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Delhi News Highlights: Delhi reports 959 new Covid-19 cases, nine deaths

Delhi News Live Updates: The national capital also saw 939 recoveries and has 4,656 active cases.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: August 23, 2022 10:34:18 pm
Delhi covid casesA health worker conducts random Covid-19 testing at New Delhi Railway station. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Delhi News Updates: Delhi on Tuesday reported 959 fresh Covid-19 cases and nine deaths with a positivity rate of 6.14 per cent. The national capital also saw 939 recoveries and has 4,656 active cases.

The politically heated grounds of the national capital saw some new developments with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claiming that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014 offered its MLAs Rs 5 crore to join them. AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj alleged that the BJP has now reached out to Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and offered to make him the chief minister if he leaves AAP and joins them. “We will fail Operation Lotus in Delhi once again,” he added. The BJP, meanwhile, hit out at the ruling party in Delhi over its now scrapped excise policy. It claimed that the Delhi government ignored the violations of the excise policy and recommendations of an expert committee.

In other news, a Noida Court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Shrikant Tyagi, who was arrested by police after he was caught on video pushing and abusing a woman, by 14 days, rejecting his bail plea. The court set the next hearing in the matter on August 26.

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21:36 (IST)23 Aug 2022
Delhi logs 959 new Covid-19 cases, nine deaths

Delhi on Tuesday reported 959 fresh Covid-19 cases and nine deaths with a positivity rate of 6.14 per cent. The national capital also saw 939 recoveries and has 4,656 active cases.

21:32 (IST)23 Aug 2022
Lawfully wedded couple can’t be denied each other’s company; State can’t enter pvt space: Delhi HC

A lawfully wedded couple cannot be denied each other’s company which is the essence of marriage and the State cannot enter the private space of a wilfully married couple and separate them, the Delhi High Court has said.

The order was passed by Justice Jasmeet Singh while dealing with a petition by a Muslim male and a Muslim minor girl who got married to each other as per religious customs in Bihar after eloping and now sought protection from the court as well as directions to ensure that nobody separates them from each other.

The court noted that under the Mohammedan Law, a girl who has attained the age of puberty could marry without the consent of her parents and has the right to reside with her husband even when she is less than 18 years of age and thus directed that the authorities concerned to ensure safety and protection of the married couple which is entitled to stay together and was expecting a child. (Read more)

21:14 (IST)23 Aug 2022
Link residential areas along Yamuna to sewer network: DJB vice chairman to officials

Delhi Jal Board Vice Chairman Saurabh Bhardwaj on Tuesday directed officials to immediately link residential areas along the Yamuna to the sewer network to prevent their sewage from flowing into the river directly. The Delhi government has set a target of cleaning the Yamuna to bathing standards by 2025.

Connecting all households in unauthorised colonies to the sewer network and upgrading sewage treatment plants and common effluent treatment plants is key to reducing pollution in the river. At a review meeting, the DJB vice chairman instructed officials to expeditiously connect drains from households and colonies located along the Yamuna to the sewer network, a statement said. (PTI)

20:07 (IST)23 Aug 2022
Delhi court grants anticipatory bail to man accused of giving triple talaq to his wife

A Delhi court Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to a man accused of giving triple talaq to his wife, saying that two months after lodging the FIR, the investigating officer (IO) “has not even cared to take the statement of the relevant witness.” The court also sent a copy of the order to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) concerned for “proper investigation in the present matter.” Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat noted that though the triple talaq was pronounced by the accused in the presence of many persons and relatives of the family, the IO had failed to record the statement of any witness.

“In the facts and circumstances of the present case, where Section 4 of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 is sought to be attracted, which carries a maximum punishment of three years, and where the investigating officer has not even cared to take statements of relevant witnesses quoted by the complainant despite two months since the registration of the FIR. I deem it fit to grant bail to the accused,” the judge said. (PTI)

18:52 (IST)23 Aug 2022
AAP takes dig at Congress over its ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra' post on social media

The AAP on Tuesday took a swipe at the Congress over a promotional ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra' post on Twitter, claiming that the grand old party has used a photograph from the 2011 anti-corruption movement that had brought it down from the power.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also claimed that its volunteers can be “clearly” seen in the photograph posted by the Congress on the microblogging site and thanked it for accepting the Arvind Kejriwal-led party as "real opposition". The AAP's reaction came after the Congress launched the logo, tagline and website of its upcoming 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', billed as a mass contact programme of an unprecedented scale.

“We dream of an India where no voice will be silenced, youth will no longer beg for work, economy will not be in shambles, diversity will be celebrated and equality would be ensured. Join #BharatJodoYatra & lead the change!,” the Congress tweeted with a photograph of a group of agitators marching with one carrying a national flag.

Reacting to the Congress promotional post, the AAP's Mumbai unit president and national executive member Preeti Sharma Menon, tweeted, “One more example of how @INCIndia has totally lost the plot.” “The photo of their dreams is from an #IndiaAgainstCorrution morcha where one can clearly see our youth leader @VandanaSingh. Yes the same #IAC that finished the Congress,” she added. (PTI)

18:30 (IST)23 Aug 2022
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18:17 (IST)23 Aug 2022
Kejriwal alleges 'Maha Vyapam scam' in Guj, promises 10-year jail if AAP comes to power

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday claimed a "Maha Vyapam scam" in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Gujarat wherein question papers of the state government recruitment examinations have been leaked over years. He promised a law against the paper leak with a provision of 10-year jail if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is voted to power in the Assembly elections, due later this year.

"Did anybody go to jail for leaking papers? They will now go to jail (when AAP forms a government). Madhya Pradesh had the 'Vyapam scam. In Gujarat, a 'Maha Vyapam scam' is going on," Kejriwal alleged while addressing a town hall meeting of youth at Bhavnagar on the second day of his two-day visit to Gujarat.

The Vyapam scam was an entrance examination, admission and recruitment scam unearthed in Madhya Pradesh, also ruled by the BJP, in 2013. The scam is called "Vyapam" which is the Hindi acronym of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board. (PTI)

16:55 (IST)23 Aug 2022
Delhi: Dwarka police arrest man for cyberstalking woman

A 32-year-old man was arrested by the Dwarka cyber police on August 20 for allegedly creating a fake social media profile with obscene descriptions and photos of a woman and sending obscene messages and photos to her after she ignored his messages on social media.

The police identified the accused as Mahaveer Singh, a vendor who sells plastic goods, and added that his brother used to stay in the same building as the woman years ago. (Read more)

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15:41 (IST)23 Aug 2022
JNU: Police registers cross FIRs a day after ABVP members and security staff clash

Delhi police on Tuesday registered cross FIRs a day after students from the ABVP and members of the security staff clashed at Jawaharlal Nehru University. 

The police in a statement said, "Delhi Police has registered cross FIRs a day after students from the ABVP and members of the security staff clashed at Jawaharlal Nehru University. On Monday afternoon, students gathered at the scholarship section demanding the release of fellowships. Police lodged an FIR after they received a complaint from one of the students, identified as Nishant Vidyatharti, they have filed another case after they received a complaint from one Navin Yadav, chief security officer of JNU." (ENS)

15:19 (IST)23 Aug 2022
HC raps Delhi Police for blocking roads with unmanned barricades, summons Special CP

The Delhi High Court Tuesday pulled up Delhi Police for putting unmanned mobile barricades on the roads, saying that the policemen do not apply their minds and block the roads during rush hours. The court asked Special CP (Law & Order) to remain present in court on the next date of hearing.

A division bench headed by Justice Mukta Gupta said, “Please let me tell you, they just don’t apply their mind. In the evening hours when there is so much of rush, they will have those intersections. They would be standing on the side, not looking at one vehicle. Why are they blocking the roads?”

While addressing a police official from Vasant Kunj area, the corut said, “Aise sadak band karte hai aap? Raat ko saare raste band kardenge aap? Saare raaste band kardenge, kisiko koi medical emergency hojaye tou aadha ganta tou inhi rastun main nikal jaye, hospital tak bach k pahunche na wo. Sab jagah app ye problem create karte hai aur jisne niklna houta hai, wo nikal hi jaata hai aapke haath se.” (ENS)

13:35 (IST)23 Aug 2022
Shrikant Tyagi’s judicial custody extended for 14 days in assault case

A Noida Court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Shrikant Tyagi, who was arrested by police after he was caught on video pushing and abusing a woman, by 14 days, rejecting his bail plea. The court set the next hearing in the matter on August 26.

13:20 (IST)23 Aug 2022
BJP offered AAP MLAs Rs 5 crore to leave party, claims Saurabh Bharadwaj

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj in a press conference on Tuesday stated that the ruling party had foiled 'Operation Lotus' in Delhi for a second time. Operation Lotus is a term used for allegations that the BJP poaches MLAs of ruling parties in the Opposition-ruled states. 

Bharadwaj stated that in 2014, AAP MLAs were offered Rs 5 crore to leave the party and join BJP. He added that once again, the BJP has reached out to Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia to leave AAP and join the BJP to get the cases against him dropped.

"We will fail Operation Lotus, once again," the party spokesperson said.

13:05 (IST)23 Aug 2022
AAP govt ignored violations of excise policy, recommendations of expert committee: BJP

The BJP on Tuesday stepped up attack on the AAP, claiming its government in Delhi ignored the violations of the excise policy and recommendations of an expert committee. According to the Delhi Excise Policy, producers, retailers and distributors of liquor cannot be the same. Also, there cannot be common directors or shareholders, BJP MP Sudhanshu Trivedi said.

On October 25, 2021, the Delhi excise department had brought some cases of common producers, retailers and distributors to the notice of the government, but it did not act on it, he claimed.

BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma said an expert committee had suggested against promotions to push liquor sales but the Delhi govt started giving a carton free on every carton sold. The committee had suggested to follow the Karnataka model wherein the government is responsible for wholesale business. The panel said no individual can be given more than one license. It had also recommended against opening liquor vends in non-conforming areas like villages and colonies without commercial markets. But the government ignored all these suggestions, he alleged. (PTI)

12:18 (IST)23 Aug 2022
Delhi weather: Humidity high, overcast skies and gusty winds likely today

Humidity levels remain high in Delhi with the city receiving little rain this month.

Only very light rainfall is likely on some days of this week, going by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast. On Tuesday, Delhi is likely to see overcast skies and gusty winds of around 40 to 50 kmph, but no rainfall. The maximum temperature on Tuesday is likely to settle at around 35 degrees Celsius.

The relative humidity at 8.30 am on Tuesday was as high as 81%. The maximum humidity over the past 24 hours was 88%, while the minimum was around 56%, according to a bulletin issued by the IMD on Monday evening. Read more

12:13 (IST)23 Aug 2022
Amid rising Covid cases, Delhi districts start planning strategy for containment measures

After making wearing masks in public places compulsory again, district authorities in Delhi have started planning a strategy for managing Covid-19 cases, enforcing containment measures and controlling infections that have seen an uptick in the past couple of weeks. 

“The number of Covid cases is increasing day by day in NCT of Delhi. The government has also directed the health department to boost medical facilities provided on daily basis at public health centres to overcome any unexpected situation. So, to put in place the measures, the staff has been directed to keep themselves at the disposal of the district administrations of the concerned area for discharging the duty of containment measures,” said an official. Read more

09:25 (IST)23 Aug 2022
Heading back from party, 4 friends killed after private bus rams into car

Four persons died and one sustained injuries after a private bus allegedly hit a car near Khetawas village in Farrukhna-gar area Monday, said police. According to police, the victims, all in their early 20s, were returning from a friend’s birthday party at a farmhouse.

Police said the incident took place around 6 am when a Baleno car, in which five people were travelling, was taking a U-turn near a petrol pump on Wazirabad-Farrukhnagar road. Police said that as the car took the turn, a bus allegedly rammed into it, and dragged it for a few metres before the car crashed into bushes. Read more

09:23 (IST)23 Aug 2022
ACB arrests nursing orderly for ‘demanding bribe’ to admit injured man to Delhi hospital

A 48-year-old employee of GB Pant Hospital was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 25,000 to get an injured man admitted to another hospital. Police identified the accused as Rasheed Ahmed, a nursing orderly in the endoscopy department. 

Police said that on August 18, Mukesh Kumar, a labourer hired by the complainant in this case, sustained injuries during construction work at the complainant’s house. He then took Mukesh to a hospital, where he was refused admission on the grounds that there were no ventilator beds available. The complainant then met the accused who allegedly asked for a bribe to get Mukesh admitted. The complainant paid Rs 10,000 and the accused got Mukesh admitted. 

After this, police said the accused allegedly began threatening the complainant to pay him the remaining amount and the complainant approached the ACB. Read more

14:05 (IST)22 Aug 2022
BKU leader claims farmers stopped from entering Delhi

Jagjeet Singh Dallewal of the BKU told The Indian Express that farmers were stopped from entering Delhi.

"Vehicles were stopped at the Karnal bypass. We are doing this peacefully and our programme is only for a day. People have come from far away and should be allowed to assemble. Our request to the administration is to allow the vehicles to move," he said.

13:34 (IST)22 Aug 2022
Protesters stopped at Ghazipur border allowed to proceed after due verification: Police

DCP (East district) Priyanka Kashyap told The Indian Express that some protesters/persons were stopped at the Ghazipur border "in view of the heightened security measures and threat perception."

"However, after due verifications, all of them were allowed to proceed to their respective destinations," she added.

13:08 (IST)22 Aug 2022
Farmers detained to control crowd says Delhi Police

The police confirmed to The Indian Express that some farmers were detained at the Ghazipur border as "more groups are coming in" and they are "trying to control the crowd". Farmers will be taken to Madhu Vihar and other police stations, they said.

Farmers came from Punjab, UP, Haryana, Odisha, Karnataka and Kerala. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

MSP, Lakhimpur Kheri case on agenda at farmers’ meeting in Jantar Mantar

Farmers from several states gathered at Jantar Mantar Monday for a mahapachayat with a set of common demands, including that of a law to guarantee minimum support price (MSP).

The unions that were at the site gathered under the name of ‘Samyukta Kisan Morcha (non-political)’, with farmers arriving from states including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Karnataka and Kerala.

The SKM issued a statement Monday distancing itself from the protest at Jantar Mantar. It said “a few farm unions who were part of SKM during farmers protest 2020-21 are organising this. Jagjeet Singh Dallewal of BKU (Bharatiya Kisan Union) Ekta Sidhupur, is leading the protest while rest of the farm unions and leaders are not a part of it”.

BJP has reached out, offered to close all cases if I join their party: Manish Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, whose house was raided by the CBI on Friday in connection with a case it has registered against him and several excise officers over alleged corruption in the rollout of a liquor policy, claimed that the BJP had reached out and offered to drop all cases if he joined the party.

Sisodia made these claims via a statement through his Twitter handle and said that he “would not bow in front of the corrupt and schemers”.

“I have got a message from BJP — leave AAP and join BJP, We will close all CBI/ED cases. My reply to BJP – I am a descendant of Maharana Pratap, I am a Rajput. I will sacrifice myself but will not bow in front of the corrupt and schemers. The cases against me are false. You can do whatever you want,” his tweet read.

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First published on: 22-08-2022 at 09:07:49 am
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