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Dilution of Lokayukta report: CM fails to reply

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday told Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that they would accept the content of a petition,which accused her of misleading the people by misrepresenting facts on construction of low-cost flats ahead of 2008 polls,after she failed to file her reply to the plea.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday told Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that they would accept the content of a petition,which accused her of misleading the people by misrepresenting facts on construction of low-cost flats ahead of 2008 polls,after she failed to file her reply to the plea.

A division bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indermeet Kaur said: “We would accept the contents of the petition as she failed to file the counter affidavit.”

The court’s detailed order is yet to come. The court’s observation came after the petitioner Sunita Bhardwaj,a lawyer,contended that due to her repeated failure to file the counter affidavit,the court had imposed a cost of Rs 5,000 on her on the last date of hearing.

The lawyer also argued Dikshit should not be given any further chance to defend herself in the matter,saying: “The CM is not above the law.”

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The counsel,appearing for the CM,sought more time to file the counter affidavit.

The court was hearing Bhardwaj’s plea seeking setting aside of an order of the competent authority (in Home Ministry,which deals with Lokayukta reports) diluted the effect of Lokayukta’s report and asked Delhi government officials to be “more careful in the future”.

Delhi Lokayukta had,on July 18,2011,submitted a report to the L-G,recommending the issuance of caution against the Chief Minister,asking her to be more careful in publication of her messages. The report was sent to the office of the President,the petition said.

Murder accused seeks bail to have child

An undertrial in a murder case,who was sent to jail eight months after his wedding in 2008,on Tuesday approached the Delhi High Court seeking interim bail to consummate his marriage and have a child “so that his wife could lead a happier life while he is in prison”.

Justice Mukta Gupta told Delhi government response to file a reply by May 7. Sandeep Tyagi,a former CRPF personnel,had married on February 1,2008 but got embroiled in a kidnap-cum-murder case on October 25,2008 and has been lodged in a jail ever since.

He sought interim bail for 45 days “to consummate his marriage and attain fatherhood,as right to become a parent should be read as part and parcel of Article 21 of the Constitution”

Tyagi (28),in his plea,said that his wife is alone at home in his absence as their love marriage was not approved by their parents and a child would help her lead a happier life. “The plight of the woman,whose husband is in jail and parents and in-laws are not on talking terms with her,can best be understood by a woman,” the petition said.

Tyagi has also submitted that the couple could not consummate their marriage as she was preparing for SSC exams when they got married,and it was a pre-requisite that a candidate should not be pregnant at the time of interview.

Restriction on minors: FB,Google to reply by April 25

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High court asked the Centre,social networking site Facebook and search giant Google,time till April 25 to file a reply to a writ petition demanding that Google and Facebook ensure verification of all existing and future users of the websites and restrict usage by minors. Advocate Virag Gupta,appearing on behalf of the petitioner told the court that the move was necessary for national security and to protect children.

Probe ordered into escape of undertrial

NEW DELHI: A court ordered the Joint Commissioner of Police to inquire into allegations levelled by an undertrial accused in a fake passport and visa racket case. The undertrial alleged that two senior police personnel of Delhi Police’s Special Cell conspired to help a woman co-accused escape. Harshad Alam,who was arrested by the Special Cell,along with other members of his family,for running a racket of fake passports and visas in Delhi,Haryana and Punjab.