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India Politics

Congress furnishes new documents on Dholpur Palace ownership

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday stepped up pressure on beleaguered Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, producing fresh documents in support of its claim that the Dholpur Palace is a state-owned property.

The party also demanded an independent probe into the entire controversy.

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh produced documents, allegedly showing that Raje's son Dushyant Singh and his father Hemant Singh reached a compromise on only the movable properties of the Dholpur Palace whereas the palace itself was a public property.

Noted former Kashmir bureaucrat Ashok Jaitley dies

New Delhi/Srinagar: Ashok Jaitley, a renowned civil servant and former chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, died in New Delhi on Tuesday after suffering from a protracted illness.

Popular among friends and relatives as Tony, Jaitley joined the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) in 1964 and was assigned the Jammu and Kashmir cadre.

He served in various capacities and was the youngest IAS officer to rise the level of a secretary among his batchmates.

Jaitley served as the chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir from 1996 to 2002.

CPI-M retains Tripura seats, BJP is second

Agartala: Tripura's ruling CPI-M on Tuesday retained by huge margins both the assembly seats where polling took place on Saturday, but the BJP edged out the Congress to take the second spot.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist won from Pratapgarh for the ninth consecutive time and won in Surma for the eighth time in a row, officials said.

CPI-M state secretary and central committee member Bijan Dhar told IANS: "The voters supported the CPI-M due to the good governance of the Left Front. Our victory in Tripura will continue in future elections too."

TDP MLA gets bail in cash-for-vote case

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday granted bail to TDP MLA A. Revanth Reddy in the cash-for-vote case.

The court also ordered the release of two other accused, Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha, on bail.

Justice Raja Elango, who had reserved his order last week, pronounced it on Tuesday.

He directed them to surrender their passports, not to leave the city and to appear before the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) whenever summoned.

Congress wins Meghalaya by-election

Shillong: The ruling Congress on Tuesday won the by-election in Meghalaya's Chokpot assembly constituency, with Bluebell Sangma defeating her nearest rival Phillipole D. Marak of the National People's Party by 2,550 votes, Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik told IANS on the phone.

Sangma, a former Nationalist Congress Party member, who joined the Congress party before the by-election was announced, secured 8,042 votes while Phillipole garnered 5,492 votes.

Jayalalithaa returns to assembly with massive victory

Chennai: AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa returned to the Tamil Nadu assembly on Tuesday by a record victory margin from the Radkhakrishnan Nagar constituency here.

Jayalalithaa polled 160,432 votes while her nearest rival, Communist Party of India's (CPI) C. Mahendran, got just 9,710 votes -- a victory margin of 150,722 votes.

The total electorate in the constituency was around 245,000, and the chief minister bagged more than 50 percent of that.

Congress candidate in Kerala dedicates win to late father

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress candidate K.A. Sabarinathan who on Tuesday won the Aruvikara assembly seat by over 10,000 votes dedicated the win to his late father.

"For 24 years my father represented this constituency and the electorate gave this win for the work he did," Sabarinathan said.

"This victory is also for the agenda of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy whose 'development and care' work has been accepted," he added.

BJP wins Madhya Pradesh bypoll

Bhopal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Chander Singh Sisodia on Tuesday defeated the Congress party's Subhash Sojatia by a margin of 12,945 votes in Madhya Pradesh's Garoth assembly constituency bypoll.

The results were declared after 19 rounds of counting. While Sisodia got 81,449 votes, Sojatia managed to get 68,504.

Over 71 percent of voters had turned out for the polling on June, 27.

Court defers hearing in coal block case involving Jindal

New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to supply deficient documents to the accused in a coal block allocation case against Jindal Steel and deferred the hearing to July 13.

After directing the probe agency to supply the documents, Special Judge Bharat Parashar posted the matter for July 13.

The court was hearing the case related to to the allocation of Jharkhand's Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to Jindal Steel and Gagan Sponge.

Court sets date for framing of charges in Madhu Koda case

New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday set July 14 for its order on framing of charges in the coal block allocation case allegedly involving former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar reserved his order in the coal block allocation case against Koda, Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd. (VISUL) and others.

The court was hearing the case related to Jharkhand's Rajhara North coal block allocation to VISUL.