer, told reporters here.

He attacked the Centre accusing it of being “not concerned about parliamentary democracy and the Constitution”.

File photo of Kapil Sibal. PTIFile photo of Kapil Sibal. PTI

File photo of Kapil Sibal. PTI

Taking a dig at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, also a senior advocate, Sibal remarked, “I must congratulate Jaitley.
It is a first to his credit. The central government will decide whether Budget in an Assembly is passed or not.”

Claiming that the Budget has already been approved by the Uttarakhand Assembly, he said that the Speaker has declared so and there has been no petition in any court against it nor has anyone approached any court.

Targeting BJP and the Centre, he alleged that they wanted to show anyhow that the Budget has not been passed on the floor of the Uttarakhand Assembly.

He accused the Centre of playing this “political game” as part of its attempts to destabilise the state government.

“They swear by the Constitution, but tearing it to shreds,” he said.

He said that the prorogation of Budget session of Parliament for enabling the government to issue such an ordinance was also part of this game.

“They are afraid that if they bring the bill in Parliament on the matter, they will be defeated,” he said.

Congress has accused the Centre of having “murdered democracy” by imposing President’s rule in Uttarakhand.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had said, “A situation is created in a state where there is constitutional breakdown, the state could not get its Appropriation Bill passed.”

“If the Appropriation Bill is not passed, the employees of the state will not get their salary from April 1 and the
development of the state will come to a standstill,” he had said.

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Singing the same tune? Kanhaiya Kumar’s azaadi slogan turned into ad catchphrases by Kejriwal govt

Following the tone set by JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, the Delhi government has decided to start a new advertisement campaign with ‘azadi’ as the catchword to publicise the work done by it in the national capital’Azadi’ hogged the popular discourse recently amidst the JNU row which saw a sedition case being registered against Kanhaiya.A Delhi government official said hoardings and posters have been installed in different parts of the city and similar advertisements will be placed in newspapers and aired on radio. Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra today tweeted the contents of a few posters, which read, “Have given azadi from inflation” and “Azadi from wrong bills”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier this month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted, “Hum kya mangtey-Azadi. L-G ke hastakshep se azadi.”

Jat quota row: Delhi govt says water coming from Haryana is ‘poisonous’

Stating that the national capital has never faced a water crisis of such magnitude, Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said on Sunday that poison was being dumped into the water supply in certain parts in Haryana, resulting in the high ammonia level which had forced the shutdown of two major water plants.”For the past two months, we have been forced to shut down the water plant several times due to the ammonia content. The plants at Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla have been shut down. The main canal which supplies water has been damaged due to the Jat agitations. Delhi has never faced such a water crisis before,” Mishra said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He asserted that despite the efforts by the state government, the ammonia level in the water kept rising which forced the shutdown of Wazairabad and Chandrawal plants.Mishra stated that he has been receiving evidences, reports and surveys on where the ammonia is being found. “Based on the reports that I got, it can be seen that poisonous water is being dumped into the waters in Haryana in some places. This is a clear violation of the Supreme Court order and its irresponsible behaviour, as we have been forced to shut down plants because of this,” he said.He also said that the current condition meant that water was not being able to reach almost 35-40 lakh people into the national capital and added that water will not be completely provided in north and central Delhi until Chandrawal and Wazirabad plants are activated again. “The ammonia level has reached 3.6 and our team is working 24 hours to fix the problem. The matter is simple… if there is poison in the water, we can’t supply it out,” Mishra said.During the quota stir, members of the Jat community had damaged the Munak Canal which is the main source of water for the national capital.

dna Morning Must Reads: From latest on Turkey car bomb attack to all about the Freedom 251 smartphone

1. How lawyers attacked Kanhaiya Kumar, inside and outside courtThe scene at the trial court complex in Delhi on Wednesday was nothing short of a war zone. Unprecedented security made little difference. Lawyers who orchestrated Monday’s attacks allegedly involved. Read all about what happened here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Start-ups to dole out highest pay hikes in 2016Start-ups will give an average 15.6% against the average hike of 10-10.3%, says HR consultancy firm Aon Hewitt Consulting; attrition rate hits lowest since 2009. Read more about it here.3. Turkey: Car bomb attack on military in Ankara kills 28 Twenty-eight people were killed and dozens wounded in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Wednesday when a car laden with explosives detonated next to military buses near the armed forces’ headquarters, parliament and other government buildings.​ Read more here. 4. The Freedom 251 launch fiasco: What the hell is going on? Everything you need to know about the launch of the “world’s cheapest smartphone” Freedom 251, and all the uneasy mystery surrounding it. Read here5. Kapil Sharma tries to re-create Comedy Nights with similar characters on different channelRead all about the comedian’s latest venture here.

Arunachal Pradesh crisis: PM Modi talking about federalism but murdering democracy, says Rahul Gandhi

Continuing the attack on the Centre over recommending President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the grand old party will fight this “attack on the constitution and the people’s mandate”.”Modiji you talk about federalism but murder democracy. You talk about cooperation but use every means to coerce. Imposing President’s rule in Arunachal is a blatant bid to topple a duly elected Govt. The Congress Party will fight this attack on our constitution, on our democracy, on the people’s mandate,” Rahul said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier on Monday, the Congress delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee to convey him of the ‘onslaught’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to destabilise border-states, especially Arunachal Pradesh.”The constitution is being blown to bits here. Tomorrow is 26th January and one day before it the BJP Government has called for President?s rule in Arunachal. They don’t believe in Parliament not in the judiciary. We will go against such a government in Parliament, court and the public on how they are destroying democracy,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media here.The President was briefed by the delegation on the proceedings of the court and presented him with a memorandum, asking him to look into the matter. The Congress alleged that this was a conspiracy plotted by the BJP, RSS and the newly re-elected BJP chief Amit Shah. “They have devised strategies and used elements to ensure that there is constant disturbance in border-states to ensure that their government can be formed there. There is a conspiracy behind this and we will fight it out in the Parliament and the court,”Congress lawyer and former Union minister Kapil Sibal said.Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and others met the President today after Congress President Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with Tuki and other leaders over the issue.The Congress had earlier dubbed the government’s move to recommend President’s rule as ‘unconstitutional’ and alleged that it exposed the dictatorial tendencies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Union Cabinet yesterday recommended President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The recommendation has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval.

Union Cabinet recommends President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh; Congress to move SC

The Congress Party on Monday dubbed the government’s move to recommend President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh as ‘unconstitutional’ and alleged that it exposed the dictatorial tendencies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his people.According to some reports, Arunachal Pradesh has been placed under President’s Rule on Monday and President Pranab Mukherjee signed the order on Sunday night, after it was recommended by the cabinet.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Whereas, some reports also suggest that the government has been asked to explain why it has recommended President’s Rule.”President Pranab Mukherjee has reportedly asked the home ministry to explain the need for central rule in the northeastern border state,” reported NDTV quoting sources.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to meet the President in the afternoon.Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, “The party is set to challenge in court the Union Cabinet’s recommendation for imposing President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, if it is assented to by the President.Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit accused the Central Government of playing with fire in a ‘sensitive’border state. “It is completely condemnable and unconstitutional. The Congress has majority in Arunachal Pradesh and, therefore, the Prime Minister, BJP MPs from Arunachal Pradesh and local BJP leaders are trying to destabilise the government there,” Dikshit told ANI.Congress MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh who revolted against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Sunday has welcomed the Union Cabinet recommendation for imposition of President’s rule and said they were ready to form an alternative government with the support of BJP and others.The reactions from political opponents were sharp. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had expressed “shock” at Cabinet’s recommendation for imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, terming it as “murder” of the country’s Constitution. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah alleged that Raj Bhavan were being used “again to unseat elected governments by encouraging defections”.Meanwhile, Congress leader Kapil Sibal had said the Congress would challenge the order for imposition of President’s rule in court.Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, who is an MP from Arunachal Pradesh, on Sunday had said BJP has no intention to form the next government in the state saying it was upto the MLAs to decide the future course of action.Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prakash Rajkhowa said the Article 174(1) of the Constitution was violated as such there was no assembly session for six months preceding January 21. Gherao and blockade of Raj Bhavan and the Governor, who is a nominee of the President, by some Congress MLAs amounted to Constitutional breakdown in the state.

Comedian Kiku Sharda arrested twice for mimicking Dera chief

Comedian Kiku Sharda, best known for his drag act as Palak in popular TV show “Comedy Nights With Kapil”, was today arrested by Haryana police on a complaint alleging he hurt religious sentiments by mocking Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.Kiku, 40, was sent to 14-day judicial custody after police produced him before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Nandita Kaushik here. He was arrested from Mumbai by the Haryana Police.Hours afterHours after Kiku’s remand, CJM Kaushik granted him bail in the evening on furnishing a bail bond of Rs one lakh.However, as Kiku was on his way to Delhi shortly after his release on bail, a team of Haryana police arrested him again this evening at Fatehabad where a separate case was registered against him also under Section 295 A (hurting religious sentiments) of IPC, SP Kaithal Kishan Murari said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kiku would be produced before a local court tomorrow, he said.The bail order came after the Dera head in a tweet said, “I was busy shooting OnlineGurukul; just got to know devotees are hurt due to Kiku’s action. If he has apologised, no complaint from my side.”Kiku was booked on December 31 under section 295 A of Indian Penal Code (outraging religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief).A case was registered on the complaint of one Uday Singh, a follower of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, police said here.While talking to media after his arrest, Kiku apologised and said that he was an artist and “presented the programme on the directions of the TV channel and programme producers”.”I was given a dress, script to read and directed to act,” he said, adding that he had been booked in this case but no action was taken against others including the TV channel which aired the show.He said that his aim was only to entertain the public and not to hurt the religious feeling and sentiments of any person.Dera followers had alleged that Kiku had hurt their religious sentiments by mimicking their sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in an episode of the TV show aired on December 27.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the state government has nothing to do with the arrest of Kiku.”It is a matter of law and order. An FIR has been registered and police will take action accordingly,” he told reporters in Chandigarh. “The law will take its own course. No injustice will be done to anyone”.Khattar, a BJP leader, was asked whether the arrest of the comedian did not amount to another instance of intolerance.Kapil Sharma, the host and producer of “Comedy Nights With Kapil”, took to Twitter to express solidarity with Kiku.”I request sant Ram Rahim Singh ji ‘INSAAN’ to come out in media in this case and set a beautiful example of humanity by supporting an artist, who is just working to spread happiness in the world. Come, let’s work together for happiness and peace,” Kapil said in a series of tweets.The Dera followers had even protested against Kiku, who shot to fame with comedy show “FIR”, seeking action against him.

dna Must Reads: Top five news stories of the evening

1. Pathankot attack: Pakistan reaches out to India, detains several Jaish-e-Mohammad militants:Pakistan on Wednesday detained “several individuals” belonging to JeM, which is suspected to have engineered the Pathankot terror attack, and sealed its offices after India linked Islamabad’s “prompt and decisive” action to the fate of Foreign Secretary-level talks scheduled on Friday. Read more here.2. Jallikattu: Supreme Court refuses to vacate stay:<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to vacate its order staying the Centre’s notification lifting ban on the controversial bull-taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and N V Ramana said that Tuesday’s order by which the Centre’s notification was stayed doesn’t warrant any alteration. Read more here. 3. Kiku Sharda aka ‘Palak’ from ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ arrested for mimicking Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh :Well known actor and comedian Kiku Sharda from ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ has gotten into serious trouble. Sharda who plays Palak in ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’, has been arrested for mimicking Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. He has been sent to 14 days of judicial custody. Read more here.4. Seven dead in four-hour siege near Pakistan’s consulate in Jalalabad:Seven Afghan forces were killed on Wednesday when militants launched an hours-long gun and bomb siege near Pakistan’s consulate in Jalalabad city, just days after four-country talks in Islamabad aimed at reviving Taliban peace negotiations. Read more here.5. WHO to declare Ebola outbreak over with Liberia in the clear:The two-year Ebola epidemic which laid waste to communities across west Africa and killed more than 11,000 people is due to be declared over tomorrow with Liberia expecting the all-clear. The worst outbreak of the tropical pathogen in history has devastated health services and wrecked the economies of the hardest hit nations since it emerged in southern Guinea in December 2013. Read more here.

Create resource rooms to help students, say experts

While state board schools recommend the students with special needs to see experts in government hospitals, Ramesh Joshi, president of teachers association, said, “BMC schools students in that way are fortunate as their health check-up is always done by the civic body’s health department on a regular basis. If any child is found with any issue, physically or mentally, they are recommended to see BMC’s health experts.”

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