DISQUALIFICATION PROCEEDINGS: Khaira seeks more time, Baldev Singh says plea withdrawn
Rebel Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Tuesday sought more time from Punjab assembly speaker Rana KP Singh for submitting his reply in the disqualification proceedings under the anti-defection law.
Khaira, who is among the three rebel AAP MLAs against whom disqualification proceedings are pending before the speaker, submitted an interim reply, saying he remained occupied due to a family function and needed more time to submit his reply, said a Punjab assembly official. A two-time MLA from Bholath, Khaira quit the AAP to float his party about a year ago.
According to the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, if a member voluntarily gives up members of a political party, he or she is subject to disqualification. The petition against Khaira was filed by the AAP.
Jaitu MLA Baldev Singh, who was also asked to submit his reply to a petition seeking his disqualification, informed the speaker that it has been withdrawn. “The disqualification petition was filed by some persons from my assembly constituency and they withdrew it last week. I have brought this to the speaker’s attention in my reply,” said the first-time MLA who quit the AAP in January but rejoined it in October 2019.
On the other hand, Ropar MLA Amarjit Singh Sandoa, who had joined the ruling Congress just days before the April-May 2019 Lok Sabha elections, has sought clarity on the rules under which proceedings have been initiated.
A day after Punjab's health minister Dr Vijay Singla was sacked by chief minister Bhagwant Mann and arrested for corruption, the Aam Aadmi Party legislator's family alleged a conspiracy behind the charges of kickbacks for clearing tenders. Dr Vijay Singla's wife Anita Singla declined comment, too. “We will issue a statement at an opportune time,” said a non-practicising Ayurveda doctor, Anita.
Karnataka BJP strongman B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday indicated the possibility of a bigger role for his son and the state Vice President B Y Vijayendra in the party, a day after Vijayendra was denied a ticket to contest the MLC polls. "I'm confident that the BJP will get a clear majority under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next elections, and come back to power," he added.
A postal department official in Madhya Pradesh has been arrested on charges that sub-postmaster Vishal Ahirwar spent money handed over by customers for fixed deposit accounts on gambling, police said on Wednesday. Far, police have received 20 complaints about missing deposits worth ₹1 crore. Ahirwar was arrested on May 20 and remanded in police custody till May 26. He is accused of cheating and criminal breach of trust. He kept losing money.
A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Ranchi sent suspended IAS officer Pooja Singhal to judicial custody till June 8 in the mining case. Singhal was in the custody of Enforcement Directorate since her arrest on May 11. The probe agency carried out raids at the premises of Ranchi-based builder Anil Jha and another person named Vishal Chaudhary, news agency ANI had reported.
The toll from the suspected hooch tragedy went up to 13 as four more people died in Bihar's Aurangabad late on Tuesday. Aurangabad district magistrate Saurabh Jorwal said the hooch is suspected to have been brought from Jharkhand and supplied to sellers in bordering villages of Gaya and Aurangabad. Gaya's senior police superintendent Harpreet Kaur said Santosh Chaudhary, the alleged main supplier, and his four associates have been arrested.