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Court agrees to hear defamation complaint against Kejriwal

New Delhi: A court here on Monday agreed to hear defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegdly using derogatory word "thulla" to describe policemen.

Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar allowed the plea of constable Ajay Kumar Taneja, from Lajpat Nagar police station in south Delhi, seeking action against Kejriwal claiming that he was "hurt" by the remark and felt "insulted and defamed".

Mamata blames dam water for worsening flood

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday blamed the release of water from barrages for the deterioration of the flood situation in two districts where 36 lakh people have been affected.

She expressed hope the situation in all the affected districts will improve from Tuesday.

Over 12 districts have been hit. Information collated from the districts revealed a death count of over 50 till Sunday due to heavy rain and floods. However, the chief minister maaintained the toll was 40.

Kejriwal announces setting up of Delhi human rights panel

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that the state government had initiated the process to set up the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).

"The home department has initiated the proposal to set up the SHRC and forwarded it to the Chief Minister's Office," Kejriwal informed the assembly.

Replying to a discussion in the house on women safety in the national capital, the chief minister told the members that the Supreme Court last month expressed concern over the fact that there was no SHRC in Delhi for the last 22 years.

Kejriwal calls top cops 'Modi's agents'

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday called top Delhi Police officers the "agents" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the state assembly adopted a resolution to set up a panel to probe the "police inaction" in cases of crime against women.

Kejriwal also slammed Modi, calling him a "speed-breaker" in the progress of the Delhi government and asked him to shed the "obstructionist" approach.

"The one-day special session of the assembly wouldn't have been called if Delhi was safe for women," Kejriwal said in the assembly.

Delhi government spent Rs.22.33 crore on ads, HC told

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday told the Delhi High Court that since the May 13 order of the Supreme Court ruling that taxpayers' money cannot be spent to build the image of political leaders, it has spent Rs.22.33 crore on advertisements related to its policies.

Filing an affidavit before a division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, Delhi government counsel Raman Duggal denied the allegation that huge amounts were being spent on advertisements glorifying Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Aarty (AAP).

Vyapam scam: CBI files five more FIRs

New Delhi: The CBI on Monday registered five new FIRs in connection with its ongoing probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

The first case was registered against two people on charges of cheating by impersonation in the constable recruitment examination 2013 (II).

The second First Information Report was registered against some unknown people on the charge of leak of question paper in the patwari recruitment examination 2008 held under Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam), or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB).

24 new legislators take oath in Bihar

Patna: Twenty four newly elected legislators on Monday took oath as members of the Bihar legislative council.

All the 24 newly elected members -- including jailed independent member Ritlal Yadav -- were administered oath of office by Chairperson Awadhesh Narayan Singh in the council premises, an official said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, cabinet ministers and Leader of Opposition in the legislative council Sushil Kumar Modi attended the swearing-in ceremony.

Last month, the BJP-led NDA won 13 out of 24 seats in the legislative council polls.

Case was watertight for Yakub to expect any clemency from all quarters

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Mumbai: Possibly for the first time in India, intellectuals, advocates, politicians, social activists and even some judges prayed for mercy for a man convicted under terrorism charges for the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts. But this was not enough to claim clemency for Yakub Memon due to a strong judicial stamp that established his pivotal role in the case.

SC dismisses former Haryana CM plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea by former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and others, challenging the Delhi High Court verdict, upholding their conviction and sentencing in the 1999 JBT teachers' recruitment scam.

A court bench, headed by Justice F.M.I. Kalifulla, while dismissing a batch of petitions by Chautalas and nine others, said: "We are not implying to entertain any of the petitions. They are dismissed."

Lalit Modi row: Sushma Swaraj denies charges

New Delhi: The logjam in the Rajya Sabha continued on Monday even as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj denied the charge of helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi in securing travel documents from the British authorities.

The main opposition Congress, meanwhile, objected to the minister's comments alleging that she made a "statement" without permission from the chair, a charge which was later put down by Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien.