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Delhi court pulls up ED lawyer for asking Shabir Shah to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' to prove his patriotism newsreporter.in
A Delhi court on Thursday snubbed an overenthusiastic prosecutor for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for asking Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah to chant 'Bharat Mata ki jai' to prove his patriotism, saying it was not a television studio.
Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma chided the lawyer for his remark and later allowed the ED's plea for extension by six days sixty-four-year-old Shah's custodial interrogation in a decade-old money laundering case.
The ED's counsel Rajeev Awasthi alleged that Shah was ruining the country by using money to fund terror and breached the line by daring the separatist leader to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' to prove his patriotism.
However, an anguished judge stopped him, warning that the courtroom was not a "television studio."
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday tore into Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, insisting continuing in the Grand Alliance would have amounted to "compromising with corruption".
Having embraced the BJP after a four-year hiatus, Nitish claimed there would be "no challenge" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections.
He also said the proposal for a reunion had come from the "highest level" in the BJP which he accepted as "going got impossible" in the Grand Alliance due to accusations of corruption against his then deputy Tejashwi Yadav.
Venezuelans stayed away from the polls in massive numbers in a show of protest against a vote to grant President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers in the face of a brutal socio-economic crisis and a grinding battle against its political opponents and groups of increasingly alienated and violent young protesters.
The government swore to continue its push for total political dominance of this once-prosperous OPEC nation, a move likely to trigger US sanctions and new rounds of the street fighting that has killed at least 122 and wounded nearly 2,000 since protests began in April.
Nawaz Sharif is pushed out of office for the third time, the former prime minister of Pakistan is probably used to this to-ing and fro-ing. Still trying to retain some hold on the prime minister's office, he has now ensured that his brother Shehbaz Sharif, who is the current chief minister of the Punjab province, steps into his office. Nawaz would hope that Shehbaz should last at least till the polls in June 2018.
However, it's not going to be so easy this time. Even a cursory perusal of the timeline of the events in the court, which began in mid-2016, shows that the court is in no mood to let things slide. Indeed, in comparison to most of the South Asian courts, it is mysteriously active. First, it refused to take on board any of the petitions by the political opposition terming them "frivolous". After all, the cases being cited against Nawaz were more than two decades old and had been the subject of allegations since the 1980s.
Days after quitting as Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's counsel in the defamation cases filed against him by Union minister Arun Jaitley, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani has fired a fresh salvo at his erstwhile client, saying the CM has asked him to use abusive words against the Finance Minister.
Earlier on July 20, the senior lawyer had written a letter to Kejriwal in which he has claimed that the AAP leader had asked him to use worse words against Arun Jaitley. As per the latest reports of leading daily Times Of India, Jethmalani has now taken an unprecedented step and has sent the letter to Jaitley.Earlier on May 17, the recording of Jaitley's statement in a Rs 10 crore civil defamation suit, filed by him against Kejriwal and other AAP functionaries, witnessed high drama as the Union minister objected to the use of a word against him by the veteran lawyer representing the chief minister. Days after the court proceedings, Jaitley filed a fresh Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Kejriwal over the use of the objectionable word allegedly by Jethmalani.
It has been reported that in a letter to the CM, the senior advocate had also claimed Kejriwal had used even more offensive language against Jaitley during private discussions on the case.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s unexpected resignation on Wednesday evening plunged Bihar politics into a crisis. But hours later, he joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to reclaim the government in a stunning political manoeuvre that relegated his ‘Mahagathbandhan’, or Grand Alliance, partner Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to the opposition.
The ostensible reason for Kumar to quit was his falling out with deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav, Lalu Prasad’s son. Yadav is facing corruption charges but had refused to step down despite Kumar’s exhortations. “In the circumstances that prevail in Bihar, it became difficult to run the Grand Alliance government,” Kumar told reporters outside Raj Bhavan after submitting his resignation to governor Keshri Nath Tripathi.
But in a series of fast paced developments that unfolded way past midnight on Wednesday, it became clear that Kumar was going to be the ultimate winner. Meanwhile, Tejashwi met Bihar governor Keshri Nath Tripathi on Thursday morning, and said RJD should have been invited to form the government as it was the single largest party in the state. He later told reporters that the RJD will take legal advice on the matter and may even move court.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck off the eastern coast of Russia, according to the US Geological Survey, causing officials to initially warn of a tsunami threat in parts of the Pacific.
Waves had been initially forecast to be less than 0.3 metres above the tide level for coasts in the area ranging from Russia to Hawaii, the tsunami authority said.