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Jung calls Kejriwal a ‘young man in hurry’

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New Delhi, Jan 11 

Former Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of “nepotism and gross favouritism” in making appointments but gave “benefit of doubt” to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal whom he called a “young man in hurry”.

Jung, in a wide-ranging interview with India Today news channel, said the Kejriwal-led government had taken decisions in “excitement of power” after an “overwhelming majority” in the state assembly.

“Perhaps they did not know the system. I would like to give them benefit of doubt,” Jung said.

Kejriwal, he said, “didn’t know the government has its own pace and momentum” but kept moving at his own pace.

“He is young man in a hurry to perform, and with time he will learn.”

Jung, who during his three-and-half years’ tenure as the LG had a bitter turf war with Kejriwal over the city administration, said his differences with the Chief Minister were professional.

“I had an extremely cordial relationship with Kejriwal. I have visited his house, he visited mine. He has a lovely family.”

He said he had never spoken against Kejriwal publicly and “never had even an iota of an argument when we met in private”.

He, however, said several of the 400 files related to Delhi government decisions being examined by the Shunglu Committee were sent to the CBI for probe.

The files, submitted to the panel of experts, were divided in three categories, he said.

First lot of these were where the Chief Minister took decisions on his own but did not have the authority and needed the LG’s consent.

Second, where the Chief Minister and his cabinet took decisions without the LG’s consent, and the third where the decisions were taken when neither the Chief Minister nor the LG had powers to do so.

He said he had given post-facto approval to some 170-180 files.

“About 80 files were declined and 7-8 files were referred to the CBI for probe,” Jung said.

He said FIRs had already been registered in some 2-3 cases and about a dozen were sent for vigilance inquiry.

Jung formed the Shunglu Committee after the Delhi High Court on August 4 recognised the Lt. Governor as the administrative head of the Delhi government.

Jung said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had appointed Nikunj Agarwal, a relative of Kejriwal’s wife, first as a resident doctor and then an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in his office, bypassing rules.

“Agarwal had approached the Health Minister and on a plain piece of paper wrote application that he wanted to be appointed as a resident doctor…”

Jung alleged that Jain called Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya Director and told him that Agarwal be appointed.

“Government appointments can’t be done by any individual. They have to follow a process,” Jung said.

“Soon, he was taken as an OSD in Jain’s office. Within 2-3 weeks sent on a tour to China.”

He said it was a case of “nepotism and gross favouritism” as there “was no post to appoint him”.

Jung said Jain in another case of “nepotism” had appointed his daughter, Soumya, an architect, as an adviser for the construction of mohalla clinics.

“All hell broke loose when a TV channel broke the story that she was the Health Minister’s daughter.” The case is also being probed by the CBI.

(IANS)

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Jammu and Kashmir: Minor injured in clashes in Baramulla district

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Srinagar, May 20 : A nine-year-old boy was seriously injured during clashes between a group of youth and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Sunday.

According to the police, Rizwan Ahmad was injured in Arampora in Sopore late on Saturday when a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle was attacked with stones by a group of youth.

Doctors treating the injured minor said he had been hit by a rubber bullet in his head.

“He was referred to SKIMS in Srinagar for specialised treatment”, doctors said.

The police said they have registered a case in this incident.

The Centre had on Wednesday announced a ceasefire in the troubled state, asking security forces to halt their operations during the Ramzan to help “peace-loving Muslims” observe the holy month in a peaceful environment.

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Kathua rape -murder: BJP MLA Lal Singh leads march demanding CBI probe

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Jammu, May 20 : Former state minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Choudhary lal Singh on Sunday led a march in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, seeking CBI probe into Kathua rape and murder case.

Lal Singh walked barefoot for nearly five hours after which his supporters urged him to get into a vehicle as he developed blisters in his feet.

The march was organised to mount pressure on the state government to have the Kathua rape and murder case investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

lal Singh and another senior BJP leader Chander Prakash Ganga resigned from the state cabinet following their participation in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch in Hiranagar area in January this year.

The State Crime Branch has already filed a charge sheet against eight accused in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old in Rasana village of Kathua district.

On the plea of the victim’s father, the Supreme Court has ordered that the trial of this case be held on a daily basis without any adjournment in Pathankot town of neighbouring Punjab.

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Petrol, diesel in Delhi hit record highs

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New Delhi, May 20: Petrol, diesel in State-run Indian Oil Corp on Sunday raised transport fuel to record highs in Delhi on the seventh day of resuming the daily price change system, following a temporary suspension that lasted 20 days.

The price of petrol in Delhi touched a record high of Rs 76.24 per litre under the dynamic pricing regime beating the previous high of Rs 76.06 in the city on September 14, 2013.

Sunday’s hike of 33 paise over the previous day was the highest since dynamic pricing resumed after the suspension, coinciding with the Karnataka elections.

Diesel in the national capital on Sunday went to its highest level of Rs 67.57 per litre.

Petrol prices climbed to new multi-year highs in other major metro cities too — Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai — at Rs 78.91, Rs 84.07 and Rs 79.13 per litre respectively.

Diesel prices also touched record high levels on Sunday in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. They rose to Rs 70.12, Rs 71.94 and Rs 71.32 per litre respectively.

The price of the Indian basket of crude oils, composed of 70 per cent sour grade Oman and Dubai crudes and the rest by sweet grade Brent, has gone upwards of $70 a barrel this month, after rising to an average of $69.30 in April 2018.

It averaged $47.56 and $56.43 per barrel respectively during the last two financial years.

During a telephonic interaction earlier this week with Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan raised concern over the surge in crude oil prices.

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