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Delhi News Highlights: Delhi LG to take legal action against 4 AAP leaders including Atishi for ‘false’ graft charge, say officials

Delhi Highlights, August 31: Meanwhile, an AAP delegation reached the CBI headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday to meet the agency's director and demand a probe into alleged toppling of governments in various states by the BJP under 'Operation Lotus'.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: September 1, 2022 8:31:09 am
Delhi L-G V K Saxena (File photo)

Delhi Highlights, August 30: Delhi L-G V K Saxena will take legal action against AAP leaders, including MLAs Atishi, Saurabh Bhardwaj, and Durgesh Pathak for “false” corruption charges against him, news agency PTI reported quoting officials on Wednesday. Saxena termed the AAP leaders’ charge of Rs 1400-crore corruption when he was Khadi and Village Industries Commission chairman as a “figment of their imagination”. Legal action will also be taken against Jasmine Shah who is the vice chairman of the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi, officials added.

Meanwhile, an AAP delegation reached the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday to meet the agency’s director and demand a probe into alleged toppling of governments in various states by the BJP under ‘Operation Lotus’. AAP MLA Atishi, who was part of the 10-member delegation, said the party had earlier sent an e-mail to CBI director Subodh Kumar Jaiswal’s office seeking an appointment with him but it was yet to get a response. The AAP MLAs sat on a dharna outside CBI headquarters and raised slogans “Operation Lotus par jaanch karao” and “Khoka khoka band karo”. More AAP workers may join the delegation in their protest against BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’.

The Delhi government is set to launch virtual classrooms for students, particularly girls, who are unable to attend school, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Wednesday. “This school will reach out and provide access to education to those those children especially girls who are not allowed to go to school due to various reasons… due to family circumstances, many children even though they shouldn’t be working at the time, takes up job to support there family, so this school will provide education to all of them,” CM Kejriwal said.

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21:23 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Delhi reprots 377 new Covid cases, 2 deaths

Delhi on Wednesday reported 377 new covid cases and 2 pandemic-related deaths on Wednesday. The positivity rate in the city remains at 2.58% and there are currently 2,012 active cases in the city.

21:03 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Three men injured as truck hits scooter

Three men were severely injured after their scooter was allegedly hit by a speeding truck here on Wednesday, police said. The injured persons, identified as Yuvraj (23), Neeraj (22) and Deepak (24), are undergoing treatment at a hospital, they said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) M Harsha Vardhan said the accident took place near Tiranga Chowk at around 3 am. The injured persons were shifted to Aakash hospital from where they were referred to AIIMS Trauma Centre, he said.

"We have registered a case under sections 279 (rash driving or riding) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code at Dwarka North police station. A registration number plate of the offending vehicle was found on the spot. Our teams are working to solve the case," the DCP said. (PTI)

20:23 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Delhi sees lowest rainfall for August since 2009

The rainfall recorded in Delhi this month is the lowest that the city has seen in August since at least 2009.

This month the Safdarjung weather station has received only 41.6 mm of rainfall, recording a large deficit of around 82%. The ‘normal’ amount of rainfall for Safdarjung for the month is 233.1 mm, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

There has been no heavy spell of rainfall this month. While rainfall was recorded for 16 days in August, the Safdarjung observatory has only received very light or light rainfall. In contrast, there were only 10 rainy days in August last year, but the month saw a total of 214.5 mm. (Read More)

19:39 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Man wanted in four murder cases arrested by Delhi Police

A man wanted in four murder cases in Bihar and Assam was arrested by Delhi Police's Special Cell here, officials said on Wednesday. Dabloo Yadav, a resident of a village in Samastipur district of Bihar, was nabbed from Okhla Mandi where he was hiding, police said.

He was wanted in a murder of his nephew in Paltan Bazar in Assam's Guwahati and other cases, they said.

Dabloo Yadav had hired two men -- Pankaj Ram and Balram Paswan -- to kill his nephew Avdesh Yadav, police said, adding Avdesh Yadav was killed in a shootout on February 21 in Assam.

Dabloo Yadav got his nephew killed to avenge the killing of his two brothers by the family members of his uncle Suryanarain Yadav. Avdesh supported the family of Suryanarain on the issue of land dispute between the two families, police said. (PTI)

19:23 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Domino’s vs Dominick: Delhi HC restrains Ghaziabad-based restaurant from using historical name of American pizza chain

The Delhi High Court has restrained a pizzeria from using the name ‘Dominick Pizza’ to sell its products after global restaurant chain Domino’s Pizza accused the Ghaziabad-based eatery of deceptively using a similar logo, mark and trade name. Dominick Pizza was the name of the initial store which was purchased by the founder of Domino’s in 1960. (Read More)

18:51 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Flagging recent violations in excise, education dept, Delhi LG warns of action against staffers

Delhi LG V K Saxena has warned of "exemplary action" against staffers flagging recent "violations and procedural lapses" in the Excise, Education and Public Works departments, officials said on Wednesday.

Saxena reviewed the working of the Directorate of Vigilance (DoV) on Tuesday and also flagged instances of inordinate delay in investigation by the department and the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). He also stressed that performance audit of departments and public services must be done on regular basis.

The LG directed the Vigilance Department to process the requests of investigating agencies like Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), made under Section 17(A) and Section (19) of Prevention and Corruption Act, 1988, in a time-bound manner.

Underlining that the suspension of an official pending inquiry cannot be an exercise in perpetuity, he asked the DoV to review all suspension cases on merit within one month, said an official. (PTI)

18:41 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Service charge guidelines issued to ensure consumers have a choice: Centre to Delhi HC

Seeking vacation of the court-ordered stay on guidelines prohibiting hotels and restaurants from adding service charge automatically in the bill, the Centre and Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that an eatery is free to decide the prices for food and services, and the guidelines only ensure that consumers are given a choice to decide if they want to pay the service charge or not. (Read More)

18:38 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Delhi virtual school: Parents body says 'disastrous' idea, will further marginalise poor kids

The All India Parents Association (AIPA) has termed the Delhi's virtual school launched on Wednesday as a "disastrous" idea to further marginalise the poor children.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the "country's first virtual school" – Delhi Model Virtual School (DMVS) – and said students from across India will be eligible for admission. Affiliated to the Delhi Board of School Education, the school is for classes 9 to 12.

"It is a totally disastrous idea to further marginalise the marginalised children. Poor children will go to virtual school whereas children of the rich will go to regular private schools. Every child must go to full-time regular school. Departing from it means no education at all," said Ashok Agarwal, president, AIPA.

"Delhi government is failing to fulfil their constitutional and statutory obligations to provide free and quality education to every child. The government doesn't want to invest in education of poor children. They want them to be left at mercy of god. Will they provide playground through virtual school?" he added. (PTI)

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18:20 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Delhi L-G to take legal action against AAP leaders for 'defamatory' remarks

Delhi L-G VK Saxena has decided to pursue legal action against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders - Saurabh Bhardwaj, Atishi, Durgesh Pathak and Jasmine Shah, among others – for making “defamatory” and false allegations against him in relation to a “scam” in 2016, when he was the Chairperson of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), officials said.

18:02 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Push to coaching culture to improving accessability: Pvt schools divided about Delhi virtual school

Private schools here have mixed views about the Delhi Model Virtual School launched Wednesday with some hoping it would increase access to education while others worried it would spur coaching culture and limit chances of developing social skills.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the "country's first virtual school" – the Delhi Model Virtual School (DMVS) – and said students from across India will be eligible for admission. Affiliated to the Delhi Board of School Education, the school is for classes 9 to 12.

The National Progressive Schools' Conference (NPSC), a body of over 120 private schools in Delhi, said that virtual schools will "hand over school education to coaching centres on a platter".

"A school is not a place to achieve only cognitive competency. It is a happy space where socio-emotional well-being is also taken care of. Children acquire life skills like collaboration, empathy, problem-solving and media literacy which are important to succeed in life.

"We have a huge digital divide in our country. During the pandemic many children were deprived of classroom teaching," NPS Chairman Sudha Acharya told PTI. (PTI)

17:47 (IST)31 Aug 2022
AAP is a party of serial liars says BJP leader Sambit Patra

Right before Satyendra Jain's arrest, they were doing same theatrics but Satyendra is yet to be granted bail. Manish Sisodia has done the liquor gate scam & that is the reason they're indulging in theatrics again, news agency ANI reported quoting BJP leader Sambit Patra. 

17:43 (IST)31 Aug 2022
On camera, AAP, BJP spokespersons face off over Delhi government schools

Spokespersons of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got into an argument outside a Delhi government school in Chirag Enclave on Wednesday afternoon over the condition of government schools in the city.

AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj had invited BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia to visit schools in the city after the latter made allegations that claims of AAP improving schools and opening new ones were false. (Read More)

17:15 (IST)31 Aug 2022
After two hours of protest and request, the CBI finally met us and received our complaint says Atishi

Despite two hour long protest, the CBI officer were not ready to meet us but we are happy that they received our complaint at least at the reception said AAP leader Atishi.

"The BJP spent crores to buy 277 MLAs. We have filed the complaint and will follow up the case time to time till they start investigation in to the matter,"  said AAP MLA Dilip Pandey.

17:04 (IST)31 Aug 2022
AAP senior leaders Atishi and Dilip Pandey go inside CBI headquarters to meet CBI director and file the complaint

AAP delegation reached the CBI headquarters today to meet agency director, demand probe into BJP's alleged 'Operation Lotus'. As the delegation wasn't allowed to enter inside the headquarters, they sat on a dharna outside the building after which a CBI officer came to meet them. 

AAP senior leaders Atishi and Dilip Pandey have now gone inside the CBI headquarters to meet the director and file their complaint.

16:54 (IST)31 Aug 2022
CBI officers arrive to meet the AAP delegation

16:51 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Delhi: 4 men throw chilli powder into eyes of courier firm staff, flee with box of jewellery

Four miscreants allegedly posed as policemen and robbed courier company executives by throwing red chilli powder into their eyes Wednesday. They snatched a jewellery consignment worth Rs 2 crore from the executives and fled the spot, the police said.

The incident took place between 4 am and 5 am in Central Delhi’s Paharganj area. (Read More)

16:49 (IST)31 Aug 2022
Centre, CCPA seek vacation of HC stay on order prohibiting restaurants to levy service charge

The Centre and the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) Wednesday filed an application in the Delhi High Court seeking vacation of the stay on the guidelines prohibiting hotels and restaurants from levying service charge on food bills.

The court of Justice Yashwant Varma was informed about the Centre and CCPA having also filed their counter affidavits in response to the petitions challenging the July 4 CCPA guidelines which have irked the owers of hotels and restaurants.

The court asked the counsel for the two authorities to bring the documents on record after which the petitioners - National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) and Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Associations of India may file their replies.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on October 6. (PTI)

16:34 (IST)31 Aug 2022
In Pics | AAP delegation sits on a dharna outside CBI headquarters, demands probe into BJP's alleged 'Operation Lotus'

16:21 (IST)31 Aug 2022
'We will sit here until CBI director meets us and takes our complaint,' says AAP MLA Atishi

An AAP delegation reached the CBI headquarters today to meet agency director and demand a probe into the BJP's alleged 'Operation Lotus'. They sat on a dharna outside the CBI headquarters and raised slogans - "Operation Lotus par Jaanch Karao," "Khoka Khoka band karo".

As the delegation wasn't allowed to enter inside the headquarters, AAP MLA Atishi called the CBI officer's phone and said, "We are here for the last one hour and they haven't let us in. This shows that CBI is acting on behalf of BJP".

16:10 (IST)31 Aug 2022
AAP delegation not allowed to meet the CBI director

AAP delegation reached the CBI headquarters today to meet agency director, demand probe into BJP's alleged 'Operation Lotus'. AAP MLA Atishi and others requested the Delhi Police to allow them in to meet the CBI director. Delhi police denied saying, that they did not get any letter or intimation from above to let the legislators in.

AAP MLAs hold a night-long protest against the L-G, under the Gandhi Statue at the Delhi Vidhan Sabha, August 29, 2022. (Express photo by Abhinav Saha)

Guitar, paan and mosquito nets – a night of AAP-BJP protests at the Delhi Vidhan Sabha

The Delhi Assembly became the site of an overnight protest by the AAP and the BJP as both parties traded charges through the day – and decided to continue the face-off after hours.

Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party were protesting against what they allege was “corruption” and “money laundering” by L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena during demonetisation. The party’s MLAs have sought a CBI probe against Saxena, who has been at loggerheads with the Delhi government.

Gathered at the Mahatma Gandhi statue a little before midnight, AAP MLAs including Atishi and Durgesh Pathak sang ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ as party leader Rohit Mehraulia strummed the guitar and Dilip Pandey played a drum.

NE Delhi riots case: Court drops Arms Act section against 6 men

While framing charges under sections of attempt to murder against six men in a Northeast Delhi riots case, a Delhi court noted that nothing has come in the investigation to show as to who actually fired the firearm following which it dropped the section under the Arms Act against them.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat noted that though there is a gunshot injury caused to the victim, Sahil Dabas, “however, nothing has come in the investigation to show as to who actually fired the gunshot/firearm nor was any firearm pertaining to this case recovered”.

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First published on: 30-08-2022 at 07:45:53 am
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