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Rajya Sabha Polls: SC agrees to hear Congress plea against NOTA option in Gujarat

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New Delhi, Aug 2: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a petition moved by the Gujarat Congress against the introduction of  NOTA option in upcoming  Rajya Sabha elections.

The bench will commence hearing in the case on Thursday.

Senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal, sought an urgent hearing of the case, mentioning that the petition before a bench will be headed by Justice Dipak Misra, who agreed to hear the petition on Thursday.

We are surprised that EC took such an unconstitutional step. We’ll talk about it in Court tomorrow, Sibal said.

“We are surprised that EC took such an unconstitutional step. We’ll talk about it in Court tomorrow,” Sibal said.

The Congress had termed the Election Commission notification that would provide the MLAs ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) option for the RS poll as ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘illegal’.

A day after EC’s notification, Congress petitioned the Election Commission against the use of the NOTA.

On Tuesday, Rajya Sabha witnessed ruckus over the introduction of NOTA at the time when Gujarat is facing political fiasco, which led to multiple adjournments of the session

The high level battle for Rajya Sabha seat is slated to be held on August 8 and from Gujarat Congress lone candidate, Ahmed Patel is contesting against BJP’s Balwantsinh Rajput.

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Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav gets five years jail term in third case

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Ranchi, Jan 24: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who was convicted in the third fodder scam case, granted five year’s jail term by a special CBI court here on Wednesday.

Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra also sentenced to five years in the  prison.

Along with the imprisonment, the court imposed fine of Rs 5 lakhs to both leaders.

Special court judge S.S. Prasad announced the judgment in the case, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993.

The allegation is that Rs 33.67 crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The actual sanction of amount was Rs 7.10 lakh.

In all there are 56 accused, including former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajal Chakraborty. Sajjal was Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum district when the alleged fraudulent withdrawal had taken place.

This is the third case in which Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra are accused.

At present, the RJD Chief is in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail, as he was awarded a three-and-a-half year sentence on January 6 this year in a fodder scam relating to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury.

Lalu Yadav was first convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and was sentenced five years’  of jail term.

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Won’t Let Padmaavat Release, says Karni Sena Chief

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Jaipur, Jan 24 : The Supreme Court’s green signal for countrywide screening of “Padmaavat”  notwithstanding, Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday said the Rajput organisation won’t allow the Sanjay Leela Bhansali helmed to be released as it depicts the Rajput queen in less than honourable light.

“We are adamant on our stand that this film should be banned. January 25 may come and go but we won’t let the film release, come what may,” Kalvi stated.

He urged  people for a self-imposed curfew to boycott the movie that “insults the mother, Rani Padmavati”.

On being asked about the violence being perpetrated in the name of banning the movie, Kalvi stated it was “sad”, but held Bhansali responsible for it.

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Padmaavat Row: Protesters block Delhi-Jaipur highway

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New Delhi, Jan 26: Protesters on Wednesday blocked Delhi-Jaipur highway against Padmavaat release. 

In various parts of the country people are agitating against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh Fort has been also closed as a mark of protest.

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