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Congress lobs canal threat

chandigarh: Haryana Congress legislature party leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday threatened to block all routes from Delhi to north India to pressure the Centre to construct Punjab’s portion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal as directed by the Supreme Court last year, reports our special correspondent.

“The Indian National Lok Dal government headed by Om Prakash Chautala is not interested in getting the canal constructed. Otherwise, how can one explain the government’s failure to file a contempt petition against Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh for not complying with the apex court’s order'” Hooda asked.

tating that early completion of the canal was a question of “life and death” for Haryana, Hooda said: “If despite the Supreme Court’s order for completion of the canal it is not constructed, Haryana will never be able to get its share of the (Ravi-Beas) waters. I believe all state parties must arrive at a consensus and resign en masse from the Assembly and Parliament to show solidarity with the people of the state.”

SC cancels MLA election

new delhi: The Supreme Court has set aside the election of a Rashtriya Janata Dal candidate — the sitting MLA from Sitamarhi constituency in Bihar — and declared the BJP candidate from the constituency elected to the Assembly in the February 2000 elections.

A division bench of Justices R.C. Lahoti and Brijesh Kumar, in its judgment delivered on March 13, said votes polled in favour of the BJP candidate had been “wrongly” rejected by the returning officer, reports our legal correspondent.

RJD legislator Sahid Ali Khan had been declared elected in the 2000 elections with a slender margin of 35 votes against his nearest BJP rival Hari Shankar Prasad.

However, the apex court found that 90 votes cast in favour of Prasad, which were rejected by the returning officer, were valid. Now Prasad has been judicially declared elected by a margin of 55 votes.

“We find that the wrong stamp was made available to the voters by the polling officer. That being the position... ballot papers marked by the stamp supplied have been wrongly rejected by the returning officer and they are to be counted in favour of Prasad as per the direction of the Election Commission.”

Court breather to Sunjay Dutt

mumbai (PTI): A special court has allowed Sunjay Dutt, accused in the 1993 bomb blasts case, to visit Hyderabad for the shooting of Rudraksha till April 1.

On a plea by defence lawyer Farhana Shah, designated judge P.D. Kode exempted the actor from personal appearance for a fortnight. Dutt has been warned against establishing any contact with the absconding accused. He has also been told to file his shooting schedule with the registrar and ensure that he is represented by a lawyer in the court during his absence.

Kashmiri students

muzaffarnagar (PTI): Police have arrested two Kashmiri students in Shamli for their alleged allegiance to the Jaish-e-Mohammad. The students were allegedly planning to create disturbances in Mumbai and Delhi.

Smuggler held

mumbai (PTI): Police have detained a person on the charge of smuggling gold worth over Rs 7.67 lakh into the country. The detention order was issued against Salim Mirza on January 30 last year, police said. He has been absconding since then, they said.

Lightning deaths

nanded (PTI): Three persons were killed and three injured after they were struck by lightning in Degloor tehsil on Friday. Two women from Chenapur village died on the spot when their houses were hit by lightning, while a man died on way to hospital.

Cold wave

gopeshwar (PTI): Uttaranchal is reeling under a cold wave following heavy snowfall on the higher reaches of Garhwal, including Nanda Devi, Gangotri and the entire hill region bordering Tibet and China.

7 killed in mishap

chhindwara (PTI): Seven persons, including three children, were killed when the tempo in which they were travelling was hit by a truck on the Bhopal-Nagpur road on Friday. Police said six persons died on the spot while another succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. The NCC directorate has allotted 5,000 additional cadets to schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu, a senior NCC official said. Of those allotted, 800 would be for the Coimbatore region. Two hundred cadets have been already enrolled.

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