Times of India | 6 days ago | 22-06-2022 | 10:55 am
SURAT: Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday accused Gujarat BJP leaders of resorting to ‘Operation Lotus’ to destabilize the Maha Vikas Aaghadi government in Maharashtra, reports Yagnesh Mehta. “Some people are running the ‘Operation Lotus’ from Gujarat. Let them do it. Around 14-15 of our MLAs are incommunicado while seven to eight are still in touch with us,” Raut told TOI over phone. He claimed that those in touch want to return but they are not being allowed. “Those who want to return were requesting that Mumbai police be sent to Surat to take them back. They were lied to and taken into cars. They were kidnapped,” Raut added. “Families of a few of the MLAs have approached local police and lodged a missing report. Some names of rebel MLAs that are in circulation were present with us in the meeting today,” said Raut.
A wanted man and his associate were arrested from Delhi’s Shahdara Monday by the Economic Offences Wing and handed over to the CBI, said the police. The men were identified as the main accused Pradeep Paliwal, 70, and his associate Vinayak Bhatt.The police added that Paliwal was wanted in four cases registered in the EOW, CBI, Karol Bagh, and Gurugram’s Udhyog Vihar jurisdiction respectively. They added that Bhatt was wanted in another CBI case.A senior police officer said, “Paliwal along with his associate used to cheat people and banks on the pretext of getting money to invest in a granite mining business. He did this by getting loans on forged papers against properties that had already been mortgaged.”The official added that he and his associate were arrested in Shahdara on the basis of detailed data and manual surveillance.Officials added that the accused evaded arrest by using communication apps on a Zimbabwe mobile number. He also never stayed in one location for longer than 24 hours, and avoided travelling by plane. He used a private vehicle to travel between Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Delhi.
An Army jawan allegedly shot dead two of his colleagues at Mirthal cantonment in Punjab’s Pathankot district on Monday, a police official said.The 22-year-old sepoy allegedly opened fire on two havildars from West Bengal and Maharashtra in the early hours of Monday, the police official said.The sepoy, who has been serving in the Army for four years, had fled from the scene leaving behind his service weapon, but was nabbed later.Officials are trying to ascertain what led to the firing.A Naik-rank Army official, in a complaint filed with the police, said they heard gun shots when they were sleeping.He, along with his colleagues, immediately informed their seniors about the incident and the injured were taken to a hospital in Pathankot where they were declared dead by doctors.A massive manhunt was launched by police and Army personnel and the accused was nabbed a few kilometers away from the cantonment, the police official said.A case of murder under relevant sections of the IPC and the Arms Act has been registered, he said.
Good morning,In an interim relief for the Shiv Sena rebel MLAs, the Supreme Court extended the deadline set by Maharashtra Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal to reply to notices on pleas seeking their disqualification from the Assembly. The apex court said they had time until 5.30 pm on July 12 to send their replies and fixed July 11 as the next date of hearing.The political crisis in Maharashtra has given rise to the question of whether the Shiv Sena rebels can avoid disqualification under the anti-defection law. With the rebel camp claiming they have the support of at least 39 MLAs, we explain the 2/3rd rule in anti-defection law.At a time when Sanjay Raut has been trying to rally the Shiv Sena MLAs and cadre behind Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to the Sena MP in a case related to irregularities in a chawl redevelopment project at Mumbai’s Goregaon.Facing rebellion within his party, Thackeray took away the portfolios of rebel ministers camping in Assam’s Guwahati and allocated them to other cabinet colleagues.Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena’s rebel group led by Eknath Shinde is learnt to be strategising to approach the Governor, informing him of their decision to withdraw support from the MVA, and thereby, prompting a floor test.The Supreme Court, while dismissing appeals against the clean chit to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in the Gujarat riots case, said the matter is being pursued to keep the pot boiling, obviously, for ulterior design” and said “all those involved in such abuse of process, need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law”. Yet it was the Supreme Court which, through hearings and orders over the years, called for “fair and impartial investigation” into the riots cases. Two cases — of the Best Bakery and Bilkis Bano — were moved out of Gujarat to Maharashtra. Here’s what Supreme Court once said and did.Is lack of clarity on policy and progressive clamping down on cryptocurrencies forcing Indian entrepreneurs and developers in the Web 3.0 to leave the country in search of greener pastures? With the UAE and Singapore actively promoting the ecosystem, co-founders of India’s cryptocurrency exchanges have been relocating with families to these destinations in the last couple of years.A cyber unit of Delhi Police arrested Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of fact-checking website AltNews, on charges of allegedly hurting religious sentiments following a complaint by a social media user who referred to a tweet from 2018. Police sources said the complainant in the case goes by the Twitter name Hanuman Bhakt.India, along with G7 countries and four invited countries, signed the ‘2022 Resilient Democracies Statement’ in which they committed to “guarding the freedom, independence and diversity of civil society actors” and “protecting the freedom of expression and opinion online and offline”.In an attempt to increase participation of women in the gig economy, the NITI Aayog has proposed fiscal incentives like tax breaks or startup grants for companies with about one-third of their workforce as women and people with disabilities (PwDs). Key points in its report include:🔴A survey conducted across urban centres of India revealed that women are more likely to take up platform jobs after their education and marriage.🔴 Female labour force participation in India has remained low, oscillating between 16 per cent to 23 per cent in the last few years.🔴 Platform companies offer flexibility and choice of labour to all workers in general, and women in particular, empowering them to monetise their idle assets when and where they want.🔴 It also recommended that businesses have a higher share of women managers and supervisors in the organisation to ensure that communication to workers does not perpetuate gender stereotypes.Another report, released by the Ministry of Education, states that as India entered the pandemic year, students in around 61 per cent districts of the country had very little exposure to digital learning due to limited availability of computers, Internet facilities and teachers trained to handle technological tools in schools.Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan questioned the Congress’ “silence” over the arrest of retired DGP R B Sreekumar and activist Teesta Setalvad by the Gujarat Police a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clean chit by the SIT to the state government, then led by Narendra Modi, in the 2002 Gujarat riots case. “The Congress could have organised at least a nominal protest,” he said.Aditi Mutatkar, a former international shuttler, remembers getting awkward when boys at her academy didn’t know why she came for badminton training, wearing dark shorts a few days of the month. Now, with a myriad voices raising questions about Wimbledon’s pedantic white-only clothing rule, unrelenting even for women players on their periods, sport is in for a serious sartorial reckoning of its age-old traditions.Delhi confidential: With the digital push targeting the youth ahead of Uttar Pradesh elections finding success, a new mission — New India For Young India — is already launched in poll-bound Gujarat, with Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar visiting universities to tell students about the government’s programmes and schemes. The programme is to create a buzz about new opportunities such as space and start-ups.In today’s episode of the ‘3 Things’ podcast, we discuss how the sanctions against Russia have fared and why AAP lost the recent bypolls in Punjab. We also delve into the companies looking to invest in Congress-ruled Rajasthan, and what it says about our economy.Until tomorrow,Leela Prasad and Sonal Gupta
Written by Samar JainPolice have arrested two people and recovered 64 kilogram of marijuana (ganja) from their possession.Police said on June 25, Inspector Ajay Malik, SHO Bilaspur police station, received a tip-off that a truck carrying 64 kg 380 grams of narcotics was on its way to Delhi from Maharashtra and will be passing from Dharuhera.Preet Pal, ACP crime, said that acting on the information, police set up a barricade near the old toll plaza in Bilaspur and the truck was stopped for checking.“During checking, it was found that the ganja had been hidden under a bunch of paper rolls. Over 64 kg 380 grams of ganja was confiscated and both the culprits were arrested,” said ACP.The accused have been identified as the truck driver, Mohammad Zahir, and his female associate, Alka. Police said the narcotics were being transported from Pune to Delhi.“During questioning, the accused said they had supplied the consignment of narcotics on one earlier occasion. The accused were produced in a court and taken on one day police remand. We are questioning them about the suppliers of the drugs and trying to ascertain the entire nexus of people involved in smuggling the narcotics,” said ACP.An FIR was registered against the two accused under NDPS Act at Bilaspur police station, said police.(The writer is an intern with The Indian Express)
MUMBAI: The Supreme Court order extending till July 12, 5.30 pm, the time granted by the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly to Eknath Shinde and other 'rebel' MLAs to reply to disqualification notices, paves the way for a "very definite possibility" of a floor test to prove the confidence of the Assembly, said legal experts on Monday. Given that there is no stay on such action, the entire sequence of events now points in the direction of a floor test, which could be the only way out of the impasse in the next two weeks, said experts. "There will be no disqualification till then and they are theoretically entitled to having a floor test,'' said senior counsel Vineet Naik. The SC vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala did orally allow Maharashtra state to knock on its doors in case a no-confidence motion is sought by the 'rebel' MLAs to verify the MVA's numbers in the legislature.Senior counsel Prasad Dhakephalkar said the Maharashtra governor can legally promulgate a Session of the House and direct a floor test be held. The process would then kick in and the State's legal team can immediately rush to the SC and seek an urgent hearing to try and stall it since the apex court is seized of the matter filed by the 'rebel' MLAs. Even if the motion does go ahead, the affected parties can challenge its outcome later. However, in the House during a vote for no-confidence, "there can be no concept of disqualification at that time,'' said a senior advocate from Delhi. But Dhakephalkar said if a motion is called for and a whip issued for members to vote, disobedience in the show of hands may incur consequences and pave way for notice of disqualification. With Shinde camp saying it constitutes a majority of the Shiv Sena Legislative Party, it may issue its own whip. Any disobedience of the whip may entail a disqualification petition, but then the ball may lie in the Speaker's court-and who the Speaker would be will depend on the outcome of the floor test. If the government remains, the Speaker will remain and if the Government falls the Speaker would change. "If a floor test were to be held, Shiv Sena would in all probability issue a whip to vote in favor of the Deputy Speaker. If the rebel MLAs were to defy this whip and avoid being disqualified, they would have to be 37 in number on the day of the voting or merge with the BJP or float a new political party, for which permission would be required to be sought from the Election Commission,'' said Naik. Rahul Chitnis, a counsel appearing on behalf of the State Government, informed the court that adequate steps have been taken and will be taken to protect the 39 dissident Sena MLAs and their families. "With this assurance by the State Government, which includes all three parties from MVA, it would be safe to assume that the 39 MLAs who are camping out of State can or may return to Mumbai,'' said Naik.