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Quit, AAP tells Jaitley

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The AAP on Wednesday asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to resign, saying the CBI raided the Delhi Secretariat to derail a probe into the affairs of Delhi’s cricket club, which he once headed.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh told the media that the allegations of corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) cannot be probed as long as Jaitley remains in the cabinet.

Jaitley is the former chairman of the DDCA, which has controlled the affairs of cricket in the Indian capital. Ex-cricketers have hurled major corruption charges at its office bearers, Jaitley included.

“He (Jaitley) should resign from the government,” Singh told the media here.

He said the searches by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office were aimed at scuttling a probe by the Delhi government into the DDCA affairs.

“We are not afraid of such cowardly acts and false threats. This voice against corruption is not going to be stopped. Arvind Kejriwal is committed to take action against corruption in DDCA,” Singh asserted.

The CBI has denied searching Kejriwal’s office, and said it was only investigating corruption charges against the chief minister’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar.

Singh said the AAP would make public the details of what he claimed were financial wrongdoings in the DDCA.

Singh said BJP MP Kirti Azad on August 5, 2014, had raised in parliament the matter of corruption prevailing in the DDCA.

The union home ministry had then asked the sports ministry to look into the matter and take action.

Showing a copy of a letter, Singh said: ” The union sports ministry on July 27, 2015, wrote this letter to the chief secretary of the Delhi government asking him to probe the corruption in the DDCA.”

He added that the Delhi government had then formed a committee to investigate the issue.

“On the basis of the report of a committee, Kejriwal was about to take strict action in connection with the corruption in the DDCA. The CBI raid was an action to scuttle the probe,” Singh said.

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Won’t listen after 3 days: Kapil Mishra’s ultimatum to Delhi Police to vacate Jaffrabad roads

In an ultimatum to the Delhi Police, Kapil Mishra said he would give only three days to the cops to clear the roads in Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh. After that, he said, “we would take to the streets”.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra on Sunday asked the Delhi Police to vacate the Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh roads in Delhi where protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are going on. In an ultimatum to the Delhi Police, Kapil Mishra said he would give only three days to the cops to clear the roads in Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh.

After three days when United States President Donald Trump leaves, Kapil Mishra said, “do not try to convince us, we would not even listen to you”. Donald Trump is arriving in India on Monday on a two-day visit to the country.

Around 500 people, mostly women, gathered near the Jaffrabad metro station on Saturday night in protest against the new citizenship law and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), blocking a major road. Kapil Mishra, who has been vocal against the CAA protests, reached Maujpur, close to Jaffrabad, and held a rally in support of the citizenship act.

While addressing a gathering during a pro-CAA rally in Delhi’s Maujpur, where stone pelting was reported between two groups, Kapil Mishra said, “Dilli mein aag lagi rahe, ye yahi chahte hain, isiliye inhone raaste band kiye, isiliye dange jaisa maahaul bana rahe hain. Hamari taraf se ek bhi patthar nahi chala hai [Dilli burns, these people [the anti-CAA protesters] want this only and that is why they have blocked the roads and that is why they are creating a riot-like situation. We did not pelt a single stone during the rally]”

Kapil Mishra then went on to give an ultimatum to the Delhi Police to get the Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh roads emptied. He also gave a three-day ultimatum to the police or, he said, “we would have to take to the streets”.

“Trump ke jaane tak toh hum shaanti se jaa rahe hain. Lekin uske baad hum aapki bhi nahi sunenge agar raaste khaali nahi huye toh. Trump ke jaane tak aap Jaffrabad aur Chand Bagh khaali karwa dijiye, aisi aapse vinti kar rahe hain, uske baad hamein road par aana padega [We will not do anything till Donald Trump leaves. But after Donald Trump leaves India, we would not even listen to you if the roads are not vacated. Get the Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh roads cleared, we are requesting you, after that, we will have to hit the streets]” Kapil Mishra was heard saying in the video he tweeted.

CLASHES AT MAUJPUR PRO-CAA RALLY

Clashes broke out between two groups of people near Jaffrabad in northeast Delhi on Sunday evening where a large number of people had gathered to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Police fired tear gas shells as members of the two groups pelted stones at each other in Maujpur.

There was tension in the area after hundreds of anti-CAA protesters, mostly women, blocked a road near the Jaffrabad metro station which connects Seelampur with Maujpur and Yamuna Vihar.

The anti-CAA protest continued on Sunday, prompting the Delhi Metro authorities to close the entry and exit gates of the station.

There was heavy security deployment in the area.

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Ghulam Nabi Azad gets invitation for Trump reception

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New Delhi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has been invited to attend the reception of US President Donald Trump at Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 25, a source said on Sunday.

The source, however, could not confirm if Azad would attend the function as he is out of Delhi. “It would be confirmed after he returns tomorrow (Monday).”

Earlier, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had declined the invitation to attend the Presidential banquet saying since party interim-president Sonia Gandhi has not been invited, he will not attend.

The Floor leaders of both House of Parliament have been invited to for the Presidential banquet to be hosted on Tuesday.

The schedule of the US President has no mention of meeting with any opposition leaders. The Congress had said on Friday that it has not received any invitation yet for its leaders to meet Trump on his upcoming two-day visit to India.

Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said: “If any invitation comes, we will take a view on it.”

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Role of judiciary to be pivotal in coming days: President

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New Delhi, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday that the role of the judiciary is bound to be pivotal amid dramatic transformations in the coming days.

In his address at the International Judicial Conference being organised by the Supreme Court, he said that issues like gender justice, contemporary perspectives on protection of constitutional values, dynamic interpretations of the Constitution in a changing world, harmonisation of environment protection vis-a-vis sustainable development and protection of the right to privacy in the Internet age are issues that influence every member of the global community.

These five distinctly defined topics cover the matrix of challenges faced by the judiciary across the world, he said.

The President praised the Supreme Court for carrying out “radical reforms” which, he said, made justice more accessible to common people. He cited landmark judgements passed by the apex court which have strengthened the legal and constitutional framework of India.

“Its bench and bar are known for their legal scholarship and intellectual wisdom. What it has achieved is nothing less than a silent revolution in diagnosing and correcting the afflictions that adversely affected the justice delivery system,” he said, as per a press note.

The President particularly mentioned the role of Supreme Court in making the higher courts’ judgments available in regional languages, terming it “an extraordinary achievement given the linguistic diversity of India”.

As of now, the judgments of the Supreme Court get translated in up to nine Indian languages to make them accessible to common people. Kovind expressed confidence that its scope would further widen in the future.

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