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UP CM should quit, hold SC probe into infant deaths: Cong

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New Delhi/Gorakhpur, Aug 12 : The Congress today held the Uttar Pradesh government “responsible” for the death of 30 infants at a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and a probe by a Supreme Court judge.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who visited Baba Raghav Das Medical College in eastern Uttar Pradesh, along with party colleagues, expressed deep anguish over the death of 30 children, allegedly due to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen, in a span of 48 hours.

Azad said the probe ordered by the state government and the suspension of the college principal is just “an eyewash” and demanded that the matter should be probed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.

He said if the matter is properly investigated the state government would be found to be squarely responsible for the “gross negligence” that led to the death of infants. He also said that the truth would come out only if an all-party delegation held an inquiry and the report would come in a week’s time.

“This incident took place due to the laxity on the part of state government. The state government is fully responsible for it. The chief minister, health minister and the health secretary must immediately resign and doctors should not be blamed for this,” he said.

“The suspension of the college principal and holding of a probe by district authorities has no meaning and is merely an eyewash. This matter should be probed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court and the report should come in 15 days time,” he said.

Earlier, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said the chief minister and UP’s Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh should resign taking “moral responsibility” for the deaths.

“There are clearly two dimensions to it, that of criminal culpability of all those who are responsible — the hospital administration, the oxygen supplier and the district administration which is supposed to exercise superintendence over the hospital, and the other is the moral responsibility of the chief minister.

“While all those responsible must be charged with criminal culpability accounting to murder,…there is a moral dimension which the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and his health minister must take responsibility for and resign immediately,” he said.

Taking a swipe at the Uttar Pradesh health minister, the Congress leader tweeted, “UP Health Minister only seeks votes in Lal Bahadur Shastri ji’s name -he doesn’t follow Shastri ji’s high morals in politics… Shastri ji resigned taking moral responsibility for railway accident, @sidharthnsingh holds on to power even after death of infants (sic).”

Singh is the grandson of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Health Minister Singh had yesterday told PTI, “The deaths of children were very unfortunate and the government will set up an inquiry committee to ascertain if any lapse has been there and if anyone is found guilty he will be made accountable.”

He said that according to reports from the paediatric department of the hospital, 60 children died due to various diseases since August 7.

Singh, however, asserted that the deaths were not because of paucity of oxygen.

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Loan scam: CBI registers FIRs against 22 PNB employees

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Central Bureau of Investigation’s Bhopal branch on Friday registered 22 cases against the employees of Punjab National Bank and others and conducted simultaneous raids in Bhopal and Ujjain for alleged fraudulent disbursement of loans and credit limits to different private parties dealing in the business of coal during the period from 2011 to 2016.

The investigations revolve around four branches in Bhopal and Ujjain (MP) and FIRs were registered on the basis of complaint lodged by the bank.

“It is alleged that the employees of the bank fraudulently sanctioned and disbursed loans and credit limit to different private parties dealing in the business of Coal. Loans were sanctioned against exorbitant valuation of the collateral securities,” said CBI officials.

Beneficiaries had disposed of the primary security of Coal without depositing the proceeds with the bank, thereby causing wrongful loss to the bank to the tune of Rs 80 crore.

The offices as well as houses of accused persons are being searched at 47 places in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Maharastra and Punjab, during which incriminating documents have been recovered and seized.

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Over 230 officials transferred ahead of Tripura elections

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Agartala, Jan 20: Ahead of the February 18 polls, more than 230 officials, including 10 returning officers, besides police, have been transferred in Tripura to comply with the poll panel’s orders, an official stated here on Saturday.

In total 180 police officials, 58 civil administration officials, including 10 returning officers, have been transferred since last week in the state, following the Election Commission’s (EC) orders and the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

The poll panel enforced MCC on Thursday.

On late Friday night, 58 civil administration officials were transferred and asked to join their new postings within 24 hours, news agency IANS quoted an Election official was saying.

Out of the 58, other than the 10 returning officers, six were sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs).

Prior to this, last week the Tripura Police Authority transferred 180 police officers, including 20 Officers-in-Charge (OCs) of police stations and 29 Deputy Superintendent of Police rank officers.

Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti stated that altogether 40 all-women polling stations would be set up in 40 of the 60 assembly constituencies in eight districts of the state.

“This is the first time in Tripura that so many polling stations would be set up for exclusive deployment of women polling staffs,” the official told the media persons.

Voting will take place in 3,214 polling stations across Tripura.

A two-member EC team led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain held a slew of meetings with senior officials, including Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Sukhla, since Thursday and reviewed the poll preparations.

The EC team, which visited all the eight districts during the last three days, left here on Saturday for the national capital.

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SC bench headed by CJI to hear Loya case

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New Delhi, Jan 20: The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will hear on Monday two petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of Special CBI Court judge B.M. Loya who was holding the trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout case.

The supplementary cause list issued on Saturday lists the petitions by social activist Tehseen Poonawala and Maharashtra-based journalist Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone before the bench of Chief Justice Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

Earlier, the two petitions were being heard by the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

The allocation of Judge Loya’s matter to a relatively junior bench was one of the bones of contention raised by four rebel judges in their unprecedented press conference on January 12.

The bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on January 17 recused itself from hearing the matter after the bench directed that all the documents furnished by the Maharashtra government to the court relating to the death of Judge Loya be shared with the petitioners seeking independent probe.

The case came into limelight as BJP president Amit Shah was allegedly one of the accused in the case. Shah was later discharged by the Special CBI court trying the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case.

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