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Badals to stay in jail till Friday

Chandigarh: In another blow to the Shiromani Akali Dal, Ropar special judge S.K. Goyal has adjourned his order till Friday on the bail plea of party president Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir, a Rajya Sabha member, reports our correspondent.

Badal and Sukhbir are lodged in separate cells in Patiala jail. Both were sent to judicial custody on Monday after they appeared in court in a Rs 78-crore disproportionate assets case filed by the state vigilance bureau on November 22.

Their counsel H.S. Mattewal argued that while the defendants had full faith in the Ropar court, the case should be tried in Chandigarh as the allegations pertained to the period Badal was chief minister with his official residence in that city.

Mattewal also said that for prosecuting Badal, the governor’s sanction was necessary as Badal drew the salary of a cabinet minister.

He said similar permission was needed for Sukhbir from the Rajya Sabha chairman. He also referred to a Supreme Court ruling that permission in such cases should be procured from competent authorities.

The vigilance bureau has opposed Mattewal’s plea, saying investigations would suffer a setback as the Badals were threatening the officers probing the case. It has also said Badal was only a legislator and privileges of a cabinet minister had been extended to him because he was the leader of the Opposition.

MPs in dark for dues default

New Delhi (PTI): The New Delhi Municipal Corporation has snapped electricity supply to 13 MPs of various parties for their failure to clear dues running into lakhs of rupees despite repeated reminders and notices, Delhi High Court was informed on Wednesday.

“We have disconnected the electricity supply of 13 MPs — 11 from the Lok Sabha and two from the Rajya Sabha — against whom arrears exceeded Rs 1 lakh,” civic body counsel Hima Kohli told a bench of Chief Justice B.C. Patel and Justice A.K. Sikri.

She, however, clarified that the electricity connections of four MPs — S. Venugopalachari (Congress), Ram Chander Paswan (Lok Janshakti Party), Dharam Pal Yadav (Samajwadi Party) and Kirti Azad (BJP) — were restored after they deposited a sizeable portion of the dues.

The others are Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (Rashtriya Janata Dal), Jai Narain Prasad (Janata Dal United), Vilas Muttemwar and . Janardhana Reddy (Congress), Ramakrishan Kusmaria (BJP), Balram Singh Yadav (Samajwadi), K. Yerannaidu (TDP), Rajesh Ranjan (Independent) and Pritish Nandy (Shiv Sena).

Bank sued for racial slur

Port-of-spain (PTI): A powerful organisation comprising people of Indian origin has sued the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago for alleged racial practices.

The secretary-general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Sat Maharaj, on Tuesday said he had instructed his attorneys to initiate legal actions over bank governor Ewart Williams’ refusal to hand over certain documents. At the centre of the dispute is Selwyn Cudjoe, a member of the bank’s board of directors, who has reportedly made several statements against Indo-Trinidadians.

Leopard attack

Mumbai (PTI): A three-year-old girl was injured in a leopard attack in suburban Malad. Police said Premlata Kotapalle of Kurar village was strolling outside her house on Tuesday night with her daughter Presila when the leopard attacked.

2 held for murder

New Delhi (PTI): Police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested two persons who allegedly masterminded hotelier Dilip Surtani’s murder in south Delhi last week. Tuli Ram and his son Joginder were arrested by the crime branch. Police said they had hired two killers to kill Surtani over a property dispute.

Cops in bribe net

Tiruchirapalli (PTI): One traffic sub-inspector and three policemen were caught accepting bribes during a surprise check by Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption officials on the Tiruchirapalli-Chennai National Highway on Wednesday. False vouchers, police records, receipts and Rs 3,500 in cash were seized from them.

Graft charge

Ahmedabad (PTI): A forest department official at Palanpur range in Banaskantha has been booked for amassing wealth against known sources of income. Sources said Kirtikumar Patel, assistant conservator of forests, had amassed wealth worth nearly Rs 45 lakh.

Rolls-Royce gift

Dubai (PTI): Singer Yesudas has been gifted a 1992-make Rolls-Royce worth $200,000 by NRI businessman B.R. Shetty who hoped it would be of use to the artiste for undertaking community services.

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Navy Day will be celebrated in Bangalore on Thursday to commemorate the navy’s attack on Karachi in the 1971 war that had a decisive impact on its outcome. As part of the celebrations, the navy plans to exhibit the various facets of its operations.

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