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Judge Loya death case: In memorandum to President, Opposition delegation seeks SIT probe

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New Delhi, Feb 9: Representatives from 15 opposition parties led by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi met President Ram Nath Kovind over Judge Loya death case and submitted a memorandum, seeking an unbiased probe into the matter.

After meeting, Gandhi who was surrounded by senior leaders including Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, D Raja and others said “many MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha felt discomfort over it, adding they also feel that the matter should be probed and a SIT should be formed.

“We just want to have a proper investigation done by an independent structure that gives us the outcome”, he asserted.

A memorandum submitted to the President has been signed by 114 MPs from 15 opposition parties.

The Congress chief stated ” Judge BH Loya’s death is suspicious, there have been 2 other suspicious deaths. President gave a positive response.

Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader Kapil Said “if a Special Investigation Team can be formed for the 2G case, then one can also be formed for a probe into Judge Loya’s death. “We don’t believe in the CBI or the NIA”.

He sated apart from Judge Loya, two of his confidantes also died mysteriously.

Lawyer Shrikant Khandalkar fell to his death in 2015 from the sixth floor of the district court building, while in 2016, district judge Prakash Thombre fell from the top berth inside a train coach and his spine broke, Sibal stated.

A special CBI judge BH Loya died on December 1, 2014 following a cardiac arrest, while hearing the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

The move comes at the time when the Supreme Court is hearing several petitions seeking an independent probe into mysterious death case of  judge BH Loya.

Earlier also the Congress had demanded a top court-monitored Special Investigation Team probe into Judge Loya’s death, saying there seemed to be a “cover-up” and “some serious questions were unanswered”.

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AAP will Support Congress if Next PM is From Grand Old Party: Amanatullah Khan

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New Delhi, Jan 23: Openly announcing support for Rahul Gandhi in 2019, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan on Wednesday said that the party would extend support to the grand old party as there is much likelihood that the next Prime Minister would be from the Congress .

“Abhi bahar mujhse koi keh raha tha ki log keh rahe hain ki Congress ko vote isliye denge kyunki Pradhanmantri unka banega, hum ye keh rahe hain ki agar Pradhanmantri unka hi bana toh hum bhi usey support kar denge,” Khan said indicating that 2019 is Modi vs Rahul Gandhi.

The major statement by AAP’s Amanatullah Khan was made in the presence of Chief Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Waqf Board meeting.

The chairman of the board, urged the Imams of the city mosques to support the AAP and said, “People are saying they will vote for the Congress because the next prime minister will be from that party.

Muslim voters should elect AAP in Delhi and if Congress wins at the Centre, “it will draw our support”, he said.

Kejriwal also said that his party will support anyone except Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

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INA veterans to march in Republic day parade

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New Delhi: The Indian Air Force Marching Contingent on Rajpath during Republic Day Parade 2018

New Delhi, Jan 23 : For the first time, four veterans from the Indian National Army (INA) of Netaji Subhash Chadra Bose will take part in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath.

The move is considered as an unprecedented honor for freedom fighters and the acknowlegmentof the contribution of INA in the Indian independence

According to the report, the veterans- Parmanand, Lalit Ram, Hira Singh and Bhagmal. The four are aged 95 plus.
The four veterans, who fought World War II, will be seated in jeeps that will march past Rajpath during the Republic Day parade.

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Piyush Goyal given temporary charge of Finance

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New Delhi, Jan 23 : Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was on Wednesday given charge of Finance Ministry in the absence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is in the US for medical treatment, apparently ruling out his recuperation in time for the interim budget to be presented on February 1.

Goyal will hold the portfolios of Finance and Corporate Affairs on a temporary basis till the resumption of duties by Jaitley, who has now been made a Minister without portfolio, a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said.

Jaitley (66) had a kidney transplant in May last year and then too Goyal was put in charge of Finance and Corporate Affairs.

“The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, hereby directed that during the period of indisposition of Arun Jaitley, the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs held by him, be temporarily assigned to Piyush Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios.

“Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, Arun Jaitley be designated as Minister without portfolio during the period of his indisposition or till such time he is able to resume his work as Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs,” the communique said.

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