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Besides, former home secretary Dharampal was ‘sidelined’ for following Lt Governor Najeeb Jung’s orders to remain at his post despite the government appointing Rajendra Kumar as the home secretary.

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After Jailtley, Arvind Kejriwal calls for Narendra Modi’s resignation

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Kejriwal told the Delhi assembly that the CBI raided his office to look for a note on the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). CBI has earlier denied that they had raided Kejriwal’s office.

Mounting a huge pressure on the top brass of BJP, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resignation a week after the CBI raided the Delhi secretariat.Kejriwal told the Delhi assembly that the CBI raided his office to look for a note on the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). CBI has earlier denied that they had raided Kejriwal’s office.”I demand Prime Minister Modi’s resignation for the raid he ordered to save Arun Jaitley,” Kejriwal shouted to vigorous thumping of desks by other AAP members in the assembly.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The memory of losing elections in Delhi still haunts the prime minister and his blood boils hearing my name,” Kejriwal said.Kejriwal also alleged in the 50 hours of interrogation that his secretary Rajendra Kumar had to go through in the last six days, Kumar was repeatedly asked about the DDCA’s file and which whistleblower from DDCA had come to meet Kejriwal.”I want to ask Modiji what did the CBI find out after interrogating Rajendra Kumar for so many hours?” he asked, adding that if Kumar is corrupt, he won’t be spared, but if he is honest, he will strongly stand by him. “He is being mentally tortured; his blood pressure has gone up,”said Kejriwal.Kejriwal also called for Jaitley’s resignation because of the alleged large scale financial irregularities reported during his tenure as its head, adding that if he is innocent, he should prove it to the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Delhi government. Jaitley had rubbished all allegations.A DDCA whistle blower used to meet me. That officer told me that there was a meeting of DDCA officials, where Jaitley had told them no not worry about SFIO as he will get it compounded.Kejriwal had accused Modi of constantly interfering in the functioning of the AAP government. “Earlier, he used to say he won’t take bribes and let anyone take bribes. Now it is like I won’t work and won’t let anyone work,”he thundered.He said he had urged Modi to let the AAP government work without interference but he did not agree. “When Modi is out travelling, things function smoothly in Delhi, when he is here, he keeps on interfering in Delhi government’s day-to-day functioning,”Kejriwal alleged.”The CBI said the chief minister was not raided. Only his principal secretary’s office was raided. But they they entered my office and kept on reading a DDCA file,” Kejriwal said. The AAP leader denied accusations that his party had earlier advocated independence for the CBI but had now they are abusing the investigating agency. “Even today we say that the CBI should be independent. And the day it becomes independent, it will not raid Rajendra Kumar… It will send a notice to Modi to ask where you got Rs.10 lakh to buy the suit,”Kejriwal said.The Delhi government also tabled a resolution to set up a Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). Tabling the resolution, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said gross irregularities had taken place in the DDCA.

AAP v/s Jaitley: Arvind Kejriwal demands PM Modi’s resignation for ‘fraudulent raid’

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Delhi CM Kejriwal said: “I demand PM Modi’s resignation for the fraudulent raid that he got carried out just to save Arun Jaitley.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded PM Narendra Modi’s resignation for the ‘fraudulent raid’ he carried out to save Jaitley. He said: “When I meet PM, I only tell him one thing-that we dont need money or land, just stop hampering our work. I’ll take PM’s projects like Swacch Bharat forward in Delhi, will give PM all the credit. But they should just stop troubling us. If the raid happened on my Principal Secretary, what was the need to come to my office? Today is the 8th day, for 6 days Rajendra Kumar was interrogated for hours. I want to ask PM, what did he discover? Nothing. If my job is to punish corrupt officers, then my job is also to protect honest officers.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers staged a protest outside the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday just before the House met for a special session. The party accused the AAP government of trying to rake up the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) issue to suppress the charges faced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary. The Delhi Government had called the special session of assembly to discuss alleged irregularities in DDCA and the last week’s CBI raid at the Delhi Secretariat. Raising slogans against the AAP Government and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP workers marched to the entrance of the Assembly where they were stopped by security personnel. Later they were detained by the police and taken to the office of the Operation Cell of Delhi Police. With inputs from agencies

Won’t tolerate attempts to suppress inquiry against DDCA: Manish Sisodia

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Saying that AAP government did not object to questioning of Rajendra, he warned that the government will not tolerate any attempt to “suppress” the DDCA enquiry

Manish Sisodia

The AAP government on Sunday said attempts to “suppress” the inquiry into the affairs of the Delhi Cricket body will not be tolerated and said the Centre should not cause any impediments in the probe.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters that Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has been “threatened” and “pressurised mentally” by the CBI that his career and life will be harmed if he did not disclose the name of DDCA official who handed over certain files to AAP government. He claimed one of the files contained a note in which a Union Minister had purportedly told DDCA official that he would get compounded the SFIO crimes against them and stall a probe against them through Lt Governor’s office.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The questioning so far has shows that Rajendra was merely an “excuse” behind the CBI raid at Secretariat while the “real target” was Kejriwal, Sisodia claimed. Saying that AAP government did not object to questioning of Rajendra, he warned that the government will not tolerate any attempt to “suppress” the DDCA enquiry. “We don’t object to questioning and it should go on and action may be taken if there is any scam. Delhi government will also take action,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

Kirti Azad to hold press conference on Sunday against ‘corruption’ in DDCA

His assertion came after BJP general secretary Ramlal called him earlier in the day for a meeting, apparently to persuade him against attacking Jaitley at a time when the party has rallied around him to fend off the opposition attack on him over alleged corruption in DDCA.
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BJP on Thursday reached out to its MP Kirti Azad, a known detractor of Arun Jaitley, but an unfazed Azad said he will hold a press conference on Sunday against “corruption in DDCA”, an issued used by AAP and Congress to target the Finance Minister.”My fight is against corruption. I will continue with it,” Azad said.His assertion came after BJP general secretary Ramlal called him earlier in the day for a meeting, apparently to persuade him against attacking Jaitley at a time when the party has rallied around him to fend off the opposition attack on him over alleged corruption in DDCA.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting suggestions that the party leadership has “gagged” him, the Darbhanga MP tweeted “don’t go by rumours that I have been gagged. My fight is against corruption in sports and it shall continue.”Azad told PTI that he will hold a press conference on Sunday to highlight “corruption” in DDCA.Both AAP and Congress have demanded Jaitley’s resignation with the former stepping up its attack on him following a CBI raid on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s office on Tuesday. Azad has been a long critic of Jaitley’s stewardship of DDCA, alleging financial irregularities during his term.

Firstpost Interview: Prashant Bhushan opens up about Kejriwal’s politics, calls allegations ‘absurd’

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AAP v/s Jaitley: Is FM putting pressure on media to not run DDCA story against him, asks Ashutosh

In another tweet, Ashutosh said, “Last night a very senior journalist told me JAITLEY is calling all the media owners, putting pressure not to run the story against him?”

Intensifying their tirade against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his alleged involvement in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) ‘irregularities’, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday questioned if minister is putting pressure on media.Taking to micro-blogging site, AAP leader Ashutosh said, “Today is test for ‘M’ for Media and ‘J’ for journalism. Will media call names to Jaitley, the way it called names to Rajendra Kumar?. Media has called Rajendra Kumar Corrupt. Will media also call Jaitley corrupt after expose.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another tweet, Ashutosh said, “Last night a very senior journalist told me JAITLEY is calling all the media owners, putting pressure not to run the story against him?”The AAP has also demanded Jaitley’s resignation and said the party will divulge details of the DDCA irregularities, which will enable you to draw a complete picture of irregularities.Meanwhile, the DDCA has strongly refuted allegations of “gross financial irregularities” against Finance Minister and its former president Arun Jaitley, saying that such charges were “absolutely rubbish”.”Some allegations have been raised against DDCA and it needs clarification as everyone is stating their point. First thing is allegation of irregularities on stadium construction. Stadium is made of Rs 141 crore,” DDCA working president Chetan Chauhan said.On his part, Jaitley dismissed the allegations as “vague” and said he cannot answer them unless they are specific. He also attacked the AAP and its government of trying to “deflect” attention from the issue of corruption and “interference” in the probe.(With agency inputs)

Rajender Kumar meets Arvind Kejriwal after being quizzed by CBI

On Tuesday, Phoolka had described CBI’s action against Kumar as “politically motivated” and said his client was being made a “scape goat”.

Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar

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Hours after Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar was quizzed by CBI in a case of alleged corruption, he met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence in North Delhi’s Civil Line area on Tuesday night. Sources said that Kumar, along with senior lawyer H S Phoolka, who is associated with Aam Aadmi Party, reached the Chief Minister house situated on Flagstaff Road and apprised him about CBI’s action.”Rajendra Kumar had met Kejriwal last night after he was questioned by CBI officials. In the meeting, Kumar urged the CM not to defend him as he himself will handle the issue,” sources also said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The meeting between Kumar and Kejriwal had lasted for around half an hour, they said. On Tuesday, Phoolka had described CBI’s action against Kumar as “politically motivated” and said his client was being made a “scape goat”.The Principal Secretary of the Delhi Chief Minister was today also quizzed by CBI sleuths in the corruption case. The probe agency’s action yesterday evoked sharp reaction from Kejriwal who accused it of searching files “unrelated” to the probe against Kumar and claimed that a file relating to DDCA was scrutinised by it.

CBI raids: AAP workers protest in Mumbai against ‘blatant misuse of CBI’

The raid by CBI on the office of Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar in connection with a corruption case had set off a bitter war of words between Kejriwal and the BJP.

Dismissing Arun Jaitley’s claim, Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday uploaded image of a document listing the files allegedly taken away by CBI from Delhi Secretariat.
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Aam Aadmi Party workers from Mumbai and neighbouring Thane district on Wednesday protested against the CBI raid at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office building in Delhi, calling it a “blatant misuse” of the agency by Centre. AAP workers gathered at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai and held a demonstration denouncing Tuesday’s raid, saying the action is akin to “unannounced emergency”.”It is clear now that (Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley misled Parliament saying that the CM’s (Kejriwal’s) office was not raided. However, it is seen today that the CM’s office was indeed raided, all files examined and many files taken away by CBI,” AAP national spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dismissing Jaitley’s claim, Kejriwal on Wednesday uploaded image of a document listing the files allegedly taken away by CBI from Delhi Secretariat. Menon said similar demonstrations were organised at various places in the city “to raise awareness on the conduct of the Central government”.The raid by CBI on the office of Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar in connection with a corruption case had set off a bitter war of words between Kejriwal and the BJP. The CBI has denied that Kejriwal’s office, located in secretariat, was searched.”This is a complete murder of democracy and the Aam Aadmi Party feels it is imperative for all persons who value their freedom to protest against this unannounced emergency,” Menon said. The protest was jointly led by Menon and Ashutosh Sengar, joint in-charge of the party’s Maharashtra unit.

Rajender Kumar, Principal Secy to Delhi CM Kejriwal, questioned for nine hours by CBI

Despite repeated queries on the alleged benefits, if at all, received by Kumar for purportedly favouring a software firm, CBI sources limited themselves to saying that the owners of the firm had worked with Kumar “at some point of time”.

Delhi Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar after being questioned by the officials at CBI Headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was subjected on Wednesday to a marathon nine-hour questioning along with two other accused as the agency tried to look for a quid pro quo in a corruption case against him.Despite repeated queries on the alleged benefits, if at all, received by Kumar for purportedly favouring a software firm, CBI sources limited themselves to saying that the owners of the firm had worked with Kumar “at some point of time”.Along with Kumar, CBI also examined owner of Endeavour Systems Private Limited Dinesh Gupta and Managing Director of Intelligent Communication Systems India Limited (ICSIL) R S Kaushik here at its headquarters. CBI sources claimed that Kumar has been providing information which was not given by him on Tuesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The officer arrived at the CBI headquarter at 9.40 AM for the questioning and left at around 6.45 PM in the evening. His lawyer H S Phoolka was also in the vehicle with him.Meanwhile, CBI, which is facing flak from Aam Admi Party and other opposition parties at Centre for its searches yesterday at the office of Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre, tried to defend itself saying it has not seized any material which is not relevant to the investigation.”CBI seizures during the searches at all 14 places, were in the presence of independent witnesses, as per the procedures laid down by the law. The search-cum-seizure memo containing details of all seized items will be produced before the competent court,” agency spokesperson Devpreet Singh said. She claimed that blatantly incorrect information is being spread by certain quarters since yesterday to discredit the agency with the intent to obstruct investigation.CBI neither prevented nor disallowed any person in their movement to the various offices in the Delhi Secretariat including the Chief Minister’s office except the Office Chamber of his Secretary, Rajendra Kumar and that of his Personal Assistant.”CBI has already clarified that the office of the Chief Minister Delhi was neither searches nor sealed,” she said.The agency’s action yesterday evoked sharp reaction from Kejriwal who accused it of searching files “unrelated” to the probe against Kumar and claimed that a file relating to DDCA was scrutinised by it.”CBI kept reading DDCA file in my office.They would have seized it. But after my media briefing, they left it. Not clear if they took a copy. Documents seized from my office.No relation to allegations being probed. Item 7-file movement register of last one month,” he said in a series of tweets.Jaitley had dismissed on Tuesday the allegations against him as “rubbish”. Kejriwal also uploaded image of a document listing the files allegedly taken away by CBI from Delhi Secretariat during its day-long raid yesterday.Agency sources claimed that it has recovered documents pertaining to bank balances of approximately Rs 28 lakh from Kumar who is facing probe for allegedly favouring a private firm in government contracts. The documents pertaining to fixed deposits worth Rs 1.66 crore were allegedly found from A K Duggal, former MD, ICSIL, CBI sources claimed.Kumar was questioned by the CBI for about seven hours late last night after the probe agency sleuths raided his Delhi Secretariat office, triggering a political storm between Delhi government and the Centre.The CBI said that it has registered a case against Kumar and others on allegations against the officer that he abused his official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders from Delhi government departments”.Kumar has been booked under 120-B of IPC (criminal conspiracy), and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct etc) for allegedly favouring a private company in five contracts worth Rs 9.5 crore during 2007-14.CBI carried out searches at 14 places connected with Kumar in the national capital, including his residence, and various locations in Uttar Pradesh. The agency has claimed to have recovered about Rs 16 lakh, including Rs 2.4 lakh in cash, foreign currency of the value of Rs 3 lakh from the residence of Kumar.”The allegations against Kumar were raised by Ashish Joshi, former Member Secretary, Delhi Dialogue Commission,” the CBI said.As opposition attacked the Centre over the CBI action, the agency went on an overdrive to convey that the raids were being undertaken after following a due a process of law which included getting a search warrant from the competent court. On Tuesday, Kejriwal had called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “psychopath” and “coward” after the raids and targeted Jaitley over alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body under his watch.

Hazare questions timing of Delhi CBI raids, also says Kejriwal should’ve checked Kumar’s background

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CBI questions Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar again

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Shatrughan Sinha raises questions over CBI raid at Kejriwal aide’s office, asks who ‘advised’ it

“In politics, timing is everything. This was definitely not the right time for the raid. Hope wish &pray that this does not boomerang on us,” the actor-turned politician said in a series of tweets.

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, who has often taken a position at variance with the party’s stand, on Wednesday raised questions over the timing of the CBI raid on the office of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary and wondered who “advised” for the searches.Sinha, at the same time, disapproved of Kejriwal’s language to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was called a “psychopath” and “coward” following yesterday’s raid at the Delhi secretariat that kicked up a political firestorm amid charges and counter-charges.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In politics, timing is everything. This was definitely not the right time for the raid. Hope wish &pray that this does not boomerang on us,” the actor-turned-politician said in a series of tweets.Sinha also wondered who gave the advise for the CBI raid at the office of Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar.”Wonder who advised for the strike, that too while Parliament was in session. After all, CM (Kejriwal) is not only very popular but masses’ favorite too,” he said.”Good sense must prevail upon those who have brought embarrassment to our people and our leadership…that too at this juncture,” he added.In another tweet, Sinah said, “Don’t approve of avoidable language of Delhi CM about our dashing dynamic action hero PM. But need to look within. How why & who started it.?” BJP leaders yesterday condemned the lanauge used by Kejriwal yesterday to target Modi and demanded an apology from the AAP chief.

Master of the flip-flop: Arvind Kejriwal’s shrill opposition to CBI raid is hypocrisy at its worst

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Dreaded ISIS a live threat, says top army commander

The army commander’s statement comes just 12 days after the Jammu and Kashmir director general of police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar said there was no ISIS ideology in the valley.

Indian Army on Saturday pressed an alarm button calling the dreaded Islamic State (IS) a “live threat”, even as the top cop of Jammu and Kashmir had just 12 days ago categorically ruled out the influence of ISIS ideology in the valley.”The IS is a live threat that cannot be ignored. It is a cause of concern and we are monitoring it… All the security forces and the intelligence agencies are monitoring this. That is all I can say,” Lieutenant General Satish Dua, General Officer Commander (GOC) of Army’s 15 Corps, told mediapersons in Srinagar on Saturday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The army commander’s statement comes just 12 days after the Jammu and Kashmir director general of police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar said there was no ISIS ideology in the valley.”Every case (or raising ISIS flags) is being investigated. We have not seen such (ISIS) ideology in Kashmir,” Rajendra told reporters at Kishtwar in Jammu division on November 16.Lieutenant General Dua’s statement comes two days after inspector general of Border Security Force (BSF) Jammu frontier Rakesh Sharma said it is being believed that ISIS can support Pakistani terrorists who are operating on the Line of Control and International Border.”It is being believed that ISIS can support Pakistani terrorists who are operating on the LOC and IB. Intelligence agencies accept it and there are also inputs. Let us see how things pan out in future”, Sharma said.IG BSF however hastened to add that there are no inputs (about ISIS trying to sneak into the state). “However, we are keeping pace with what is happening in the world. Terrorist can do anything anywhere in the world. We also become vulnerable. We have taken adequate measures. We have sensitized our ground commanders that they should be carefully examining the situation developing in front of them,” he said.Kashmir valley has been witnessing hoisting of ISIS flags and banners by some masked youth particularly in old city after Friday prayers.Sources said police had picked up several youth since the hoisting of the flags last year, but investigation did not reveal any organizational structure for the ISIS in the valley. Even separatist leaders have openly condemned ISIS and stated that there are no traces of the dreaded outfit in the valley.

Over 5,500 security force men martyred in line of duty in last 24 years in Jammu and Kashmir

Figures released by the Jammu and Kashmir police reveal that around 5,504 security force men including army, paramilitary soldiers and cops have died fighting militants from 1990 to 2014 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Army jawans carry the body of Colonel Santosh Y Mahadik during his last rites in Satara, Maharashtra on Thursday. Mahadik was killed in a gunfight with militants in the Haji Naka forest area of Kupwara

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War against terror has claimed the lives of over 5,500 security forces men and officers in the strife torn Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 years.Figures released by the Jammu and Kashmir police reveal that around 5,504 security force men including army, paramilitary soldiers and cops have died fighting militants from 1990 to 2014 in Jammu and Kashmir.In 1990, when Kashmir was up in flames, around 150 security force men were killed by militants. Around 173 security forces men were killed in 1991 and 189 in 1992. The security forces fatalities increased every year with militants unleashing a wave of violence across the state.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 198 security force men were killed in 1993 followed by 200 in 1994, 237 in 1995, 189 in 1996, 216 in 1997, 268 in 1998 and 407 in 1999.The turn of the decade was the bloodiest for the security forces with casualties mounting dramatically. For instance, around 482 security force men were killed in 2000 followed by 613 in 2001, 539 in 2002, 384 in 2003 and 330 in 2004.”It was the bloodiest phase for the security forces. There are number of reasons for that. The number of foreign militants was very high. Fidayeen attacks, suicide bombings and car bombs had increased resulting in mounting casualties to the forces,” said a counter-terrorism expert.Security forces however were quick to adapt to new age militancy and therefore they adopted a proactive approach which helped them in minimising their casualties and dealt a crushing blow to ultras.Official figures reveal that in 2005, around 244 security forces men died fighting militancy. In 2006, 182 security force men died in the line of duty followed by 122 in 2007.From 2008 onward the security forces were able to break the backbone of the militants in Jammu and Kashmir. With the result the causalities of the security forces came down from three digit figures to two digit figures.Official figures reveal that security forces lost 85 men in 2008 followed by 79 in 2009 and 69 in 2010. In 2011, 33 security forces men were killed fighting militants followed by 15 in 2012, 53 in 2013 and 47 in 2014.”Anti infiltration and counter terrorist operation is a continuous process. It is regular feature. Situation is under control. Terrorist actions and crime is on decline,” K Rajendra Kumar, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir told reporters in Kishtwar on Monday.

Government demands Rs 17 crore from Asaram’s ashram for encroachment

Surat: The Surat collector has slapped a notice demanding Rs 17 crore from the management of the controversial godman Asaram’s ashram at Jahangirpura area in Surat for illegally occupying a tract of government land for 14 years.

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District collector Rajendra Kumar issued the notice on Wednesday.

“We have asked the ashram management to pay Rs 17 crore as occupancy fee for encroaching on a piece of government land near the ashram,” said Kumar.

The ashram had allegedly encroached on 34,400 sq meters of land. The government reclaimed its possession in 2010.

The land remained in the possession of the ashram between 1996 to 2010. As per the rules, the occupant has to pay occupancy fee even after the land is freed. Normally, 15 per cent of the current market value of the land is charged as occupancy fee,” an official in the Collector’s office said.

Asaram is currently lodged in a jail in Jodhpur after being arrested in a rape case.

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Will not tolerate anti-national activities in Jammu and Kashmir, says Deputy CM Nirmal Singh

Deputy CM Nirmal Singh said this while replying to questions about Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s proposed seminar on Sunday.

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Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday said the government will not allow Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to hold the controversial seminar as he warned separatists against any anti-national activities in the state.”We will not allow Geelani to undertake anti-national activities in the state. We will not allow him to be successful in his designs,” Singh said while replying to questions about Geelani’s proposed seminar on Sunday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The law will take its own course. We will not allow them to hold the seminar at all. The people like Geelani would not be allowed to do any type of anti-national activities. We will not allow them to succeed and government’s stand is very clear,” he said.As per the sources, the Deputy Chief Minister talked to DGP, K Rajendra Kumar in this regard and has instructed him to ensure that any type of anti-national activity is not allowed on the soil of J&K. Singh reiterated his stand that anti-national activities will not be tolerated at any cost.On the issue of Geelani’s house arrest, Singh clarified that he was already under house arrest for quite some time.Replying to a question on whether permission has been sought by Geelani to hold the seminar, Singh said, “No permission has been sought from authorities in this regard.” He warned separatist groups against indulging in any kind of anti-national activity.On the issue of the unfurling of terror outfit IS flags in the Valley, he said it is an “act of anti-nationals aimed at grabbing only media attention.”

Muslim League leader Masarat Alam freed from J&K prison after 4 years

Jammu: Masarat Alam, leader of the hardline-faction of Hurriyat, who had spearheaded the stone-pelting agitations in the valley in 2008 and 2010, was on Saturday released from prison following the new government’s policy of freeing political prisoners who do not face criminal charges.

The orders for the release of 42-year-old Alam, chief of the Jammu Kashmir Muslim League, has been issued by the Home Department and he is technically free, a top police official in Baramulla had said. DGP K Rajendra confirmed that Alam was released.

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File photo of Massarat Alam. IBNLive

Earlier in the day, Rajendra said that police will comply with the directions of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who has sought release of all political prisoners who do not face any criminal charge.

“Yes, all the directions issued by the government (on release of political prisoners from jails in the state) will be complied with. Let us be assured about it,” Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, K Rajendra Kumar told reporters on Saturday.

He was asked whether the process of release of political prisoners has begun at the level of the police.

“Any direction coming from the the government would be looked into and would be worked out,” the DGP said.

In a meeting with the police chief on Wednesday, Sayeed had asked the police to initiate a process of releasing all political prisoners in the State against whom no criminal charges have been registered.

He had also directed the DGP to prepare a comprehensive plan for the rehabilitation of surrendered and released militants.

Asked whether police has formulated any plan for release of separatists, including those who took part in stone pelting in 2008 and 2010, like separatists Masarat Alam and Qasim Faktoo, he said, “We will get back to you. We will come back with our views when we are ready with the blue print.”

“At the moment, we will not be able to say much on that. Let us work on that then we will get back to you,” he said.

“Alam will be shifted to Central Jail Srinagar where from he will be released,” District Magistrate Baramulla Talat Parvez had told PTI.

Alam, whose Muslim League is a constituent of the hardline Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was arrested in October 2010 for his alleged role in fuelling the anti-national protests during that year’s summer agitation that left more than 120 persons dead and thousands others injured.

PTI

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