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Former DU professor GN Saibaba tests positive for Covid-19

The government had also rejected his parole plea that he had filed to meet his ailing mother at Hyderabad late last year. The administration had cited the reason of Hyderabad being a containment zone.

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Former DU professor GN Saibaba

Former Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba who was convicted of Maoist links by a Gadchiroli court in 2017, has tested positive for Covid -19. He is serving a life term in Nagpur Central Prison.

Jail Superintendent Anup Kumre said he had a little bit of cold, cough and fever. So, the jail authorities got him tested on Thursday. His report came on Friday and he was found to be diagnosed with Covid-19. The prison authorities have sent him to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for a check-up. After that he will be treated in the jail like other inmates. Saibaba will be kept in a separate Anda cell and will be treated by a jail doctor, Kumre told The Indian Express.  

Two days ago, underworld don Arun Gawli, who is also lodged in Nagpur Central Prison, had also tested positive for Covid-19. He was granted parole several times to attend his son’s and daughter’s marriage and also his mother’s funeral. However, the government didn’t grant Saibaba parole to attend his mother’s funeral.

Kumre said that there are currently 10 inmates who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are under treatment in the prison.

Saibaba’s wife Vasantha has been expressing concerns over her husband’s health and that he is likely to contract the novel coronavirus, which might prove fatal as he has several co-morbidities and is also 90 percent disabled. The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court had rejected several petitions filed by Saibaba’s lawyers to get him bail on health grounds.

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The government had also rejected his bail plea that he had filed to meet his ailing mother at Hyderabad late last year. The administration had cited the reason of Hyderabad being a containment zone.

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Liquor Policy Case: Supreme Court issues notice on plea by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal challenging arrest and remand by Enforcement Directorate

The Delhi CM was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21, hours after the high court refused to grant him protection from coercive action by ED. The AAP Supremo is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.

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The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Enforcement Directorate on a plea by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal challenging his arrest in the liquor policy case. A bench of Justices Dipankar Datta and Sanjiv Khanna issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on Kejriwal’s plea challenging the Delhi High Court order that had upheld his arrest in the case. The bench asked the Enforcement Directorate to file a reply to the plea by April 24, and said the matter would be heard in the week commencing April 29.

The High Court had on April 9 upheld Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest in the money-laundering case, and said the ED was left with little option after he skipped repeated summonses and refused to join the investigation. The high court had dismissed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader’s petition challenging his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate and subsequent remand in its custody.

The matter is related to money laundering and alleged corruption in the formulation and execution of the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22 that has been scrapped. The Delhi CM was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21, hours after the high court refused to grant him protection from coercive action by ED. The AAP Supremo is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.

The Delhi High Court last week said that there was nothing illegal about Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest by the Enforcement Directorate. Justice Swarna Kanta recorded a prima facie finding that there was adequate proof, including statements of approves, involvement of middlemen and references that cash was handed over for expenditure in the 2022 Goa elections. Accordingly, the Court dismissed the Delhi Chief Minister’s petition challenging his arrest and subsequent remand in Enforcement Directorate’s custody. The court additionally stated that Arvind Kejriwal was involved in an individual capacity in the formulation of the now-scrapped liquor policy and in soliciting bribes.

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Mukesh Ambani, son Akash Ambani and wife Shloka Mehta offer prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai

Akash and Shloka’s elder son Prithvi too accompanied his parents to the temple. Mukesh Ambani opted to keep it simple as he was seen wearing a white kurta and pyjama. Akash Ambani on the other hand chose to wear a casual green t-shirt while Shloka opted for a kurta.

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Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, elder son Akash Ambani and his wife Shloka Mehta, offered prayers at the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai on Sunday. They visited the famous temple ahead of the important Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL match that took place on Sunday evening.

Akash and Shloka’s elder son Prithvi too accompanied his parents to the temple. Mukesh Ambani opted to keep it simple as he was seen wearing a white kurta and pyjama. Akash Ambani on the other hand chose to wear a casual green t-shirt while Shloka opted for a kurta. Mukesh Ambani, Akash and Shloka had visited the same temple earlier this month too, ahead of the Mumbai Indians Vs Delhi Capitals match.

The Ambanis regularly visit the Siddhivinayak temple on important occasions. The family had visited the temple on Nita Ambani’s birthday in November last year. Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta got married in 2019. The couple welcomed their first child, Prithvi, in 2020. They have named their daughter Veda.

Last month, a grand pre-wedding party was hosted by by Mukesh and Nita Ambani for their younger son, Anant Ambani, and fiancée Radhika Merchant, in Gujarat’s Jamnagar. The party was attended by Bollywood celebrities, industrialists, tech tycoons and other VIPs from all over the world. B-Town celebrities who attended the pre-wedding festivities were Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Rani Mukherji, Aditya Roy Kapur, Ananya Panday, Ibrahim Ali Khan, Sara Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Kiara Advani, Sidharth Malhotra, Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates too participated in the celebrations. The other guests included were Chairperson of World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab, Former Prime Minister Of Australia Kevin Rudd, Jorge Quiroga, former President of Bolivia, President of Google Donald Harrison, former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt.

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Rahul Gandhi’s helicopter searched by election officials in Tamil Nadu, ahead of Wayanad visit

Election officials in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris checked a helicopter carrying Rahul Gandhi while he was travelling to Wayanad.

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Election officials in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris on Monday inspected a chopper carrying Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, according to reports. The chopper landed in the Nilgiris, and the search was carried out by the flying squad officials, according to police.

The incident happened as Rahul Gandhi was traveling to Wayanad, his Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, where he was scheduled to participate in a number of campaign events, such as a roadshow and a public meeting.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi was elected from Wayanad.He is now contesting for reelection to the seat.

Meanwhile, in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi stepped up his campaign in Kerala by planning a significant roadshow at Sulthan Bathery. After touching base with students at a nearby college in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, which borders Kerala, Rahul Gandhi drove to Sulthan Bathery.

Gandhi walked through Sulthan Bathery on top of an open car with hundreds of delighted people holding signs with his picture on them. Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to attend a farmers’ rally in Pulpally later in the day. He will also be meeting party workers at road shows in Mananthavady, Vellamunda, and Padinjarathara.

It’s interesting to note that the Communist Party of India (CPI), an ally of the Opposition INDIA alliance, would be Rahul Gandhi’s opponent. His rival in the BJP’s Kerala unit president K Surendran.

Kerala, which has 20 Lok Sabha seats, will hold a single phase of voting on April 26. On the other hand, on April 19, 39 Tamil Nadu constituencies will hold Lok Sabha elections.

The results of the voting will be announced on June 4, 2024.

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