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Rift in Maharashtra alliance over former Mumbai commissioner’s letter, Vikas Aghadi says Anil Deshmukh may have to quit

Param Bir Singh wrote in his latter that many times Deshmukh had instructed the police officers on how to handle cases and file charges, bypassing him and other senior officers.

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A top leader of Maharashtra ruling alliance, Vikas Aghadi told the reporters that the state’s Home Minister Anil Deshmukh will have to leave his position as the corruption allegation against him by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh is a serious matter. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has expected to hold a meeting this evening regarding the matter between the Shiv Sena leaders and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Aghadi said.

Param Bir Singh who is replaced as Mumbai Police Commissioner over unforgivable lapses in the Mukesh Ambani security scare probe has accused Deshmukh of corruption and interference on duty. However Deshmukh has denied all the allegations leveled against him by Singh, Deshmukh said he will sue Singh for defaming his image in the public by framing him in the wrong allegation.

Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked for Deshmukh’s removal as soon as possible. BJP leader and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis asked for his resignation. Fadnavis said if Deshmukh doesn’t give his resignation, then Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will have to remove him for the charges against him. Fadnavis called the probe partial as Deshmukh belongs to Maharashtra’s ruling party.

In a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Singh said the home minister had asked several officers including Sachin Waze who has been arrested in the Mukesh Ambani case for running an extortion racket. Singh alleged that Deshmukh set a target of Rs 100 crore every month and asked officers to collect the money from restaurants, pubs, bars and hookah parlours.

Singh wrote that many times Deshmukh had instructed the police officers on how to handle cases and file charges, bypassing him and other senior officers.

The former Maharashtra police commissioner wrote in his letter that he had pointed out the misdeeds during a briefing at Thackeray’s home following the Mukesh Ambani incident in mid-March. He said he has also briefed the Deputy Chief Minister, Pawar and other senior ministers.

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Maharashtra police commissioner Param Bir Singh was transferred to the Home Guard on Wednesday after police officer Sachin Waze was arrested in a case related to a car that was full of explosives earlier this month near Mukesh Ambani’s residence. According to the reports, there were allegations on Sachin Waze that he has some links with the owner of the SUV Car which was found near Ambani’s residence.

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PM Modi pays tribute to VD Savarkar on death anniversary, says India will remember his valiant spirit

Veer Sawarkar passed away in 1966 on February 26.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to Hindutva icon Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and said that India will never forget his unwavering dedication to the country’s freedom and unity.

Born at Bhagur on May 28, 1883, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, often known as Veer Savarkar, was raised there. Savarkar, an esteemed advocate of the Hindutva ideology, passed away in 1966.

Tributes to Veer Savarkar on his Punya Tithi, PM Modi wrote in a post on X. He also said, India will forever remember his valiant spirit and unwavering dedication to our nation’s freedom and integrity. His achievements motivate us to work toward our nation’s growth and prosperity, rhe PM added.

The national president of the BJP JP Nadda, on his officia X handle said, he pays his tribute to Swatantryaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the great hero of the Indian freedom struggle, the founder of cultural nationalism, an embodiment of unparalleled sacrifice and bravery, on his death anniversary. He also said, millions of his compatriots will always find inspiration in his commitment to securing Mother India’s freedom and fostering cultural awareness in the community.

Meanwhile, following his graduation from Pune College in 1906, Savarkar pursued legal studies in the United Kingdom. He founded the Free India Society that same year.

Savarkar was certain that national education should be given, a revolutionary spirit should be fostered, and the principles of Swadeshi and a boycott of foreign products should all be part of the fight for the freedom of the Motherland.

He was detained in London in 1909 on suspicion of organizing an armed uprising against the Morley-Minto reform. After that, he was given two life terms in the Andaman cellular jail. Savarkar was freed from prison in 1924, but only if he would stay out of politics for five years. He did, however, keep pushing for other social reforms, such as the abolition of untouchability.

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Arvind Kejriwal skips 7th ED summons in excise policy case, AAP says wait for Delhi court order

Arvind Kejriwal has skipped all the seven summons issued by ED to date, saying them as illegal.

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Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal denied to answer to the seventh summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday. The ED was attempting to examine him in connection with a money laundering case involving alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy 2021–2022.

The investigation agency should hold off on sending Kejriwal multiple summonses, the AAP claims, and instead wait for a court decision.

Kejriwal has been avoiding questioning since November 2 of last year, when he was originally summoned to depose before the investigative agency but declined, claiming the notice was vague, motivated, and unsustainable in law. On that date, the ED sent him its most recent summons, requesting that he appear before it on February 26.

The dates of the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and fifth summonses were December 18, January 3, February 19, and January 18, respectively. All of the summonses were ignored, though, by the Delhi CM, who called them illegal and wrote to the ED requesting their dismissal.

Kejriwal was also the target of a complaint from the investigation agency for allegedly disobeying its summons in this particular case.

In 2021–2022, the Delhi government introduced an excise policy with the goal of revitalising the city’s struggling liquor sector. It promised swankier stores free of the controversial metal grilles, which would improve the shopping experience for patrons. However, the strategy was abandoned after Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena, requested a CBI investigation into it, citing irregularities.

The Enforcement Department claims that the AAP under Kejriwal was paid Rs 100 crore in kickbacks to finalise the excise policy. Additionally, it was claimed that the party utilised a substantial portion of this cash for their Goa election campaign.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh are the two prominent AAP leaders whom the ED has detained so far in this investigation.

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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari reacts to AAP-Congress Alliance, reminds CM Kejriwal of his 2012 jail promise

AAP and Congress announced an alliance in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Goa, and Chandigarh on Saturday.

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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Saturday reminded Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal of his promise of sending leaders of Congress Party to jail. This comes after the announcement of the AAP and Congress’ seat sharing deal for upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Delhi.

Using the metaphor chor chor mausere bhai which translates in English, birds of a feather flock together, Tiwari said, this is what it is happening between AAP and Congress. He alleged that AAP workers are disappointed with CM Kejriwal as the used to speak about putting Congress leaders in jail but now he is at their feet.

AAP was formed after Arvind Kejriwal launched anti-corruption protests in Delhi. At that time congress was in power in both Delhi and the Centre.

Later when the party was formed in 2012, Arvind Kejriwal said that he would put corrupt leaders in jail within six months of coming to power.

Tiwari said that Arvind Kejriwal and AAP had ousted Congress from Delhi and Punjab and now the Chief Minister is sharing the stage with Rahul Gandhi.

He also said BJP and Prime Minister Modi are in everyone’s heart and the people of Delhi will decide everything as it is clear now that the top leaders of AAP and Congress are the same.

Meanwhile, AAP leader Atishi said that CM Kejriwal can be arrested soon. She alleged that ever since the INDIA bloc seat sharing was nearly finalised, Kejriwal started getting threats from everwhere. She also mentioned that the party members were told if they didn’t exit the alliance, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would frame charges against Arvind Kejriwal to arrest him.

She claimed that the party had the information that the CBI would issue a notice on Monday and would arrest CM Kejriwal in a few days.

AAP and Congress announced an alliance in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Goa, and Chandigarh on Saturday.

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