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Delhi HC frowns upon use of ‘scandalous word’ against Jaitley



Jethmalani Jaitley

New Delhi, May 18 : The Delhi High Court on Thursday said the use of a “scandalous” word — crook — by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s lawyer Ram Jethmalani against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the latter’s cross-examination in a defamation case cannot be allowed.

“If such allegations have been made on instructions of defendant 1 (Kejriwal), then no point in continuing with cross-examination of plaintiff (Jaitley) any more. Let defendant 1 make good his allegations. Let him step into the box,” said Justice Manmohan.

The court observation came after Jaitley’s lawyer apprised it that Jethmalani had used the word “crook” against the Finance Minister during his cross-examination on Wednesday before a Joint Registrar.

On Wednesday, Jaitley and Jethmalani clashed in the court, with the Minister taking a strong objection to the use of word “crookery” by the senior lawyer.

A furious Jaitley, who was being cross-examined in the defamation case he had filed against Kejriwal, had asked Jethmalani whether the word used by him was in his personal capacity or as per the instruction of Kejriwal.

“I will aggravate the charges against the defendants (Kejriwal)… there is a limit to personal malice,” Jaitley said on Wednesday after Jethmalani said it has been used by him on instruction from Kejriwal.

Jaitley’s lawyers raised the issue before Justice Manmohan, arguing that they want a clarification from Kejriwal as to whether the word used by Jethmalani was on the Chief Minister’s instruction or in lawyer’s personal capacity.

If Kejriwal had instructed the lawyer to use such adverse word, then they would seek additional aggravated damages of Rs 10 crore from him, Jaitley’s lawyer Rajiv Nayar said, adding that if Jethmalani had on his own used that word, then it would be a violation of the Bar Council of India rules.

Justice Manmohan said cross-examination cannot be allowed in such a manner and asked Jaitley’s lawyers to file an application related to Jethmalani’s adverse remark.

“What is to be done when such scandalous remarks are made? It’s unpleasant… cross-examination should be carried out in accordance with law,” the court said.

The issue was raised before the court during hearing of an application moved by Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha for making amendments in his written submission filed in reply to Jaitley’s plea.

In December 2015, Jaitley filed a civil defamation case against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai, claiming they made “false and defamatory” statements vis-a-vis alleged corruption in the Delhi District Cricket Association, thereby harming the Minister’s reputation.

Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages.

He had claimed that the AAP leaders attacked him over alleged irregularities and financial bungling in the cricket body, of which he was the President for about 13 years.



36 hours operation, 2,361 evacuated from Markaz: Sisodia

Sisodia thanked all the staff who were involved in the evacuation while and FIR has been registered against the organisers.




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New Delhi, April 1 : Amid centre of controversy for holding congregation despite prohibitory orders, the Nizamuddin Markaz of Tablighi Jamaat has been totally evacuated, said Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.

Sisodia tweeted: “After 36 hours of operation with the help of medical staff, DTC till 4 a.m. whole building has been emptied. A total of 2361 persons were found out of which 617 have been admitted to the hospitals, and the rest of them have been quarantined.”

Sisodia thanked all the staff who were involved in the evacuation while and FIR has been registered against the organisers.

Tablighi Jamaat Markaz has been booked for violating the Epidemic Act provisions and also IPC Section 120B (criminal conspiracy). The Crime Branch will also question the Markaz chief as well as Saad Kandhalvi, who organized such a large gathering of the sect’s followers in a situation where coronavirus infection spreads quickly.

Crime Branch sources said it would now look for those who participated in the event and then dispersed to various parts of the country, many among them carrying the deadly corona infection. Many states have reported that such religious followers have already been found corona-positive.

Besides, it would also list out foreigners who might have already left for their countries.

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Four men feign death of one to reach home in J&K’s Poonch

Police intercepted the ambulance just a few km before its destination and found that there was no dead body in it.




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Jammu, April 1 : Four villagers on Tuesday feigned the death of one of them to jump the lockdown to reach their home in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, police said.

Police said four belonging to Sailan village of Surankote tehsil in Poonch convinced one of them identified as Hakim Din to feign death so that they could evade the lockdown to reach their village.

Police said the accused managed to get the death certificate of Hakim Din from the Casualty department of the government medical college Jammu.

A letter with the death certificate said the ambulance carrying the ‘dead body’ should be allowed to go to Sailan village. The letterA also had the name of the ambulance driver and the number of the ambulance.

Police intercepted the ambulance just a few km before its destination and found that there was no dead body in it.

The ambulance driver was arrested and the four villagers sent to quarantine.

Police has registered a case in this incident and have also started investigation to ascertain how the four managed get the death certificate and the letter seeking free passage for the ambulance.

It is also being ascertained whether or not the driver was also part of the conspiracy.

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COVID-19: Maharashtra positive cases shoot to 302, 11 deaths

Addressing the state late this evening, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray again appealed to the people to remain indoors and maintain social distancing.



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Mumbai, March 31 : A 50-year old man died due to Covid-19 at a government hospital in Palghar, raising the total toll in Maharashtra to 11, officials said here late in Tuesday.

Earlier, in the sharpest spurt since lockdown started, the state notched a staggering 302 Covid-19 positive cases with the highest number from Mumbai.

According to an official, the latest victim had been admitted to a private hospital in Palghar on Sunday with high fever and coughing.

Later he was shifted to the Palghar government hospital where he succumbed this evening.

His medical reports were positive for Covid-19, said an official.

In the past 24 hours, the number of cases skyrocketed from 259 to 302 – an increase of 43 cases.

The total positive cases stood comprised 151 in Mumbai, 48 in Pune, 36 in Thane region, 25 in Sangli, Nagpur 16, eight in Ahmednagar, four in Yavatmal, three in Buldhana, two each in Satara and Kolhapur, one each in Aurangabad, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Gondia, Jalgaon, Nashik, besides one from Gujarat.

The state has so far notched 11 Covid-19 deaths, including 8 in Mumbai, and one each in Palghar, Pune and Buldhana. Among them the state’s youngest victim, a 40-year old suburban home-maker with no history of foreign travel, and a medico in his early 80s, said officials.

Addressing the state late this evening, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray again appealed to the people to remain indoors and maintain social distancing.

“The ‘war against coronavirus’ has reached a crucial stage and this is the time to exercise extreme precautions. Please do not step out of your homes for your own safety,” he pleaded.

Thackeray said that the problems of migrant labourers had been adequately addressed with around 1,000 camps – up from 262 on Monday – started functioning on Tuesday.

The number of Rs 5 ‘Shiva Bhojan Thali’ meals have been hiked from the normal 25,000 daily to now 100,000, with plans to increase more if required.

“The state has sufficient stocks of foodgrains, vegetables and medicines and there’s no need to panic,” the CM said.

As per the latest official data, so far 39 persons have fully recovered and discharged to go home, while 23,914 people are in home quarantine, 1434 in institutional isolation across the state.

Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the ICMR has so far approved starting 23 testing labs, including 13 in the private sector.

In a related development, the health authorities have sealed off the Worli-Koliwada, one of Mumbai’s oldest fisherfolk colonies which falls in the constituency of Tourism and Environment Minister Aditya U. Thackeray, after at least 4-5 positive cases were detected.

“Late last night 2 am onwards, Koliwada and Janata Colony have been sealed off further. Disinfection and fumigation is on along with contact tracing,” Aditya Thackeray tweeted.

According to officials, one of the reasons for the huge increase in cases on Tuesday is attributed to the Mumbai population density, especially in sprawling dingy slums with tiny tenements – which make up half of the country’s commercial capital.

The slums house millions of people eking out an existence in cramped quarters, with common sanitation facilities, insufficient water supply, no open spaces or greenery, making them a potentially fertile ground for diseases with little or no scope for asocial distancing’.

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