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Delhi News Highlights: ED raids meant to cause ‘humiliation, insult and intimidation’; won’t be silenced, says Cong

Delhi News Highlights: The Delhi Police has beefed up security outside Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's house in Janpath. Police personnel have also been deployed outside AICC headquarters at Akbar Road. The streets have also been barricaded.

By: Express Web Desk
Updated: August 3, 2022 10:55:11 pm
Additional police force deployed outside 10 Janpath, the residence of Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. (ANI)

Delhi News Highlights: The Congress on Wednesday condemned the manner in which probe agencies have been given a free hand in conducting raids. Claiming that the recent ED raids on Congress leaders and the National Herald office were meant to cause “humiliation, insult and intimidation,” party leader Abhishek Singhvi asserted that the party will not be silenced by “such threats of the BJP government”. The Congress is set to observe a massive nationwide protest on August 5 on price rise and unemployment. In Delhi, party MPs will hold “Chalo Rashtrapati Bhavan” from Parliament to register their protest over the issues. CWC members and senior leadership will participate in “PM House gherao” that day.

The Delhi Police has beefed up security outside Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s house in Janpath. Senior police officers have refused to comment on the matter. Police personnel have also been deployed outside AICC headquarters at Akbar Road. The streets have also been barricaded. According to a source, AICC workers and public persons are likely to stage a protest outside AICC HQ and other areas. Since Section 144 is imposed in the area and barricades have been put up to avoid any untoward situation, the source said.

The Enforcement Directorate has sealed the office of Young Indian situated in the premises of National Herald office, instructing that the premises not be opened without prior permission from the agency, ANI reported. The ED had on Tuesday conducted search operations at Herald House in Delhi, among 12 locations, in connection with its money laundering probe in the National Herald case. Herald House is the registered office address of Associate Journals Limited (AJL), the National Herald newspaper’s publisher, which is under probe over its acquisition by Young Indian, a firm linked to the Gandhi family.

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Delhi News Highlights: ED raids meant to cause 'humiliation, insult and intimidation'; won't be silenced, says Cong; Security beefed up outside Sonia Gandhi's residence, AICC HQ; ED seals Young Indian office in National Herald premises; Foreign national tests positive for monkeypox in Delhi; 'Tiranga bike rally’ for MPs kicks off from Red Fort

22:29 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Delhi records five deaths as Covid cases cross 2,000 mark

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The average positivity rate over the last three days is 11.23%, which is also the highest since the third wave waned in the city.

Five deaths in Covid patients were also recorded on Wednesday, taking this month’s toll to 10 in three days. There were 50 deaths recorded in July, 50 in June, and 35 in May. This is the highest single-day toll reported in the city since July 3 when five deaths were reported. “Most of the deaths reported are in elderly people and those suffering from comorbid conditions,” said Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, senior consultant of internal medicine at Indraprastha Apollo hospital. Read More

22:22 (IST)03 Aug 2022
NSE phone-tapping case: Whistleblower, pointed out criminal acts, Mumbai ex-top cop tells Delhi court

Former Mumbai Police commissioner Sanjay Pandey, in judicial custody for his alleged role in tapping of phones of NSE employees, told a Delhi court on Wednesday that he is a whistleblower who had, in fact, pointed out criminal activities such as “betting in IPL” that were purportedly taking place in the stock exchange.

Pandey's lawyers made the submissions before Special Judge Sunena Sharma, who will pronounce the order on his bail plea on Thursday.

Appearing for Pandey, advocate Tanvir Ahmed Mir told the court that Pandey was a whistleblower who flagged suspicious activities in the National Stock Exchange (NSE). Read More

21:46 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Delhi reports 4th monkeypox case as 31-year-old Nigerian woman tests positive

Delhi reported its fourth case of monkeypox on Wednesday with a 31-year-old Nigerian woman testing positive for the disease, official sources said. With this case, India's tally of monkeypox infections has gone up to nine. She is the first woman in India to test positive for monkeypox.

The woman has fever and skin lesions and is admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital, sources said, adding her samples were sent for testing and the results came positive on Wednesday. There is no information about her travelling abroad recently, sources said. (PTI)

21:18 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Delhi logs 2,073 fresh Covid cases, 5 deaths; positivity rate at 11.64%

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21:13 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Party 'under siege', govt treating our leaders like 'terrorists': Congress

The Congress on Wednesday alleged the party was "under siege" by the government which, it said, surrounded its headquarters and the residences of party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi as if they were "terrorists".

Addressing a hurriedly-convened press conference at the party office in the evening after roads leading to its headquarters were barricaded and police deployed nearby, Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Ajay Maken and Abhishek Singhvi said it will not be intimidated by this kind of "cheap and petty politics" and will continue to raise people's issues.

This came soon after the ED temporarily sealed the premises of Young Indian (YI) in the Congress-owned National Herald office in Delhi. (PTI)

19:34 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Our voices will not be silenced by these cheap tactics: Singhvi attacks BJP

Congress leader A M Singhvi, targeting the BJP government, said, ' You are treating this institution, this party and these leaders as terrorists. It is the worst form of petty politics to divert and then on the contrary you blame us.' He added: 'Our voices will not be silenced by these cheap tactics.' 

He further said the party believes that these are the actions of a frustrated political regime.

19:32 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Those who threaten, practice politics of vengeance and spread atmosphere of fear are the ones scared: Jairam Ramesh attacks BJP

Stating that the Congress is not scared, party leader Jairam Ramesh said those who threaten, practice politics of vengeance and spread the atmosphere of fear, are the ones afraid.

19:25 (IST)03 Aug 2022
We will go ahead with August 5 protest even if jailed: Cong's Ajay Maken

Addressing media, Congress leader Ajay Maken said the party has received a letter from the DCP denying permission for the Aug 5 protest and added that the AICC HQ was turned into a Police cantonment. "Govt may suppress us as much as they want but we will protest against inflation, unemployment, and GST on edible items and go ahead with our schedule even if jailed," he said.

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19:12 (IST)03 Aug 2022
Congress condemns ED raids on Congress leaders, National Herald office

The Congress on Wednesday condemned the ways in which probe agencies have been given a free hand in conducting raids. Terming the recent ED raids on the National Herald office as one to cause humiliation, insult and intimidation, party leader Abhishek Singhvi asserted that the party will not be silenced by the "such threats of the BJP government".

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18:55 (IST)03 Aug 2022
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On the sealing of the Young Indian office by the ED, Congress leader Salman Khurshid told reporters on Wednesday that the party spokesperson will speak on the issue officially. Stating that there is no reason for the sealing of the office, Khurshid said, "Nobody can hide and attack in this country."

Regarding the money laundering case Khurshid said: "We have clearly said that the matter holds no ground because there is no money. If no money is involved, how can there be laundering?" (ANI)

18:45 (IST)03 Aug 2022
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Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Ganesh Prasad said, “The road opposite Supertech Twin Towers-93 ATS Road will be shut down within the next two days and will be shut until the day of the demolition. Additionally, on the demolition date, the two ends of Noida-Greater Noida expressway will be shut for 15 minutes before the demolition and 15 minutes after until the dust and debris settle down."

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‘Tiranga bike rally’ for MPs kicks off from Red Fort

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76 fire calls from Delhi’s three landfills in four years, DFS recommends underground water tanks, pumps at sites

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First published on: 02-08-2022 at 09:51:56 am
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