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HC refuses order stay attachment proceedings against Virbhadra, wife

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New Delhi, May 30 : The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to stay the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) attachment proceedings against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, however, said the final order of the adjudicating authority in the attachment proceedings would not be given effect to till their pleas challenging the provisional attachment are decided by the high court.

The couple had sought a stay on ED’s March 23 order to provisionally attach some of their properties under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Virbhadra Singh and his wife had said the final order of the authority was expected to be passed on May 31 despite the undertaking that he would not deal in the properties provisionally attached.

They had argued that the court had stayed further proceedings in the PMLA case against their son and daughter pursuant to provisional attachment of some of their assets and sought a similar order in the instant case.

The bench, denying same relief to the couple, said that their children were not named in the FIR.

The ED had also told the court that the stay order in favour of Virbhadra’s children was passed as they were not named in the FIR under PMLA, while the couple has been named in the FIR.

The petitioners said the ED attached Pratibha’s assets valued at Rs.5,79,84,989 and Virbhadra’s assets worth Rs.1,34,64,609.

Both said there is “no chargesheet in the present case against anyone” and that the ED exceeded its jurisdiction.

The plea said the ED decision was based on Income Tax department’s inquiries and investigation, which were themselves under challenge.

In November 2015, the ED registered a case under the PMLA at its New Delhi office against Virbhadra Singh and his family members.

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Telangana minister drops plan to vaccinate after PM Modi’s suggestion

Minister for Industry and Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao later told reporters that the decision was taken on the Prime Minister’s suggestion.

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Hyderabad, Jan 16 : Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Saturday decided not to take Covid vaccine, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to politicians to give priority to healthcare workers.

The minister was scheduled to take the vaccine at Gandhi hospital on the first day.

Following the national rollout of the programme by the Prime Minister, Rajender formally launched vaccination at the hospital but returned without taking the jab.

Minister for Industry and Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao later told reporters that the decision was taken on the Prime Minister’s suggestion.

“I am the captain of this (health) department,” Rajender had remarked while defending his decision to inoculate himself, at a news conference on Friday evening.

However, the health minister changed his mind after Modi’s suggestion. Following requests of politicians from some states, the Prime Minister advised them to wait and give preference to healthcare workers.

Public representatives are ready to take the vaccine but they will wait in view of the Prime Minister’s suggestion, said Rama Rao after inaugurating the vaccination at a centre at Tilak Nagar in Hyderabad.

A total of 4,000 healthcare workers are taking the vaccine at 139 centres across Telangana on Saturday.

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Hooda, several other Haryana Cong leaders detained during march to Raj Bhawan

Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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Several Haryana Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Bhupinder Sing Hooda, marched towards the Raj Bhawan on Friday to protest against the Centre’s farm laws and hike in fuel prices, but were detained by the police.

Police put up barricades to stop the protesters from moving towards the Raj Bhawan.

When Hooda and other party leaders tried to march towards the Haryana Raj Bhawan, they were detained by the police and taken to the Sector-17 police station in a bus. Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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UP Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu detained in Lucknow

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Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu and party workers were detained while trying to march towards Raj Bhavan in Lucknow during a protest against the new farm laws.

Lallu said: “I want to say that I welcome the vaccine. I would like to thank the scientists who have developed it. It is the duty of the government to help people in times of a pandemic. When the pandemic struck, people contributed through money and other ways. Now that the vaccine is here, my primary demand is that it should be provided to people for free.

CM Yogi Adityanathji should get the vaccine first because that will help people get rid of all the misconceptions about the vaccine.”

Earlier, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said he would not take the “BJP’s vaccine”. Following criticism, he had subsequently tweeted the same day that he had “full confidence” in the ability of scientists, but would not take the BJP’s “political vaccine”.

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