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No more ‘Jung’ as Anil Baijal becomes Delhi’s L-G

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former IAS official, Anil Baijal on Wednesday replaced Najeeb Jung as Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor. Jung resigned from the post last week.Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the decision was taken by President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday after he accepted Jung’s resignation.External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to congratulate Baijal. “I welcome Shri #AnilBaijal as the Lt.Governor of Delhi, (SIC)” Swaraj tweeted.Baijal, a 1969 batch IAS officer, had previously served as Union Home Secretary under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and has held the several key positions in other ministries.Officials said that while Baijal’s name was recommended by the MHA, the papers reached the President’s office on Tuesday evening.Baijal had retired from service in 2006 as Secretary, Urban Development Ministry and has served as the former Vice-Chairman of Delhi Development Authority.He is also credited with the designing and roll-out of the Rs 60,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) which was launched by the UPA government.Jung’s sudden resignation had come as a surprise to many including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “I spoke to Najeeb Jung over the phone and he said that he has resigned for personal reasons. We wish him all the best for future and look forward to working with the new L-G,” media reports quoted Kejriwal as saying.Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain, who was at loggerheads with Jung over a host of issues — including the foreign visits by AAP ministers, also met the outgoing LG on Wednesday.Jung became Delhi LG in July 2013, replacing Tajender Khanna, another IAS officer. A former IAS official of 1973 batch, he was initially posted in Madhya Pradesh and was last associated with Jamia Millia Islamia, where he was the vice-chancellor from 2009-2013.The former L-G had constantly been in the news for the past two years for his confrontation with the AAP’s Delhi Government and Chief Minister Kejriwal. He had also formed the committee chaired by VK Shunglu on August 30, to examine 400 files on decisions taken by the Kejriwal regime.

Anil Baijal is next Delhi L-G: Will Arvind Kejriwal now steer away from collision course?

Former Union home secretary Anil Baijal is all set become the new Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. He is yet another high-profile appointee from New Delhi-based think tank Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) to get a top government position.

Baijal’s appointment as next LG of Delhi marks the closure of a weeklong suspense on the successor of Najeeb Jung who made a surprise announcement of his resignation on 22 December. Sources said it took some time for the Modi government to accept Jung’s resignation and name his successor because President Pranab Mukherjee was on his customary southern sojourn to Hyderabad.

Delhi L-G designate Anil Baijal. Image courtesy News18Delhi L-G designate Anil Baijal. Image courtesy News18

Delhi L-G designate Anil Baijal. Image courtesy News18

Another informed source told Firstpost that three things went in Baijal’s favour — first, he had been Union home secretary in the Vajpayee government, with LK Advani at the helm in home ministry; second, he had been 1969 batch IAS officer of AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory) cadre who had served in Delhi and outside in various capacities; third, he has good equations with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Given the contours of the present ruling establishment, his proximity with Doval is considered to be a big positive that went in his favour and that made him a frontrunner to take up this constitutional post in Delhi.

The founder director of VIF Ajit Doval is NSA, Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to the Prime Minister is another top notch person from VIF in government, distinguished fellow A Surya Prakash is Prasar Bharati chairman, and former DRDO chief VK Saraswat, who served in VIF is a full-time member of the Niti Aayog. KG Suresh now DG of Indian Institute of Mass Communication had been editor of VIF. Baijal is the latest high-profile Modi government appointee who had been associated with VIF and Doval.

Taking into account his experience in the North Block, Baijal’s tenure as Union home secretary will come handy in carrying out his responsibilities as the new L-G. The L-G designate is well conversant with Delhi’s constitutional and administrative position, as also of political nuances. More so given the kind of conflict situations that arose almost on a daily basis between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Baijal’s predecessor Najeeb Jung, Baijal’s ability in maintaining the fine balance or managing potential conflict situations with incumbent AAP government will be closely watched.

Delhi has a unique position as a Union Territory or as a half state where most of the executive powers rest with the L-G and not with the elected government. In a judgment delivered in August this year, Delhi High Court settled the constitutionality of who is the boss in Delhi. The verdict had come as a body blow to the Kejriwal government. The high court ruled that Lieutenant Governor is the administrative head of Delhi. All decisions taken by elected government ministers must be communicated to him. Unlike governors in other states, the Lieutenant Governor in Delhi isn’t bound by the ministers’ advice. In the event of a dispute between the L-G and the Delhi chief minister, their decisions should be communicated to the Centre for a final call.

The Kejriwal government has yet not reacted to the appointment of Baijal as the L-G. It would perhaps wait for situations to unfold to make its first observation. Given the nature of strained relations between the Kejriwal government in Delhi and Modi government at the Centre, any restraint by AAP leaders from making sharp and quick reactions could be considered a healthy development, at least for now.

What had troubled AAP most during their two-year long business interaction with Jung as L-G was the latter’s abilities to read the fine prints on files. Like Jung, Baijal too is gentle, suave and articulate. The Aam Admi Party thus could take its time before making an assessment of the new L-G and make either kind of comments on him.

This writer had earlier noted that the manner in which Jung and Kejriwal parted ways would ever be heartening. Two men who had fought bitterly to protect their respective turf put on a rare display of civility buried the hatchet and walked away. Jung invited Kejriwal for breakfast, and the latter left his residence on a happy note. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also met the outgoing lieutenant governor and spoke of happy memories, with no trace of the bitterness that marked their last two years.

The way Jung chose to voluntarily quit the coveted L-G post has made him distinct from the rest of his peers, present and past occupying Raj Bhawans and Raj Niwas. Governors or lieutenant governors usually make headlines only when they are sacked by an incoming regime, or when they commit some outlandish act in contravention to the constitutional protocol. Appointment of a governor is big news only for those concerned, not the public at large. Jung, however, is a different case. His appointment, tenure, and departure would all be discussed for a long time to come, and even be cited as a case study by students of Indian politics.

Baijal has a task cut out for him. Each of his moves would be closely scrutinised by the people of Delhi, media and political parties. His actions would naturally be compared and contrasted with his predecessor, Jung.

First Published On : Dec 28, 2016 20:11 IST

Jung made to resign as he wanted to release Shunglu Committee report: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken claimed Najeeb Jung had to resign because he had planned to make public the Shunglu Committee report and alleged there was a “deal” between BJP and AAP on the matter.He alleged BJP does not want Congress to form governments in Goa and Punjab, and if the Shunglu Committee report were made public, AAP would have suffered great jolts in the two states, benefiting his party.The report was not made public as it would have exposed AAP and hence as per the “deal”, Jung, who wanted to release it, was made to resign.
ALSO READ I wanted to quit earlier, PM Modi asked me to carry on, says Najeeb JungThe two BJP-ruled states go to poll next year and the AAP has launched intensive election campaigns.”It seems the deal was struck between the BJP and AAP not to make public the Shunglu Committee report as it would have exposed irregularities in 200 files of Delhi government,” Maken told a press conference.
ALSO READ AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren Rijiju”Dr Najeeb Jung was to make public the Shunglu Committee report on Monday, that’s why he had to resign,” Maken said quoting “reliable source”.The two states go to poll next year and the AAP has launched intensive election campaigns.
ALSO READ Arvind Kejriwal meets Najeeb Jung, says he resigned due to personal reasons”BJP does not want the Congress party to form governments in Goa and Punjab at any cost. However, the Congress is coming to power in both the states,” he claimed.Earlier, Maken had demanded the Modi government to explain the reason behind sudden resignation by Najeeb Jung from the post of Lt Governor.He had charged the reason behind Jung’s “unceremonious exit” could be a “deal” between Narendra Modi and Kejriwal, or he was punished for poor performance of BJP in MCD bypolls, or the government wanted to place a representative of RSS on his post.Jung had formed the Committee to examine over 400 files on the AAP government decisions.

Najeeb resignation: Wanted to quit earlier but PM Modi asked me to continue, says Jung

New Delhi: Najeeb Jung on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day after springing a surprise by tendering resignation as Delhi’s Lt Governor even as he said that he had wanted to quit earlier but was asked by the PM to continue.

Jung reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at South Block here around 11.30 am and spent a little over an hour inside. Sources said it was a courtesy meeting. On Thursday, in his brief resignation statement, Jung had thanked Modi for his help and cooperation.

Rejecting speculation that he quit as pressure was mounting on him, Jung was quoted as saying by NDTV that there is no politics behind his decision and that he wanted to quit earlier as well.

“I had offered to resign as I had been appointed by the previous UPA government, but the PM asked me to carry on. After three years, I requested the PM to relieve me but he asked me to carry on,” he said.

“After three and a half years, I requested the PM again on Tuesday that I would like to resign on personal grounds,” Jung was quoted as saying. Jung also said that he would like to write a book.

File photo of former Delhi Governor Naseeb Jung. Reuters

File photo of former Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. Reuters

Over the last two years, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has time and again taken on Jung over his perceived closeness to Modi.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal had an hour-long meeting with Jung over breakfast during which the latter reminisced their nearly two-year-long association in governing the city besides discussing other issues.

The Delhi chief minister said he was invited by the Lt Governor for the breakfast meeting that came a day after Jung’s sudden resignation from the post. Sources said Jung and Kejriwal spoke about the bitter- sweet times and spent some light moments.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also called on Jung. Asked why Jung quit, Kejriwal said, “He resigned due to personal reasons.” Though publicly Kejriwal had made stinging attacks on Jung on many occasions, both of them are known to share a cordial relationship at personal level.

Asked about his meeting with Jung, Sisodia said, “We had a very good chat. He shared memories of the last two years and also of his days as a bureaucrat. He said that he was mulling quitting over the last one year.

“He wants to spend time with his family and focus on academics. He said that he could not quit due to things like chikungunya (outbreak                                                                                                              in the city).”

Sisodia said he shared a “good rapport” with Jung and thanked him for his cooperation especially in areas of education. “We will work for the people if Delhi irrespective of circumstances be that easy or tough.”

On who could be next LG of Delhi, the Deputy Chief Minister said many names are doing the rounds but nothing official has come up.

Sources close to Jung had said yesterday his resignation has nothing to do with his acrimonious relationship with the AAP government over matters of jurisdiction and he was contemplating to quit for last few months. The Chief Minister was in Ranchi yesterday when the news of Jung’s resignation broke.

First Published On : Dec 23, 2016 19:09 IST

Delhi L-G Najeeb Jung meets Narendra Modi; govt puts resignation in abeyance: Reports

Najeeb Jung, who resigned as Delhi’s lieutenant-governor on Thursday, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. However, various TV reports suggest that the government has kept his resignation in abeyance.

Speaking to NDTV, Najeeb Jung claimed that he wanted to quit in 2014, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged him to carry on. He added that he requested the prime minister to relieve him after three years as Delhi L-G.

The meeting comes hours after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and met Jung after the latter’s resignation. The ex-Jamia Milia Islamia vice-chancellor put in his papers about 18 months ahead of his scheduled end of term. The move surprised many, triggering off a war of words between the ruling AAP, BJP and the Congress.

Meanwhile, media reports say that the Centre is already searching for Jung’s replacement. According to The Tribune, two former home secretaries, Anil Baijal and GK Pillai, are the frontrunners to replace the ex-IAS officer.

First Published On : Dec 23, 2016 13:28 IST

AAP, Cong should not do politics on Najeeb Jung’s resignation: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Kiren Rijiju criticised the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress for “doing politics” over the resignation of Delhi LG Najeeb Jung. “I don’t know what problems do the AAP and Congress have. When Jung was working, they were demanding resignation. Now since he has resigned, they are questioning why he has resigned. Should Jung have resigned by taking permission from AAP and Congress?,” Rijiju said.The Minister of State for Home said the AAP and Congress leaders have no locus standi to ask questions. He asked the two parties “to give up doing politics” over Jung’s resignation.Rijiju also refused to speculate on the reasons behind Jung’s resignation saying only Jung could tell it.
ALSO READ LG v/s AAP: A timeline of the battle between Najeeb Jung and Arvind KejriwalRaising questions over Jung’s sudden resignation, Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken had demanded that the Centre should explain the reasons behind his “unceremonious exit”, saying there is more to it than meets the eye. The AAP had alleged that Jung worked under the “influence” of the Modi dispensation and questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG. “Modi government promotes its people. We hope he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him. Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next LG gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” AAP’s Kumar Vishwas had said.

Jung’s tenure ‘disgraceful’, worked at the behest of Modi: Kumar Vishwas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the resignation of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday as a surprise even as AAP took a jibe at the LG, saying he worked under the “influence” of the Narendra Modi dispensation. The AAP also questioned whether the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government will continue even after the appointment of a new LG.Kejriwal said Jung’s resignation is a surprise to him and wished him for his future endeavours. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, despite the “sweet bitter” experience, the AAP government and Jung did a good job in Delhi. “Good wishes to Najeeb Jung for his future endeavour. God should give some good sense to them who controlled him. Will the war continue even after Jung’s (exit)?” Delhi minister Kapil Mishra said.Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas termed Jung’s tenure “disgraceful”. Vishwas alleged that the LG troubled the Delhi government at the behest of Modi dispensation, but took a jibe saying Jung would get a better posting. “Modi government promotes its people. We hope, he gets a better posting after this. I am unhappy that his tenure was disgraceful. Now that he has gone, good luck to him. Najeeb Jung’s behaviour was not his. He was under the influence of someone. We hope the next LG gives priority to issues concerning people and does not work under anyone’s influence,” Vishwas said.
ALSO READ Jung resigns: Kejriwal ‘surprised’, MHA cluelessIn a sudden move, Jung resigned on Thursday amid a bitter confrontation with the AAP government. Without citing reasons, Jung’s office said he has submitted his resignation to the Centre. 65-year-old Jung, a former IAS officer, had assumed charge of Lt Governor of Delhi on July 9, 2013.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal smells ‘conspiracy’ in ACB chargesheet against her

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal smells a ‘deep conspiracy’ in the chargesheet filed against her by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday, alleging irregularities in recruitment in the commission.

This comes close on the heels of her proposed raid at the brothels on GB Road to locate girls trafficked in the red light area from across the country.

File image of DCW chief Swati Maliwal. PTI

File image of DCW chief Swati Maliwal. PTI

“On Thursday, we (DCW) will raid the brothels at GB Road to find out the trafficked girls and the culprits behind this trafficking. We have asked the municipal corporation of Delhi (MCD) to shut the hidden cells in the brothels. This chargesheet is a tool to intimidate us and prevent us from working,” Maliwal told Firstpost.

Maliwal is no stranger to such charges. Just three months ago (on 20 September), an FIR was filed by the ACB against her on the complaints made by her predecessor — former DCW chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh that Maliwal appointed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers in plum posts without following due procedure.

What the latest chargesheet is about

The latest chargesheet was filed before the special ACB judge at Tis Hazari Court against Maliwal for the alleged offences under section 13 (criminal misconduct by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. A chargesheet has been filed in the court in connection with alleged irregularities in the appointment of 85 AAP workers in the DCW. The ACB has taken up the probe on a complaint by former DCW chief, whereby she had claimed that 85 people got jobs ‘without requisite credentials’.

Why Maliwal smells a conspiracy

“There is a deep rooted conspiracy behind this chargesheet. Earlier, the ACB filed an FIR against me on the basis of a false charge. Now, the ACB has chargesheeted me because the commission asked the Delhi lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung why he didn’t conduct any meetings with us during the past year. It’s the first time that the Delhi High Court has given two notices to the L-G; so he’s using the ACB as a tool to intimidate and scare us,” claimed Maliwal.

Maliwal’s counter-allegations

– “Former DCW chief spent Rs 90 lakh in a single day, without showing any work against the spending. We gave a 128-page document of evidence to the ACB, but they didn’t even file our complaint, forget an FIR.”
– “Barkha Shukla Singh, who was then a Congress MLA, dealt with only one case in her eight-year tenure; whereas we have handled nearly 12,000 cases.”
– “Singh had obliged those whom the then chief minister Sheila Dikshit had referred.”
– “Despite six rapes committed in Delhi per day, the lieutenant-governor didn’t hold any meeting with the DCW.”
– “The lieutenant-governor appointed IAS officer Dilraj Kaur, secretary (Social Welfare and Women & Child Development) as DCW’s member secretary — this is unconstitutional, because there’s already an officiating member secretary functioning in the commission. Kaur has stopped the salary payments of 90 staffers for the past three months.”

Maliwal’s clarification

“We followed the same procedure in appointing new volunteers, as followed by our predecessor. Nothing wrong has been done. Against the allocated budget of Rs 9 crore, we’ve spent only Rs 3.5 crore; but three audits have been conducted on us to find out whether there had been any misappropriation.”

“I’ve worked with utmost honesty and if charges of corruption — even amounting to a single rupee — is proved against me, I’ll give up my life.”

What ACB chief says

“We’ve chargesheeted her because she made illegal appointments in the commission. They have favoured AAP workers,” ACB chief MK Meena reportedly told the media.

First Published On : Dec 22, 2016 08:14 IST

Environmentalists raise red flag over proposed landfill project on Yamuna river bed

Environmentalists have raised a red flag over the proposal by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) to set up a landfill spread over 49.24 acres on the bed of the east bank of River Yamuna in New Delhi – an active and vulnerable flood plain.

In a letter to Delhi Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan, a civil society consortium dedicated to the restoration of river Yamuna as an eco-system, has asked for the former’s intervention to prevent the project from being executed.

East Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed to set up a landfill spread over 49.24 acres on the bed of the east bank of River Yamuna. PTI

East Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed to set up a landfill spread over 49.24 acres on the bed of the east bank of River Yamuna. PTI

In the letter – that was also marked to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal – Manoj Misra, the NGO’s convenor, has not only appealed to the government heads to consider the environmental and legal fallout of the proposal but has also taken pot-shots at the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for being a silent approver and for ‘not applying its mind on the matter.’

The environmentalists only came to know about the matter after EDMC filed an application before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), seeking clearance for the project.

“We came to know about the proposal when it got listed at NGT for clearance. Presuming that the L-G has given approval to this proposal, EDMC has claimed it in black and white. I have written to the L-G seeking his intervention in this matter, as I feel that he has been kept in the dark about various aspects related to the proposed landfill,” Manoj Misra told Firstpost.

Stating that the proposal is not only illegal but environmentally dangerous if implemented, he said, “Setting up a landfill on a river bed is beyond comprehension. Nowhere across the world has such a thing ever happened. It’s like you are creating another Ghazipur or Bhalswa like landfill on the river bed of Yamuna,”

“The proposed site adjoins residential areas of high population density. Lakhs of people will get affected due to this move, as the underlying aquifers and ground water will get contaminated and become highly toxic. The residents of east Delhi, especially Shahdara, Mayur Vihar, etc will be worst hit,” Misra said.

According to environmentalists, the proposed site is an active flood plain, which revives after every flood in the river. The NGT expert committee report has earmarked the site for development of wetlands and water bodies to store flood waters for the city.

“Besides the NGT, the DDA too had planned for the proposed site to be used for a series of wetlands. The site being in the river bed violates all legal provisions in the country under the Water Act 1974, Environment Protection Act 1986, Waste Management Rules 2016, DDA Act, Zonal Plan for Zone O, etc. Despite having full knowledge of these legal requirements, how could the DDA suggest this site is beyond comprehension,” added Misra.

A Google Maps grab of proposed landfill site on the Yamuna Flood Plains.

A Google Maps grab of proposed landfill site on the Yamuna Flood Plains.

Meanwhile, in addition to approaching the NGT, environmental activists have also launched a signature campaign. Swechha, an environmental NGO, has also launched an online campaign against the proposal.

“EDMC’s proposal to develop a 150-acre landfill site along with a waste-to-energy plant on the floodplains of river Yamuna, is the most preposterous and ill-conceived proposal in the history of urban governance in the country. The landfill proposal with a capacity of managing over 3000 metric tons of garbage daily is a dangerous proposition. It’ll sit over a source of drinking water, it’s in the high seismic zone near densely populated area and also next to several archaeological sites,” said Vimlendu Jha, secretary, Swechha.

Besides the landfill site, the EDMC has also proposed a waste-to-energy plant, compost plant, C&D processing plant, Leachate treatment plant, recycling units, etc. The proposed site is in Ghonda Gujran Khadar (floodplain).

In fact, environmental experts strongly advocate a ‘no landfill policy’ and promote decentralized waste management.

“There should be no landfill on Yamuna’s banks. In fact, the entire paradigm of waste disposal management has to be changed. We shouldn’t keep looking for more and more landfill sites; rather decentralized waste management should be promoted and the need of waste disposals in landfills should be minimised. There should be a ‘no-landfill policy’ in place and existing landfills need to be managed well,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director, Centre for Science and Environment.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has ruled out any such proposal for a landfill site on Yamuna floodplains.

“There can’t be a landfill on Yamuna floodplains. It needs to be seen from where such a proposal has come. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee will cancel such a proposal,” a senior Delhi government official told Firstpost.

Letter to L G From Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan by Firstpost on Scribd

First Published On : Dec 10, 2016 16:14 IST

Najeeb Ahmed row: Police says JNU student may have been emotionally disturbed, family claims he was fit

Family of the missing JNU student, Najeeb Ahmed, met the Union Home Minister  Rajnath Singh on Tuesday who assured Najeeb’s mother of proper and timely action in the case. Najeeb’s family is also se to meet the Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb jung later in the day.

The Delhi Police is in the process of reconstructing the psychological profile of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing from the campus over three weeks ago, as reports surfaced that the student may have been suffering from depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

According to a report in India Today, the police believes that Najeeb was on anti-depressants some other drugs used to treat OCD as they recovered a prescription from his hostel room. According to the report, Najeeb was prescribed with Flunil 20mg (used to treat OCD) and Zolfresh 5mg (sleep inducers) on 27 August this year. Later in September, he was also prescribed the drug Lonazep which is used to treat fits, panic attacks and agoraphobia (fear of public places). The police also found some anti-depressants in his room, which led them to shift gear from their traditional methods of tracing him and considered to do his psychological profiling to crack the case.

“We are doing a meticulous reconstruction of Najeeb’s personality and the incident. Our team is analysing his WhatsApp messages, SMSes, his call records and the people he used to interact with to gain an insight on whether he was an introvert or extrovert,” said a senior police officer.

File image of the JNU campus. JNU website

File image of the JNU campus. JNU website

Eight special teams have been fanned out to various places where he has stayed and studied before JNU in order to talk to his teachers and friends to know whether he has been in touch with any of them or contacted them, he said. The cops also sought information from the doctor he was in consultation with, along with questioning other JNU students who knew Najeeb personally. The police is also in touch with the local chemists, who have been asked to report to the police should a young person matching Najeeb’s description approaches them for medicines, according to Times Now. 

A special team is also doing technical surveillance of Najeeb’s mobile phone and laptop to know about his interests and what he used to read on the internet, police said. We are also appealing to JNU students to assist us in our efforts in tracing Najeeb and sharing information about him, said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesperson and Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest).

Police will also be questioning members of JNUSU including its President Mohit Pandey in connection with this case.

After the psychiatrist’s prescription were recovered, police is also mulling the possibility that Najeeb could have left the hostel premises voluntarily. According to Hindustan Timesthe police said that Najeeb was visiting a doctor thrice in two weeks and could have been emotionally disturbed.

Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung also told Times Now that the missing student was reportedly “emotionally upset” and was on medication. He also defended the action of Delhi Police in the case while maintaining that the Sunday’s scuffle between protesting JNU students and Najeeb’s family was “most unfortunate.”

Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, however said that Najeeb was fit and alleged that the police was “making this up because they were unable to find Najeeb,” states the Hindusta Times report. Najeeb’s sister also refuted the Delhi Police’s claims and said that they would appreciate if the Police will take the right track to look for him rather than maligning his image. She also said that Najeeb was a model student

Najeeb, a 27-year-old student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees and his family members also met Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma and other senior officers, including special commissioners of police (Law & Order) North and South, joint commissioner of police (Southeast), on Monday, who assured her of all the action in the matter.

After coming out of the meeting, Fatima said, “I have been told that all possible steps are being taken to trace Najeeb. I just want him back.” The police also asked the family members to share with them minutest of details about Najeeb’s personality so that he can be traced.

She refused to comment on reports that she was allegedly dragged by Delhi Police officers on Sunday and detained. “I am ready to tolerate more pain than what I went through yesterday just to get my son back,” she said.

Najeeb’s family members also alleged that the officers didn’t talk about Sunday’s incident where they were detained en route to India Gate and taken to different police stations.

With inputs from PTI

Lt Guv running RSS agenda, targeted me because I’m Muslim: Amanatullah Khan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Najeeb Jung dissolved the Delhi Waqf Board and declared as “illegal” the appointment of Amanatullah Khan as its chairman, the AAP MLA on Saturday alleged the LG is “running RSS agenda” and targeting “me because I am a Muslim”.Declaring the reconstitution of the Board by the AAP government and the appointment of Khan as its chairman, “illegal and void”, the LG had yesterday referred to the CBI the issue of alleged corruption in the Board for a probe. Khan alleged the board’s land is occupied by high and mighty and it earned a meager amount in rent “but since I took over, the board has posted increase in its revenue”.”Since then, I have had to face an ACB inquiry and was arrested twice. Now the matter has been referred to the CBI, which is also not impartial,” he said. Khan said, “The LG is running the RSS agenda and Congress is also helping them. I am being targeted because I am a Muslim.” He added never has there been a case where Waqf Board was locked down and wondered if it was dissolved because it was a Muslim entity.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the Waqf Board has some 1,100 bighas of land in the national capital, but was earning merely Rs 26 lakh in rent.”Khan was doing a great job and within few months he helped board earn revenue rise from Rs 26 lakh to more than a crore. So all the influential people felt threatened,” Sisodia said. The L-G had also quashed all appointments made by Khan and reconstituted the board.

Police power has to rest with Centre, not Delhi govt: Digvijay Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh has said Delhi government cannot have jurisdiction over the city police, which has to rest with the Centre to avoid conflict of interest. He also made clear Congress’ stand against the full statehood demand for Delhi, noting that nowhere in the world the national capital stays with another state. “Washington is directly controlled by Federal Government. It’s a matter of internal security also,” the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister told PTI, citing an example.”If there is a conflict of interest, between the Chief Minister of one party and government of another party (at the Centre), what will happen?” Singh asked. “What does the statehood mean? It means the police is also with the state government. What happens if Delhi Chief Minister files a criminal case against Prime Minister? “…it should be understood that the Delhi government has all the powers, except the powers of police. Everything else is there,” Singh said. “There has to be clearcut definition, defining of powers in the Constitution, which is there,” he said.On frequent “run-ins” between the Delhi government and Centre-appointed LG Najeeb Jung, Singh said: “If you compare the working of Sheila Dixit (former Chief Minister) and Arvind Kejriwal, both functioned with same powers. She delivered. People say that never so much work has been done, as was done during her tenure.”The AAP government in Delhi earlier this year released a draft bill on full statehood to Delhi, seeking to bring police, land, municipal corporations and bureaucracy under its control, and invited suggestions from the public.

AAP govt moves Delhi HC to direct L-G Jung to reconsider cancelling appointment of DERC chief

New Delhi: The AAP government on Friday moved Delhi High Court seeking direction to Lieutenant Governor (LG) to reconsider his decision scrapping appointment of Krishna Saini as the Chairperson of Delhi’s power regulator DERC.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The application was moved before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath who were hearing two pleas challenging the appointment process of the Delhi government. Citing Transaction of Business Rules (TBR), the Delhi government said the LG should be directed to “reconsider his decision on the request of Council of Ministers of GNCTD”.

The court has listed the application on 25 November. LG Najeeb Jung had on 21 September set aside Saini’s appointment in March to the top post of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), as it was done without taking his approval as mandated under the rules and procedure.

The Delhi government has said that “the order of the LG has only found fault with the process that was followed leading upto/culminating in the selection of the DERC Chief and has not otherwise found him unfit for the post”.

The application said the high court, in its 4 August judgement interpreting the inter-relationship between the LG and the Council of Ministers, had said that if the LG does not agree with a decision taken by Council of Ministers, he was required to refer the matter to the President of India.

It further said the “Cabinet of the Delhi government is proposing to request the LG to consider the matter once again and grant ex-post facto approval, which would be in the interest of the seamless and unhindered supply of electricity to the citizens of the national capital of Delhi and hence undeniably in public interest”.

Sheila Dikshit should be sent to jail over ‘water tanker scam’, says Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday demanded registration of a case against his predecessor Sheila Dikshit and jailing her for what he said was the ‘water tanker scam’ unearthed in the national capital.

“Now that we have submitted a report on the scam to Prime Minister Narandra Modi and Lt Governor Najeeb jung, the former should ensure that Sheila Dikshit is sent to jail within two months,” Kejriwal said while addressing the Delhi assembly.

File image of Sheila Dikshit. PTI

File image of Sheila Dikshit. PTI

Kejriwal also took a jibe at Leader of Opposition Vijendra Gupta and said that if the PM Modi failed to send her to jail, Gupta will resign. In case he does not resign, we will sit on a hunger strike, the Chief Minister said.

The Aam Aadmi Party government in June 2015 constituted a fact-finding committee to probe the irregularities in hiring some 385 stainless steel water tankers by the Delhi Jal Board in 2012 during Sheila Dikshit’s rule.

The five-member committee was formed by Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra.

Its report submitted to Kejriwal in August 2015 highlights alleged corruption of Rs 400 crore in the process of awarding tenders for hiring water tankers.

It recommended FIR against Congress leader Sheila Dikshit by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

On Monday, almost a year later, the report was sent to the Prime Minister and Lt Governor by the AAP government.

Delhi: 3-year-old girl sexually assaulted by minor; Kejriwal slams LG Jung, PM Modi for ‘jungle raj’

A three-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 10-year-old boy at a slum in outer Delhi’s Mongolpuri area, police said on Sunday.The incident took place on Friday.Both the minors were playing, when the girl came back home crying and complained of pain in her private parts, they said.The girl’s mother later approached police and alleged that the neighbour’s boy had inserted some object on her private part, a senior official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: Delhi: 50-year-old woman, daughters found murdered in BrahmapuriWhile the girl was sent for a medical examination and then for counselling, the boy was apprehended from his home and sent to a juvenile home, the official added.Taking to micro-blogging site, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slammed LG Najeeb Jung and PM Modi for deteriorating law and order situation.He said, “Complete jungle raj in Del. LG/Modi ji failed miserably. What hv they done to control deteriorating law n order?””LG sahib/ Modi ji, pl do something. Ye delhi mein kya ho raha hai,” he added.(With PTI inputs)

Swaraj seeks L-G report on Belgian woman molestation case

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday sought a report from Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on the alleged molestation of a 23-year-old Belgian woman by a cab driver in the National Capital on Saturday night.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. AFPExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. AFP

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. AFP

Swaraj said the government was committed to the safety of all foreign nationals in the country.

“I have asked Lt Governor Delhi for a report on the molestation of a Belgian girl by a cab driver,” the minister
said on Twitter.

“We are committed to the safety and security of all foreign nationals in India,” she said.

The Belgian woman was allegedly molested by an Ola cab driver in south east Delhi’s CR Park area on Saturday night with police arresting the accused hours later.

The accused, Raj Singh, is a native of Rajasthan’s Alwar district. Ola has also terminated the driver from its
platform.

The woman, who identified herself as a translator, told police that she had booked the cab from Gurgaon on the
outskirts of the city and during the journey the cab driver allegedly molested her.

“The driver deliberately took the wrong route after Hauz Khas and when the woman told him that she will ask her friend, he took her phone and deleted all the records related to Ola,” a senior police official said.

PTI

Would engage in dialogue with those raising anti-national slogans: Najeeb Jung

Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday said he disfavoured action against students for alleged anti-national slogan shouting in JNU campus and suggested that instead they should be engaged in dialogue. He also said that police “is invited only in cases of acute arson, not when there is sloganeering”.Jung told India Today TV channel that while he would not encourage anti-nationalism, he would also not take action against students for mere slogan shouting. “I would feel sorry for them,” he said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jung, who had served as the VC of Jamia Millia Islamia university before taking over as the Delhi LG, said the controversy over the February 9 JNU event may have happened as the varsity had a “new Vice Chancellor”.
ALSO READ Bharat Mata slogan issue is manufactured, says Najeeb Jung”Police is invited only in cases of acute arson, not when there is sloganeering. Perhaps (the former VC) would have enhanced dialogue. We could have avoided the incident that stretched for a month,” he said.On calls for “azaadi” in Kashmir and “Pakistan zindabad” slogans, he said, “I think the Kashmiris have genuine problems over heavy army presence. I think they have genuine concern over the imposition of AFSPA. I would speak to them, counsel them but I would not encourage anti-nationalism.”On the debate over raising of slogans such as ‘Bharat Mata Ki jai’, Jung said no one can be “forced” to say anything.”You can say I don’t want to say it but that does not mean I am not nationalistic, that would not mean I am anti-India,” he said.Jung said there was a difference between raising slogans hailing the motherland and those praising the almighty, including ‘Allah’.”People are losing the nuances of the words. Saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is different from worshipping any deity or Allah or god. It’s a matter of pride for a person belonging to any country to love his country and, therefore, would be absolutely happy to say ‘madre-watan zindabad’, ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ or whatever,” he said.He said he would not “eat beef in this country” but would not insist on bans like that on beef even as he added that there was a need to “ignore” fringe elements.”In a democracy, we need to give a lot of space to minorities. They need hand-holding. I would care for them… There is no need for harsh words,” he said.However, Jung said he would be “very uncomfortable” with a person who shouts anti-India slogans. In criticising the nation, one needs to be “careful in public”, he said. Jung said it would be “incorrect” to say police had done nothing to protect JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar at the Patiala House court premises, where journalists were also attacked by men in black robes.”Any incident that happens like what happened to Kanhaiya is symbolic of inadequate and poor policing. Whether police should have been tougher, the jury is out on that. A brutal response by the police on the lawyers could have led to a much larger problem. It could have well been a mistake. Post-mortem is being done and action will be taken very soon,” he said.

PM Modi follows Kejriwal on Twitter: Here’s how the Delhi CM reacted

Arvind Kejriwal was in for a pleasant Holi surprise when he realised that PM Narendra Modi had started following him on Twitter. Kejriwal promptly acknowledged the gesture calling the Prime Minister ‘sir’ and wishing him a happy Holi.The Delhi CM also talked about the significance of the day to say let bygones be bygones and forget all grievances. Kejriwal hoped for better cooperation between Centre and the Delhi Government.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi CM has often attacked PM Modi on Twitter over various issues and had even called him a coward and psychopath after CBI raided Kejriwal’s principle secretary Rajinder Kumar’s office. Delhi government and Centre have been at loggerheads since Kejriwal assumed office, after humbling BJP in the assembly elections. Since then, Kejriwal has often accused Centre and Delhi LG Najeeb Jung of non-cooperation in day-to-day work, a charge promptly rejected by them. PM Modi also started following Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who replied to his tweet expressing his thanks. The message was retweeted by Kejriwal. Narendra Modi with 18.8 million followers and is the second most followed Indian on Twitter, only behind Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Kejriwal is the second most followed politician in India with an impressive follower count of 7.28 million. Will this new Twitter parley improve relationship between these two extremely popular leaders? Only time will tell.

DCW summons police chief Bassi for not sharing data on crimes against women

New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has summoned police commissioner BS Bassi to appear before it for allegedly not sharing the data sought by it regarding crimes against women in the national capital.

The top cop has been asked to appear before DCW on 8 February and also explain the “unreasonable” causes of delay in providing the information.

BS Bassi. FIle photo. PTIBS Bassi. FIle photo. PTI

BS Bassi. FIle photo. PTI

“The commission takes strong note of the fact that despite sending various letters and notices and passage of several months, you have unjustifiably failed to provide crucial information sought by DCW which is imperative for us on the issue of women safety,” DCW chief Swati Maliwal said in the summon issued to Bassi.

Maliwal has noted that she had raised the issue of non receipt of data during a meeting on women’s safety convened by LG Najeeb Jung in November last year and the meeting of the Special Task Force on women safety held in Ministry of Home Affairs in December last.

“During the meetings the commission had raised the issue of non-receipt of data and you had assured that the information sought by us will be immediately provided, however, the same has not been done,” the summons said.

“You are summoned to appear before the commission for the purpose on 8 February at 4 p.m. You are also required to produce the records and explain the unreasonable cause of delay in furnishing the information,” Maliwal added.

PTI

Arvind Kejriwal and the art of staying in news

If politics or more specifically electoral propaganda is primarily the art of communication and building perceptions, then Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is a master of the dark arts of manipulating public perception. He is the proverbial Pied Piper, who almost leads the media to set his own agenda like a band-master with shrill decibel rhetoric.Now, Kejriwal is not the first and the last politician to embark on this path. It has been hardly a year since a certain strongman from Gujarat went on to occupy the highest executive post of the country, relying a lot on counter-offensive political discourse which often put the opposition into a corner. But Kejriwal is on an another level, when it comes to grabbing the spotlight at a time, when there is a mad rush to emerge as a credible anti-Namo face among the depleted pool of leaders ahead of the next general elections.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Take for instance, the recent ink attack. As the footage shows, the lady in question, Bhawna Arora was quite far away from Kejriwal, and he was under no mortal threat by any stretch of imagination. Prima facie, the accused is part of an AAP splinter group. And her links to BJP is either non-existent or yet to emerge in the public space.However AAP leaders have upped the ante saying it is a deep conspiracy, blaming the Delhi Police. The amateurish ink attack, which was unsuccessful and would’ve shamed any self-respecting Shiv Sena member, was hilariously equated to JFK’s assassination. This heightened rhetoric has led to polarising comments on social media with some backing Kejriwal and others thrashing him. Meanwhile different theories have started to emerge about the purported ink attack with one police officer claiming he was asked to move away from the stage just before the incident. Well the entire matter being essentially trivial will probably soon fade away from public memory, but it definitely lends some oxygen to constant source of attention the AAP thrives on. Just a day after the odd-even scheme expired, Kejriwal said that PMO sources have informed him of impending raids on Manish Sisodia and another senior leader. This and several other news with a meme-worthy is it true footnote has become a standard Kejriwal modus-operandi for garnering eyeballs.To his credit, AAP and Kejriwal managed to win Delhi going against the then current political wave and also with relatively less focus from media. But perhaps sustaining the hype and euphoria among his leaders and workers to further champion the cause of AAP is turning out to be a big challenge for the Delhi CM. One suspects that the constant paranoia and victim complex hence are used as suitable trope to keep the pot churning.Obviously, the BJP has further aided Kejriwal’s attempt to remain in public consciousness with sometimes openly hostile policies evident from Delhi Police and LG Najeeb Jung’s actions. It is an unstable equilibrium in Delhi, with all sides intent on keeping it that way to benefit themselves.Kejriwal’s main aim is to be the first among equals, to become the chosen face of the anti-NaMo brigade. But then there is Nitish Kumar, a proven administrator. Congress being the default party to rule India will always be there in the fray, and Rahul Gandhi till now has made all the right noises, some embarrassing gaffes notwithstanding. Come 2019, and then there will be others ready to throw their hat in the ring. Hence, Kejriwal has a long standing job to be constantly relevant and newsworthy to be in top of public recall. The conspiracy theories and name calling is not going to end any time soon.

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