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HC dismisses Delhi government’s contempt plea against ACB chief

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New Delhi, April 11

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed an AAP government plea for contempt of court proceedings against the city’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief Mukesh Kumar Meena for not acting as per the law, as ordered by court.

“… it is not necessary for this court to go into the correctness of the allegations in the contempt case and to return a finding as to whether the conduct of the respondents (ACB chief Meena and an SHO) would amount to willful disobedience of the order of this court. Accordingly, the contempt case is dismissed,” a division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said.

The government plea had accused Meena of hindering ACB functioning and violating the High Court’s June 29, 2015, order that asked the ACB chief, a Lt. Governor’s appointee, to act in “accordance with the law”.

The contempt plea also alleged that Meena arbitrarily replaced the then Station House Officer of the ACB by another person and did not lodge an FIR against two Delhi Development Authority officials allegedly caught accepting bribe.

The Centre told the court that Meena acted in accordance with the law by not lodging an FIR as the DDA officials were central government employees and the ACB did not have powers to take action against them. Hence, Meena had not disobeyed any law, the Centre submitted.

Dismissing the plea for initiating contempt of court proceedings, the bench referred to its judgment of August 4, 2016, holding the Lt. Governor as the administrative head of Delhi and upholding the Centre’s notification stopping the Delhi ACB from acting against central government employees.

(IANS)

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Uttar Pradesh, Himachal reels under Heat Wave

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New Delhi, May 24: A major portion of Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under an intense heat wave on Thursday, weather officials said.

Heat wave conditions also occurred in some parts of Himachal Pradesh with Una recording a maximum temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius and the state capital Shimla a high of 27.8 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said.

Dry winds blowing across the Uttar Pradesh state capital and many other regions forced people to stay indoors.

The heat wave is particularly high in the state’s central region and Bundelkhand.

Mahoba was the highest with 47.5 degrees Celsius followed by Jalaun with 47 degrees, Hamirpur 45.6 degrees.

Temperatures recorded at Farukkhabad was 44.3 degrees celsius Auraiyya 45 degrees, Unnao 44 degrees and Kannauj while Etawah also remained unbearably hot at 43 degrees celsius.

There has been a slight improvement in weather conditions in Kanpur after two days of scorching heat. Two heat-related deaths were reported in the Poorvanchal region.

Allahabad recorded a maximum of 42.2 degrees celsius while the state capital remained equally hot at 43 degrees celsius.

The weatherman predicted continuance of the weather for at least a week and advised people to remain indoors.

Many medical facilities and major towns of the state have reported patients suffering from vomiting and diarrhea – both symptoms of heat stroke.

Himachal Pradesh also witnessed heat wave conditions in some parts.

“Most of the towns in Una, Bilaspur and Kullu district recorded a maximum temperature three to five notches above the average mainly due to prevailing dry weather,” an official at the meteorological office here told IANS.

He said Shimla’s maximum temperature was three notches above the average.

Sundernagar in Mandi district recorded a high of 37.9 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature in Bhuntar in Kullu district was 36 degrees, Dharamsala in Kangra district was 32.4 degrees and Kalpa in Kinnaur district was 23.2 degrees.

The Met department said the weather would largely remain dry till May 28. After that there are chances of thundershowers.

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Two cows, calf die in Ghaziabad fire

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Ghaziabad, May 24: Two cows and a calf were killed in a fire in the Uttar Pradesh Power Corp Ltd colony here.

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Water supply in Gurgaon to be disrupted tomorrow

The areas where the water supply would be affected are Sectors 46, 47, 34, 50, 51, Golf Course Road, Sohna Road and others.

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Gurgaon, May 23 : The water supply in major parts of the city will be disrupted tomorrow due to upgradation work at Chandu Bhudhera water treatment plant, the main source of water supply in the city.

The areas where the water supply would be affected are Sectors 46, 47, 34, 50, 51, Golf Course Road, Sohna Road and others.

“On account of upgradation work at water treatment plant at Chandu Bhudhera, which is scheduled to be done on May 24, supply will be disrupted. Full shutdown of plant for six hours is required for execution of this work,” an official said.

During shut down, no supply would be possible from this plant, which supplies water to master supply zone-1 and zone-3, he said.

“We will try to make alternative arrangements and try to get water from Basai water treatment plant to the affected areas,” the officer added.

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