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Disqualify 20 AAP MLAs in office-of-profit case, Ajay Maken urges CEC

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Ajay Maken,  Delhi Congress President (File Photo)

New Delhi, Jan 11: Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken on Thursday met Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti and demanded the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs at the earliest for allegedly holding offices of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

Maken also submitted a representation on the matter to Joti.

After the meeting, a Delhi Congress leader said that Maken apprised the CEC of the delay in the matter since it dates back to May 2015.

“The CEC assured to look into the issue,” he said. The meeting between Maken and the CEC lasted around 20 minutes.

The Congress had on June 9, 2016, moved the poll panel to seek disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs and has been pursuing the matter ever since.

Subsequently, the proceedings were dropped against Jarnail Singh after he resigned as the Rajouri Garden MLA to contest the Punjab Assembly polls in February 2017.

In October last year, the EC had issued a notice to the Aam Aadmi Party lawmakers for an explanation.

In June 2017, the EC rejected the MLAs pleas to drop the “office of profit” case against them and ruled that the disqualification proceedings against them will continue.

In March 2015, the AAP government passed an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, to exempt the posts of Parliamentary Secretary from the definition of office of profit with retrospective effect.

However, then President Pranab Mukherjee refused to give assent, following which the appointments were set aside by the Delhi High Court in September 2016, which declared them illegal since the order had been passed “without concurrence/approval of the Lt Governor”.

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Shiv Sena demands action against RBI Governor

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Mumbai, June 23The Shiv Sena pounced on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, seeking to know “what action the (current) Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has taken against the RBI governor and chiefs of banks” which have been defrauded by big industrialists who have fled the country.

“How many bank chairmen who gave fraudulent loans have been sent to jail? Even the BJP President Amit Shah is the Director of Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank… It collected Rs 745.59 crore of spiked (Rs 500 – Rs 1,000) notes within five days after demonetisation,” the Sena asked.

It said that a Gujarat cabinet minister Jayesh V. Radadia is a Chairman (of Rajkot DCB), which also secured the second highest amount in the country after ADCB – Rs 693.19 crore deposits of the old currency notes.

“How could so much money be deposited in just one (ADCB) bank? This is a serious issue and must be probed in depth,” the Sena said in sharp edits in the party mouthpieces ‘Saamana’ and ‘Dopahar Ka Saamana’.

Accusing Goyal of not viewing the issue with the seriousness it deserves, the BJP’s ally said that there was discrimination among the cooperative banks and different sets of rules were applied while dealing with various DCCBs in the country.

The Maharashtra DCCBs were debarred from exchanging/accepting the old notes, which was subsequently withdrawn, but it served to hit the banks’ economic position very badly, the Sena pointed out.

“For instance, the Nashik DCB’s deposits of Rs 341 crore was declared asuspicious’ and frozen in the bank. Other DCCBs also faced similar issues at that timea Demonetization triggered massive chaos in all sectors of the economy,” the Sena edit said.

“The country is today reeling under the impact of that demonetisation… The Reserve Bank of India Governor (Urjit Patel) is the biggest culprit for this mess and he should be prosecuted for it,” the Sena demanded.

Recalling the former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s observations on the issue, the Sena reiterated that “the country has paid a heavy price for demonetisation”, the unorganised sector is in complete disarray, unemployment has increased and many others lost their jobs.

The ruling ally reminded how the country was told that “terrorism would end in Jammu and Kashmir after demonetisation, but in reality, the very next day after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on November 8, 2016, bundles of fake Rs 2,000 currencies, newly introduced, were found in that state.”

The Sena said the country is experiencing an economic mess which is increasing, and even the government’s financial advisor Arvind Subramaniam has quit and left the country.

“Amidst all this, the government is displaying its power to the public sector Bank Of Maharashtra (whose top officials including the CMD and ED were arrested this week)a This is cheating since the big fish have already absconded. The BoM officials and the builder D.S. Kulkarni (an accused in the case) have been caught and will not go anywhere… Congratulations for your tough action,” the Sena added.

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DMK protests against Tamil Nadu Governor, Stalin detained

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Chennai, June 23: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Saturday staged a protest against Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

During agitation DMK working President MK Stalin was detained by the state police.

He told media “Protest is against Guv’s interference in federal structure”.

On Thursday, around 192 DMK cadres were detained in Trichy while they were holding a black-flag protest against Governor.

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Lalu Yadav’s provisional bail extended till July 3

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Ranchi, June 22: The Ranchi Court on Friday extended a provisional bail of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav till 3rd July.

Besides this, the court fixed June 29 to hear the plea of extending the bail period.

Earlier in the month, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief returned to Patna from Mumbai, where was undergoing treatment for his heart-related problem.

However, he was brought to Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai on Tuesday, following chest pain and low hemoglobin count.

On a related note, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi awarded 37 accused to jail terms between three to 14 years in April, in connection with the aforementioned case.

Among the 37 people, public servant O. P. Diwakar was sentenced to imprisonment of 14 years and a fine of Rs 2 crore; while 15 other public servants were given seven years imprisonment and a fine of Rs1 crore each.

The case was filed by the probe agency on April 15, 1996, in compliance with the orders of the Patna High Court.

It involves fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 34.91 crore from the treasury of Bihar’s Dumka between 1991 and 1996.

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