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Clean chits to Scindia have tales to tell

The case relates to the Scindias allegedly duping the buyer by over-measuring the piece of land in Gwalior by 6,000 sq ft while selling in 2009. As the clean chits go, they are hatched for suitable period to keep accused in suspense.

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Bhopal, March 24 : The Madhya Pradesh Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Tuesday closed a case against former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and his family members, where they were accused of falsifying a property document while selling land, an official said.

The case shows how investigations for wrongdoing in such deals are handled depending on the persons’ proximity to power. The case relates to the Scindias allegedly duping the buyer by over-measuring the piece of land in Gwalior by 6,000 sq ft while selling in 2009. As the clean chits go, they are hatched for suitable period to keep accused in suspense.

Scindia quit the Congress on March 10 and joined the BJP. His resignation from the Congress triggered a revolt in the Madhya Pradesh party unit, with 22 MLAs who belong to his camp also resigning. This led to the collapse of the Kamal Nath-led State government last week.

On March 12, when the Congress was in power in the State, the EOW decided to verify facts afresh into the complaint against the Scindias while the case was already 11-year-old.

“The complainant, Surendra Shrivastava, approached us for the second time on March 12 seeking a re-look into his complaint against Scindias. We forwarded the complaint to our Gwalior office which, after a re-investigation, closed it,” an EOW official said.

According to sources in the EOW, it closed the case against on Friday. Incidentally Kamal Nath also stepped down as chief minister on Friday after his government was reduced to a minority.

On March 12, Shrivastava filed a fresh complaint against Scindia and his family, alleging that by falsifying a registry document they sold a smaller plot for a higher price, the EOW official said.

He initially lodged the complaint on March 26, 2014 against Scindia, who was then a Congress leader, and his family. But it was investigated and closed in May 2018 (when the BJP was in power in the State), the official said. It took over four years in the first instance and just over a week in the next.

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UP suspends MLA fund, legislators’ pay to be cut 30%

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Lucknow, April 8 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, here on Wednesday, passed a resolution suspending the MLAs fund for one year, which will help the state garner Rs 1,500 crore for Covid-19 fund.

Each MLA gets Rs 3 crore per year for his/her constituency. There are 403 legislators in the Vidhan Sabha and 100 in the Vidhan Parishad.

The cabinet meeting, first through video link, also decided that all legislators and Ministers, including the Chief Minister, would take a 30 per cent pay cut and the money saved would go to the Covid-19 fund.

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Don’t communalise Tablighi Jamaat’s mistake: Pawar

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New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) At a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with all political parties’ floor leaders in Parliament, here on Wednesday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar raised the issue of Tablighi Jamaat.

This was stated by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad while addressing the media after the meeting where the leaders suggested that a multi-party working group should be set up.

Rasing the the issue of Tablighi Jamaat, Pawar said the Covid-19 crisis should not be communalised. According to Azad, Pawar said “they erred. But the matter should be laid to rest. We should work together to contain coronavirus.”

However, the Prime Minister didn’t say anything on the issue, Ghulam, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said.

Raising the issue of testing and equipping the frontline health workers with the personal protective equipment (PPE), the Congress leader advised the Prime Minister to take into consideration letters written by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

Azad said proper attention be paid to around 45 crore labourers in the country and added, MNREGA should have been used for harvesting of rabi crop to help farmers as well as workers benefit from the government schemes.

The Congress leader also advocated raising credit limit for farmers and waiver of farm loans.

Meanwhile, the government is exploring ways to keep farmers and farming activities, like harvesting of ready crops and procurement of grain, outside the lockdown purview, amid the demands for extension of the shutdown.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is expected to discuss during the day the issue with farm ministers of states through video link.


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Support a poor family to show me your respect: PM

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New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Prime Minister Modi has urged Indians with economic means to financially support one poor family till the coronavirus outbreak continues.

“It has been brought to my attention that some people are campaigning to honour Modi by standing for 5 minutes. At first glance, it seems like a scandal to drag Modi into dispute,” PM tweeted.

Then he went on to add, “Maybe it is someone’s goodwill, yet I insist that if you really have so much love and want to honour Modi, then take the responsibility of a poor family, at least as long as the corona virus crisis is there. There can be no greater honour for me than this.”

This is not the first time he urged people to help the needy and deprived in this hour of crisis. India is amid a 21-day shutdown to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

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