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JNUSU and Varsity official, Umesh Kadam, level allegations against each other

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JNUSU and Varsity official, Umesh Kadam, level allegations against each other

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The election committee of JNU students’ union polls and the administration on Wednesday, September 11, got into a war of words and levelled allegations against each other, according to the Hindustan Times.

Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Dean of Students Umesh Kadam alleged students gheraoed him.

On the other hand, the JNUSU election committee members claimed that when they went to submit their replies to Kadam’s summon issued to them, accusing them of violating Lyngdoh Committee guidelines during the recently concluded polls, they were not allowed to enter the office.

Kadam had sent a notice to the members of the student-run election committee on Monday, seeking a reply by 10 am on Wednesday in the matter, according to media reports.

Kadam, also the chairman of Grievance Redressal Cell (GRC) claimed that the election committee members did not arrive at his office from 10 am to 2.30 pm.

“They only came around 5.30 pm, when we refused to take the submissions since it was closing time and they refused to leave from there,” he said.  Many students started protesting and they sat next to the office gate and blocked it, he claimed.

“Even after the office was closed at 5.30, they kept harassing me and my staff. I was held hostage in the office for several hours and the students were shouting loudly outside the office,” Kadam alleged.

He claimed that his blood pressure also shot up. “I sat in my car but the students gheraoed it and later when I went and sat in a car provided by security personnel, they even gheraoed it,” he said. Kadam said he started feeling uneasy and went to the health centre.

Sources said the Election Committee has a total of 54 members. Out of these, 28 members were given time to respond on Wednesday, September 11 and the remaining 26 members till Thursday, September 12.

They were also allowed to submit their answers through a single letter and all 54 members could sign that letter. However, only 15 members were able to give their answers on Wednesday from 3 to 5.30 pm, sources said.  Kadam claimed that around 15-20 students had come to his office but when they were not allowed to enter, they called more students.  

Kadam also said that since the elections are over, the election committee is dissolved now but the members have not yet handed over the keys of the place they had been allotted. He said some candidates who had contested elections were also there and they shouted slogans and used “bad language”.

Meanwhile, Students claimed the administration was trying to intimidate the election committee.  The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union polls were held on September 6 and the counting commenced the next day. 

The polls recorded a turnout of 67.9 per cent, the highest in seven years. But the Delhi High Court had restricted the university from notifying the results.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Supreme Court issues notice to CBI, ED on Manish Sisodia bail plea

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the bail pleas moved by former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The Supreme Court’s decided to issue notice to the two agencies after arguments on Sisodia’s petitions for bail in two cases relating to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy. The court granted two weeks to the agencies to file their views.

“Views of agencies have to be heard before any decision is taken,” said Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, pointing at the seriousness of the charges slapped on Sisodia. The former Delhi Deputy CM has been under judicial remand since February 2023 over corruption and money laundering charges.

According to Sisodia’s counsel, the charges against him are politically motivated and lack enough evidence. The counsel had sought bail on medical grounds, to which the CBI or ED objected, saying his release might hamper the ongoing investigation into the case by influencing the witnesses or tampering with evidence.

According to the CBI and ED, Sisodia’s involvement in the liquor policy scheme was responsible for substantial state revenue loss and worked in favor of private liquor vendors.

Manish Sisodia, known for his transformational work in the field of education under the Delhi government, is not the only Aam Aadmi Party leader in jail. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain are also behind bars. While Kejriwal is jailed in connection with the liquor policy case, Jain is in prison for corruption charges.

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PayTm share price slips 2 per cent over SEBI warning

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The share price of PayTm fell by nearly 2 per cent on Tuesday following a warning from the the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

PayTm’s parent One 97 Communication had got SEBI’s administrative warning letter on some transactions involving the PayTm Payments Bank during fiscal year 2021-2022. The bourses reacted strongly leading to PayTm shares falling by 1.88% to Rs 460.80 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

SEBI said it had noted the violation with concern and said these matters are being viewed very seriously. The regulator warned the company to exercise caution going forward and improve compliance to rules to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The markets regulator added that failure to comply with rules may force it to invoke enforcement actions as per the law.

In its response to SEBI, PayTm said in a media release that it has always followed listing regulations, as well as any change to these rules over time. The company said it would keep up its commitment to maintain and follow high standards of compliance. Paytm said it intends to provide an adequate response to SEBI on this matter.

PayTm said it has always followed Regulation 23 along with Regulation 4(1)(h) of the SEBI Listing Regulations, without including any change made to these rules over time. Paytm added that the letter from  SEBI has no influence on its finances, operations or other activities in any way.

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VIP Party Chief Mukesh Sahani’s father found murdered in Bihar

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In a shocking incident that has shaken Bihar’s Darbhanga district, Jitan Sahani, the father of Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) leader Mukesh Sahani, was discovered brutally murdered at their ancestral home. His gravely damaged body was found on his bed this morning, prompting immediate police action.

Authorities, led by senior officer Jagannath Reddy, have launched a Special Investigation Team to probe the heinous crime. Initial assessments suggest the possibility of a robbery gone awry or personal enmity leading to the tragic demise of the former Bihar minister.

The incident has sent shockwaves through the community, with local residents expressing deep concern over the safety situation. The VIP party, known for its significant support among the OBC community and currently aligned with the RJD and Congress in the Opposition bloc, has been thrust into mourning.

Opposition parties, particularly the RJD, have vehemently criticized the state government under Nitish Kumar for failing to maintain law and order. RJD spokesperson Shakti Yadav condemned the incident, questioning the government’s ability to protect its citizens.

In response, Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Choudhary assured swift and strict action against the perpetrators. “The government stands firmly with Mukesh Sahani ji’s family during this tragic time,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Chirag Paswan of LJP offered condolences and pledged to expedite the identification and arrest of the culprits. “Justice will be served,” he affirmed.

As investigations unfold, the people of Darbhanga await answers and justice for the senseless murder that has gripped their community.

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