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Delhi News Live Updates: Delhi court discharges Umar Khalid in riots case, but to remain in custody

Delhi News Live Updates: Khalid Saifi's lawyer senior advocate Rebecca John confirmed the development. This relates to a case of arson in Khajuri Khas area.

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New Delhi | Updated: December 3, 2022 19:11 IST
Former JNU student Umar Khalid (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Delhi News Live Updates, December 3:  A Delhi court on Saturday discharged former JNU student Umar Khalid and activist Khalid Saifi in a case connected to the northeast Delhi riots. Saifi’s lawyer senior advocate Rebecca John confirmed the development. This relates to a case of arson in Khajuri Khas area. They will continue to remain in judicial custody since they are get to get bail in the UAPA case.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday slammed the BJP for turning the national capital into a “mound of garbage”. “The BJP was in power in MCD for 15 years and it turned Delhi into a capital of garbage mounds and stray animals. This time, people will choose Arvind Kejriwal for MCD to make Delhi clean and beautiful,” he said. Polling for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will be held on December 4.

In other news, All Delhi government schools will remain closed on December 3 in view of preparations for the municipal elections, PTI reported. “All heads of government schools of Directorate of Education are hereby informed that December 3 (Saturday) is to be declared a holiday in schools on account of polling preparations of Delhi MCD elections 2022,” the Directorate of Education (DoE) said in a circular.

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Delhi News Updates: Both Khalid and Saifi will continue to remain in judicial custody since they are get to get bail in the UAPA case.

19:11 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Delhi court extends NIA custody of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi

A Delhi court on Saturday extended by four days the NIA custody of alleged gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, accused in Siddhu Moosewala murder case, in a matter related to conspiracy hatched by terror groups. The NIA has alleged that the conspiracy was hatched by members of a criminal syndicate based in India and abroad to raise funds and recruit youths to carry out terrorist acts in Delhi and other parts of the country.

The accused, including Bishnoi, had planned to execute spectacular heinous crimes including targeted killings of prominent persons, with an intention to strike terror in the minds of the people of the country, it alleged. Special judge Shailendra Malik extended the custodial interrogation of Bishnoi after he was produced before the court through video conference on expiry of his 10-day NIA custody granted earlier. (PTI)

18:44 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Aaftab Poonawalla ask Tihar jail officials to provide him books

Aaftab Poonawalla, the alleged murderer and live in partner of Sharadha Walker has asked Tihar jail officials to provide him with books.

For now, he will be given The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. 

Delhi Police said they will also approach a psychologist for a second  opinion on Poonawaala's health and behaviour. (ENS)

18:04 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Delhi HC restrains Ludhiana-based firms from making ‘Rallies’ bicycles in trademark infringement case

The Delhi High Court recently restrained two Ludhiana-based companies from manufacturing and advertising bicycles under the ‘RALLIES’ mark after a Switzerland-based cycle manufacturer claimed infringement of its 125-year-old ‘RALEIGH’ trademark.

A single judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh in its November 29 order granted an “interim injunction” in favour of Switzerland-based ‘Swiss Bike Vertriebs GMBH, subsidiary of ACCELL Group’, and ordered, “Defendants shall cease manufacture as well as advertising in physical shops and through online platforms including e-commerce platforms of all such goods mentioned above, under the mark ‘RALLIES’ or any other mark which is identical/deceptively similar mark to the plaintiff’s mark ‘RALEIGH’”. (Read more)

16:43 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Umar Khalid discharged in Northeast Delhi riots case

A Delhi court on Saturday discharged former JNU student Umar Khalid and United Against Hate member Khalid Saifi in a case connected to the 2020 Northeast Delhi riots. However, they will continue to remain in judicial custody as they are yet to get bail in an Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) case.

Additional Sessions Judge Pulastya Pramachala pronounced the order in the riot case registered at Khajuri Khas police station. Senior advocate Rebecca John, who appeared for Saifi, confirmed the development. A detailed order in the case is awaited.

The case was registered on the basis of a statement by a constable who was on duty when a mob gathered in the Chandbagh area. When the constable tried to save himself by seeking shelter at a local parking lot, a mob allegedly broke the shutter of the parking lot and assaulted the people inside and also set the vehicles on fire. (Read more)

16:02 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Sisodia will have to 'face the music' in Excise policy 'scam' case, says BJP

The BJP on Saturday claimed that the AAP used the Delhi Excise policy to "receive kickbacks" and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who was "instrumental" in framing it will "face the music and the law".

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy have been weaving stories through press conferences to spread a "lie" that there was no "scam" in the implementation of the excise policy and that Sisodia was innocent, alleged BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra.

An immediate reaction was not available from the AAP on the issue.

"The probe against Sisodia is underway and the allegations against him are very serious," Patra said at a press conference citing the remand note of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) presented in a court recently against a liquor "scam" accused Amit Arora. A case against Sisodia and several other persons was registered by the CBI in August this year over the alleged irregularities in implementation of Excise Policy 2021-22. (PTI)

15:03 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Gurgaon Authority to revamp key master sewer line along NH-48

The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) will soon start the renovation of the 2.2-km-long master sewer pipeline along national highway 48 between Ambience Mall and DLF phase 1 road.

Officials said the proposal to revamp the pipeline was approved by GMDA Chief Executive Officer Sudhir Rajpal at a meeting of the core planning cell of the authority, earlier this week.

GMDA officials said that the Infrastructure-2 division had recommended the proposal for the rehabilitation of existing sewer lines, which were laid decades ago and had been severely damaged, along the highway in the stretch. The division recommended the renovation to avoid further deterioration of sewer lines and prevent caving-in of the road on the stretch. (Read more)

13:43 (IST)03 Dec 2022
AIIMS tells MBBS, PhD students to download anti-virus on computers

The All India Institute of Medical Science, Delhi, has asked its MBBS and PhD students to download anti-virus software on computers across the institute for a speedy recovery of the systems affected by the recent cyber hack.

According to the MBBS students involved in the volunteer process, around 100-150 students from the first-year, second-year and third-year batches participated in the volunteer work to help the institute. These students were also given brief training by the computer facility department on how to sanitise the systems in the institute.

“We were asked for volunteer work by the administration and we wanted to help the institute in the time of crisis. We are downloading government-purchased anti-virus software in the systems which have been given to us and are working along with IT experts. This way we are also getting to interact with our faculties as well,” said an MBBS student, on condition of anonymity. Read more. 

11:57 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Facing CBI probe in Delhi liquor scam, TRS MLC K Kavitha meets party workers at her Hyderabad home

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‘In 15 years, BJP turned Delhi into garbage mound,’ says Sisodia

Ahead of the civic polls in Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday slammed the BJP for turning the national capital into a “mound of garbage”. “The BJP was in power in MCD for 15 years and it turned Delhi into a capital of garbage mounds and stray animals. This time, people will choose Arvind Kejriwal for MCD to make Delhi clean and beautiful,” he said. Polling for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will be held on December 4. (PTI)

11:39 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Delhi zoo to strengthen boundary wall after stray dogs attacked deer

With three deer having died at the Delhi zoo last month after being attacked by dogs, zoo officials said that the old boundary wall, which may have provided access to the dogs, is now being strengthened.

Akanksha Mahajan, who recently took charge as director of the zoo, said that three hog deer had died in the incident that happened around November 15-16. The then director had already ordered an inquiry into the incident to determine how the dogs entered the enclosure, she said. Read more. 

11:20 (IST)03 Dec 2022
MCD election: Delhi Metro services to begin at 4 am on polling day

Delhi Metro services will begin at 4 am on Sunday when voting for the MCD elections will be held in the national Capital, officials said. In a communication issued Friday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said Metro services on all lines will start at 4 am from all terminal stations. The trains will run at a frequency of 30 minutes on all lines till 6 am.

After 6 am, the trains will run as per the normal Sunday timetable, it informed. Usually, metro rail services begin a little later. At HUDA City Centre on the Yellow Line, for instance, the first train departs at 5.45 am. Similarly, at Majlis Park on the Pink Line, the first train departs at 5.40 am. Read more. 

10:05 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Telangana preventive detention law in Delhi: L-G Saxena forwards proposal to MHA

The Delhi L-G could get powers to order the detention of a person to prevent them from “acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order”, if a proposal forwarded by him to the Union Home Minister to implement a Telangana law in the city comes through.

The Delhi Police had sought approval for the issuance of a notification to extend the Telangana Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act, 1986, to Delhi, citing the need for legislation to prevent and control criminal activities.

The Act is applicable for the prevention of activities of boot-leggers, drug traffickers, land grabbers, those involved in adulteration of food, forging documents, snatching, robbery, arms running, sale of drugs, gambling, sexual offences, cyber crime, officials in the L-G Secretariat said. Read more. 

10:03 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Court acquits former Delhi minister Rajendra Pal Gautam for flouting Covid protocol during protest

A Delhi court recently acquitted former Delhi minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, MLA Durgesh Pathak and 36 others in a July 2020 protest case. Police had arrested the accused persons for protesting against the rising prices of petrol and diesel at DDU Marg while flouting Covid protocols.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vaibhav Mehta said there are “material contradictions in the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses and there are serious lacunas in the investigation carried out by the police officials ignoring well laid down principles and legal precedents and the directions given by their own senior police officials.” Read more. 

09:03 (IST)03 Dec 2022
Woman fakes own death by killing mall employee, disfiguring face in Noida

A woman and her partner have been arrested for allegedly murdering a shopping mall employee and disfiguring her face by pouring boiling mustard oil. Noida Police said the accused, Payal Bhati (22) and Ajay Thakur (28), allegedly killed Hema Chaudhury on November 12.

Police said the accused faked Payal’s death to avoid being caught as they had planned to kill her cousin later to “avenge” her parents’ suicide. Saad Miya Khan, ADCP (Central Noida), said: “Payal’s brother had taken a loan from their cousin and his in-laws, which led to financial distress in their household.

Payal’s parents died by suicide in May and she held her cousin responsible.” An FIR for abetment of suicide was lodged against the cousin. Read more. 

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From JNU sanitation worker to Left candidate, with a little help

Amidst the hubbub of campaigning for the upcoming MCD polls, one candidate from Lado Sarai, Jitender Kumar(37), has an interesting set of supporters. Kumar, a Dalit sanitation worker at Jawaharlal Nehru University, is contesting on the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation ticket, and its student wing, the All India Students’ Association (AISA), has hopped in on the campaign.

“I have been working on the campus for 17 years, and my father was an employee here for 36 years. Many students, staff and teachers across the political spectrum have been pooling in for the campaign,” said Kumar, whose poll pitch assures sanitation and better pay for contractual workers, apart from regularisation of employment under the MCD. Read more. 

22:14 (IST)02 Dec 2022
MCD schools to be closed on December 5 following MCD polls

All schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will be closed on December 5 following MCD elections, the civic body declared on Friday.

The MCD, however, added that online classes can be conducted by available teachers.

22:05 (IST)02 Dec 2022
Ransomware attack on AIIMS a conspiracy, planned by forces that are significant: MoS IT Chandrasekhar

The ransomware attack on the servers of AIIMS Delhi is a conspiracy and planned by forces that are significant, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Friday.

The servers of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, have been out of order for the 10th consecutive day due to the ransomware attack. "It is clearly a conspiracy and it has been planned by forces that are pretty significant. It is a sophisticated ransomware attack. We will wait for the outcome of CERTin and NIA (National Investigation Agency) before we come to conclusion on who is behind the ransomware attack," Chandrasekhar said.

"This will not be the first ransomware attempt. It will not be the last. It is for these entities like they say in the context of terrorism, you have to be right all the time and they can be successful only one time, so we have to be on guard. We have to make sure that our systems and processes are safe and secure. Especially in the era of intensifying digitisation of our economy and of our businesses and activities," Chandrasekhar said. (PTI)

20:58 (IST)02 Dec 2022
Anti-Sikh riots: Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on Sajjan Kumar’s reply in plea opposing bail granted to him

The Delhi High Court Friday sought the Centre’s Special Investigation Team’s response to former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar’s reply in the SIT plea challenging a trial court order granting bail to him in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

A single judge bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma was hearing the case wherein Kumar’s counsel Anil Kumar Sharma submitted that “he had filed his reply to the SIT’s plea in July and, till date, no response has been filed”. 

After hearing both parties, the HC granted four weeks to the Centre to respond to Kumar’s reply and listed the matter on March 21. Read more

20:56 (IST)02 Dec 2022
Several eateries sealed on Gurgaon’s Golf Course Road

Gurgaon’s department of town and country planning (DTCP) Friday sealed several restaurants, eateries and shops along Golf Course Road and near Saraswati Kunj for alleged illegal and unauthorised construction and violating the layout plan of the colony.

The DTCP also carried out a demolition drive in Saraswati Kunj and adjacent areas, where illegal construction had been carried out.

Some popular eateries and restaurants that were sealed on Golf Course Road included Alkauser, The Foresstta, The Gr8 Taste of India, Grubsoul Seafoods, La Pino’z Pizza and Sardar-Ji- Bakhsh Coffee and Co. Read more

20:55 (IST)02 Dec 2022
JNU teacher whose office was vandalised speaks: ‘I am connected with RSS, that is Left’s problem’

Ideological differences should not lead to actions which vitiate the atmosphere of the university and create an air of violence, said Pravesh Kumar, one of the teachers whose chamber doors were vandalised at Jawaharlal Nehru University this week.

On Thursday morning, the doors of the chamber offices of four teachers in JNU’s School of International Studies were found spray painted with the words “Go back to shakha”.

Another teacher whose chamber door has the same graffiti, said, “Public property should not be destroyed. This is public property and this is a place to study. This is just increasing the expenditure of the university. It’s childish behaviour.” Read more

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the roadshow for MCD elections campaign at Malka Ganj Chowk, Near Hansraj college in Delhi. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Delhi MCD elections: In final push ahead of polls, Arvind Kejriwal strikes confident note

A day after he campaigned door to door in Chirag Dilli village, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a roadshow in North Delhi’s Malkaganj ahead of the MCD elections.

Attacking the BJP for its campaign, which has seen several Union ministers and state Chief Ministers in attendance, Kejriwal said the BJP’s show of strength indicated its “inefficiency” and “lack of work” in the MCD over the past 15 years.

“The BJP got multiple CMs and ministers to campaign for them in the civic body polls because they did not do anything in the MCD in the last 15 years. When they are asked what work you have done, they only have one excuse: Kejriwal does not give funds… BJP has deployed seven CMs, one deputy CM and 17 Cabinet Ministers to fight against an aam aadmi like me,” he said.

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