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Karnataka bribery case: Lokayukta police names BJP MLA Madal Virupakshappa’s son in fresh FIRs

Days after unaccounted cash was seized from his office, Karnataka BJP MLA Madal Virupakshappa’s son Prashanth Madal was, Friday, named in two new FIRs registered by the Lokayukta police in the bribery case.

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Days after unaccounted cash was seized from his office, Karnataka BJP MLA Madal Virupakshappa’s son Prashanth Madal was, Friday, named in two new FIRs registered by the Lokayukta police in the bribery case.

Prashanth Madal was arrested by the Lokayukta police from the Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited (KSDL) office on March 2 after he was allegedly caught taking a bribe of Rs 40 lakh from a contractor. Prasanth Madal is the chief accounts officer of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

An official said that Prashanth Madal was caught red-handed by Lokayukta officials while accepting a bribe of Rs 40 lakh at his office. He said that Lokayukta officials received a complaint against Prashanth accusing him of taking bribes.

Accordingly, the Lokayukta officials laid a trap and caught Prashanth red-handed when he was accepting a bribe of Rs 40 lakh.

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His arrest led to further searches in which Rs 8.23 crore in unaccounted currency were recovered from the BJP MLA’s home and the KSDL office, following which Virupakshappa stepped down as KSDL chairman.

The tainted BJP leader is accused of collecting bribes through his son from contractors supplying raw materials for KSDL.

The police in the fresh FIRs, registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act, have named Prashanth as the prime accused, while his MLA father—who after the seizure told reporters that a simple arecanut farmer in his district has Rs 5-6 crore at home—has been named as the second accused in the bribery case.

Virupakshappa, had received anticipatory bail in the corruption case on Tuesday.

In a statement, BJP MLA CT Ravi said that the BJP has “zero tolerance” for corruption and it was only because of the saffron party that the Lokayukta raids happened in the first place while the Siddaramaiah government gave clean chit to everyone. He assured that the BJP will also take required action against Virupakshappa.

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Union Minister Smriti Irani questions Rahul Gandhi’s love for Indian democracy over his boycott of the new Parliament inauguration

Irani questioned what kind of love it that massacred Sikhs(referring to the 1984-Anti Sikh riots)?

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Union Minister Smriti Irani questions Rahul Gandhi’s love for Indian democracy over his boycott of the new Parliament inauguration

Union Minister Smriti Irani tore apart Rahul Gandhi’s Mohabbat Ki Dukaan campaign, questioning his love for Indian democracy and the people of India.

Irani questioned what kind of love it that massacred Sikhs(referring to the 1984-Anti-Sikh riots)? She questioned, what kind of love was that insulted the Sengol(the golden stick, which was placed in the new Parliament by Prime Minister Narendra Modi)? She said she wanted to ask him about what kind of love was it that boycotted the inauguration of the new Parliament? Irani asked him to tell her what kind of love was it which was to be silent while the film The Kerala Story was released.

She said she could not understand what kind of love is it that shook hands and hugged those people who curse India or the concept of India.

Irani adding to her attack, said, Rahul Gandhi is only defaming India outside its national boundaries. During the press conference, she listed the achievements of the Modi-ruled Centre government in the last nine years.

She said, women are more protected today and cited the success of government programs like Beti Padhao and Beti Bachao. She hailed the government for its efforts of holistic development, talking about the government scheme of Sabka Saath and Sabka Vikas.

The Minister congratulated the people of India on the inauguration of the new parliament building. She stated it was the priority of the government to ensure that every class is assured that financial allocation is done for any class or community.

She said the figures themselves told the truth. She said that the Congress party, in its hunger for power, is using external forces which are hurting the Indian democracy.  

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Fire at KGMU Lucknow’s under-construction hospital complex | Watch video

Lucknow has been in the news since yesterday over the shoot-out that took place at a Lucknow Court complex. In the shoot-out, gangster Mukhtar Ansari’s close associate Sanjeev Maheshwari alias Jeeva was shot dead.

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A massive fire broke out at an under construction complex of the King George Medical University(KGMU) hospital in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

The building which was ablaze, is meant to house the cardiology department.

As soon as the fire broke out, fire-fighting teams rushed to the spot. While, no casualties are being reported from the accident, the reason behind the ablaze is not yet ascertained.

Lucknow District Magistrate Suryapal Gangwar confirmed that there were no casualties as it was an under-construction facility.

KGMU is one of the eminent medical universities in India. It was set up in 1906, the idea of which was floated back in 1870 by the then Maharaja of Vizianagaram. The idea was put on hold due to lack of funds but later in 1905, George V inspired the idea of setting up the college.

Lucknow has been in the news since yesterday over the shoot-out that took place at a Lucknow Court complex. In the shoot-out, gangster Mukhtar Ansari’s close associate Sanjeev Maheshwari alias Jeeva was shot dead.

A man dressed as a lawyer entered the court complex and fired six rounds. In the incident, a 7-8 –year-old girl and a policeman were injured.

The accused has been identified as Vijay Yadav, a resident of UP’s Jaunpur district.

Earlier this morning, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath met with the injured girl to enquire about her well-being.  

The firing has yet again, raised questions on the law and order situation in UP as Jeeva was killed in the police custody.

The law and order of the state has been in question by the opposition parties since May, after the slain gangster-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf Ahmed were gunned down in a police custody inside a hospital complex in Prayagraj, while being taken for a medical examination.

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Congress urges External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to take up Indira Gandhi assassination float with Canada

When the Foreign Minister was asked at a press conference, Jaishankar said, there was an issue about space which is given to extremists, separatists, and people who advocate violence.

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Congress urges External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to take up Indira Gandhi assassination float with Canada

The Congress on Thursday urged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to take up strongly with the Canadian authorities, a float depicting the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in a parade in Brampton, Canada.

When the Foreign Minister was asked at a press conference, Jaishankar said, there was an issue about space that is given to extremists, separatists, and people who advocate violence.

Jaishankar said he failed to understand why someone would do such a thing. He cited it as a clear case of vote bank politics. Condemning the incident, he said this was a clear issue of providing space to separatists, extremists, and to people who advocate violence. He further added it is not good for Canada and its relationship with India.    

The Canadian High Commissioner of India Cameron Mackay said he was shocked by the news of the event that celebrated the assassination of Indira Gandhi in his country. He further added, there is no place for hate or violence or act of glorification of violence in Canada, and he strongly condemned these activities.

Congress leader Milind Deora shared the video on Twitter, which showed a float depicting Gandhi’s assassination in a recent parade held in Brampton, Canada. He wrote, as an Indian, he was shocked seeing the video, the 5-km long parade portraying Gandhi’s killing.

Shashi Tharoor supported Deora and said he was completely right and such activities should be condemned with no politics involved.

Twitter users slamming the incident wrote it to be horrifying and painful. These things happening under the leadership of Justin Trudeau are shameful. A user said this was the force of hatred against which Rahul Gandhi has to fight. Another said, this to be really sad and the BJP government should take it up with the Canadian government.

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