Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s advocate Manik Dogra on Tuesday said that all allegations made by the Aam Aadmi Party are baseless and malicious and aimed at tarnishing the reputation of his client.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s advocate Manik Dogra on Tuesday said that all allegations made by the Aam Aadmi Party are baseless and malicious and aimed at tarnishing the reputation of his client. “Our argument was that all the allegations made by the AAP are wrong, baseless and malicious. This is only to tarnish the reputation. Mr. Jaitlety has filed a suit for damages seeking the damage of 10 crore against the defendant. We are very confident and hopeful for the success,” Dogra told the media here.He also added that all defendants individually and collectively have made themselves liable to compensate the plaintiff for a sum of Rs 10 crores.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of AAP for allegedly defaming him in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy before a Delhi court which took cognizance on his plea.Jaitley’s action comes in the backdrop of attacks on him by Kejriwal and other AAP leaders over alleged irregularities and financial bunglings in Delhi’s cricket body, DDCA, of which he was the president for about 13 years till 2013.
Noting that despite direction from the court, the Centre has not filed the affidavit, the registrar of the court on Thursday passed the order directing the matter to be listed before an appropriate bench for further hearing.
A year after the Supreme Court’s notice to the Centre on a plea challenging Article 35A of the Constitution, which grants ‘special status’ to permanent residents of J&K and preventing rest of Indian citizens from acquiring immovable property and exercising voting rights in the state, the Union of India has failed to respond but the Jammu and Kashmir government has filed its reply seeking dismissal of the petition.Noting that despite direction from the court, the Centre has not filed the affidavit, the registrar of the court on Thursday passed the order directing the matter to be listed before an appropriate bench for further hearing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Filing an affidavit, the Mufti government in the state said the apex court had already dealt with the President’s 1954 order which allowed only the permanent residents of J&K to buy and sale the immovable properties, getting government jobs and voting rights there and restrained others.It submitted that since Article 370 as enacted and amended remained in the Constitution as an integral part thereof and since the presidential order of 1954 has been recognised and acted on, as valid, ever since its promulgation, and when challenged, it was rejected by the two Constitution benches of the Supreme Court and sought dismissal of the petition.The petition was filed by ‘We the citizens’, a Delhi-based non-governmental organisation registered as a society, through its president Sandeep Kulkarni was first heard a year ago on August 19, 2014 by the Bench headed by Chief Justice. The court then sent notices to the Centre and J&K government.Petitioner’s counsel Varun K Sinha argued that “the state of J&K is integral part of India and therefore the citizen of J&K as well as citizen of other states of the country have got equal fundamental rights and on the ground of certain clauses/paras contained in the constitution application to J&K order 1954 are violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.”He also argued that although President has the power to modify/ clarify the Article 35 with regard to the state of J & K but his 1954 order was illegal saying “with the insertion of Article 35 A can only be done by the Parliament through an amendment.”Last year when the petition was filed, the BJP, then in the Opposition in Jammu and Kashmir and vying for a mission 44 ahead of elections, had not only supported it vociferously, but also promised to annul this legal provision to make citizenship laws uniform all over country. But now that it is sharing power with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), it is becoming increasingly difficult for the law department of Jammuand Kashmir government, as well as for the Central government to either support or oppose the plea.The Article 35A that forms basis of Permanent Resident law replicated actually a state subject law promulgated by the Dogra king Maharaja Hari Singh in 1927 following a strong campaign by Kashmiri Pandits who were opposed to the hiring of civil servants from Punjab, because it had affected their representation in the Dogra administration.The Kashmiri Pandits’ agitation of the time did not affect the Muslim majority because the Dogras as a policy kept Muslims largely out of the administration. Also, the law was brought to prevent rich landlords from the erstwhile undivided Punjab to claim property and permanent resident rights after marrying Kashmiri Muslim girls. A provision was incorporated that Kashmiri girls, marrying outside the state, will forfeit their immovable property rights.Earlier, dna had reported that Centre’s concerned ministries – law and justice and ministry of home affairs – were busy gathering inputs from various agencies on the implications, as in Kashmir, both the mainstream parties – the National Conference as well as ruling People’s Democratic Party – have warned the government of dire consequences on the issue. Both of them want the Central government to oppose the petition tooth-and-nail.
Special teams which were tasked to investigate the incident said they were able to establish the identity of the perpetrators.
Special teams which were tasked to investigate the incident said they were able to establish the identity of the perpetrators.
The army have arrested five insurgents of NSCN (Khaplang) involved in the June 4 ambush of a military convoy in Manipur’s Chandel district which killed 18 armed forces personnel, sources said on Thursday. “Five members of the ambush team have been caught and the search for the remaining killers is on. All the above apprehended are being handed over to NIA for further investigation,” an Army source said.After the ambush, the worst such attack on the Army in two decades, special teams were tasked to investigate the incident and crucial evidences were found, the sources said adding that they were able to establish the identity of the perpetrators.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Based on inputs, the army established a vehicle check post in Utlou area of Bishnupur district and apprehended 22-year-old NSCN (K) cadre S S Pte Giftson yesterday, they said. The source claimed that he revealed about his involvement in the ambush against 6 DOGRA regiment at Paraolon village and gave further information about the movement of his fellow team members.Another operation was launched yesterday and one more NSCN (K) cadre involved in the ambush was held from Kakching Lamkhai yesterday. The apprehended was identified as H Bojesh Monsang, 24, a resident of Chandel district.On July 19 also, Mayanglangbam Manglemba alias Touthing Ngangba of NSCN-K was nabbed from Tuisimi village in the state.On June 4, a team of 6 Dogra Regiment was on a road opening patrol (ROP) as part of its daily routine along Tengnoupal-New Samtal road, about 80 km from Imphal, when it was attacked with a powerful Improvised Explosive Device. After the IED blast, the insurgents had resorted to heavy firing at the convoy of four army vehicles with RPGs and automatic weapons.Based on his information given by Mayanglangbam Manglemba, alias Touthing Ngangba, intelligence teams of army carried out further search for the remaining members of the ambush team after which Chingkhiurei Gangmei was apprehended at Tamenglong on August 4. In between, another cadre Rajanglung was also arrested, the sources said. In June, National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested a key member of NSCN-K for allegedly being a part of the conspiracy.Hitting back after the June 4 ambush, Indian army commandos had carried out what was claimed to be surgical strikes, hitting two camps of insurgents at two locations along Nagaland and Manipur borders with Myanmmar, inflicting serious damage on the ultras.NSCN (K), which reneged from a ceasefire in March, has been involved in a series of attacks in tandem with some other militant groups under the banner of an umbrella group ‘United Liberation Front of South East Asia’.
“Aaj kal hum jante hai daamadoun ke karan kaya kaya bataen hoti hai (We all know what kind of things are being said today because of the sons in law),” Modi in an apparent dig at Vadra said while addressing a gathering to mark the centenary celebrations of veteran Congress leader and former J&K financé minister Girdhari Lal Dogra in Jammu.
With leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad in tow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a jibe at the dynastic politics and invoked “damaad” apparently lampooning Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in law Robert Vadra who is facing enquiry into land deals.”Aaj kal hum jante hai daamadoun ke karan kaya kaya bataen hoti hai (We all know what kind of things are being said today because of the sons in law),” Modi in an apparent dig at Vadra said while addressing a gathering to mark the centenary celebrations of veteran Congress leader and former J&K financé minister Girdhari Lal Dogra in Jammu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi’s ‘damaad’ jibe left the audience in splits with people clapping loudly before Modi again started his speech. Showering praises on Dogra, who is the father-in-law of union finance minister Arun Jaitely, Modi said his son-in-law kept himself aloof from his father-in-law and the late leader too kept him away.”That is why it is important in public life that we should not divide our legacy. Everybody works with certain ideology in his public life, but he lives and dies for the nation. We should be proud of them and have equal regard for anybody who has worked and died for the nation, irrespective of their political ideologies and affiliations,” Modi said.Modi opposed political unaccountability saying the contradictions are the beauty of democracy. To put across his point, Modi recalled the day when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee asked his deputy LK Advani to join the last rites of the leader of rival party.”Our heritage should not be divided. I know when Atal Ji became prime minister and on this day a leader, who was opposing us throughout, passed away on the day. Atal Ji asked Advani Ji to join his last rites because his contribution to nation is immense,” he said.Hinting at the stormy parliamentary session, Modi said there will be a “muqabala” (contest) in the coming monsoon session. “We all are sitting here but just wait to see the ‘muqabla’ we will have in some days,” he said pointing towards Azad.Modi also greeted the people on Eid-ul-Fitr but did not announce any economic package as was being anticipated in Jammu and Kashmir.
Amid multiple ceasefire violations at the Line of Control, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Jammu on Friday morning to attend centenary celebrations of former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Girdhari Lal Dogra.
Security had been beefed up in and around Jammu against the backdrop of several infiltration attempts from across the border. According to reports, Modi is expected to announce a Rs 70,000 crore development package for the state.
Addressing a gathering at the Jammu University, PM Modi hailed Girdhari Dogra for the selfless contribution to the society without indulging in nepotism. Modi said, “Some legends are such that the kind of life they lead and what they do, they become immortal – Girdhari Lal Dogra is among them. Its a victory for Girdhari Lal Dogra ji that he inspired a line of leaders after him, he became a man who shaped a generation of leaders.”
Modi also took a dig at the culture of dynastic politics and appeared to target Congress by taking a veiled swipe at Sonia Gandhi‘s son-in-law Robert Vadra who is embroiled in controversies over his land deals. “I’m very sure that Girdhari Lal ji’s judgement of character was very sharp and it shows in his choice of son-in-law. Kursi di na di, beti zaroor di. Jab ki Arun Jaitley ji aur Girdhari Lal ji ki vichaar dhara bilkul alag thi. Aur aap logon ko to pata hai ki aaj kal daamaadon ke baare mai kya baatein hoti hain (There are sons-in-law who do not bask in borrowed glory. We all know how political damads can be),” Modi said.
He also disapproved of political untouchability, saying the national heritage should not be divided and all leaders who have worked and died for the nation should be given equal regard irrespective of their ideologies and affiliations.
Here are the major highlights of the PM Modi’s visit:
- PM Modi arrived in Jammu on Friday morning amid high security. A team of special protection group (SPG) of Prime Minister’s security had already reached Jammu and carried out sensitisation of the venue where the Prime Minister was scheduled to address a gathering.
- The venue of the function, General Zorawar Singh auditorium of the Jammu University, had been sealed and the entire University had been turned into a fortress, a PTI report said. No vehicle was allowed inside the Jammu university campus and everybody entering the university campus was properly frisked. “Elaborate security arrangements have been kept in place ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s scheduled visit to Jammu,” SSP (in charge) Jammu Rajiv Panday told PTI.
- He said that the area around the venues of Prime Minister’s visit was properly sensitised and adequate deployment had been made near the venue. “We have covered all the areas near the venue, the police and other security agencies have sanitised the area and personnel have been deployed on all the high-rise buildings in and around the venue,” he said. He said that visitors were frisked before entering the venue and nobody would be allowed in without a valid identity card.
- Sources in the government have said that PM Modi is likely to announce a mega development package of Rs 70,000 crore for the state on his one-day visit. He is also likely to announce an All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for Jammu.
- After multiple border violations by Pakistan, India on Thursday warned Pakistan of “effective and forceful” response to unprovoked firing and cross-border terrorism.
- After multiple infiltration bids, there were reports of an alleged Indian drone infiltrating Pakistani airspace later on the same day. The Pakistan army shot down the drone and claimed that it was aimed at ‘spying’.
- The Pakistan army shot down the drone and claimed that it was a ‘spy’ which was being used for aerial photography near the LoC. The Indian Army, however, rejected the claims of any spying and said that drone didn’t belong to India.
- Later in the day Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said picture of drone in question shows it’s not of Indian design or available in Indian armed forces’ inventory. “It appears to be a Chinese design which is available off the shelf”.
- He also countered Pakistan government’s charge over Heli manoeuvres by India near LoC on 11 July, 2015 as an “offensive and threatening posture”. “In so far as the allegation of the helicopter manoeuvres is concerned, this has already been taken up and settled through an exchange of hotline messages between local formation commanders at Teetwal on 12-13 July.”The helicopter flight was in connection with the counter-terrorism operation in which three terrorists were neutralised. The Pakistani side raised the issue of our helicopter flight and we had clarified that it was well within the mutually accepted distances from the LoC in India. That the Pakistani government four days later is raising a controversy on a settled issue speaks for itself,” he said.
PM Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif had met in Ufa, Russia last week and struck a positive note and ended with an announcement that he would visit Islamabad in 2016 for the SAARC summit, but made no commitment on restarting dialogue. While the Opposition called the meeting an “eyewash”, BJP had hailed it as a “breakthrough” move.
As part of breakthrough announcements after the talks, the two countries had even decided to arrange meetings of senior military officials to reduce tension along the border. However, merely a week later Pakistan violated border truce more than once and four villagers were reportedly injured. There were four ceasefire violations in the span of 24 hours, Times Now had reported on Thursday.
With inputs from Agencies
Security has been beefed up in and around Jammu ahead for Modi’s day-long visit to the state.
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Giridhari Lal Dogra, a Congress leader was the former Finance Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. He was a minister for 27 years and never lost an election. PM is in Jammu to commemorate centenary celebration of the former minister. LIVE UPDATES:12:30 IST Friday, 17 July 2015PM Modi says that Girdhari Lal Dogra belongs to that era when politicians didn’t work for power or money. He says that former J&K Finance Minister never promoted his family. In a lighter vein, Narendra Modi says that Girdhari showed great accumen in chosing his son in law alluding to senior BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PM Modi says that everyone should learn from Girdhari Lal Dogra to show probity in public life. PM Modi speaks out against political untouchability and says everyone who has worked in public life should be respected. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>12:22 IST Friday, 17 July 201512:00 IST Friday, 17 July 2015Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley pays rich tribute to Giridhari Lal Dogra and says that he was a leader of impeccable integrity. 11:50 IST Friday, 17 July 2015Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Jammu to attend the centenary celebrations of former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Girdhari Lal Dogra. He viewed an exhibition on Dogra in the company of Jammu and Kashmir Chief MInister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, besides state governor NN Vohra and other dignitaries. Security has been beefed up in and around Jammu ahead for Modi’s day-long visit to the state. According to sources, the Prime Minister is likely to announce a development package of around Rs. 70,000 crore for Jammu and Kashmir during his visit.The venue of the function, General Zorawar Singh auditorium of the Jammu University, has been sealed and the entire University has been turned into a fortress. No vehicle is being allowed inside the Jammu university campus and everybody entering the university campus is being properly frisked. “Elaborate security arrangements have been kept in place ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Jammu,” SSP (in charge) Jammu Rajiv Panday told PTI.He said that the area around the venues of Prime Minister’s visit have been properly sensitised and adequate deployment has been made near the venue. “We have covered all the areas near the venue, the police and other security agencies have sanitised the area and personnel have been deployed on all the high-rise buildings in and around the venue,” he said.With agency imputs
A woman injured in firing by Pakistani Rangers being brought for treatment at the government hospital in Jammu on Wednesday
Two days prior Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the temple city of Jammu, Pakistani Rangers ratcheted-up tensions on the International Borders (IB) by resorting to heavy shelling on the Indian forward posts and civilian areas that left a 42-year-old woman dead and six others injured including a BSF soldier in Kanachak sector of Akhnoor area in the Jammu division.Pakistani forces violated the ceasefire at 8.45 am when their snipers fired at the Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers posted to guard the International Border in Kanachak sector. A BSF jawan 89-battalion was injured in the sniper fire.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the BSF soldiers rushed to evacuate their injured colleague, Pakistani forces resorted to heavy firing and shelling on their vehicle. BSF immediately retaliated to to silence the Pakistani Rangers guns.”One BSF constable received bullet injuries. The condition of the injured jawan is stable,” said Vinod Yadav, BSF spokesman at Jammu.The injured jawan has been identified as Constable Anjani Kumar, of village Basdih, Balia in Uttar Pradesh. Pakistani forces are using 82 mm mortar bombs to target Indian positions. BSF sources three bombs fell inside one of the border outposts along the International Border. “The exchange of firing was continuing intermittently during the day,” said a senior BSF officer.Pakistani forces later shifted gears and shelled the civilian areas in Molu village of Pargwal village in Akhnoor area. A 42-year-old woman Poli Devi who was going to fields suffered splinter injuries and died on the spot. Four other civilians also suffered injuries in the cross border shelling. They have been evacuated to different hospitals for treatment.Fear has gripped the villagers as some of the mortar bombs landed in the civilian areas close to the IB. Administration is keeping a close tab on the situation to meet any exigency in the wake of escalation on the borders.”People have been told to remain indoors and not roam around as a precautionary measure,” Simrandeep Singh, district development commissioner of Jammu, told dna.Jammu and Kashmir government has put in place the contingency plan to shift the people on borderline in case the firing from across escalates in the coming days. “Shelters are already existing in the area (to meet any exigency),” said Singh.Pakistan’s firing on IB has come just two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu to attend the birth centenary celebrations of late Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra on Friday. Dogra is the father-in-law of union finance minister Arun Jaitley. Modi is likely to announce a financial package for the flood hit Jammu and Kashmir during his day long visit.Pakistan’s fresh provocation also comes days after Indian and Pakistani premiers broke ice in Ufa Russia and decided that DGMOs and head of BSF and Pakistani Rangers will meet early (to defuse tension on the borders).Official figures reveal that there have been 583 ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014. Around 430 ceasefire violations occurred on the IB while 153 violations were reported on the LoC. Eight soldiers including four BSF men and four army personnel were killed in the cross border shelling.Official figures reveal there were a total of 347 ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir including 199 along the LoC in 2013. During the last 10 years (2004-2013), 27 soldiers have been killed in various incidents along the LoC.
July 17 is the last Friday before Eid-ul-Fitr which will celebrated either on July 18 or July 19 rpt 19, depending on the sighting of the moon.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to host an Iftar party in Srinagar on July 17.He will be visiting Jammu on July 17 to attend a function to mark the 100th birth anniversary of former MP and minister Girdhari Lal Dogra and go to Srinagar on the same day, sources said. July 17 is the last Friday before Eid-ul-Fitr which will celebrated either on July 18 or July 19 rpt 19, depending on the sighting of the moon. Last year, Modi was in Srinagar on Diwali day in the backdrop of the devastation caused by the worst floods in Jammu and Kashmir in 100 years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
The former diplomat added that all the major incidents that he talks about in his book, “Where Borders Bleed: An Insider’s Account of Indo-Pak Relations”, had a reference to some prominent Pakistani writer or analyst.
Former diplomat Rajiv Dogra on Thursday said Pakistan’s involvement in acts of terror against India has been longstanding and has continued with the active participation of the state actors.”The fact is that Pakistan’s involvement in acts of terror in India has been longstanding and has continued with active involvement of the state actors,” Dogra told ANI.The former diplomat added that all the major incidents that he talks about in his book, “Where Borders Bleed: An Insider’s Account of Indo-Pak Relations”, had a reference to some prominent Pakistani writer or analyst.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In the 1993 Bombay blast, where I have quoted that Nawaz Sharif knew about it because he was the Prime Minister at that time, there is a clear evidence in the book by a previous chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Muneer Ahmed Khan, where he writes that Ghulam Ishaq Khan, who was then the President of Pakistan, castigated and admonished Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of that time that by ISI’s involvement in the Bombay blast he was taking a huge risk for the country,” said Dogra.”He (Ghulam Ishaq Khan) also went on to say that he was surprised that Pakistan was giving state guest treatment to Memon brothers, who had fled from India and via Dubai had gone to Karachi to settle there,” he added.Dogra also recalled that he was present at a dinner at Karachi where the Memon brothers were also brought in.”When they saw me, they ran away from that party,” he quipped.
“The AR personnel, who were on alert as per prior intelligence report, retaliated which compelled the militants to flee under cover of darkness,” Singla said adding, cross firing from both the sides lasted for about ten minutes.
Suspected NSCN (K) militants on Sunday fired at an Assam Rifles (AR) camp in remote Lazu area in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, three days after the group ambushed an army convoy killing 18 soldiers.A group of 40 NSCN (Khaplang) rebels attacked the camp in the Indo-Myanmar border region at around 2.30 AM, Tirap SP Ajit Kumar Singla said.However, there was no report of any casualty, he said.”The AR personnel, who were on alert as per prior intelligence report, retaliated which compelled the militants to flee under cover of darkness,” Singla said adding, cross firing from both the sides lasted for about ten minutes.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 70 empty cartidges of AK-47 rifle, along with unexploded bombs, were recovered from the site, he said.A massive search operation was underway in the area after the incident.This is the second incident after NSCN (K) claimed responsibility for killing 18 personnel of 6 Dogra infantry regiment in an ambush in Manipur’s Chandel district on June 4.NSCN-K had in March abrogated a 14-year-old ceasefire with the Centre.